Economic growth is considered a central measure of political success for presidential candidates. But the conventional American idea of economic growth is one that privileges a few at the expense of many, does not consider the costs of growth, and has fueled racial inequality, a climate crisis, and more. What could a people-centered definition of economic prosperity look like?
Anoa Changa, a communications strategist and movement journalist, spoke with YES! Racial Justice Editor Sonali Kolhatkar on YES Presents: Rising Up With Sonali to help answer that question. Changa is the co-author with Ericka Taylor of an in-depth story in the “Growth” issue of YES! Magazine, entitled “A People’s Prosperity,” which is the first in an original four-part YES! series titled “Redefining Prosperity.” That series is funded by a grant from the Kendeda Fund. While reporting and production of the series was funded by this grant, YES! maintained full editorial control of the content published.
Sonali Kolhatkar is currently the racial justice editor at YES! Media and a writing fellow with Independent Media Institute. She was previously a weekly columnist for Truthdig.com. She is also the host and creator of Rising Up with Sonali, a nationally syndicated television and radio program airing on Free Speech TV and dozens of independent and community radio stations. Sonali won First Place at the Los Angeles Press Club Annual Awards for Best Election Commentary in 2016. She also won numerous awards including Best TV Anchor from the LA Press Club and has also been nominated as Best Radio Anchor 4 years in a row. She is the author of Bleeding Afghanistan: Washington, Warlords, and the Propaganda of Silence, and the co-director of the nonprofit group, Afghan Women's Mission. Her forthcoming book is Rising Up: The Power of Narrative in Pursuing Racial Justice (City Lights, 2023). She has a Master’s in Astronomy from the University of Hawai’i, and two undergraduate degrees in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Texas at Austin. She reflects on her professional path in her 2014 TEDx talk, “My Journey From Astrophysicist to Radio Host.” She can be reached at sonalikolhatkar.com