Assemblies Across the Coasts

Los Angeles for All (a project of Solidarity Research Center) invites you to a conversation on Occupy Wall Street and its legacy for revolutionary movements on Saturday, 8/12/23 at 7:30 PM at the Robinson Space.


Speakers include Marisa Holmes of Occupy Wall Street, Michael Novick from Occupy Los Angeles, Yvonne Yen Liu from Los Angeles People’s Movement Assembly

Together, we will collectively explore questions, such as:

  • Occupy was a broad introduction to the practice of direct democracy for many folks. How do we translate that into daily life and not just revolutionary moments?
  • What are lessons learned from Occupy for the #hotlaborsummer and the strike wave in Los Angeles right now?
  • What is the role and relationship of insurgent movements with established nonprofits and trade unions?

The flow of the evening includes:

  1. Initial framing talks by speakers (8 minutes each)
  2. Small discussion groups (45 minutes)
  3. Break (10 minutes)
  4. Report back (40 minutes)
  5. Closing (10 minutes)

Refreshments will be available for a sliding scale donation.

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Civic Assemblies Panel: Making LA’s Government More Participatory

Date: Monday, 7/24/23
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Location: Lehrer Architects, 2140 Hyperion Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027


Leonora Camner (Abundant Housing LA and Public Democracy LA), Yvonne Yen Liu (Solidarity Research Center and Los Angeles For All), and Laura Ryan (The Berggruen Institute) with moderator, comedian and disability advocate, Keisha Zollar (Stephen Colbert Presents: Tooning Out the News) come together to discuss civic assemblies and the possibilities and realities of deliberative governments and what those could look like in Los Angeles today.

Come network over refreshments with other Angelenos who are interested in creating breakthroughs, building participation in, and getting we the people involved in governing our city!

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What is a civic assembly?

Sometimes referred to as a citizens assembly, sortition, or deliberative democracy, a civic assembly is similar to jury duty for policy. Its members form a representative cross-section of the public, and are provided with time, resources and a broad range of viewpoints to learn deeply about an issue. (Wikipedia)


The Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) Movement: Perspectives from the U.S., Spain and Latin America

The Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) Movement: Perspectives from the U.S., Spain and Latin America

Dr. Santiago Eizaguirre Anglada, Yvonne Yen Liu, Euclides Mance, & Dr. Eric Griego Montoya

Thursday, April 13, 2023 | 12:00 pm – 01:30 pm

Virtual – Zoom

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The Latin American and Iberian Institute is pleased to host this virtual panel, The Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) Movement: Perspectives from the U.S., Spain and Latin America, with the following guests:

SSE and Municipalism in Europe: The Barcelona Experience with Local Economic Democracy
Dr. Santiago Eizaguirre Anglada, Department of Sociology and Creativity, Innovation and Urban Transformation, University of Barcelona

SSE in Latin America: Solidarity Economic Circuits and SSE Networks
Euclides Mance, Federal University of ABC, Brazil

SSE in the United States: Progress and Challenges
Yvonne Yen Liu, Research Director, Solidarity Research Center

Moderator: Dr. Eric Griego Montoya, Visiting Scholar, LAII and Associate Chief of Staff for Policy, City of Albuquerque

Speaker Bios:

Santiago Eizaguirre Anglada
Santiago Eizaguirre Anglada is a tenure-track elegible lecturer at the Department of Sociology of the University of Barcelona specialized in the area of social change and development. His research focuses on social innovation and democratic governance, giving special attention to territorial development, transformative economies and citizenship initiatives overcoming social exclusion. This includes strategic analysis and policy recommendations on urban educating environments, democratic innovation and solidarity-based economies. He has done research stays at the Centre de Recherche sur les Innovations Sociales (CRISES) in the Université du Québec à Montréal (2018); the Institut de Govern i Polítiques Públiques from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (2016), or the Department of Architecture at KU Leuven (2013). His teaching activities include economic geography, sociology of education and conflicts and social problems, in different university degrees and learning environments.

Euclides André Mance
He has a degree in Philosophy from the Federal University of Paraná – UFPR (1987), specialization in Philosophical Anthropology (UFPR – 1990) and a Masters in Education (UFPR -1999). He is a PhD student in Philosophy at UFABC. He was professor of Philosophy of Science, Logic and Latin American Philosophy at higher education institutions in Brazil (1987-2003), among them the UFPR. He created the Solidarius Platform (2006), which provides I.T. solutions for the organization and operation of Solidarity Economic Circuits and Collaborative Networks of Solidarity Economy. He has worked as a consultant in projects of UNESCO (2004) and FAO (2005-2006). He is a member of the General Coordination of the Institute of Philosophy of Liberation and Executive Coordinator of Solidarius Brazil. He has experience in the areas of Philosophy, Education and Economy, working mainly in the following themes: philosophy of liberation, network theory, liberation economy, solidarity economy and information technology.

Yvonne Yen Liu
Yvonne is the co-founder and research director at Solidarity Research Center. She is based in Los Angeles, California, where the sun smiles on her every day. Although a native of NYC, she and the city have broken up and went their separate ways. She is a practitioner of research justice with over 20 years of being a nerd for racial and social justice organizations. Yvonne serves on the boards of the U.S. Solidarity Economy Network and Policy Advocates for Sustainable Economies. She teaches in the gender studies department at California State University, Los Angeles. Yvonne has a BA in cultural anthropology from Columbia University and a MA in sociology from the CUNY Graduate Center, where she pursued a PhD.

Eric Griego Montoya
For the past three decades Eric has worked as an instructor, researcher, analyst and policy maker on applied public policy issues ranging from economic development to
early childhood education at the local, state, national and international level. From 2014-2020 he was a research fellow at the Center for Social Policy (formerly the Center for Health Policy) at the University of New Mexico, where his teaching and research focused on sustainable economic development, social capital and public policy. He holds a bachelor’s degree in government and journalism from New Mexico State University, a master’s in public management from the University of Maryland, and a master’s and doctorate in political science from the University of New Mexico. He currently serves as Associate Chief of Staff for Policy in Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller’s office, where he leads the Administration’s policy, legislative and government affairs efforts. He was recently selected as a Fulbright Scholar and beginning in the Fall of 2023 he will be a Visiting Researcher and at the Creativity Innovation and Urban Transformation group at the University of Barcelona.


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