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create-iconAlong with direct action and other forms of resistance, a transformational movement must also have a constructive program that builds new institutions based on the values that the movement aspires to achieve. These may eventually replace the old systems. From small, worker-owned cooperatives to national advocacy groups, hundreds of thousands of people around the country are working to create democratic and sustainable systems that meet the basic needs of all people.

For A Workers’ Olympics!

By Nathaniel Flakin, Left Voice. -

We need a Workers’ Olympics as an alternative to the bourgeois Olympics! This might sound like an empty slogan, but the International Workers’ Olympiads took place from 1921 to 1937. The workers’ movement had always organized its own sports [...]

Housing Should Not Be A Luxury

By Katharina Hofmann De Moura, Consortium News. -

Unfortunately, access to private space has become increasingly unequal in Europe. This discrepancy has been exacerbated by the pandemic. A lockdown spent on a terrace or in the garden is not the same as one confined in an apartment block. Ever [...]

The Power Plant Of The Future Is Right In Your Home

By Daniel Oberhaus, Wired. -

Basalt Vista is designed to be an all-electric community that produces as much power as it uses. Each home comes outfitted with an electric vehicle charger in the garage, a large battery pack in the basement, and a roof covered with solar [...]

‘Feed ‘Em All!’ Fridge With Free Food Now Open In Maywood

By F. Amanda Tugade, Village Free Press (VFP). -

On an early Saturday afternoon, about a dozen residents and local organizers gathered in Maywood outside of the childhood home of Black Panther icon Fred Hampton. Armed with boxes of fresh whole corn, cherries, peaches and greens, they stood [...]

The Sandinista Revolution Reaches 42 Years Of Victories

By , Telesur English. -

On Monday, Nicaragua celebrates the 42nd anniversary of the victory of the revolution led by the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), which overthrew the U.S.-backed dictatorship of Anastasio Somoza on July 19, 1979. The celebrations [...]

Only International Solidarity Can Defeat Covid For Good

By Nivedita Majumdar, Tribune Magazine. -

In early March of this year, I was in a hospital bed in Delhi for a week following a Covid diagnosis. This was just about four weeks before the second wave hit the country, showcasing the dystopic deadliness of the virus. It was strangely calm [...]

Reckoning And Reparations In Afghanistan

By Kathy Kelly, The Progressive Magazine. -

Earlier this week, 100 Afghan families from Bamiyan, a rural province of central Afghanistan mainly populated by the Hazara ethnic minority, fled to Kabul out of fear of attacks by Taliban militants. Over the past decade, I’ve gotten to know [...]

Minnesota’s First MMIW Office To Open

By Kalle Benallie, Indian Country Today . -

As a survivor, child witness and mom of an 8-year-old daughter, the work of missing and murdered Indigenous women is extremely personal to Minnesota Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan. “[I] don’t want her to experience the same things I’ve experienced, [...]

When Communities Reject The Throwaway Economy

By Mauro Anastasio, European Environmental Bureau. -

Here's how a growing number of communities across Europe are speeding up the shift to more resilient economies and supply chains. Rethinking the way we create, use, and dispose of our everyday products. The world’s resources are limited, [...]

Child Care Should Be Universal And Well-Paid

By Michelle Chen, Truthout. -

Queen Freelove of New Haven, Connecticut, remembers when the pandemic transformed the daycare she ran out of her home, abruptly turning the atmosphere from cozy to clinical: “Things got extremely traumatic for us,” she recalled. She was [...]

Tribe Is Now An Owner Of The Power Grid

By Mark Trahant, Indian Country Today. -

A news release includes some almost hidden news. The lede: “Southern California Edison, one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, has completed its West of Devers transmission lines.” The company said the deal was important because it [...]

Report Calls For Reparations For Victims Of Racist Police Violence

By Marjorie Cohn, Truthout. -

On June 28, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet released a stunning 23-page report accompanied by a 95-page conference room paper for the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) documenting systemic racism and human rights [...]

Illinois Bill Mandates Public Schools Teach Asian American History

By Jordan Williams, The Hill. -

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker (D) has signed legislation mandating public schools teach Asian American history, making the state the first in the nation to do so. The legislation, the Teaching Equitable Asian American History Act, requires a unit [...]

Re-Lighting The Night After The City Repossessed Their Streetlights

By Tia Graham, Next City. -

The City of Highland Park, a predominantly Black city surrounded by Detroit, Michigan, has had most of its residential streets in the dark for the last 10 years. In 2011, the city owed $4 million to utility company DTE Energy. An agreement [...]

Is Alternative Energy The Best Solution To Climate Catastrophe?

By Don Fitz, Popular Resistance. -

The world is threatened with environmental disaster and capitalists hope to make a killing off of it.  Fossil fuel (FF) companies claim they are “environmentally friendly.”  Other corporations promote nuclear energy, hydro-power (dams), and [...]

Along with direct action and other forms of resistance, a successful movement must also build new institutions based on solidarity, justice and cooperation. From small, worker-owned cooperatives to national advocacy groups, hundreds of thousands of people around the country are working to create democratic and sustainable systems that meet the basic needs of all people. Below are some organizations, tools and other resources to help you get involved creating a new world.

Featured Video:The video to the right is the trailer for the new film, Fixing the Future, highlighting effective, local practices such as community banking, worker cooperatives, local currencies and more.

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