Coronavirus is a Historic Trigger Event — and it Needs a Movement to Respond

Whether the Sanders campaign seizes this opportunity, or an alternate framework for collective action arises, a mass movement response to the coronavirus pandemic cannot come too soon. For our own sake, and that of our society as a whole, let us help the drive toward solidarity emerge.

We’re About to Witness the Best Humans Have to Offer

Yet, as I said, I am not feeling that helpless form of resignation. You shouldn’t either. And if you’re looking for some inspiration and have some free time in quarantine, pick up a book I hadn’t read in 2008 called A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster by Rebecca Solnit. In it, she details the astounding things people do to help each other in times of extreme distress.

Facing COVID-19 With Community Instead of Fear

As the coronavirus spreads anxiety and panic across the globe, people are finding ways to share information and support each other.

Citing the “collective solidarity” of friends and family in China and Hong Kong who have been affected by the coronavirus, a Seattle group has formed an online community to coordinate resources and provide support to those most vulnerable to the infection.

Access to Land Plus a Participation Income Could Change the World

In this article we’d like to offer some new thinking: a policy proposal that we feel has the potential to be transformative. At its simplest, our proposal involves providing self-selecting unemployed public housing residents with a basic, living wage.

Indigenous Tribes are at the Forefront of Climate Change Planning in the U.S.

As other North American tribes have begun to experience the effects of climate change over the past decade, they too have started to adopt climate resilience and adaptation plans. According to a database maintained by the University of Oregon, at least 50 tribes across the U.S. have assessed climate risks and developed plans to tackle them.

The Commons and Climate Change

There is much to be said about the relationship of commons to climate change, but let me offer this short glimpse into the clash of worldviews that must be negotiated. Whatever the outcome in ongoing arguments with capitalist climate-deniers, our best recourse will be to build and fortify our many commons as a failsafe against the earthly reckoning that is coming.

Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk — Native land, Native Sovereignty

Regina is council-woman of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe. She and host Alan Wartes spoke about her work with the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition fighting for the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah — and why it means so much for her tribe and for her personally.

Reimagining Community: Co-operative Assets

Jonny Gordon-Farleigh took up this theme of how co-ops can be more involved in delivering an economy that benefits people, focusing on local authorities and heritage. “There are some real strategic opportunities for co-ops to work in these sectors,” he said, citing the example of Preston, where local procurement had increased and the worker-owned business model was favoured for council contracts.