November 29, 2023

November Newsletter ’23

The momentum for a better world is building all around us. People across the U.S. and the world are joining the fight against militarism, exploitation, and the individualism of racial capitalism. Many have taken to the streets to protest, are calling on congress to stand for justice, and are making their voices heard. We will continue to forge a future rooted in care and liberation and hope to see you engaged in some of the actions below, or at our upcoming events and gatherings. We’re all needed in this movement.

The Rising Majority calls for a permanent ceasefire - we demand a stop to the genocide in Gaza.

The Center for Economic Democracy is part of Rising Majority, a coalition of leading BIPOC and multiracial justice organizations in the United States, convened out of the Movement for Black Lives in 2017. The aim of the Rising Majority coalition is to develop greater alignment among organizations working in different arenas of struggle in order to fight against the threats of fascism and authoritarianism.

CED, as a part of the Rising Majority, calls on congress to stop the genocide in Gaza and demand a permanent ceasefire. For all of us who are watching the growing threats of authoritarianism and fascism in the U.S. and around the world, we must take action now to end the genocidal occupation of Palestine if we are to win a true, multi-racial, multi-national democracy for all people, at home and abroad.

This genocide is unfolding after 75 years of U.S. and Israeli impunity for violations of international law including war crimes and crimes against humanity against Palestinians. The United States’ unconditional military, financial and diplomatic support, including attempts to block an immediate ceasefire, is enabling Israel’s genocide of Palestinians in Gaza. U.S. decision makers must divest the vast public wealth currently financing Israel’s genocide of the Palestinian people, and invest in policies, programs and infrastructure that promote human dignity.

First ever convening of Capital Strategies Camp seeks to build financial power amongst social movement organizations.

CED partnered with Climate Justice AllianceJustice Funders and New Economy Coalition this November to convene the first-ever Capital Strategies Camp! We brought together 35 organizers, practitioners, and funders for a beautiful fall retreat at the Stony Point Center in New York on the unceded lands of the Ramapough Lenape Nation. Drawing upon the Just Transition and Social Movement Investing frameworks, we gathered to deepen relationships, learn about each other’s work, design interventions to address challenges in our sector, and strategize together.

Camp affirmed our belief and commitment to building a strong ecosystem of social movement organizations that are utilizing finance and capital as tools to build power towards our liberatory visions. This was an initial pilot gathering to help us plan and frame a larger social movement ecosystem-wide event focused on capital strategies next year – stay tuned for that!

CED explores narrative organizing and strategy at Reframe Academy.

This mid-October, CED’s communications team had the chance to attend Reframe Academy hosted in Atlanta, Georgia for an incredible national gathering focused on narrative strategy and organizing.

We were so lucky to learn and strategize alongside our local partners in Boston who also attended the convening: Asian American Resource Center, City Life Vida Urbana, Home for All Massachusetts, The Boston Ujima Project, Right to the City Boston, and the Better Budget Alliance!

Together, we are working to create meaning that guides our people to freedom.

The Better Budget Alliance shares its vision for the future of participatory budgeting in Boston with local media.

The Better Budget Alliance has a vision for powerful participatory budgeting in our city and hopes to cocreate a process that is accessible and engaging, which centers the needs of the people. The coalition strongly believes that everyday people, especially in Boston’s least funded neighborhoods, should have the power to directly decide how to spend a portion of the City’s budget to improve our communities.

BBA representatives had the chance to talk about this vision for participatory budgeting on two local Boston radio shows this past month. Kathy Henriquez and Kendra Patterson spoke on Java with Jimmy to share how the BBA hopes the city will work to ensure that the participatory budgeting process in Boston is one that advances racial and economic justice and is meaningfully funded. Kat Ramos and Francesco Tena shared their thoughts on why it’s important to involve the community in the city’s participatory budgeting process, from design to implementation on ZUMIX Radio, a community station powered by youth.

The Better Budget Alliance is Boston’s grassroots coalition of BIPOC-led community organizations that mobilizes residents to win justice and democracy in our city’s budget.

Check out the Java with Jimmy interview here!

Join the COWOP coalition for two upcoming opportunities - learn more about worker ownership.

Over 4 years ago, we catalyzed the state-wide Coalition for Worker Ownership and Power (COWOP) to build the worker coop movement in Massachusetts. Now, the coalition’s strong and durable because of collaboration from numerous coops and allies.

This Thursday, November 30th, join us for a virtual study group about policies and practices in MA that can support the coop movement.

And on December 4th, join COWOP’s 2023 annual meeting from 3-5pm. If you want to attend, please RSVP with Sarah Assefa at sarah.a@economicdemocracy.us

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