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Certain eyesores are becoming increasingly common in Albany Park, an immigrant neighborhood on Chicago's northwest side. Boarded-up houses stand next to newly-renovated condominiums whose high rents push out former residents. Overcrowded classrooms provide less and less ESL, music, cultural, and physical education. Difficult jobs at all hours of the day don't pay overtime or give benefits.

GEO Collective member John Lawrence says, "I know this article is off topic. But, it puts the effort to build a more egalitarian sustainable economy in perspective."

 

The land trust movement in the United States has gained notoriety over the past 20 years mainly for its role in environmental conservation. Known as land conservancies, these non-profit organizations, such as the Nature Conservancy, acquire development rights or land in fee simple, in order to conserve natural resources by protecting land from development.

What if you asked Americans in largely "red," or Republican districts and largely "blue," or Democratic districts, very specific questions about what government should do—about taxes, reproductive rights, foreign affairs, and the like, and 96 percent of the time they agreed?

On the eve of the International Cooperative Day, CICOPA, the voice of worker, social and artisans’ cooperatives, wishes to underline the large potential of social inclusion of those cooperatives as a result of their ownership and participation pattern, which is inherent to their mission.

With the publication of the Co-operative Economy 2014 and celebrations for the second employee ownership day taking place on 4 July, Giles Simon take an in-depth look at the state of the worker co-operative sector in the UK.

What are the different ways you see women as leaders in the food co-op movement?

In a victory for new economy advocates, the New York City Council passed a budget last week that will create a $1.2 million fund for the growth of worker-owned cooperative businesses.

[C]an cooperatively-owned bookshops play their part in reversing the decline in bookshop culture? "Yes they can," says Ed Mayo, secretary general of coops member organisation Co-operatives UK. "As more people see how the cooperative option can save what is important to them, the number of cooperative bookshops will accelerate," he says...

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