Watch John Oliver Explain How Absurd the US Standardized Testing System Is
by Liz PleasantMay 08, 2015
- John Oliver does a damn good job of explaining how ridiculous our standardized testing system is.
One in Four Local Banks Has Vanished Since 2008. Why We Should Treat It as a National Crisis
by Stacy MitchellMay 06, 2015
- While megabanks make megabucks, local banks are financing businesses that create jobs and improve well-being. So why are they disappearing so rapidly?
Is the Local Economy Too Local? Why Co-Ops and Credit Unions Need a Broader Strategy
by Keith HarringtonApr 28, 2015
- Author and activist Gar Alperovitz calls it a “checkerboard strategy.” In the first piece in a series, we look at the organizations working to transform our economy, and how they can benefit from working together.
A Trade Rule that Makes It Illegal to Favor Local Business? Newest Leak Shows TPP Would Do That And More
by David KortenApr 15, 2015
- The leaked text is full of dense legal jargon. But a close reading makes its corporate agenda crystal clear.
“The Internet Is My Lifeline”: Hip-Hop Artist Jasiri X on the FCC’s Net Neutrality Vote
by Kayla SchultzMar 03, 2015
- The political artist from Pittsburgh speaks about the importance of the Internet and social media in making the voices of low-income people of color heard.
Six Ways the US Is Building a People-Powered Economy
by Sarah van GelderJan 27, 2015
- Alternative business models such as worker-owned cooperatives are gaining ground, proving that a more just and sustainable future is possible.
Vermonters Lobby for Public Bank—And Win Millions for Local Investment Instead
by Alexis GoldsteinJan 07, 2015
- Advocates didn’t get the public bank they wanted. But the compromise they reached in the end was still a rare and significant win over Wall Street banks.
Laid-Off Baltimore Workers Beat Disney in Court—And Ask All the Right Questions About Urban Development
by Christina ArrisonJan 06, 2015
- By some estimates, the city of Baltimore has sunk more than $1.5 billion into its Inner Harbor. Workers and residents want their share too.
Owning Together Is the New Sharing
by Nathan SchneiderDec 30, 2014
- Companies and startups are aspiring toward an economy, and an Internet, that is more fully ours with the use of cooperatives, "commons-based peer production," and cryptocurrencies.
Graphic: Convince Your Relatives to Ditch Amazon and Go Local This Holiday Season
by Mary HansenDec 09, 2014
- If you close the Amazon app, get off the couch, and shop at independent shops this holiday season, you could be helping rebuild your local economy.
The Battle in Seattle, 15 Years On: How an Unsung Hero Kept the Movements United
by Jonathan RosenblumDec 01, 2014
- A lead organizer of the protests against the World Trade Organization in 1999 remembers Tyree Scott, a quiet presence in the labor movement who urged unity when it mattered most.
North Dakota Has a Unique Law Protecting Locally Owned Pharmacies—But This Ballot Measure Could Wipe It Out
by Mary HansenOct 31, 2014
- In the far north of the Great Plains, you have to be a pharmacist to own a pharmacy. Next week, voters could overturn that rule—putting the state's thriving independent drugstores at risk.
Why a Tiny Decrease in Unemployment Means a Big Pay Raise for the Poor
by Dean BakerOct 01, 2014
- 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.
Can a “Firewall Strategy” Keep Big Energy Out of Climate Talks? It Worked for Fighting Tobacco
by Alexis GoldsteinSep 19, 2014
- Kicking the polluters out of the negotiations may sound like wishful thinking. But there is a precedent: the global effort to regulate the tobacco industry.
How Residents of a Rural New Mexico County Fought the Fracking Barons and Won—For Now
by Nina Bunker RuizSep 15, 2014
- In Mora County, New Mexico, corporations seeking fracking contracts came up against “querencia”—a traditional way of thinking about and defending the land.