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NEW ECONOMY

A fair economy that works for people and the planet.

Why Post-Sandy America Needs State Banks More than Ever Why Post-Sandy America Needs State Banks More than Ever
by Ellen Brown
If we the people want the sort of security in emergencies that is available to the owners of Wall Street banks, we need to own some banks ourselves.
Radical Generosity Radical Generosity
by Paul Van Slambrouk
What’s better than turning a profit by selling your work? Filmmakers, cafe owners, and even corporations like Panera Bread point to the satisfaction that comes with giving it away.
Why Won’t the Wall Street Journal Cover the Cooperative Economy? Why Won’t the Wall Street Journal Cover the Cooperative Economy?
by Gar Alperovitz, Keane Bhatt
Cooperative businesses are proliferating quickly, but you wouldn’t know it from reading the Wall Street Journal.
The “People’s Bailout” Was Just the Beginning: What’s Next for Strike Debt? The “People’s Bailout” Was Just the Beginning: What’s Next for Strike Debt?
by Fabien Tepper
Thomas Gokey is one of the creators of Occupy’s Rolling Jubilee, which is preparing to purchase and cancel $9 million of ordinary people’s medical debt. Here, he speaks about the project’s origins, methods, and future.
In EU Parliament, a Landslide Vote for “Robin Hood Tax” In EU Parliament, a Landslide Vote for “Robin Hood Tax”
by Sarah Anderson
Eleven countries in Europe hope to raise billions of Euros through a tiny tax on financial speculation. This week, a major vote in the European parliament brings that plan one step closer to becoming reality.
4 Ways to Leap the “Fiscal Cliff” to a Better U.S.A. 4 Ways to Leap the “Fiscal Cliff” to a Better U.S.A.
by Sarah van Gelder
Sarah van Gelder looks beyond the hype about the deficit and finds four ways to balance the books while protecting our health and financial security.
20 Machines for a DIY Civilization 20 Machines for a DIY Civilization
Video: Open Source Ecology has released free plans for building tractors, brick compressors, and other essential machines. Why pay more for stuff that's designed to fall apart?
Stacy Mitchell: We Can’t Shop Our Way to a Better Economy Stacy Mitchell: We Can’t Shop Our Way to a Better Economy
Buying local isn’t enough. If we’re going to get our economy back on track, we have to re-center on communities.
3 Lessons for Appalachia’s Post-Coal Economy 3 Lessons for Appalachia’s Post-Coal Economy
by Brooke Jarvis
Appalachian residents are working to keep local and sustainable sources of wealth central in a post-coal economy.
Hot and Crusty Bakery Workers Seal the Deal on Unionization Hot and Crusty Bakery Workers Seal the Deal on Unionization
by Olivia Rosane
Back in September, YES! covered the efforts of immigrant workers at New York City’s Hot and Crusty Bakery to form a union. After a series of twists and turns that tested the workers’ persistence, the shop is now set to open in December with a fully unionized workforce.
Walmart’s Summer of Discontent Explodes in Black Friday Strikes Walmart’s Summer of Discontent Explodes in Black Friday Strikes
by Cecilia Garza
Over the past year a diverse coalition of groups representing Walmart workers have broken decades of silence and united to confront the company. Now, organizers expect more than 1,000 strikes on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year.
Can a “Dracula Strategy” Bring Trans-Pacific Partnership into the Sunlight? Can a “Dracula Strategy” Bring Trans-Pacific Partnership into the Sunlight?
by Lori Wallach
A highly secretive trade agreement aims to penalize countries that protect workers, consumers, and the environment. Luckily, the growing opposition goes beyond the usual trade justice suspects.
We Can Address “Fiscal Cliff” Without Cuts to Social Security We Can Address “Fiscal Cliff” Without Cuts to Social Security
by Democracy Now!
Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman investigates the issue of the “fiscal cliff” and examines the agenda of some of those advocating for corporate tax relief.
With Rolling Jubilee, 99 Percent Beats Wall Street at Its Own Game With Rolling Jubilee, 99 Percent Beats Wall Street at Its Own Game
by James Trimarco
What are the implications of a social movement that has come to understand Wall Street’s financial magic?
Alta Gracia Clothing Factory Shows New Pathways in Fair Trade Alta Gracia Clothing Factory Shows New Pathways in Fair Trade
by Peter Dreier
For years, student activists pressured their schools to partner with the Workers Rights Consortium to make sure their college gear was sweatshop-free. Now, they have another choice: a fair-trade clothing manufacturer called Alta Gracia.
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