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NEW ECONOMY

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New Economy Week: Topics of Conversation New Economy Week: Topics of Conversation
On each of the five days of New Economy Week, we’ll be hosting articles, essays, and public conversation about one aspect of the new economy. We’ll link to all five days from this page.
When Poverty Was the Enemy, Not the Poor When Poverty Was the Enemy, Not the Poor
by Tom Eblen
The poverty rate in the U.S. would be 15 percent higher if not for the War on Poverty and government anti-poverty programs since 1967.
Bangladeshi Workers Organize to Protect Their Most Valuable Export: Themselves Bangladeshi Workers Organize to Protect Their Most Valuable Export: Themselves
by Tiffany Williams
In the evolving global economy, migrants facing virtual indentured servitude abroad—and coming home to debt and social isolation—feels like the new normal.
West Virginia Cattle Farmers Build the Local Food Economy They Need to Thrive West Virginia Cattle Farmers Build the Local Food Economy They Need to Thrive
by Erin L. McCoy
The farmers working to build West Virginia’s local meat economy know that their fate relies on the success of the entire local meat ecosystem.
Why a Tiny Decrease in Unemployment Means a Big Pay Raise for the Poor Why a Tiny Decrease in Unemployment Means a Big Pay Raise for the Poor
by Dean Baker
A sustained one-percentage-point decline in the unemployment rate is associated with a 9.4 percent rise in the wages of workers in the bottom quintile of the wage distribution.
Workers in Maine Buy Out Their Jobs, Set an Example for the Nation Workers in Maine Buy Out Their Jobs, Set an Example for the Nation
by Rob Brown, Noemi Giszpenc, Brian Van Slyke
For the new worker-owners of the Island Employee Cooperative, the transformation into a co-op will create profound changes in their lives.
How Money Equals College and College Equals Money How Money Equals College and College Equals Money
by YES! Editors
Nurses’ Unions Send Thousands to Climate March, Call Global Warming a “Health Care Emergency” Nurses’ Unions Send Thousands to Climate March, Call Global Warming a “Health Care Emergency”
by Yessenia Funes
The nurses’ unions focus on health gives them a unique perspective on climate change among organized labor.
Stanford's Coal Divestment: Meet 2 Students—And 1 President—Who Made It Happen Stanford's Coal Divestment: Meet 2 Students—And 1 President—Who Made It Happen
by Dana Drugmand
The movement to persuade schools to divest from fossil fuels has taken off around the country. Meet a few people who helped get Stanford’s money out of coal.
Occupy Offshoot Cancels $4 Million in Predatory Student Loans—and Starts a Debtors Union Occupy Offshoot Cancels $4 Million in Predatory Student Loans—and Starts a Debtors Union
by Liz Pleasant, Christa Hillstrom, James Trimarco
First, they started buying up—and canceling—individuals’ medical debt. Now the people behind Rolling Jubilee are taking on student loans from a for-profit university that exploits the poor—and the whole debt system could be next.
NY Unions Will Bring Fresh Ideas about Jobs, Energy to Historic Climate March NY Unions Will Bring Fresh Ideas about Jobs, Energy to Historic Climate March
by Abby Scher
Key national unions are stepping up to support the People's Climate March on September 21. But some green radicals say unions need to create their own climate protection strategy that democratizes the energy sector.
Kentucky Town Beats High Gas Prices—By Opening a Public Gas Station Kentucky Town Beats High Gas Prices—By Opening a Public Gas Station
by Thomas Hanna
Gas stations aren’t great for the climate, but the move is a step toward local control over economic decisions—a model that holds great potential for developing renewable energy in the long term.
Migrant Farmworkers Find Paths Out of Poverty Through Incubator Farms Migrant Farmworkers Find Paths Out of Poverty Through Incubator Farms
by Lisa Gale Garrigues
Incubator farms help seasonal workers start their own businesses, where they get better pay and the support of a community.
A Wealthy Capitalist on Why Money Doesn't Trickle Down A Wealthy Capitalist on Why Money Doesn't Trickle Down
by Nick Hanauer
Nick Hanauer, venture capitalist and self-described “plutocrat,” says a healthy economy and an effective democracy depend on a thriving middle class of workers.
Video: Inside a Miami McDonald's on Strike Video: Inside a Miami McDonald's on Strike
More than 400 workers and supporters were arrested on Thursday amid a nationwide wave of walkouts and demonstrations.
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