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Understanding and seizing the momentum for public ownership

The Democracy Collaborative moderated a panel at Netroots Nation 2020 featuring three leaders of grassroots campaigns designed to advance public ownership in banking, energy and housing. read more
Biomed Europa

Biomed Europa: A challenge to the pharmaceutical oligopoly

In his new white paper, “Biomed Europa: after the coronavirus, a public infrastructure to overcome the pharmaceutical oligopoly,” Italian economist Massimo Florio proposes an international, transparent, public phar read more
Pharmacist holding medicines

Four steps toward reclaiming public medicine for public health

Now is the time to redesign our medicines system around open science practices, full-cycle public pharmaceutical production, compulsory licensing, and public ownership of the vaccine industry. read more
Defund militarized police

Defund the militarization of local police and fund community needs instead

One way to defund and demilitarize police departments is to end the federal law known as Section 1033, which enables the transfer of military equipment—weapons of war—to local police departments that have used them against Black Lives Matter protesters. read more
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How localities can save small businesses through economy preservation funds

As the COVID-19 crisis continues to unfold in the US through the summer of 2020, evidence mounts that the pandemic has become an extinction event for small businesses. read more
Solidarity economy

System Change: A basic primer to the solidarity economy

There is a great deal of confusion about both what socialism and capitalism mean. Here is a look at different systems or models of socialism, capitalism, and solidarity economy, a post-capitalist framework that emerged in Latin America and Europe in the 1990s. read more
BRESCO protest

The nation’s first “fair development” zero waste plan 

In a south Baltimore neighborhood, a powerful, youth-led coalition helped spearhead the first Zero Waste Plan developed by and for U.S. grassroots communities that want to transition from an economy of extraction to one of reuse and regeneration. read more
Public holding company

Public holding company

The effects of a local firm facing economic disaster can ripple destructively through a community. Public holding companies could take either partial or full ownership positions in distressed firms to prevent the economic and social dislocations associated with liquidation or collapse. read more
Hundred dollar bills in the shadows

A reading list for taking on financialization

One of the most important parts of a program for building power to take on the financial industry must be one of political education. read more