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Publicly-owned banks were instrumental in funding Germany’s “economic miracle” after the devastation of World War II. Although the German public banks have been targeted in the last decade for takedown by their private competitors, the model remains a viable alternative to the private profiteering being protested on Wall Street today.
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 There are many ways to take back your power in the terrain of the solidarity economy

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"institutional reconstruction" aims either to weaken or displace corporate power in favor of democratic control
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Friday October 14, 2011, Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! keynoted the first CICOPA North America Worker Co-op conference in Quebec. Goodman addressed an audience of over 150, including many representatives from worker cooperatives across Canada and the United States.  She told us: "We need a media that covers the movements that create static, and history, like yours." While her main message was about the importance of independent media, she also commented that, "As the Occupy Wall Street movement looks for solutions -  this is what all of you are about!"
Last night, CICOPA North America was formed in Quebec at the first ever North American Worker Cooperative Conference!

Also at the opening of the conference last night, it was announced that US Federation of Worker Cooperatives President Rebecca Kemble (member of Union Cab of Madison Cooperative) has been named President of CICOPA North America! In serving as president, Rebecca also fills the positions of Vice President of CICOPA of the Americas, and member of the Executive Committee of CICOPA.
Announcment from the NYC Network of Worker Co-ops in English and Spanish
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It's  time for higher education institutions to rethink their role in our economy and our society.
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over 200 U.S. solidarity events and Facebook pages
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Lower East Side People's Federal Credit Union celebrates 25th Anniversary in New York City November 3rd
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Are you a New York State worker, entrepreneur, or business owner who is interested in funded technical assistance for starting or transitioning to a worker cooperative?  If so please voice your support by Tuesday, 9/27 for a pilot worker cooperative incubator and technical assistance center in the Southern Tier. 
Four NYC Council members, each with $1 Million, will let public decide how it's spent
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Bringing the stories of local economic innovators to life through 7 short films
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The following communication was sent Sept. 9, 2011 by the American Monetary Institute regarding Kucinich's Sept 7, speech in which he introduced the National Employment & Economic Defense (NEED) Act.

 

US Steelworkers pass resolution endorsing its unionized, worker-owned cooperative development activities
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IPS Washington correspondent Kanya D'Almeida spoke with Brian Van Slyke, founder of the Toolbox for Education and Social Action (TESA)
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Inventive new resource turns to the public to raise funds and awareness
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Meet the students who stopped exploitation at the Hersheys plant and are demanding that PA workers get living wage jobs. Send messages of solidarity to justice-at-hersheys@guestworkeralliance.org.

Robert Oakeshott, English organizer of cooperatives and author of The Case for Workers' Co-ops, passed away June 21st.  Obituaries in the Guardian, the Economist, and the Telegraph.

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