It’s easy to criticize a budget or tax plan entrenched in corruption, cronyism and pandering to corporations and political donors. The op-eds and think pieces practically write themselves. But unless we offer a strikingly better alternative that lifts up all people and proves a peaceful and prosperous world is truly possible, all the criticism in the world will be for naught.
What most people don’t realize is that a guide to that alternative path already exists. The Congressional Progressive Caucus puts out a progressive, alternative budget every year called The People’s Budget. This year’s subtitle is “A roadmap for the resistance.” It’s chalk full of well thought out, progressive ideas that actually work, and the details on how we’ll pay for them.
Here’s just a taste of what it says: It calls or $2 trillion in infrastructure investments to transform energy, water and transportation systems, and $100 billion to increase access to reliable, high-speed internet. It allows states to transition to single-payer health care systems and lowers the cost of prescription drugs. It ends corporate tax breaks for offshoring American jobs and profits. It closes corporate tax loopholes and raises taxes on the wealthiest few and expands the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Care Credit. It invests in development of community oriented policing reforms and increased funding for voter protection and legal assistance programs. It funds public financing of campaigns to curb special interests’ influence. It calls for $1 trillion in effective early learning opportunities and a child-care-for-all program. It invests in women, communities of color and their families. It implements immigration reform and includes a pathway to citizenship. It makes debt free college a reality and invests in computer science opportunities for all students. It supports the minimum wage increase and collective bargaining rights. It ends subsidies to oil, gas and coal companies and closes their tax loopholes, while investing in clean, renewable and efficient energy, and green manufacturing. It eliminates veterans’ homelessness and increases their access to mental health care as well as job training opportunities. And it even invests in our defense system while promoting peace, through increasing funding for diplomacy and strategic humanitarian aid, and increased funding for refugee resettlement programs.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. In summary, The People’s Budget invests in our country to ensure its people prosper now and for generations to come. Is it perfect? No. But this is the path we want to take. Improvements can and will be made on the way. Head over to CPCBudget.org (or the official CPC website) to read the full budget and share it far and wide. Because of its extreme lack of media coverage, we highly encourage you to write a letter to the editor of local and national media outlets asking them to cover The People’s Budget in depth. If you can, write an article about it yourself. At the very least, share it on social media and talk about it with your family and friends - because if no one knows there is another way forward, we’re stalled before we can even begin.
So, if showing America there is an alternative to Trumpism and heartless Conservatism is important to you, be sure to hit the share buttons to spread the word about The People’s Budget via social media so that others in your network can spread the word too.
Check out The People's Budget at cpcbudget.org and spread the word.
This new budget points the way forward for Democrats (The Washington Post)
The People’s Budget, not Trump’s budget, will help working Americans (Economic Policy Institute)
The People's Budget: Progressive Proposal Aims to Un-Rig Failed Economic System (Common Dreams, 2015)
Posted May 12, 2017; Written by Best of the Left Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman.
Hear the segment in the context of Best of the Left edition #1103: Freedom isn't free, it's paid for with your taxes
Some are describing Trump’s recently released "skinny budget" more accurately as a "starving budget." It guts essential programs and services that were already minuscule parts of the federal budget, while inflating the already gluttonous defense budget by $54 billion.
While it’s true that this budget, as is, would likely never pass Congress, the ideology it represents can and will. The budget reveals the conservative fantasy: erasure of nearly all of the societal benefit programs that improve life for millions in the name of national security. But it also represents just how truly out of touch conservatives are with the priorities of the American people.
We know this because of the great work done by organizations like The National Priorities Project: a non-profit, non-partisan federal budget research organization that works to inspire individuals and movements to take action so our federal resources prioritize peace, shared prosperity and economic security for all.
For example, according to the National Priorities Project, 8 in 10 Americans wouldn’t mind raising payroll taxes and taxing income over the earnings cap to ensure Social Security is on sound financial footing. Meanwhile, Trump is proposing massive tax cuts, especially for people like himself. Only 22 percent of Americans support reducing health spending and 61 percent strongly value making Medicare sound, but Paul Ryan and conservatives are still on a mission to cut health spending and hurt Medicare recipients. Despite 67 percent of the country supporting efforts to improve the education system, for decades only 6 percent of our budget has gone toward education spending. Now, conservatives are proposing doing away with the Department of Education almost entirely. This data, as well as an impressive live tracking of our war spending, is organized on NationalPriorities.org.
While the budget is in the spotlight, this is the time to call Congress and tell them your priorities - and perhaps remind them about the priorities of the majority of the country as well.
The Coalition on Human Needs (CHN) is an alliance of national organizations working together to promote public policies which address the needs of low-income and other vulnerable populations. They are asking people to take action by writing and calling Congress to urge them to pass a spending bill that invests in basic living standards and fundamental human needs - not one that continues to cut these programs. Go to CHN.org and click the “Take Action” tab to learn more and directly send a message to your Congress person.
Of course, we always encourage you to call Congress whenever you can, because outside of attending a town hall or speaking directly to your rep, calling is the most impactful way to make your voice heard. So we’re pleased to share a brand new tool with you - built by one of our awesome listeners - that makes calling even easier.
Stance is an online calling tool that uses your location to pull up your reps, lets you record your voice message and then puts your message straight into your reps voicemail. There's no looking up a reps contact information, no waiting on hold or dealing with busy signals, or even talking to anyone - just record your message and Stance does the rest. You can also make your Stance public to encourage others to act and even tweet your Stance directly at your representative. Head over to takeastance.us today to try it out.
So, if investing in our society for the benefit of all is important to you, be sure to hit the share buttons to spread the word about Calling Congress to Demand they Stop the Budget Cuts & Invest in Human Needs via social media so that others in your network can spread the word too.
It seems we always have money for war. Politicians have showed us their priorities. Time to demand they listen to ours.
Tell Congress to pass a spending bill that invests in basic living standards and fundamental human needs via Coalition on Human Needs (@CoalitiononHN)
Leave Congress a direct voicemail with Stance
Federal Budget TipSheet - Social Insurance and Earned Benefits (National Priorities Project)
Federal Budget TipSheet - Health Care Spending (National Priorities Project)
Trump's Budget Cuts (National Priorities Project Blog)
HEAD SMACKER: Trump Plan Slashes Taxes on Companies Already Dodging Taxes (Coalition for Human Needs Blog)
Posted May 2, 2017; Written by Best of the Left Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman.
Hear the segment in the context of Best of the Left edition #1100: Building a strong society and an innovative economy (Earned Benefits)
As we heard Professor Richard Wolff explain in Edition #1079 ("If you're not at the table, you're on the menu"), President Obama’s Fiduciary Rule - which aims to protect people with investments from self-serving financial advisors - is under threat.
After years of debate, research and industry lobbying, the rule was supposed to take effect on April first of this year. But Trump has intervened by asking the Department of Labor to analyze the rule again and rescind or revise it if it is “inconsistent” with Administration priorities. To make matters worse, the fox is - yet again - in the hen house. Former Goldman Sachs executive Gary Cohn is now the director of the National Economic Council and he is on the record with the Wall Street Journal saying he wants the Fiduciary Rule gone.
Senators like Elizabeth Warren are leading the charge to argue for the best interests of those with pensions and retirement funds, who are losing more than $17 billion every year without this rule in place. In a recent letter to the Acting Secretary of Labor, Edward Hugler, Warren noted that she wrote to over thirty leading finance companies about their stance on the Fiduciary Rule. Twenty one of them wrote back saying the rule is good for workers saving for retirement and companies are prepared to meet the compliance deadline.
Warren goes on to say,
"...to rescind this rule or to delay the implementation of this rule in any way would rip billions of dollars in retirement savings from the pockets of hardworking Americans and put it straight into the hands of giant financial institutions."
So, what can you do? You need to call your Senators today and every day and tell them to act like Elizabeth Warren. Tell them they need to publicly and pro-actively support and protect the Fiduciary Rule so that you, and everyone with investments that their future depends on, receives financial advice in their best interest. The team at Indivisible Guide has prepared call scripts specifically for the Fiduciary Rule issue to use when calling your senators. To access these scripts, go to the Fiduciary Rule Scripts page at IndivisibleGuide.com.
And again, we want to ask that you help us in our work to amplify the most effective activism. If you have come across an action or a new organization that is doing great work getting people engaged to resist the Trump agenda, please share it with us by emailing Amanda@bestoftheleft.com.
So, if stopping big banks from siphoning off workers’ retirement savings is important to you, be sure to hit the share buttons to spread the word about Telling Your Senators to Support & Protect the Fiduciary Rule via social media so that others in your network can spread the word too.
Trump has always been right about one thing: the system IS rigged. Now let’s stop him from helping big banks keep it that way.
So what now? Tell your members of Congress what you think. Use our script as a start. https://t.co/dwRHL7mJWq— Indivisible Guide (@IndivisibleTeam) February 7, 2017
Call your Representatives and Senators to demand they publicly support and protect the Fiduciary Rule: 202-224-3121 (Capitol switchboard number)
Fiduciary Rule is Now in Question. What's Next for Investors? (The New York Times)
Market Recap - Executive Actions Planned for Dodd-Frank and Fiduciary Rule (Personal Capital)
"You Might Die Younger" Without the Fiduciary Rule (Personal Capital Blog)
Retirement Plans: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, HBO)
Posted February 14, 2017; Written by Best of the Left Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman
Hear the segment in the context of Best of the Left Edition #1079: If you're not at the table, you're on the menu (Trumpian Economics)
It’s time for a refresher.
In Best of the left Edition #1072, we talked about a new vision for our economic future and we even heard some policy proposals to help make this vision a reality - but we still need more than that. We need people like you to get organized and make it happen.
Democracy At Work, an advocacy organization founded by Richard Wolf - economist and host of Economic Update - encourages people across the country to start and get involved in Democracy at Work Action Groups in their community.
Democracy at Work Action Groups are built on the belief that everyday community leaders can influence policy, politics and culture through action and advocacy on the local and national level. Through these groups, we encourage you to get in touch with your local politicians and propose co-op friendly policies like the one we heard about in edition #1072 from the labor party in the UK: a simple proposal to give workers the right of first refusal to purchase a business before it’s sold or goes public.
To find an Action Group in your area, visit democracyatwork.info/groups to view the map of existing Action Groups across the country and the group’s contact information. If you don’t see one near you and would like to start one you can send an email to Democracy at Work’s group organizer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
So, if creating a new economic system that works for everyone is important to you, then be sure to hit the share buttons to spread the word about joining Democracy at Work Action Groups via social media so that others in your network can get involved too.
Someone else has been calling the shots for too long. Fight to own your work, so you can own your future.
10 Ways to Challenge Capitalism's Death Grip on Daily Life (via Truthout)
Cooperatives: The key to climate action? (via Democracy at Work)
Energy cooperatives are booming in Germany (via DW.com)
Worlds 8 Richest People Have Same Wealth as Poorest 50% (via The Guardian)
This Worker-Owned Cooperative is "Bigger than a Business" (via DCist.com)
Workers will get right to buy out bosses under Labour rule (The Independent UK)
Corporations Open Cash Spigot for Trump's Inauguration (The New York Times)
Posted January 17, 2017; Written by Best of the Left Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman.
Hear the segment in the context of Best of the Left Edition #1072: A progressive vision for our economic future
Episode #1066: "The economics of the greater good" is about getting a new perspective on multiple levels: the personal, one step up to your immediate surroundings like where you work, and all the way up to the societal and political level. But it’s important to always remember that these levels are all connected. As the student and feminist movement of the 1960’s taught us, the personal IS political.
We do hope that you’ll take some of the ideas expressed in this episode and apply them to improve your own life on a personal level. But you can take it further than that. Depending on what you can and are willing to contribute, there are many things you can do, but one of the best things is to take action in your own community. Grassroots movements are the backbone of national change and we need an army of skilled changemakers to build those movements more than ever.
That sounds a bit daunting, right? So instead of giving you a single action to take today, we found to tool to help you become a citizen activist.
Whether you’re new to activism, or just looking for a refresher course, we strongly encourage you to sign up for Citizen Muscle Boot Camp from The Story of Stuff Project. This free, online video course is designed to get you “flexing your Citizen Muscles” and building the skills you need to make change on the issues you care about in your communities.
Call it your new years resolution, call it the first step in your renewed determination in response to the election, call it whatever you want - but if you need a helping hand getting started then check out the Citizen Muscle Boot Camp.
The boot camp is hosted by Annie Leonard, founder of The Story of Stuff Project and current Executive Director of Greenpeace USA, and provides hands-on, interactive online exercises, and some additional tips and exercises to practice as you go about your day. All you need to participate is an internet connection and the willingness to spend about an hour or two a week for four weeks learning how to make the world a better place.
Head over to bootcamp.storyofstuff.org to register and start your training today. The sooner we can get started on making change in our own communities, the better we all will be.
If having effective skills and tools to create change on the personal, communal and societal levels is important to you, then be sure to hit the share buttons to spread the word about the Citizen Muscle Boot Camp via social media so that others in your network can take action too.
Get trained. Stand up. Fight back. There is no time to lose.
After the Election: We Keep Pushing Forward (Story of Stuff Project Blog)
She Was Just One Person…Until She Joined Up with Her Neighbors to Take on Nestlé (Story of Stuff Project Blog)
All Hands on Deck! How We'll Move Forward in 2017 (Story of Stuff Project Blog)
Posted December 20, 2016, written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman
Hear this segment in the context of the latest Best of the Left Edition #1066: The economics of the greater good
If concern for your health isn't usually enough to keep you away from Wendy's then maybe their labor rights abuses are. Right now, there is a farmworker union-led national boycott of the fast food giant and these activists need your support.
It turns out Wendy’s is not one of 14 corporate retailers in what is called the “Fair Food Program.” According to the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (or CIW) leading the boycott, the Fair Food Program (which they created) is a “unique partnership” between farmworkers, farmers and companies like McDonalds, Taco Bell and Walmart that exists to root out abuse and sexual harassment in agricultural fields from coast to coast.
But not only has Wendy’s not joined, they…well, they are kind of being dicks about it.
First, they started getting their tomatoes from Mexico to circumvent Fair Foods and avoid scrutiny from US regulators. That means they are now supporting farms where workers confront wage theft, sexual harassment, poor living conditions, child labor and even slavery without any protections.
Then, adding insult to injury, Wendy’s recently published a “Code of Conduct” for suppliers that leaves out the two major components of the Fair Food Program: worker participation and verifiable enforcement mechanisms for standards. So, it basically amounts to just a bunch of empty, vague promises.
You can support this boycott by, you guessed it, not eating at Wendy’s until they join the Fair Food Program…and by visiting allianceforfairfood.org to learn more and sign the Wendy’s Boycott pledge. And of course, you can spread the word via social media using the hashtag #BoycottWendys.
While you’re at it, consider making worker’s rights and protections part of your theory of change by getting involved in the long term with organizations like Alliance for Fair Food, Farmworker Justice, Fight for 15, Jobs with Justice, Good Jobs Nation and other organizations fighting for worker justice for all.
So if supporting the efforts of labor unions and all agricultural workers is important to you, then be sure to hit the share buttons to spread the word about boycotting Wendy’s until they join the Fair Food Program via social media so that others in your network can take action too.
DON'T EAT AT WENDY'S!
Learn more about the reasons for the boycott at allianceforfairfood.org
Sign the pledge to boycott Wendy's
Attend a "Behind the Braids: Wendy's Boycott Tour" event near you
Spread the word on social media via #BoycottWendys
There is a Nationwide Boycott of Wendy's Underway (via The Nation)
Students Declare Nationwide Boycott of Wendy's Over Farmworker Concerns (via The American Prospect)
Written by Best of the Left Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman.
Hear the activism segment in the context of Best of the Left Edition #1050: "Unions or not, we are still all in this together"
If you don’t know much about the implementation or inner workings of worker-owned co-ops, it’s not your fault. You can blame our one-track mind economists and capitalist obsessed society for that. But if we are going to demand an alternative solution to capitalism, we need to learn more about the other options and spread the word with those in your community.
That is why Democracy At Work, an advocacy organization founded by Richard Wolf - economist and host of the podcast Economic Update - encourages people across the country to start and get involved in Democracy at Work Action Groups in their community.
Democracy At Work Action Groups are built on the belief that everyday community leaders can influence policy, politics and culture through action and advocacy on the local and national level. To find an Action Group in your area, visit democracyatwork.info/groups to view the map of existing Action Groups across the country. If you don’t see one near you and would like to start one, you can send an email to Democracy At Work’s group organizer at email@example.com.
Leading up to the election, we want to give you the resources, knowledge and inspiration to get involved and stay involved beyond November. Because no matter who wins the Presidency, as progressives, we always need to be prepared to fight for what is right…That’s what keeps bending that arc of the moral universe toward justice.
So, if creating a new economic system that works for everyone is important to you, then be sure to hit the share buttons to spread the word about joining Democracy At Work Action Groups via social media so that others in your network can get involved too.
When the Workers Become the Owners: Taking the Co-op Movement to the Next Levelhttps://t.co/TQvKH1klR5— Democracy At Work (@democracyatwrk) December 22, 2015
Find or start a Democracy At Work Action Group in your area at http://www.democracyatwork.info/groups
Follow Democracy At Work on Twitter at @Democracyatwrk
Economic Update Podcast
Written by Best of the Left Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman
Hear the clip in the context of Best of the Left Edition #1039: "What worker coops can do for us"
This weekend, August 12-13, 2016, thousands of low-wage workers will converge in Richmond, Virginia for the first ever Fight for 15 Convention. Choosing Richmond was a deliberate statement. As the former capitol of the Confederacy, Richmond represents the deep seeded racial injustice in our country’s history and convening there highlights the connections between economic justice, racial justice and immigration justice. The weekend will end with a march on the monuments to the Confederacy.
According to the National Employment Law Project, more than half of black workers and three in five Latinos earn less than $15 an hour.
David Wildbourne, of the library staff at East Carolina University, said it best:
“Decades of attacks on working people who organized unions mean that jobs that traditionally provided a path to economic security for some families now no longer do. America’s legacies of racism and corporate greed have always been intertwined, and because of those forces we’re all in the same boat now.”
And it’s not just corporations that are paying below poverty level wages. The US government is the leading low-wage job creator, funding more poverty jobs than McDonald’s and Wal-Mart combined through contractors. Sixty percent of federal contract workers are women and eighty-eight percent are women of color working contracted jobs in areas like food service, janitorial work, or landscaping.
These workers - which make up 21 million Americans - are fighting for a Model Employer Executive Order, which would direct federal taxpayer dollars to companies that pay workers living wages and allow them to form unions. This summer, thanks to the hard fought efforts of Bernie Sanders, the call for this Executive Order was added to the Democratic Party platform.
The term “intersectionality” has finally made it’s way into the broad progressive consciousness and the fight for living wages is just another example of why it’s so important. When we recognize that humans do not exist in silos and we join forces for common goals, we are stronger and we will win.
Make fighting for a living wage part of your theory of change. Start getting involved by visiting Fightfor15.org and GoodJobsNation.org to find chapters, rallies and volunteer opportunities near you. Or get involved with organizations like The Next System Project, Jobs With Justice and the National Employment Law Project.
Leading up to the election, we want to give you the resources, knowledge and inspiration to get involved and stay involved beyond November. Because no matter who wins the Presidency, as progressives, we always need to be prepared to fight for what is right…That’s what keeps bending that arc of the moral universe toward justice.
So, if making sure those with a job can live above the poverty line is important to you, then be sure to hit the share buttons to spread the word about joining the fight for a living wage via social media so that others in your network can get involved too.
Sign up with Good Jobs Nation and co-sign the call for the Model Employer Executive Order
Read "Fighting for a Living Wage" by Stephanie Luce
Minimum Wage Crusaders Are Holding A Convention To Talk About Racism (Washington Post)
Fight for 15 to Hold First Ever Nationwide Convention (Fight for 15)
Urge Your Legislators to Increase Federal Resources for Affordable Housing via @SenatorCantwell and A.C.T.I.O.N (A Call to Invest in Our Neighborhoods) #LIHTC
So, it turns out that April is “Fair Housing Month” - a time to celebrate the Fair Housing Act which passed in 1968 in the aftermath of Dr. King’s assassination. It is considered the final great legislative achievement of the civil rights era. But sadly, as we’ve just heard, economic injustice, racism, white flight and gentrification are plaguing residents of affordable housing and the neighborhoods they live in, and the fundamental issue of access is still a critical concern. In fact, in 2016, 3.9 million extremely low-income families in the US lacked access to affordable housing.
Last month, Senator Maria Cantwell of Washington state, along with Washington city mayors, and A.C.T.I.O.N. (or “A Call to Invest in Our Neighborhoods”), a coalition of over 1,300 national, state and local affordable housing advocates, launched a national campaign to increase federal resources for affordable housing. This group is calling for a 50% expansion of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, or LIHTC, which would finance approximately 400,000 additional units of affordable housing nationwide over the next decade.
While tax credits may not seem like the most progressive call to action, it is one of most strategic moves available with a record of bipartisan support. The bottom line is not that complicated - we’re talking about subsidizing low-income housing development. What we’re up against, of course, are the people who often oppose this type of housing in their neighborhoods for all of the obvious reasons: ignorance, fear, etc. But their fears of dropping property values are hardly ever the reality, especially when the projects are well-managed and built in diverse neighborhoods with affordable transportation options. This is the message that needs to be amplified by our representatives.
In a recent meeting with local Washington business people, Senator Cantwell said:
“We need the leagues of cities to get all their mayors to write to all their senators asking to support this concept … we need every city council and every mayor across the United States talking about this.”
And that’s where you come in. Reach out to your legislators and tell them you support the expansion of LIHTC, then go one step further by asking them to deliver a report outlining the state of housing affordability in your state or district. You can also help spread the word about this plan of action by talking about the proposal on social media using the hashtag #LIHTC and tagging your legislators’ accounts.
If you’ve struggled with access to affordable housing or homelessness, consider sharing your story with Senator Cantwell so she can make the case for the LIHTC expansion on Capitol Hill.
If you’d like to get more involved in on the ground efforts, find your local Community Development Corporations (CDCs) who are oftentimes driving the development of affordable housing projects from the outset. Community-wealth.org is a great place to search for a CDC or similar organization.
So, if providing decent housing and economic justice for those living below the poverty line is important to you, be sure to hit the share buttons to spread the word about the campaign to increase the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit via social media so that others in your network can spread the word too.
As we come to the end of “Fair Housing Month” let’s reflect on the moral that the true test of a civilization is providing a decent provision for the poor. Now, what would Dr. King do?
Reach out to your legislators by phone, mail, email or social media and urge them to support Senator Cantwell and A.C.T.I.O.N.'s Campaign to Increase Federal Resources for Affordable Housing.
Go one step further and ask your legislators to deliver a report outlining the state of housing affordability in your state or district. Pass on the easy-to-read report "Addressing the Challenges of Affordable Housing and Homelessness: The Housing Tax Credit," recently released by Senator Cantwell, as an example.
Use the hashtag #LIHTC to discuss and promote the benefits of the LIHTC increase on social media.
Find and get involved in a local Community Development Corporation: http://community-wealth.org
If you’ve struggled with access to affordable housing or homelessness, consider sharing your story with Senator Cantwell so she can make the case for the LIHTC expansion on Capitol Hill: https://www.cantwell.senate.gov/affordable-housing-and-homelessness/form
Senator Cantwell and A.C.T.I.O.N.'s Campaign to Increase Federal Resources for Affordable Housing (via Cantwell.senate.gov)
For more affordable housing, expand tax credits, Cantwell says (via Bremerton Patriot)
Clinton, Sanders Outline Housing Plans (via Affordable Housing Finance)
Bernie Sanders' Last Word to New York Voters: The Democratic Candidate for President Lays Out His Affordable Housing Agenda (Bernie Sanders via The New York Daily News)
Hear the Segment in Context:
Episode #1007: "No Place Like Home" (History of Gentrification)
Written by Best of the Left Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman, with research assistance by city planning-expert listener Ryan Wozniak (Thanks, Ryan!)
Silicon Valley companies talk a lot about “disrupting” the market, but side-stepping regulations that protect the public and ignoring basic worker rights doesn’t make a company “revolutionary” or “innovative” - it just hurts everyone. Any common criminal can operate a business in this way and no one would praise them for it. It’s the money they make that blinds us to their deep flaws.
But the system we live in is structured to help and reward those who are out to make a buck, while hindering those who value working collectively toward a better future for all. That’s why we need a new system.
The Next System Project is an ambitious multi-year initiative aimed at thinking boldly about what is required to deal with the systemic challenges the United States faces now and in the future. Working with a broad group of researchers, theorists and activists, they seek to launch a national debate on the nature of “the next system.” Using the best research, understanding and strategic thinking, on-the-ground organizing and development experience, their goal is to refine and publicize comprehensive alternative political-economic system models - fundamentally different from anything we’ve seen before - that are capable of delivering superior social, economic and ecological outcomes.
But if you’re thinking “I’m not an economist!” or “I’ll leave that up to the people in charge,” think again. This project is about you, and your thoughts and ideas. That’s why this spring, The Next System Project launched “Next System Teach-Ins” at colleges and universities across the country. These teach-ins aim to engage students, faculty and the local community in a practical, participatory forum for study, debate and organizing around pressing social, political and economic issues.
The inaugural Teach-ins in Madison, Wisconsin and in New York City (#WhatsNextNYC) took place in early March, but this April there are Teach-ins scheduled across the country. To find one near you or register to host one where you live, visit teachins.thenextsystem.org.
So, if fundamentally changing our broken economic, political and social systems is important to you, be sure to hit the share buttons to spread the word about Next System Teach-Ins via social media so that others in your network can get involved too.
Look, we can still hate the players, but the bottom line is we have to upend the game. Help create a system that works for us all.
Find a Next System Teach-In near you or register to host one where you live at http://teachins.thenextsystem.org
Learn more about the The Next System Project and sign their statement.
Follow The Next System Project on Twitter @TheNextSystem for the latest updates and use '#NextSystem' to join the conversation.
Share this video about The Next System Project:
Not Cool Uber (via Dave Craige on Medium.com)
Seattle Passes Law Letting Uber, Lyft Drivers Unionize (via Reuters)
Fed up Uber Drivers Aim to Disrupt Super Bowl 50 - With their Own Mobile App (via Mother Jones)
Hear the segment in context:
Episode #1003: http://www.bestoftheleft.com/_1003_capitalism
Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman