Decolonizing Economics Summit

We can’t wait for this discussion between Yvonne Yen Liu (Solidarity Research Center), Richard D. Wolff (Democracy at Work), Jessica Alvarez-Parfrey (Transition US), and Kali Akuno (Cooperation Jackson).
“What Is to Be Done? Burning Questions of Our Movement” is a political pamphlet written in 1902 by Vladimir Lenin outlining a “skeleton plan” for going beyond fighting economic battles over wages, working hours and the like and towards restructuring all of society. As we face ecological collapse, and fascism rising across the globe, we bring together movement leaders to pose that question to them: “What Is to Be Done?”

“Power to the People”: 50 Years of Bridging Research with Community

Plenary 3 (Saturday, November 2nd 2019, 3:30pm – 4:30pm)

Alternative Imaginaries and Futures 

This panel will examine solidarity economies, alternative relationships and communities, and alternative ecologies.

Yvonne Yen Liu, Cofounder and Research Director, Solidarity Research Center
Tavae Samueli, Executive Director, Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC)

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Forming Cooperatives

In our third of five webinars, our speakers will introduce the steps involved in forming a cooperative including deciding on its legal entity, cooperative finances, and governance and decision making.

Introducing Cooperatives

Asian American Solidarity Economy Project presents our second of five webinars: Introducing Cooperatives. Speakers Mai Nguyen of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives and Anh-Thu Nguyen of Democracy at Work Institute introduce cooperatives, its principles and examples, and the cooperative ecosystem. Facilitated by Yvonne Yen Liu and Parag Rajendra Khandhar.

Introducing Solidarity Economy

In our first of five webinars, our speakers Emily Kawano, US Solidarity Economy Network and Julia Ho, Solidarity Economy St Louis will introduce the framework of solidarity economy, its history and contemporary practice, and examples in the Asian American immigrant and refugee experience.

Prison Strike and Solidarity with Incarcerated Workers

Sixth Los Angeles Anarchist Bookfair
October 8, 2016
2:30-3:30 PM
Tent City room
CIELO galleries/studios, 3201 Maple Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90011

On September 9, 2016, to mark the 45th anniversary of the Attica prison uprising, more than 24,000 incarcerated workers went on strike in over 12 states. The strike was organized by the IWW Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee. Over two million fellow workers are caged behind bars, more than 200,000 in California. Slavery was abolished by the state in 1865, however the 13th amendment carved out a sharp exception: slavery or involutary servitude was permissable for incarcerated workers. 2.4 million incarcerated workers work eight or more hours a day, with no union representation, making between $0.23 to $1.15 per hour, over six times less than minimum wage. Meanwhile, corporations receive tax credits and reap big profits off forced labor. California Prison Industry Authority reported profits of $58 million in 2014-15. The panel will share the genesis of the prison strike, why prison strikes are necessary, and the impact of direct action towards abolishing the prison industrial complex.

Phillip Ruiz, IWW Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee
Yvonne Yen Liu, Solidarity Research Center

Perspectives on Race, Place, and Food

Race and place have played a large role in shaping current dynamics, relationships, and injustices in the food system. Social circumstances and biases determine resource allocation, food access, and (in large part) the health of a community. How have these underlying tensions impacted communities across the country? What kind of dialogue and action is necessary to create real solutions for real people?

Lecture by: ALEGRĺA DE LA CRUZ, Center on Race, Poverty, and the Environment; REBECCA FLOURNOY, PolicyLink; YVONNE YEN LIU, Applied Research Center/Colorlines, Inc.