Portland Is First U.S. City to Divest Funds from Walmart
by Laura Garcia, Molly RuskMay 16, 2014
- The initiative also prohibits the city from purchasing Walmart bonds in the future.
This Omaha Bike Shop Is Training a New Generation of Cyclists
May 12, 2014
- "Pretty soon they're using it to travel downtown and expand their understanding of the community they live in."
The Coal Workers You Didn't Know Existed—And Why They May Be At Risk
by Erin L. McCoyMay 08, 2014
- Thousands of workers may be at risk of chronic disease from the chemicals used to process coal—including MCHM, which recently contaminated the drinking water of nearly 300,000 West Virginia residents.
Fans Move to Buy LA Clippers After Owner Is Banned From NBA
by Christopher Zumski FinkeMay 06, 2014
- The fans hope to buy the team and make it into a nonprofit organization like the Green Bay Packers.
Dear Paul Krugman: Is GDP Growth Making Us Richer or Poorer? (Please Clarify.)
by Herman DalyMay 06, 2014
- Is Paul Krugman just advocating temporary growth up to some level of optimality, or a truly ever-growing economy?
In Rural Kansas, an Experiment Makes Hitchhiking Safe Again
by Jennifer O'BrienApr 22, 2014
- The people behind the project borrowed some tricks from ride-sharing apps like Lyft, but tweaked the details so the rides are free.
The Underground Railroad Was One of America’s First Co-ops: A Black History Tour of Cooperative Economics
by Laura FlandersApr 17, 2014
- From slavery to Jim Crow to cities today, African-Americans have been leading the cooperative movement.
Think You Know What a Farmer Looks Like? Think Again
by Sena ChristianApr 17, 2014
- Preliminary results from the 2012 Census of Agriculture show the increasing role of women in U.S. agriculture—especially on organic and small-scale farms.
Don't Leave BitCoin to the Libertarians! (Or, Why Your Movement Needs Open Source Money)
by Nathan SchneiderApr 14, 2014
- Movements for economic justice and equality are rarely flush with cash. But "cryptocurrencies" like Bitcoin might stand to change the rules in their favor.
Video: Can We Create Living-Wage Jobs for Everyone?
by Laura FlandersApr 09, 2014
- We have plenty of low-income jobs, but fewer in the middle where we really need investment. How can we make sure public money is spent for the greater good?
A New Source of Jobs for India's Rural Women? (Hint: It's in Your Shampoo)
by Shilpi ChhotrayApr 09, 2014
- The business in chemicals extracted from seaweed—predicted to be worth $7 billion by 2018—is emerging as a source of employment for rural women.
After Death of Radical Mayor, Mississippi's Capital Wrestles With His Economic Vision
by Laura FlandersApr 01, 2014
- Mayor Chokwe Lumumba implemented only the first steps of his plan to address Jackson's extreme income inequality, which most seriously affected black residents. Now the city faces a choice between vastly different approaches to economic development.
Want to Fight the Corporate Takeover? Start with a Pint at the Pub
by David BollierMar 28, 2014
- The British government is reversing damage done to local economies by the Great Recession by protecting local pubs.
Mondragón and the System Problem
by Gar Alperovitz, Thomas M. HannaMar 24, 2014
- Among the lessons of a major cooperative business' bankruptcy: The success of big co-ops might depend on things like radically reforming transportation and other parts of the larger economy.
Video: Can Co-Ops Curb Poverty In New York City?
by Laura FlandersMar 14, 2014
- Of the many businesses in New York, only 23 are worker co-ops. But those that exist have a strong record of raising wages and reducing poverty, especially in low-income communities like city councilmember Maria del Carmen Arroyo's South Bronx district.