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Democracy & Governance

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
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
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
VA for all

Create a “VA for all” 

In our lifetime, it has perhaps never been clearer that we need a single, coordinated public healthcare system with equal access for all—a read more
Postal banking

Use the post office as a banking lifeline

A postal banking system in which everyone can have an account could provide quick access to emergency support for the millions of people without bank accounts forced to wait months for a stimulus check from the government.   read more
The Future is Public

The Future is Public: Towards democratic ownership of public services

The COVID-19 crisis has shown that public services and the people who operate them are the foundation of healthy and resilient societies. A growing international movement is choosing remunicipalization as a key tool for redefining public ownership for the 21st century. read more

To recover from COVID-19, America needs a vaccine. To get it, we can’t rely on corporations

The number of vaccine producers has been dwindling for years, because vaccines do not offer the kinds of profits that pharmaceutical companies think they deserve. There is, then, but one viable solution: We should nationalize what remains of the American vaccine industry now. read more
Media for people and planet

Shaping a media for people and planet

The path to a changed democracy rests on a changed media, and this dialogue under the auspices of Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere at Stanford University explores how that change could happen. read more
Nationalize Maddow

“Give them the Amtrak treatment”: Growing calls for widespread nationalization

We’ve been tracking how elected officials, organizers, activists, and policymakers have brought the potential of broad public ownership to combat the unfolding social, economic, and ecological crises into the center of the conversation. read more