Transforming our Cities: Strategies for Local Economic Democracy

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This year’s conference theme of “Resist and Transform” focuses on the potential for cooperatives to be a tool for both resistance in these volatile times as well as a building block for transforming our economy and society. Moderated by Stacey Sutton who has researched various municipal strategies throughout the U.S., The speakers on this panel will explore specific examples that support the transformation of local economies employed throughout the U.S. and Canada. We will hear from representatives from New York, NY where city council has supported worker coop development with an investment of over 5 million dollars for the past 3 years, Quebec, CA where local cooperative networks and provincial governments have partnered to support worker coops for decades, Jackson Mississippi, where Cooperation Jackson has worked with allies to implement a comprehensive plan based on principles of economic democracy which has been embraced by Chokwe Antar Lumumba who recently won the democratic primary mayoral race, and Newark, NJ where mayor Ras Baraka, has embraced and championed the cooperative model of development to rebuild sustainable communities.

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