Special Report: Whose Economy Is It? Ours.

Special Report: Whose Economy Is It? Ours.


>>OUR CITY’S ECONOMY,>>OUR CITY’S ECONOMY,
WHAT IS IT FOR? WHAT IS IT FOR?
NEW YORK’S HAS BEEN VERY GOOD AT NEW YORK’S HAS BEEN VERY GOOD AT
PILING UP PROFITS AND BUILDING PILING UP PROFITS AND BUILDING
TALL BUILDINGS, BUT ALL THAT TALL BUILDINGS, BUT ALL THAT
PRIVATE PROFIT HAS COME AT A PRIVATE PROFIT HAS COME AT A
COST TO PUBLIC SERVICES, AND COST TO PUBLIC SERVICES, AND
PUBLIC TRUST. PUBLIC TRUST.
COULD IT BE DIFFERENT? COULD IT BE DIFFERENT?
>>WE HAVE A ISSUE OF>>WE HAVE A ISSUE OF
STRUCTURAL ECONOMIC INEQUALITY STRUCTURAL ECONOMIC INEQUALITY
THAT EXISTS THAT WE HAVEN’T THAT EXISTS THAT WE HAVEN’T
ADDRESSED. ADDRESSED.
>>AND ONLY A REAL>>AND ONLY A REAL
EXTENSION OF PUBLIC OWNERSHIP EXTENSION OF PUBLIC OWNERSHIP
AND DEMOCRATIC CONTROL CAN AND DEMOCRATIC CONTROL CAN
ACHIEVE THOSE OBJECTIVES. ACHIEVE THOSE OBJECTIVES.
>>THINKING OF THE CITY AS>>THINKING OF THE CITY AS
A COMMONS IS A WAY TO A COMMONS IS A WAY TO
ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE CITY IS ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE CITY IS
GENERATIVE. GENERATIVE.
>>SO WHEN I’M ASKED, WHY>>SO WHEN I’M ASKED, WHY
DO WE NEED ECONOMIC DEMOCRACY? DO WE NEED ECONOMIC DEMOCRACY?
MY SHORT ANSWER IS THAT WE NEED MY SHORT ANSWER IS THAT WE NEED
IT TO HOLD ONTO DEMOCRACY. IT TO HOLD ONTO DEMOCRACY.
>>ON THIS WEEK’S SHOW,>>ON THIS WEEK’S SHOW,
WE TALK ABOUT THE NEW WE TALK ABOUT THE NEW
CONVERSATIONS THAT ARE HAPPENING CONVERSATIONS THAT ARE HAPPENING
BETWEEN LABOR UNIONS AND BETWEEN LABOR UNIONS AND
COMMUNITY MEMBERS. COMMUNITY MEMBERS.
BETWEEN RESIDENTS, WORKERS, AND BETWEEN RESIDENTS, WORKERS, AND
EMPLOYERS ABOUT HOW EVERYONE’S EMPLOYERS ABOUT HOW EVERYONE’S
ECONOMY CAN MOVE FORWARD. ECONOMY CAN MOVE FORWARD.
THAT’S THIS WEEK ON THE LAURA THAT’S THIS WEEK ON THE LAURA
FLANDERS SHOW, THE PLACE WHERE FLANDERS SHOW, THE PLACE WHERE
PEOPLE SAY IT CAN’T BE DONE TAKE PEOPLE SAY IT CAN’T BE DONE TAKE
A BACK SEAT TO THE PEOPLE WHO A BACK SEAT TO THE PEOPLE WHO
ARE DOING IT. WELCOME. ARE DOING IT. WELCOME.
[MUSIC] [MUSIC]
INTEREST IN THE QUESTION OF THE INTEREST IN THE QUESTION OF THE
ECONOMY IS GROWING AS EVIDENCED ECONOMY IS GROWING AS EVIDENCED
BY AN OVERSUBSCRIBED CONFERENCE BY AN OVERSUBSCRIBED CONFERENCE
HELD AT WHAT USED TO BE THE HELD AT WHAT USED TO BE THE
MURPHY CENTER, NOW CUNY’S NEWEST MURPHY CENTER, NOW CUNY’S NEWEST
COLLEGE, THE COLLEGE FOR LABOR COLLEGE, THE COLLEGE FOR LABOR
AND URBAN STUDIES. AND URBAN STUDIES.
>>WE’VE BEGUN, IN THE DE>>WE’VE BEGUN, IN THE DE
BLASIO ADMINISTRATION, BLASIO ADMINISTRATION,
CONSTRUCTING PROTOTYPES FOR HOW CONSTRUCTING PROTOTYPES FOR HOW
TO BUILD ECONOMIC DEMOCRACY. TO BUILD ECONOMIC DEMOCRACY.
AND THE IMPORTANT THING IS THAT AND THE IMPORTANT THING IS THAT
WE ALL WORK TOGETHER AND LEARN WE ALL WORK TOGETHER AND LEARN
TOGETHER, I’M NOT SAYING WE’VE TOGETHER, I’M NOT SAYING WE’VE
FIGURED EVERYTHING OUT. FIGURED EVERYTHING OUT.
NO WE HAVE NOT, WE’RE JUST NO WE HAVE NOT, WE’RE JUST
STARTING. STARTING.
>>NEW YORK CITY FACES>>NEW YORK CITY FACES
THE SERIOUS CHALLENGES OF ANY THE SERIOUS CHALLENGES OF ANY
MAJOR CITY, SPECIFICALLY WHEN IT MAJOR CITY, SPECIFICALLY WHEN IT
COMES TO INEQUALITY AND CLIMATE COMES TO INEQUALITY AND CLIMATE
RISK. RISK.
BUT WITH DEMOCRATIC MAJORITIES BUT WITH DEMOCRATIC MAJORITIES
AT BOTH THE CITY AND STATE LEVEL AT BOTH THE CITY AND STATE LEVEL
IN GOVERNMENT, ADDRESSING THOSE IN GOVERNMENT, ADDRESSING THOSE
CHALLENGES IS MORE POSSIBLE NOW CHALLENGES IS MORE POSSIBLE NOW
THAN IT’S BEEN IN DECADES. THAN IT’S BEEN IN DECADES.
AND SOME REAL EXPERTS ARE AT THE AND SOME REAL EXPERTS ARE AT THE
TABLE, NOTABLY J. PHILIP TABLE, NOTABLY J. PHILIP
THOMPSON, THE CITY’S DEPUTY THOMPSON, THE CITY’S DEPUTY
MAYOR FOR STRATEGIC POLICY MAYOR FOR STRATEGIC POLICY
INITIATIVES WHO INITIATIVES WHO
COMES TO THE JOB WITH YEARS COMES TO THE JOB WITH YEARS
OF EXPERIENCE AS A SCHOLAR AND OF EXPERIENCE AS A SCHOLAR AND
COALITION BUILDER, AND URBAN COALITION BUILDER, AND URBAN
PLANNER. PLANNER.
>>FOR ALL OF US WANTING>>FOR ALL OF US WANTING
ECONOMIC DEMOCRACY HONEST ECONOMIC DEMOCRACY HONEST
DIALOGUE AND DEEP UNITY ACROSS DIALOGUE AND DEEP UNITY ACROSS
RACE AND GEOGRAPHY, WE NEED TO RACE AND GEOGRAPHY, WE NEED TO
HAVE A ROUGH LEVEL OF EQUALITY HAVE A ROUGH LEVEL OF EQUALITY
AND RESOURCES AND CAPACITY. AND RESOURCES AND CAPACITY.
[APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE]
>>WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO>>WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO
WORKING IN NEW YORK? WORKING IN NEW YORK?
WHAT’S DISTINCTIVE ABOUT NEW WHAT’S DISTINCTIVE ABOUT NEW
YORK CITY AND ITS CAPACITY TO YORK CITY AND ITS CAPACITY TO
ADVANCE ECONOMIC DEMOCRACY? ADVANCE ECONOMIC DEMOCRACY?
>>WELL NEW YORK HAS>>WELL NEW YORK HAS
ALWAYS BEEN A LEADER IN ALWAYS BEEN A LEADER IN
INNOVATION, BUT ALSO IN PEOPLE’S INNOVATION, BUT ALSO IN PEOPLE’S
MOVEMENTS. MOVEMENTS.
THE REASON WE HAD CREATED THE THE REASON WE HAD CREATED THE
CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK, CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK,
WHICH UNTIL THE 1970S WAS FREE, WHICH UNTIL THE 1970S WAS FREE,
WAS BECAUSE OF IMMIGRANT WAS BECAUSE OF IMMIGRANT
MOVEMENTS FOUGHT FOR THAT IN THE MOVEMENTS FOUGHT FOR THAT IN THE
1930S AND WON IT. 1930S AND WON IT.
THE REASON WE HAD THE LARGEST THE REASON WE HAD THE LARGEST
PUBLIC HOSPITAL SYSTEM IN THE PUBLIC HOSPITAL SYSTEM IN THE
COUNTRY IS BECAUSE PEOPLE FOUGHT COUNTRY IS BECAUSE PEOPLE FOUGHT
FOR THAT AND INSTITUTED IT. FOR THAT AND INSTITUTED IT.
THE REASON WHY WE HAVE PUBLIC THE REASON WHY WE HAVE PUBLIC
HOUSING WAS ORIGINATED IN NEW HOUSING WAS ORIGINATED IN NEW
YORK, IN THE LOWER EAST SIDE, YORK, IN THE LOWER EAST SIDE,
BECAUSE PEOPLE FOUGHT AGAINST BECAUSE PEOPLE FOUGHT AGAINST
SLUM HOUSING. SLUM HOUSING.
AND THESE PROGRAMS CREATED THE AND THESE PROGRAMS CREATED THE
GREAT MIDDLE CLASS THAT AMERICA GREAT MIDDLE CLASS THAT AMERICA
TAKES GREAT PRIDE IN, BUT IT TAKES GREAT PRIDE IN, BUT IT
ACTUALLY CAME FROM THESE KINDS ACTUALLY CAME FROM THESE KINDS
OF INITIATIVES AND THESE KINDS OF INITIATIVES AND THESE KINDS
OF STRUGGLES. OF STRUGGLES.
>>WHAT DO YOU LIFT UP AS THE>>WHAT DO YOU LIFT UP AS THE
ECONOMIC DEMOCRACY INITIATIVES ECONOMIC DEMOCRACY INITIATIVES
THAT YOU ARE MOST PROUD THAT YOU ARE MOST PROUD
OF HERE IN THE CITY SO FAR? OF HERE IN THE CITY SO FAR?
>>WELL, WE ARE>>WELL, WE ARE
STRUGGLING WITH THIS, BUT ONE OF STRUGGLING WITH THIS, BUT ONE OF
THE THINGS THAT WE’RE WORKING ON THE THINGS THAT WE’RE WORKING ON
IS ACTUALLY USING THE IS ACTUALLY USING THE
INSTITUTIONS THAT I MENTIONED AS INSTITUTIONS THAT I MENTIONED AS
ANCHOR INSTITUTIONS. ANCHOR INSTITUTIONS.
THE HOSPITALS ALONE THE NEW YORK THE HOSPITALS ALONE THE NEW YORK
SPEND $12 BILLION A YEAR BUYING SPEND $12 BILLION A YEAR BUYING
GOODS AND SERVICES. GOODS AND SERVICES.
WHY CAN’T WE USE SOME OF THAT WHY CAN’T WE USE SOME OF THAT
$12 BILLION SPEND TO BUILD FIRMS $12 BILLION SPEND TO BUILD FIRMS
THAT ARE DEMOCRATICALLY RUN AND THAT ARE DEMOCRATICALLY RUN AND
CONTROLLED, THAT HAVE THE CONTROLLED, THAT HAVE THE
WELFARE OF THE COMMUNITY AND WELFARE OF THE COMMUNITY AND
THEIR WORKFORCE AS A PRIORITY? THEIR WORKFORCE AS A PRIORITY?
COMPANIES THAT ACTUALLY HAVE A COMPANIES THAT ACTUALLY HAVE A
CIVIC CORE TO THEM, WHY CAN’T WE CIVIC CORE TO THEM, WHY CAN’T WE
BUILD THOSE KINDS OF COMPANIES? BUILD THOSE KINDS OF COMPANIES?
BECAUSE AROUND THE WORLD THERE BECAUSE AROUND THE WORLD THERE
ARE PLENTY OF EXAMPLES. ARE PLENTY OF EXAMPLES.
THE IDEA THAT THE PRIVATE THE IDEA THAT THE PRIVATE
ECONOMY WILL TAKE CARE OF ECONOMY WILL TAKE CARE OF
EVERYONE’S PROSPERITY AND ALL EVERYONE’S PROSPERITY AND ALL
YOU HAVE TO DO IS LEAVE IT ALONE YOU HAVE TO DO IS LEAVE IT ALONE
IS A MYTH. IS A MYTH.
AND WHAT WE’RE REALLY SAYING IS, AND WHAT WE’RE REALLY SAYING IS,
LOCAL GOVERNMENT HAS TO STEP UP LOCAL GOVERNMENT HAS TO STEP UP
AND WE ACTUALLY HAVE TO PLAN AND AND WE ACTUALLY HAVE TO PLAN AND
ENSURE THAT OUR DOLLARS, OUR ENSURE THAT OUR DOLLARS, OUR
PUBLIC DOLLARS ARE BEING USED IN PUBLIC DOLLARS ARE BEING USED IN
THE BEST POSSIBLE WAY FOR THE THE BEST POSSIBLE WAY FOR THE
RESIDENTS OF THIS CITY. RESIDENTS OF THIS CITY.
AND THAT MEANS BUILDING AND THAT MEANS BUILDING
COMPANIES THAT ARE RESPONSIVE TO COMPANIES THAT ARE RESPONSIVE TO
THE PEOPLE OF THIS CITY. THE PEOPLE OF THIS CITY.
[UPBEAT MUSIC] [UPBEAT MUSIC]
>>ONE OF THE MANY WAYS>>ONE OF THE MANY WAYS
PEOPLE ARE APPROACHING ECONOMIC PEOPLE ARE APPROACHING ECONOMIC
DEMOCRACY IS THROUGH THE CITY’S DEMOCRACY IS THROUGH THE CITY’S
HEALTHCARE BUDGET. HEALTHCARE BUDGET.
>>A GROUP OF ADVOCATES>>A GROUP OF ADVOCATES
ORGANIZED TO APPROACH THE STATE ORGANIZED TO APPROACH THE STATE
LEGISLATURE, MYSELF INCLUDED AS LEGISLATURE, MYSELF INCLUDED AS
I WAS SERVING AS THE CHAIR OF I WAS SERVING AS THE CHAIR OF
THE COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN AND THE COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN AND
FAMILIES TO CREATE A NEW FAMILIES TO CREATE A NEW
INSTITUTION IN BROOKLYN, WHICH INSTITUTION IN BROOKLYN, WHICH
WE DID, A CHILDREN’S PSYCHIATRIC WE DID, A CHILDREN’S PSYCHIATRIC
HOSPITAL, BUILT AT A COST OF HOSPITAL, BUILT AT A COST OF
ABOUT $54 MILLION. ABOUT $54 MILLION.
STATE-OF-THE-ART INSTITUTION. STATE-OF-THE-ART INSTITUTION.
JUST AN INCREDIBLE SPACE. JUST AN INCREDIBLE SPACE.
AND THE MEDICAL DIRECTOR TURNS AND THE MEDICAL DIRECTOR TURNS
TO ME AND HE SAYS, WELL THERE’S TO ME AND HE SAYS, WELL THERE’S
ONE PROBLEM, THE CHILDREN, THEY ONE PROBLEM, THE CHILDREN, THEY
DON’T WANT TO GO HOME. DON’T WANT TO GO HOME.
AND THAT WAS MY EPIPHANY, WE AND THAT WAS MY EPIPHANY, WE
HAVE A ISSUE OF STRUCTURAL HAVE A ISSUE OF STRUCTURAL
ECONOMIC AND EQUALITY THAT ECONOMIC AND EQUALITY THAT
EXISTS THAT WE HAVEN’T EXISTS THAT WE HAVEN’T
ADDRESSED. ADDRESSED.
>>WE SPOKE TO FORMER NEW>>WE SPOKE TO FORMER NEW
YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MEMBER ROGER YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MEMBER ROGER
GREEN ABOUT HIS VISION FOR GREEN ABOUT HIS VISION FOR
TRANSFORMING THIS, THE LARGEST TRANSFORMING THIS, THE LARGEST
SECTOR OF NEW YORK’S ECONOMY. SECTOR OF NEW YORK’S ECONOMY.
LET’S TALK MACRO TO BEGIN. LET’S TALK MACRO TO BEGIN.
WHERE DO YOU SEE THE CONNECTIONS WHERE DO YOU SEE THE CONNECTIONS
BETWEEN THE ECONOMY AND BETWEEN THE ECONOMY AND
HEALTHCARE? HEALTHCARE?
>>WELL, IN NEW YORK CITY>>WELL, IN NEW YORK CITY
AND NEW YORK STATE, HEALTHCARE AND NEW YORK STATE, HEALTHCARE
IS THE LARGEST SECTOR. IS THE LARGEST SECTOR.
AND SO, WHAT WE’RE LOOKING AT IS AND SO, WHAT WE’RE LOOKING AT IS
THE ANCHOR INSTITUTIONS, THE ANCHOR INSTITUTIONS,
PARTICULARLY IN BROOKLYN BEING PARTICULARLY IN BROOKLYN BEING
LEVERAGED TO ADDRESS THE LEVERAGED TO ADDRESS THE
STRUCTURAL ECONOMIC INEQUALITY STRUCTURAL ECONOMIC INEQUALITY
THAT HAS PLAGUED CENTRAL THAT HAS PLAGUED CENTRAL
BROOKLYN FOR SOME TIME. BROOKLYN FOR SOME TIME.
HUGE CONTRACTS ARE GIVEN TO HUGE CONTRACTS ARE GIVEN TO
MAJOR CORPORATIONS, BYPASSING MAJOR CORPORATIONS, BYPASSING
THE LOCAL ECONOMY, WHICH IS THE LOCAL ECONOMY, WHICH IS
STRUGGLING WITH WAGE INSECURITY, STRUGGLING WITH WAGE INSECURITY,
ASSET DEPRESSION, POPULATION ASSET DEPRESSION, POPULATION
DISPLACEMENT, AND ALL OF THAT DISPLACEMENT, AND ALL OF THAT
COULD BE ADDRESSED IF IN FACT COULD BE ADDRESSED IF IN FACT
THE HEALTHCARE INSTITUTIONS THE HEALTHCARE INSTITUTIONS
THEMSELVES STARTED TO REDIRECT THEMSELVES STARTED TO REDIRECT
THEIR CONTRACTS BACK TO THE THEIR CONTRACTS BACK TO THE
LOCAL ECONOMY. LOCAL ECONOMY.
BY REDIRECTING THOSE CONTRACTS BY REDIRECTING THOSE CONTRACTS
BACK TO ENTERPRISES THAT BACK TO ENTERPRISES THAT
ORGANIZE IN A DEMOCRATIC WAY ORGANIZE IN A DEMOCRATIC WAY
WITH WORKFORCE DEMOCRACY, WITH WORKFORCE DEMOCRACY,
UNIONIZED WORKER CO-OPS, WE UNIONIZED WORKER CO-OPS, WE
ADDRESS TWO THINGS, NUMBER ONE, ADDRESS TWO THINGS, NUMBER ONE,
WE PROVIDE A LIVING WAGE BUT WE PROVIDE A LIVING WAGE BUT
ALSO A BROAD BASED PROFIT ALSO A BROAD BASED PROFIT
SHARING. SHARING.
THE THIRD THING IT WOULD DO IS THE THIRD THING IT WOULD DO IS
IT ENHANCES THE CIVIC IT ENHANCES THE CIVIC
INFRASTRUCTURE OF A COMMUNITY BY INFRASTRUCTURE OF A COMMUNITY BY
HAVING PEOPLE WITHIN THOSE HAVING PEOPLE WITHIN THOSE
ENTERPRISES ACTIVELY ENGAGED IN ENTERPRISES ACTIVELY ENGAGED IN
THE PRACTICE OF DEMOCRACY. THE PRACTICE OF DEMOCRACY.
WE THINK THAT’S IMPORTANT ALSO. WE THINK THAT’S IMPORTANT ALSO.
>>WE HAVE A SILVER>>WE HAVE A SILVER
TSUNAMI COMING IN NEW YORK, TSUNAMI COMING IN NEW YORK,
WHERE ONE IN FIVE NEW YORKERS WHERE ONE IN FIVE NEW YORKERS
WILL BE ELDERLY IN NEED OF HOME WILL BE ELDERLY IN NEED OF HOME
CARE. CARE.
HOME CARE WORKERS RIGHT NOW ARE HOME CARE WORKERS RIGHT NOW ARE
PAID MINIMUM WAGE, THEY’RE PAID MINIMUM WAGE, THEY’RE
POORLY TRAINED, THEY DON’T KNOW POORLY TRAINED, THEY DON’T KNOW
HOW TO KEEP PEOPLE OUT OF HOW TO KEEP PEOPLE OUT OF
HOSPITALS BECAUSE THEY’RE NOT HOSPITALS BECAUSE THEY’RE NOT
TRAINED TO DO THAT. TRAINED TO DO THAT.
ONE OF THE INITIATIVES WE HAVE ONE OF THE INITIATIVES WE HAVE
AS A CITY RIGHT NOW IS A WORKING AS A CITY RIGHT NOW IS A WORKING
GROUP ON LONG-TERM CARE. GROUP ON LONG-TERM CARE.
AND WE ARE REALLY TRYING TO AND WE ARE REALLY TRYING TO
MODEL, HOW DO WE BRING TOGETHER MODEL, HOW DO WE BRING TOGETHER
HOME CARE PROVIDERS, UNIONS, HOME CARE PROVIDERS, UNIONS,
COMMUNITY GROUPS TOGETHER TO COMMUNITY GROUPS TOGETHER TO
SAY, HOW DO WE CREATE A SAY, HOW DO WE CREATE A
LONG-TERM CARE SYSTEM THAT WORKS LONG-TERM CARE SYSTEM THAT WORKS
BETTER FOR WORKERS, BETTER FOR BETTER FOR WORKERS, BETTER FOR
PATIENTS, IT SAVES GOVERNMENT PATIENTS, IT SAVES GOVERNMENT
MONEY BY KEEPING PEOPLE OUT OF MONEY BY KEEPING PEOPLE OUT OF
EMERGENCY ROOMS AND CAN BE EMERGENCY ROOMS AND CAN BE
TRANSFORMATIVE? TRANSFORMATIVE?
AND FOR US THAT IS MODELING AND FOR US THAT IS MODELING
ECONOMIC DEMOCRACY. ECONOMIC DEMOCRACY.
>>ONE ROUTE TO ECONOMIC>>ONE ROUTE TO ECONOMIC
DEMOCRACY IS THROUGH WORKER DEMOCRACY IS THROUGH WORKER
OWNERSHIP, AND NEW YORK IS HOME OWNERSHIP, AND NEW YORK IS HOME
TO THE LARGEST WORKER OWNED TO THE LARGEST WORKER OWNED
CO-OP IN THE COUNTRY, CO-OP IN THE COUNTRY,
CO-OPERATIVE HOME CARE CO-OPERATIVE HOME CARE
ASSOCIATES IN THE BRONX. ASSOCIATES IN THE BRONX.
>>WE DO THE HARDEST WORK,>>WE DO THE HARDEST WORK,
BUT WE DON’T GET PAID FOR WHAT BUT WE DON’T GET PAID FOR WHAT
WE DO. WE DO.
IT TOOK A WHILE FOR US TO GET AT IT TOOK A WHILE FOR US TO GET AT
LEAST $15 AN HOUR, WHEN I FEEL LEAST $15 AN HOUR, WHEN I FEEL
THAT WE DESERVE MORE, BECAUSE IN THAT WE DESERVE MORE, BECAUSE IN
REALITY, WE’RE THERE MORE THAN REALITY, WE’RE THERE MORE THAN
THE FAMILY, WE’RE THERE MORE THE FAMILY, WE’RE THERE MORE
THAN THE NURSES. THAN THE NURSES.
THIS IS NOT FOR EVERYBODY. THIS IS NOT FOR EVERYBODY.
YOU KNOW, A LOT OF US TAKE THE YOU KNOW, A LOT OF US TAKE THE
TRAINING, BUT WE DON’T MAKE IT. TRAINING, BUT WE DON’T MAKE IT.
WE GO TO OUR CLIENT’S HOME, WE WE GO TO OUR CLIENT’S HOME, WE
SEE WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT. SEE WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT.
AND IT’S LIKE, OH NO, THIS IS AND IT’S LIKE, OH NO, THIS IS
NOT FOR ME. NOT FOR ME.
YOU KNOW, TAKING CARE OF YOU KNOW, TAKING CARE OF
SOMEBODY THAT YOU DON’T EVEN SOMEBODY THAT YOU DON’T EVEN
KNOW THAT MAY EVEN SPEAK TO YOU KNOW THAT MAY EVEN SPEAK TO YOU
NOT CORRECTLY. NOT CORRECTLY.
THEY THINK THAT YOU’RE A MAID, THEY THINK THAT YOU’RE A MAID,
THEY THINK THAT YOU’RE THERE, THEY THINK THAT YOU’RE THERE,
THEY THINK THAT THEY’RE THE ONE THEY THINK THAT THEY’RE THE ONE
THAT PAYS YOU. THAT PAYS YOU.
I THINK EVERYONE SHOULD BE A I THINK EVERYONE SHOULD BE A
WORKER’S OWNER BECAUSE IT’S A WORKER’S OWNER BECAUSE IT’S A
LOT TO GO WITH THE CHECK. IT’S A LOT OF PERKS. IT’S A LOT OF PERKS.
YOU CAN ACTUALLY SAY, I OWN ONE YOU CAN ACTUALLY SAY, I OWN ONE
PIECE OF CO-OPERATIVE HOME CARE. PIECE OF CO-OPERATIVE HOME CARE.
BECAUSE REMEMBER, HOME CARE, THE BECAUSE REMEMBER, HOME CARE, THE
PAY IS LOW. PAY IS LOW.
SO ANY TYPE OF DIVIDEND OR ANY SO ANY TYPE OF DIVIDEND OR ANY
TYPE OF EXTRA MONEY THAT YOU TYPE OF EXTRA MONEY THAT YOU
GET, IT’S A BLESSING. GET, IT’S A BLESSING.
>>SO CO-OPERATIVE HOME CARE>>SO CO-OPERATIVE HOME CARE
ASSOCIATES IS A WORKER OWNED ASSOCIATES IS A WORKER OWNED
COOPERATIVE, WHICH MEANS THAT COOPERATIVE, WHICH MEANS THAT
ANYONE WHO WORKS FOR THE ANYONE WHO WORKS FOR THE
CO-OPERATIVE CAN ALSO BE AN CO-OPERATIVE CAN ALSO BE AN
OWNER, BUT YOU’RE NOT REQUIRED OWNER, BUT YOU’RE NOT REQUIRED
TO BE AN OWNER. TO BE AN OWNER.
BEING A WORKER OWNED BEING A WORKER OWNED
CO-OPERATIVE IS ONE PART OF OUR CO-OPERATIVE IS ONE PART OF OUR
MODEL. MODEL.
I THINK IN GENERAL, HAVING A I THINK IN GENERAL, HAVING A
CULTURE AROUND PARTICIPATORY CULTURE AROUND PARTICIPATORY
MANAGEMENT AND AN OPEN DOOR MANAGEMENT AND AN OPEN DOOR
POLICY WHERE WE WANT WORKERS TO POLICY WHERE WE WANT WORKERS TO
COME IN AND EXPRESS WHAT’S GOING COME IN AND EXPRESS WHAT’S GOING
ON FOR THEM IN THEIR JOBS, IN ON FOR THEM IN THEIR JOBS, IN
THEIR COMMUNITIES, IS ALSO PART THEIR COMMUNITIES, IS ALSO PART
OF THIS EQUATION. OF THIS EQUATION.
AND RESPECTING AND VALUING THE AND RESPECTING AND VALUING THE
WORKFORCE AND UNDERSTANDING THAT WORKFORCE AND UNDERSTANDING THAT
WE NEED TO INVEST IN THE WE NEED TO INVEST IN THE
WORKFORCE FOR THEM TO HAVE WORKFORCE FOR THEM TO HAVE
QUALITY JOBS, SO THAT THEY CAN QUALITY JOBS, SO THAT THEY CAN
GO OUT AND PROVIDE THE KIND OF GO OUT AND PROVIDE THE KIND OF
CARE THAT SOME OF NEW YORK’S CARE THAT SOME OF NEW YORK’S
MOST VULNERABLE POPULATIONS MOST VULNERABLE POPULATIONS
NEED. NEED.
TODAY, IN 2019, WE HAVE OVER TODAY, IN 2019, WE HAVE OVER
2,100 HOME CARE WORKERS AND 2,100 HOME CARE WORKERS AND
CO-OPERATIVE HOME CARE IS THE CO-OPERATIVE HOME CARE IS THE
LARGEST WORKER OWNED LARGEST WORKER OWNED
CO-OPERATIVE IN THE UNITED CO-OPERATIVE IN THE UNITED
STATES. STATES.
>>SOME TRADE UNIONS ARE>>SOME TRADE UNIONS ARE
THINKING ABOUT WORKER OWNERSHIP THINKING ABOUT WORKER OWNERSHIP
TOO, LIKE 1199, THE HEALTHCARE TOO, LIKE 1199, THE HEALTHCARE
WORKERS. WORKERS.
SHAYWAAL AMIN IS A VICE SHAYWAAL AMIN IS A VICE
PRESIDENT IN THE UNION WHO WORKS PRESIDENT IN THE UNION WHO WORKS
WITH NURSING HOME WORKERS. WITH NURSING HOME WORKERS.
TRANSITIONING TO WORKER TRANSITIONING TO WORKER
OWNERSHIP IS NOT AN EASY MOVE OWNERSHIP IS NOT AN EASY MOVE
FOR A TRADE UNION. FOR A TRADE UNION.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE OBSTACLES? WHAT ARE SOME OF THE OBSTACLES?
>>WE NEED HEALTHCARE,>>WE NEED HEALTHCARE,
ALL OF US. ALL OF US.
AND SO WHAT WOULD BE BEST FOR ME AND SO WHAT WOULD BE BEST FOR ME
WOULD BE BEST FOR YOU. WOULD BE BEST FOR YOU.
AND SO IF YOU CAN HAVE SOMEONE AND SO IF YOU CAN HAVE SOMEONE
THAT CAN TRANSLATE, LISTEN, I THAT CAN TRANSLATE, LISTEN, I
KNOW THAT WE CAN GIVE YOU THE KNOW THAT WE CAN GIVE YOU THE
BEST ASSISTANCE, THE BEST BEST ASSISTANCE, THE BEST
HEALTHCARE WITH THE MONIES THAT HEALTHCARE WITH THE MONIES THAT
WE HAVE, I THINK THAT’S THE BEST WE HAVE, I THINK THAT’S THE BEST
WAY TO GO. WAY TO GO.
AND THE WORKER WOULD KNOW WHAT’S AND THE WORKER WOULD KNOW WHAT’S
THE BEST WAY TO DO IT, THE BEST WAY TO DO IT,
I BELIEVE. I BELIEVE.
>>NOW, HOW DOES YOUR>>NOW, HOW DOES YOUR
WORK WITH NURSING HOME WORKERS WORK WITH NURSING HOME WORKERS
INTERSECT WITH THIS CONVERSATION INTERSECT WITH THIS CONVERSATION
ABOUT ECONOMIC DEMOCRACY? ABOUT ECONOMIC DEMOCRACY?
>>WELL, IN THE REALITY>>WELL, IN THE REALITY
OF THE WORKPLACE IS THAT THEY OF THE WORKPLACE IS THAT THEY
ARE– IT’S MOSTLY WOMEN, ARE– IT’S MOSTLY WOMEN,
IMMIGRANTS, AND LOW PAYING JOBS. IMMIGRANTS, AND LOW PAYING JOBS.
AND HOW WE SEE OURSELVES AND HOW WE SEE OURSELVES
CHANGING IS HAVING MORE OF A CHANGING IS HAVING MORE OF A
VOICE IN THE WORKPLACE. VOICE IN THE WORKPLACE.
AND IN HEALTHCARE IN PARTICULAR, AND IN HEALTHCARE IN PARTICULAR,
THE ISSUE BECOMES THE TAX THE ISSUE BECOMES THE TAX
PAYER’S DOLLARS. PAYER’S DOLLARS.
AND WE WANT TO HAVE A SAY IN AND WE WANT TO HAVE A SAY IN
WHAT THE MONIES THAT ARE SHARED WHAT THE MONIES THAT ARE SHARED
WITH THE TAX PAYERS IN OUR WITH THE TAX PAYERS IN OUR
WORKPLACE, IN THE NURSING HOMES, WORKPLACE, IN THE NURSING HOMES,
IN THE CENTERS, IN THE CLINICS, IN THE CENTERS, IN THE CLINICS,
THAT WE WANT TO HAVE A SAY OF THAT WE WANT TO HAVE A SAY OF
WHAT THE PROFITABILITY, WHERE IT WHAT THE PROFITABILITY, WHERE IT
SHOULD BE DISTRIBUTED TO, HOW SHOULD BE DISTRIBUTED TO, HOW
IT’S DISTRIBUTED. IT’S DISTRIBUTED.
>>SO HOW IS THAT WORKING>>SO HOW IS THAT WORKING
FOR YOU WITH USERS, WORKERS, FOR YOU WITH USERS, WORKERS,
CONSUMERS, RESIDENTS, CONSUMERS, RESIDENTS,
POLITICIANS, RESEARCHES ALL AT POLITICIANS, RESEARCHES ALL AT
THE TABLE? THE TABLE?
>>THE CHALLENGES ARE IN>>THE CHALLENGES ARE IN
OUR FACE, BUT I BELIEVE WE HAVE OUR FACE, BUT I BELIEVE WE HAVE
THE EXPERTISE. THE EXPERTISE.
AND AS BIG AS AN ORGANIZATION AS AND AS BIG AS AN ORGANIZATION AS
1199, I BELIEVE WE CAN IRON OUT 1199, I BELIEVE WE CAN IRON OUT
THE ISSUES. THE ISSUES.
AS COLLECTIVE BARGAINING BECOMES AS COLLECTIVE BARGAINING BECOMES
MORE AND MORE STRINGENT IN TERMS MORE AND MORE STRINGENT IN TERMS
OF THE PERCENTAGES OF GROSS OF THE PERCENTAGES OF GROSS
PAYROLL, AS TECHNOLOGY BECOMES PAYROLL, AS TECHNOLOGY BECOMES
PART OF THE WORKFORCE, AS THE PART OF THE WORKFORCE, AS THE
ISSUE THAT WE HAVE AN AGING ISSUE THAT WE HAVE AN AGING
WORKFORCE, WE NEED TO FIGURE OUT WORKFORCE, WE NEED TO FIGURE OUT
A DIFFERENT DYNAMIC OF CAPTURING A DIFFERENT DYNAMIC OF CAPTURING
CAPITAL FOR OUR MEMBERS. CAPITAL FOR OUR MEMBERS.
AND SO UNIONIZED CO-OPS IS A AND SO UNIONIZED CO-OPS IS A
WAY, IS ANOTHER TOOL, IF YOU WAY, IS ANOTHER TOOL, IF YOU
WILL, OF CAPTURING THAT. WILL, OF CAPTURING THAT.
>>UNDER MAYOR BILL DE>>UNDER MAYOR BILL DE
BLASIO THIS APRIL, NEW YORK BLASIO THIS APRIL, NEW YORK
APPROVED A $14 BILLION PLAN TO APPROVED A $14 BILLION PLAN TO
ATTACK GLOBAL WARMING AND COMBAT ATTACK GLOBAL WARMING AND COMBAT
CLIMATE CHANGE. CLIMATE CHANGE.
A PLAN THAT’S BEING CALLED THE A PLAN THAT’S BEING CALLED THE
CITY’S OWN GREEN NEW DEAL. CITY’S OWN GREEN NEW DEAL.
>>TARGETS OF THE GREEN NEW>>TARGETS OF THE GREEN NEW
DEAL WERE 100% RENEWABLE ENERGY DEAL WERE 100% RENEWABLE ENERGY
WITHIN 10 YEARS. WITHIN 10 YEARS.
WHICH IN THE TERMS OF ENERGY WHICH IN THE TERMS OF ENERGY
POLICY, THAT’S LIKE A BLINK OF POLICY, THAT’S LIKE A BLINK OF
AN EYE, THAT’S NOT AN EASY THING AN EYE, THAT’S NOT AN EASY THING
TO DO. TO DO.
THE SECOND IS THAT ALL EMISSIONS THE SECOND IS THAT ALL EMISSIONS
WOULD BE REMOVED FROM TRANSPORT WOULD BE REMOVED FROM TRANSPORT
WITHIN 10 YEARS. WITHIN 10 YEARS.
NOW, YOU ONLY HAVE TO LOOK AT NOW, YOU ONLY HAVE TO LOOK AT
THIS FOR A FEW MOMENTS TO THIS FOR A FEW MOMENTS TO
REALIZE WHAT AN ENORMOUS REALIZE WHAT AN ENORMOUS
CHALLENGE THAT IS FROM A CHALLENGE THAT IS FROM A
TECHNICAL ANGLE. TECHNICAL ANGLE.
IT DOESN’T MATTER WHO OWNS IT, IT DOESN’T MATTER WHO OWNS IT,
IT’S AN ENORMOUS CHALLENGE. IT’S AN ENORMOUS CHALLENGE.
BUT IF IT’S LEFT TO INVESTOR BUT IF IT’S LEFT TO INVESTOR
WHIMS AND SCRUPLES, ESSENTIALLY WHIMS AND SCRUPLES, ESSENTIALLY
WE HAVE NO CHANCE. WE HAVE NO CHANCE.
EVEN WITH FULL ECONOMIC EVEN WITH FULL ECONOMIC
DEMOCRACY AND PUBLIC DEMOCRACY AND PUBLIC
PARTICIPATION, THAT WILL BE A PARTICIPATION, THAT WILL BE A
DIFFICULT TASK, BUT THAT IS OUR DIFFICULT TASK, BUT THAT IS OUR
TASK. TASK.
IT’S OUR HISTORICAL OPPORTUNITY IT’S OUR HISTORICAL OPPORTUNITY
AND IT’S OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO AND IT’S OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO
RISE TO THAT TASK. RISE TO THAT TASK.
>>YOU HAVE A MAJOR>>YOU HAVE A MAJOR
INVESTMENT ABOUT TO BE MADE IN INVESTMENT ABOUT TO BE MADE IN
THE NAME OF THE CITY AROUND THE THE NAME OF THE CITY AROUND THE
GREEN NEW DEAL, HOW WILL YOU, GREEN NEW DEAL, HOW WILL YOU,
HOW ARE YOU IN THE HOW ARE YOU IN THE
ADMINISTRATION WORKING TO ENSURE ADMINISTRATION WORKING TO ENSURE
THAT THE BENEFITS OF THAT THAT THE BENEFITS OF THAT
INVESTMENT ARE EQUITABLY INVESTMENT ARE EQUITABLY
DISTRIBUTED? DISTRIBUTED?
>>ALMOST A QUARTER OF THE>>ALMOST A QUARTER OF THE
CITY’S ENERGY IS GOING TO CLOSE CITY’S ENERGY IS GOING TO CLOSE
IN ABOUT THREE YEARS. IN ABOUT THREE YEARS.
WE HAVE TO REDUCE CONSUMPTION AS WE HAVE TO REDUCE CONSUMPTION AS
WELL AS EXPAND NEW WAYS OF WELL AS EXPAND NEW WAYS OF
GENERATING ENERGY, RENEWABLE GENERATING ENERGY, RENEWABLE
ENERGY. ENERGY.
AND SO, THAT MEANS WE’RE GOING AND SO, THAT MEANS WE’RE GOING
TO HAVE TO HAVE A RETRO FITTING TO HAVE TO HAVE A RETRO FITTING
PROGRAM FOR BUILDINGS TO REDUCE PROGRAM FOR BUILDINGS TO REDUCE
ENERGY CONSUMPTION. ENERGY CONSUMPTION.
WE HAVE 900,000 BUILDINGS IN NEW WE HAVE 900,000 BUILDINGS IN NEW
YORK THAT NEED TO BE RETRO YORK THAT NEED TO BE RETRO
FITTED ULTIMATELY. FITTED ULTIMATELY.
SO WE’RE TALKING ABOUT JOBS FOR SO WE’RE TALKING ABOUT JOBS FOR
A GENERATION. A GENERATION.
SO ONE OF THE THINGS WE’RE SO ONE OF THE THINGS WE’RE
WORKING ON ARE ENSURING THAT OUR WORKING ON ARE ENSURING THAT OUR
MOST AT RISK YOUNG PEOPLE, MOST AT RISK YOUNG PEOPLE,
PEOPLE LIVE IN PUBLIC HOUSING, PEOPLE LIVE IN PUBLIC HOUSING,
PEOPLE IN LOW INCOME PEOPLE IN LOW INCOME
COMMUNITIES, ACTUALLY GET THE COMMUNITIES, ACTUALLY GET THE
TRAINING THAT THEY NEED SO THEY TRAINING THAT THEY NEED SO THEY
CAN BE THE NEXT GENERATION OF CAN BE THE NEXT GENERATION OF
GREEN ARCHITECTS, GREEN GREEN ARCHITECTS, GREEN
CARPENTERS, GREEN ENGINEERS, CARPENTERS, GREEN ENGINEERS,
GREEN LABORERS, HVAC WORKERS, GREEN LABORERS, HVAC WORKERS,
ET CETERA. ET CETERA.
THAT’S ONE. THAT’S ONE.
THE OTHER THING IS, WE CAN HAVE THE OTHER THING IS, WE CAN HAVE
MICRO GRIDS THAT PRODUCE ENERGY MICRO GRIDS THAT PRODUCE ENERGY
ON A LOCAL BASIS THAT ARE ON A LOCAL BASIS THAT ARE
COMMUNITY OWNED. COMMUNITY OWNED.
>>THE QUESTION OF COMMUNITY>>THE QUESTION OF COMMUNITY
OWNERSHIP IS BEING RAISED RIGHT OWNERSHIP IS BEING RAISED RIGHT
NOW AROUND A 95 ACRE SITE THAT NOW AROUND A 95 ACRE SITE THAT
HOLDS THE BROOKLYN NAVY YARD. HOLDS THE BROOKLYN NAVY YARD.
ONE OF THE COMMUNITY GROUPS ONE OF THE COMMUNITY GROUPS
UPROSE, IS CALLING FOR THE UPROSE, IS CALLING FOR THE
WHOLE THING TO BE AN ENERGY WHOLE THING TO BE AN ENERGY
CO-OP TO BENEFIT COMMUNITY CO-OP TO BENEFIT COMMUNITY
MEMBERS. MEMBERS.
>>MY NAME IS LYNN BENANDER,>>MY NAME IS LYNN BENANDER,
AND I AM THE PRESIDENT OF CO-OP AND I AM THE PRESIDENT OF CO-OP
POWER. POWER.
AND ALSO THE FUND MANAGER FOR AND ALSO THE FUND MANAGER FOR
THE PEOPLE’S SOLAR ENERGY FUND. THE PEOPLE’S SOLAR ENERGY FUND.
I GET TO TALK TO PEOPLE ABOUT I GET TO TALK TO PEOPLE ABOUT
WHAT THEIR DREAMS AND HOPES ARE WHAT THEIR DREAMS AND HOPES ARE
FOR HOW THEY WANT ENERGY TO FOR HOW THEY WANT ENERGY TO
HAPPEN IN THEIR COMMUNITY, WHAT HAPPEN IN THEIR COMMUNITY, WHAT
GREEN JOBS THEY WANT, WHAT KIND GREEN JOBS THEY WANT, WHAT KIND
OF INVESTMENTS THEY WANT TO BE OF INVESTMENTS THEY WANT TO BE
MAKING, WHAT ASSETS THEY WANT TO MAKING, WHAT ASSETS THEY WANT TO
OWN TOGETHER. OWN TOGETHER.
I AM SO EXCITED TO BE WORKING I AM SO EXCITED TO BE WORKING
WITH LEADERSHIP HERE IN THE CITY WITH LEADERSHIP HERE IN THE CITY
OF NEW YORK, BECAUSE THEY’RE OF NEW YORK, BECAUSE THEY’RE
ALREADY DOING THINGS IN A ALREADY DOING THINGS IN A
DIFFERENT WAY. DIFFERENT WAY.
THEY PUT OUT A REQUEST FOR THEY PUT OUT A REQUEST FOR
PROPOSALS TO PUT SOLAR ON THE PROPOSALS TO PUT SOLAR ON THE
BROOKLYN ARMY TERMINAL ROOF. BROOKLYN ARMY TERMINAL ROOF.
IT SAID, WE WANT THE POWER TO GO IT SAID, WE WANT THE POWER TO GO
TO LOW INCOME PEOPLE IN THIS TO LOW INCOME PEOPLE IN THIS
COMMUNITY. COMMUNITY.
AND WE’RE WILLING TO REDUCE THE AND WE’RE WILLING TO REDUCE THE
LEASE PAYMENT IF YOU’LL GIVE LEASE PAYMENT IF YOU’LL GIVE
MORE OF A DISCOUNT TO LOW INCOME MORE OF A DISCOUNT TO LOW INCOME
COMMUNITY MEMBERS. COMMUNITY MEMBERS.
AND WE WANT UPROSE TO END UP AND WE WANT UPROSE TO END UP
WITH SOME OWNERSHIP OF THIS WITH SOME OWNERSHIP OF THIS
PROJECT IN THE END. PROJECT IN THE END.
>>SO YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT>>SO YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT
POWER ENERGY ELECTRICITY, AND POWER ENERGY ELECTRICITY, AND
POWER DECISION MAKING. POWER DECISION MAKING.
>>YEAH.>>YEAH.
AND THE POWER THAT COMES FROM AND THE POWER THAT COMES FROM
OWNING ASSETS IN A SPACE. OWNING ASSETS IN A SPACE.
>>SO CO-OPS, I MEAN A LOT>>SO CO-OPS, I MEAN A LOT
OF PEOPLE ASSOCIATE THE WORD OF PEOPLE ASSOCIATE THE WORD
CO-OP WITH THEIR LOCAL CAFE. CO-OP WITH THEIR LOCAL CAFE.
ARE CO-OPS REALLY ABLE TO DEAL ARE CO-OPS REALLY ABLE TO DEAL
WITH ENERGY PRODUCTION AND WITH ENERGY PRODUCTION AND
ELECTRICITY AND SOLAR POWER? ELECTRICITY AND SOLAR POWER?
>>ABSOLUTELY.>>ABSOLUTELY.
75% OF THE LANDMASS IN THE 75% OF THE LANDMASS IN THE
UNITED STATES IS SERVED BY UNITED STATES IS SERVED BY
ELECTRIC CO-OPERATIVES, BECAUSE ELECTRIC CO-OPERATIVES, BECAUSE
WHEN ROOSEVELT WAS PRESIDENT, HE WHEN ROOSEVELT WAS PRESIDENT, HE
LOOKED AROUND AND SAID, OH MY LOOKED AROUND AND SAID, OH MY
GOODNESS, THIS ELECTRICITY IS GOODNESS, THIS ELECTRICITY IS
REALLY CHANGING HOW PEOPLE CAN REALLY CHANGING HOW PEOPLE CAN
ENGAGE IN THEIR COMMUNITIES, BUT ENGAGE IN THEIR COMMUNITIES, BUT
ECONOMICALLY. ECONOMICALLY.
AND WE CAN’T LEAVE RURAL AMERICA AND WE CAN’T LEAVE RURAL AMERICA
BEHIND. BEHIND.
WITHIN 50 YEARS, THE ENTIRE WITHIN 50 YEARS, THE ENTIRE
RURAL AMERICA WAS ELECTRIFIED, RURAL AMERICA WAS ELECTRIFIED,
AND THAT’S ALL BY BUILDING AND THAT’S ALL BY BUILDING
CO-OPERATIVES. CO-OPERATIVES.
>>REBECCA LURIE WAS ONE>>REBECCA LURIE WAS ONE
OF THE ORGANIZERS OF THE OUR OF THE ORGANIZERS OF THE OUR
ECONOMY CONFERENCE AT CUNY. ECONOMY CONFERENCE AT CUNY.
>>I THINK THAT WITH THE>>I THINK THAT WITH THE
HARDSHIP THAT WE ALL OUR FACING, HARDSHIP THAT WE ALL OUR FACING,
EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE, THERE’S EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE, THERE’S
HOPE AND COMPASSION THAT GETS HOPE AND COMPASSION THAT GETS
BREATHED INTO THE SOLUTION. BREATHED INTO THE SOLUTION.
AND THAT’S HAPPENING IN AND THAT’S HAPPENING IN
DIFFERENT PLACES. DIFFERENT PLACES.
ONE OF THE THINGS YOU SEE ABOUT ONE OF THE THINGS YOU SEE ABOUT
CO-OPERATIVE ECONOMICS AROUND CO-OPERATIVE ECONOMICS AROUND
THE GLOBE AND HISTORICALLY IS THE GLOBE AND HISTORICALLY IS
PEOPLE STUDY TOGETHER AND THEN PEOPLE STUDY TOGETHER AND THEN
THEY START A BUSINESS. THEY START A BUSINESS.
OR THEY START A BUSINESS AND OR THEY START A BUSINESS AND
THEY STUDY TOGETHER. THEY STUDY TOGETHER.
SO WE WANT TO GIVE THEM MORE SO WE WANT TO GIVE THEM MORE
CONTENT TO STUDY WITH. CONTENT TO STUDY WITH.
WE ARE PUTTING TOGETHER A ZINE WE ARE PUTTING TOGETHER A ZINE
ALONG WITH THE BRONX CO-OP ALONG WITH THE BRONX CO-OP
DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE, AND SO DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE, AND SO
THERE’LL BE SOMETHING FROM EVERY THERE’LL BE SOMETHING FROM EVERY
WORKSHOP THAT’LL BE WRITTEN UP WORKSHOP THAT’LL BE WRITTEN UP
BY A STUDENT OR COMMUNITY BY A STUDENT OR COMMUNITY
ACTIVIST. ACTIVIST.
SO THERE’S A WAY TO BRING THIS SO THERE’S A WAY TO BRING THIS
INTO THE CLASSROOM. FOLKS ARE INTO THE CLASSROOM. FOLKS ARE
STUDYING THIS, PEOPLE ARE STUDYING THIS, PEOPLE ARE
WRITING ABOUT IT. WRITING ABOUT IT.
BUT WHEN I SAY, IT, IT’S PLURAL. BUT WHEN I SAY, IT, IT’S PLURAL.
IT’S PLURAL, THERE ARE A LOT OF IT’S PLURAL, THERE ARE A LOT OF
DIFFERENT WAYS TO GO INTO IT. DIFFERENT WAYS TO GO INTO IT.
>>WORKER CO-OPS COME IN>>WORKER CO-OPS COME IN
ALL SHAPES AND SIZES, NOT TO ALL SHAPES AND SIZES, NOT TO
MENTION FLAVORS. MENTION FLAVORS.
KHAO’NA KITCHEN CATERED THIS KHAO’NA KITCHEN CATERED THIS
OUR ECONOMY CONFERENCE AND WE OUR ECONOMY CONFERENCE AND WE
WENT TO LOOK AT THE BACK STORY WENT TO LOOK AT THE BACK STORY
TO THIS WORKER OWNED TO THIS WORKER OWNED
CO-OPERATIVE KITCHEN BASED IN CO-OPERATIVE KITCHEN BASED IN
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK. BROOKLYN, NEW YORK.
[MUSIC] [MUSIC]
>>KHAO’NA IN PUNJABI MEAN>>KHAO’NA IN PUNJABI MEAN
TO FEAST NOW. TO FEAST NOW.
AND KHAO’NA IN VISAYAN, WHICH IS AND KHAO’NA IN VISAYAN, WHICH IS
A DIALECT IN THE PHILIPPINES A DIALECT IN THE PHILIPPINES
MEANS TO EAT NOW. MEANS TO EAT NOW.
SO THAT IS JUST AN EXAMPLE OF SO THAT IS JUST AN EXAMPLE OF
HOW OUR WORKER CO-OP FUSES BOTH HOW OUR WORKER CO-OP FUSES BOTH
OF OUR CULTURES TOGETHER. OF OUR CULTURES TOGETHER.
ONE THING THAT WE DO IS TAKE ONE THING THAT WE DO IS TAKE
THESE TRADITIONAL MEALS AND MAKE THESE TRADITIONAL MEALS AND MAKE
THEM A LITTLE BIT HEALTHIER THEM A LITTLE BIT HEALTHIER
WITHOUT LOSING THE HISTORY OR WITHOUT LOSING THE HISTORY OR
THE FUN OR THE ATTACHMENT THAT THE FUN OR THE ATTACHMENT THAT
SOMEONE MIGHT HAVE WITH A DISH. SOMEONE MIGHT HAVE WITH A DISH.
>>AND WE DO THAT BECAUSE>>AND WE DO THAT BECAUSE
WHEN YOU GO THROUGHOUT THE WHEN YOU GO THROUGHOUT THE
UNITED STATES OR EVEN THROUGHOUT UNITED STATES OR EVEN THROUGHOUT
THE WORLD, OUR COMMUNITY AS A THE WORLD, OUR COMMUNITY AS A
FILIPINO AND INDIAN COMMUNITIES FILIPINO AND INDIAN COMMUNITIES
OFTEN LIVE RIGHT NEXT TO EACH OFTEN LIVE RIGHT NEXT TO EACH
OTHER. OTHER.
AND IN HISTORY, OUR COMMUNITIES AND IN HISTORY, OUR COMMUNITIES
HAVE HAD A LOT OF INTERACTION HAVE HAD A LOT OF INTERACTION
AND SO, WE’RE BRINGING THAT AND SO, WE’RE BRINGING THAT
STORY AND THOSE FLAVORS TOGETHER STORY AND THOSE FLAVORS TOGETHER
SIDE BY SIDE, BECAUSE IT ALSO SIDE BY SIDE, BECAUSE IT ALSO
TASTES REALLY GOOD TOGETHER. TASTES REALLY GOOD TOGETHER.
I THINK MORE AND MORE UNDER THE I THINK MORE AND MORE UNDER THE
LEADERSHIP THAT WE’RE IN, IN THE LEADERSHIP THAT WE’RE IN, IN THE
UNITED STATES, AND EVEN ACROSS UNITED STATES, AND EVEN ACROSS
THE WORLD, WE’RE SEEING A THE WORLD, WE’RE SEEING A
HEIGHTENED SENSE OF REPRESSION HEIGHTENED SENSE OF REPRESSION
AGAINST PEOPLE WHO ARE WORKING. AGAINST PEOPLE WHO ARE WORKING.
WHO ARE GOING OUT THERE, WHO ARE GOING OUT THERE,
SACRIFICING THEIR HEALTH AND SACRIFICING THEIR HEALTH AND
THEY’RE TRYING TO MAKE A LIVING THEY’RE TRYING TO MAKE A LIVING
IN ORDER TO FEED THEIR FAMILIES. IN ORDER TO FEED THEIR FAMILIES.
AND THEN ULTIMATELY FEED THE AND THEN ULTIMATELY FEED THE
NATION. NATION.
>>AND SO FOR US, BEING>>AND SO FOR US, BEING
ABLE TO BRING A WHOLE NEW ABLE TO BRING A WHOLE NEW
ALTERNATIVE OF WHAT ECONOMY CAN ALTERNATIVE OF WHAT ECONOMY CAN
LOOK LIKE THROUGH WORKER LOOK LIKE THROUGH WORKER
CO-OPERATIVES IS REALLY CO-OPERATIVES IS REALLY
IMPORTANT BECAUSE WE SEE THAT IMPORTANT BECAUSE WE SEE THAT
THE PEOPLE WHO ARE MAKING THE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE MAKING THE
DECISIONS ON WHERE THE PROFITS DECISIONS ON WHERE THE PROFITS
GO, WHO WE CATER TO, FOR GO, WHO WE CATER TO, FOR
EXAMPLE, ARE THEY ALIGNED WITH EXAMPLE, ARE THEY ALIGNED WITH
OUR MISSION AND VALUES, ARE ALL OUR MISSION AND VALUES, ARE ALL
REALLY IMPORTANT. REALLY IMPORTANT.
AND WE WILL ALWAYS PUT PEOPLE AND WE WILL ALWAYS PUT PEOPLE
AND OUR COMMUNITY BEFORE AND OUR COMMUNITY BEFORE
PROFITS. PROFITS.
WE’RE HAVING THIS CONFERENCE WE’RE HAVING THIS CONFERENCE
TALKING ABOUT ECONOMY, TALKING TALKING ABOUT ECONOMY, TALKING
ABOUT WHERE MONEY IS GOING, ABOUT WHERE MONEY IS GOING,
WHERE THE GOVERNMENT ALLOCATES WHERE THE GOVERNMENT ALLOCATES
MONEY. MONEY.
AND KNOWING THAT ALMOST $200 AND KNOWING THAT ALMOST $200
MILLION EVERY YEAR IS SPENT ON A MILLION EVERY YEAR IS SPENT ON A
DIFFERENT NATION’S MILITARY AND DIFFERENT NATION’S MILITARY AND
POLICE THAT HAS IN THE PAST TWO POLICE THAT HAS IN THE PAST TWO
YEARS KILLED 27,000 FILIPINOS. YEARS KILLED 27,000 FILIPINOS.
THAT IS PART OF OUR THAT IS PART OF OUR
CONVERSATION. CONVERSATION.
THERE ARE SO MANY OTHER PLACES THERE ARE SO MANY OTHER PLACES
THAT THIS MONEY CAN GO, AND THAT THIS MONEY CAN GO, AND
WORKER CO-OPERATIVES IS ONE OF WORKER CO-OPERATIVES IS ONE OF
THOSE. CREATING SOLIDARITY, THOSE. CREATING SOLIDARITY,
ECONOMICS IS ONE OF THOSE. ECONOMICS IS ONE OF THOSE.
EDUCATION IS ONE OF THOSE. EDUCATION IS ONE OF THOSE.
HEALTHCARE IS ANOTHER ONE. HEALTHCARE IS ANOTHER ONE.
AND SO WHEN WE GO TO AND TALK TO AND SO WHEN WE GO TO AND TALK TO
OUR REPRESENTATIVES WHO ARE OUR REPRESENTATIVES WHO ARE
SUPPOSED TO BE REPRESENTING US, SUPPOSED TO BE REPRESENTING US,
WE ARE GOING AS GRASSROOTS WE ARE GOING AS GRASSROOTS
ORGANIZERS. ORGANIZERS.
WE ARE GOING AS WORKER OWNERS. WE ARE GOING AS WORKER OWNERS.
WE ARE GOING AS PEOPLE WHO ARE WE ARE GOING AS PEOPLE WHO ARE
LOOKING AT THE GLOBAL EFFECTS OF LOOKING AT THE GLOBAL EFFECTS OF
IMPERIALISM AND OF CAPITALISM. IMPERIALISM AND OF CAPITALISM.
AND WE KNOW THAT JUST BETWEEN AND WE KNOW THAT JUST BETWEEN
THE TWO OF US DOING THIS THING, THE TWO OF US DOING THIS THING,
THAT’S NOT ENOUGH. THAT’S NOT ENOUGH.
SO HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN WE REACH? SO HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN WE REACH?
HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN WE CONVINCE HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN WE CONVINCE
AND INFLUENCE THAT THESE THINGS AND INFLUENCE THAT THESE THINGS
ARE ALL CONNECTED AND THAT WE ARE ALL CONNECTED AND THAT WE
ARE STRONGER TOGETHER, THAT IS ARE STRONGER TOGETHER, THAT IS
WHERE OUR WORKER CO-OPERATIVE WHERE OUR WORKER CO-OPERATIVE
CAN GO. CAN GO.
AND IS GOING. AND IS GOING.
>>AND WE’RE NOT JUST TRYING>>AND WE’RE NOT JUST TRYING
TO BE ANOTHER CATERING TO BE ANOTHER CATERING
CO-OPERATIVE, WE’RE TRYING TO BE CO-OPERATIVE, WE’RE TRYING TO BE
PART OF A LARGER MOVEMENT. PART OF A LARGER MOVEMENT.
>>CAPITALISM HAS ALWAYS>>CAPITALISM HAS ALWAYS
PILED UP PROFITS, THE QUESTION PILED UP PROFITS, THE QUESTION
IS, WHAT DO THEY DO WITH THEM? IS, WHAT DO THEY DO WITH THEM?
INDUSTRIALISTS IN THE 19TH INDUSTRIALISTS IN THE 19TH
CENTURY AND OTHERS INVESTED IN CENTURY AND OTHERS INVESTED IN
THINGS LIKE THIS, A PUBLIC THINGS LIKE THIS, A PUBLIC
LIBRARY TO SHARE SOME PUBLIC LIBRARY TO SHARE SOME PUBLIC
GOODS FOR THE BENEFIT OF GOODS FOR THE BENEFIT OF
EVERYONE. EVERYONE.
WHAT’S HAPPENED TO THAT CONCEPT? WHAT’S HAPPENED TO THAT CONCEPT?
IT’S FEELING INCREASINGLY IT’S FEELING INCREASINGLY
RELEVANT, BUT PUBLIC GOODS AND RELEVANT, BUT PUBLIC GOODS AND
SPACE AND RESOURCES ARE SPACE AND RESOURCES ARE
INCREASINGLY SCARCE. INCREASINGLY SCARCE.
PROFESSOR SHEILA FOSTER AT PROFESSOR SHEILA FOSTER AT
GEORGETOWN LAW IS ADVANCING THE GEORGETOWN LAW IS ADVANCING THE
IDEA OF SOMETHING SHE CALLS A IDEA OF SOMETHING SHE CALLS A
CO-CITY. CO-CITY.
>>IF WE THINK ABOUT THE>>IF WE THINK ABOUT THE
COMMONS, WE THINK ABOUT THE COMMONS, WE THINK ABOUT THE
NATURAL ENVIRONMENT, OUR GOD NATURAL ENVIRONMENT, OUR GOD
GIVEN WORLD. GIVEN WORLD.
THE LAKES, THE TREES, THE HILLS, THE LAKES, THE TREES, THE HILLS,
THE OCEANS, ET CETERA, THAT’S THE OCEANS, ET CETERA, THAT’S
OUR TRADITIONAL CONCEPT OF THE OUR TRADITIONAL CONCEPT OF THE
COMMONS. IT’S SOMETHING THAT WE COMMONS. IT’S SOMETHING THAT WE
ALL OWN IN COMMON AND THAT THE ALL OWN IN COMMON AND THAT THE
GOVERNMENT HOLDS IN TRUST FOR GOVERNMENT HOLDS IN TRUST FOR
US. US.
BUT WHEN YOU COME INTO A CITY, BUT WHEN YOU COME INTO A CITY,
YOU SEE THAT THE CITY IS A YOU SEE THAT THE CITY IS A
HIGHLY PRIVATIZED LANDSCAPE, HIGHLY PRIVATIZED LANDSCAPE,
RIGHT? RIGHT?
ALTHOUGH IT USED TO BE A COMMON, ALTHOUGH IT USED TO BE A COMMON,
LET’S SAY JUST LAND, PEOPLE CAME LET’S SAY JUST LAND, PEOPLE CAME
ON AND THEY PLOPPED THEIR HOUSES ON AND THEY PLOPPED THEIR HOUSES
DOWN, THEY PLOPPED THEIR DOWN, THEY PLOPPED THEIR
BUSINESSES AND THEY BOUGHT BUSINESSES AND THEY BOUGHT
THINGS UP. THINGS UP.
SO HOW DO YOU BRING THE CONCEPT SO HOW DO YOU BRING THE CONCEPT
OF WE ALL OWN SOMETHING, THIS IS OF WE ALL OWN SOMETHING, THIS IS
ALL OF OURS, TO A PLACE THAT’S ALL OF OURS, TO A PLACE THAT’S
HIGHLY PRIVATIZED? HIGHLY PRIVATIZED?
SO WE SEE LAND TRUSTS POPPING UP SO WE SEE LAND TRUSTS POPPING UP
IN CITIES LIKE NEW YORK CITY, IN CITIES LIKE NEW YORK CITY,
LIKE LONDON, ALL OVER THE WORLD LIKE LONDON, ALL OVER THE WORLD
REALLY. REALLY.
AND THE OTHER EXAMPLE I WOULD AND THE OTHER EXAMPLE I WOULD
GIVE HERE IN NEW YORK CITY IS GIVE HERE IN NEW YORK CITY IS
I’M INVOLVED IN A PROJECT IN I’M INVOLVED IN A PROJECT IN
HARLEM WHERE WE’RE TRYING TO HARLEM WHERE WE’RE TRYING TO
CREATE A BROADBAND NETWORK CREATE A BROADBAND NETWORK
USING, AGAIN, THE INFRASTRUCTURE USING, AGAIN, THE INFRASTRUCTURE
OF THE CITY, CONNECTING INTO OF THE CITY, CONNECTING INTO
THAT, CREATING A NEW TECHNOLOGY THAT, CREATING A NEW TECHNOLOGY
THAT ALLOWS A DISAGGREGATED THAT ALLOWS A DISAGGREGATED
NETWORK TO PUT THE INTERNET IN NETWORK TO PUT THE INTERNET IN
PEOPLE’S HANDS AT AN AFFORDABLE PEOPLE’S HANDS AT AN AFFORDABLE
PRICE IN PUBLIC HOUSING, AND IN PRICE IN PUBLIC HOUSING, AND IN
OTHER BUILDINGS IN HARLEM. OTHER BUILDINGS IN HARLEM.
>>LIBRARIES IN A SENSE WERE>>LIBRARIES IN A SENSE WERE
THE 19TH CENTURY INNOVATION TO THE 19TH CENTURY INNOVATION TO
TRY TO EXPAND EDUCATION COMMONS TRY TO EXPAND EDUCATION COMMONS
OUTSIDE OF PRIVATE OWNERSHIP. OUTSIDE OF PRIVATE OWNERSHIP.
LIBRARIES TODAY, WE HAVE A GREAT LIBRARIES TODAY, WE HAVE A GREAT
ONE RIGHT HERE IN NEW YORK, ONE RIGHT HERE IN NEW YORK,
PERHAPS ARE A SYMBOL OF AN PERHAPS ARE A SYMBOL OF AN
EFFORT FROM THAT CENTURY. EFFORT FROM THAT CENTURY.
WHAT DO YOU THINK, 100 YEARS WHAT DO YOU THINK, 100 YEARS
FROM NOW, MIGHT BE THE SYMBOL OF FROM NOW, MIGHT BE THE SYMBOL OF
WHAT WE’RE DOING TODAY? WHAT WE’RE DOING TODAY?
>>THAT’S A REALLY GOOD>>THAT’S A REALLY GOOD
QUESTION. QUESTION.
WHAT IS THE INNOVATION? WHAT IS THE INNOVATION?
I ACTUALLY THINK IT MAY NOT BE A I ACTUALLY THINK IT MAY NOT BE A
PLACE, BUT A SENSE OF HOW WE PLACE, BUT A SENSE OF HOW WE
OPERATE AS A SOCIETY. OPERATE AS A SOCIETY.
MORE COLLABORATIVELY. MORE COLLABORATIVELY.
THE ONE THING THAT’S HAPPENING THE ONE THING THAT’S HAPPENING
IN THE WORLD IS THAT CITIES ARE IN THE WORLD IS THAT CITIES ARE
GETTING TOO BIG, RIGHT? GETTING TOO BIG, RIGHT?
AND THE COMMUNITIES ARE TOO AND THE COMMUNITIES ARE TOO
DIVERSE, THEY’RE BECOMING DIVERSE, THEY’RE BECOMING
COMPLEX ECOSYSTEMS. COMPLEX ECOSYSTEMS.
WHAT THAT MEANS IS THAT IT IS, WHAT THAT MEANS IS THAT IT IS,
AND WE ARE SEEING THIS, VERY AND WE ARE SEEING THIS, VERY
DIFFICULT TO MEET THE NEEDS OF DIFFICULT TO MEET THE NEEDS OF
DIFFERENT KINDS OF COMMUNITIES DIFFERENT KINDS OF COMMUNITIES
WITH A CENTRAL DECISION MAKER. WITH A CENTRAL DECISION MAKER.
PARTICULARLY WHEN THAT CENTRAL PARTICULARLY WHEN THAT CENTRAL
DECISION MAKER HAS ITS OWN DECISION MAKER HAS ITS OWN
PRESSURES FROM SPECIAL PRESSURES FROM SPECIAL
INTERESTS, AND THEY’RE NOT INTERESTS, AND THEY’RE NOT
ALWAYS OPERATING IN THE PUBLIC ALWAYS OPERATING IN THE PUBLIC
INTEREST. INTEREST.
SO I THINK WHAT THIS PUSHES SO I THINK WHAT THIS PUSHES
TOWARDS, AND THE INNOVATION OF TOWARDS, AND THE INNOVATION OF
THE 21ST CENTURY THAT WILL ASK THE 21ST CENTURY THAT WILL ASK
US TO THINK IN A MORE US TO THINK IN A MORE
DECENTRALIZED WAY. DECENTRALIZED WAY.
RESOURCES AND DECISIONS, RESOURCES AND DECISIONS,
SERVICES AND GOODS WON’T JUST SERVICES AND GOODS WON’T JUST
COME FROM A CENTRAL PLACE, BUT COME FROM A CENTRAL PLACE, BUT
RATHER THEY’LL BE DISTRIBUTED. RATHER THEY’LL BE DISTRIBUTED.
>>IS THAT THE CO-CITY THAT>>IS THAT THE CO-CITY THAT
YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT? YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT?
>>THAT IS THE CO-CITY.>>THAT IS THE CO-CITY.
THE CO-CITY IS A CO-CREATED, THE CO-CITY IS A CO-CREATED,
CO-PRODUCED, CO-GOVERNED CITY. CO-PRODUCED, CO-GOVERNED CITY.
AND IF YOU THINK ABOUT THE AND IF YOU THINK ABOUT THE
INNOVATION OF PARTICIPATORY INNOVATION OF PARTICIPATORY
BUDGETING, SO IT’S ALREADY BUDGETING, SO IT’S ALREADY
HAPPENING WHERE IT USED TO BE HAPPENING WHERE IT USED TO BE
YOU HAD ONE BUDGET AND THE CITY YOU HAD ONE BUDGET AND THE CITY
DECIDED WHO GOT WHAT. DECIDED WHO GOT WHAT.
NOW THE CITY’S SAYING, WE’RE NOW THE CITY’S SAYING, WE’RE
GOING TO DECENTRALIZE IT, WE’RE GOING TO DECENTRALIZE IT, WE’RE
GOING TO SET ASIDE MILLIONS OF GOING TO SET ASIDE MILLIONS OF
DOLLARS AND LET THESE DOLLARS AND LET THESE
COMMUNITIES DECIDE FOR COMMUNITIES DECIDE FOR
THEMSELVES. THEMSELVES.
>>IS NEW YORK ALONE?>>IS NEW YORK ALONE?
IS THIS INITIATIVE US ONLY? IS THIS INITIATIVE US ONLY?
>>NO, IT’S NOT US ONLY.>>NO, IT’S NOT US ONLY.
THINK ABOUT PARTICIPATORY THINK ABOUT PARTICIPATORY
BUDGET, IT STARTED IN BRAZIL. BUDGET, IT STARTED IN BRAZIL.
AND NOW IT’S IN CITIES ALL OVER AND NOW IT’S IN CITIES ALL OVER
THE WORLD. THE WORLD.
WE’RE LABELING IT TO SAY THAT, WE’RE LABELING IT TO SAY THAT,
LOOK AT WHAT’S HAPPENING AND HOW LOOK AT WHAT’S HAPPENING AND HOW
DO WE SCALE THIS UP? DO WE SCALE THIS UP?
THIS IS A MODEL THAT WE CAN THIS IS A MODEL THAT WE CAN
THINK ABOUT, GOVERNING AND THINK ABOUT, GOVERNING AND
MANAGING IN A MUCH MORE MANAGING IN A MUCH MORE
DEMOCRATIC, MUCH MORE SOCIALLY DEMOCRATIC, MUCH MORE SOCIALLY
JUST WAY THE RESOURCES THAT ARE JUST WAY THE RESOURCES THAT ARE
OURS. OURS.
THE COMMONS. THE COMMONS.
>>I REJECT THE IDEA THAT>>I REJECT THE IDEA THAT
“LABOR” SEES THE WORKPLACE AS “LABOR” SEES THE WORKPLACE AS
THE PRIMARY PLACE. THE PRIMARY PLACE.
BECAUSE LABOR DOESN’T ONLY BECAUSE LABOR DOESN’T ONLY
CONSIST OF UNIONS. CONSIST OF UNIONS.
I WOULD SAY THAT ONE VERSION OF I WOULD SAY THAT ONE VERSION OF
LABOR THINKS THAT WORKPLACES ARE LABOR THINKS THAT WORKPLACES ARE
WHERE ALL THE ACTION IS, BUT I WHERE ALL THE ACTION IS, BUT I
WOULD ARGUE THAT FOLKS WHO’VE WOULD ARGUE THAT FOLKS WHO’VE
BEEN FIGHTING IN CIVIL RIGHTS, BEEN FIGHTING IN CIVIL RIGHTS,
FOLKS WHO’VE BEEN FIGHTING IN FOLKS WHO’VE BEEN FIGHTING IN
THE WOMEN’S MOVEMENT, THEY’RE THE WOMEN’S MOVEMENT, THEY’RE
ALSO DEALING WITH LABOR ISSUES. ALSO DEALING WITH LABOR ISSUES.
AND PART OF THE PROBLEM IN AND PART OF THE PROBLEM IN
AMERICA HAS BEEN THE NARROW AMERICA HAS BEEN THE NARROW
FRAME THAT LABOR UNIONS HAVE FRAME THAT LABOR UNIONS HAVE
TAKEN, WHICH HAVE ACTUALLY TAKEN, WHICH HAVE ACTUALLY
WEAKENED IT. WEAKENED IT.
I THINK IN ORDER TO REALLY BUILD I THINK IN ORDER TO REALLY BUILD
A STRONG LABOR MOVEMENT, THE A STRONG LABOR MOVEMENT, THE
LABOR MOVEMENT HAS TO ENCOMPASS LABOR MOVEMENT HAS TO ENCOMPASS
WOMEN. WOMEN.
IT HAS TO ENCOMPASS PEOPLE OF IT HAS TO ENCOMPASS PEOPLE OF
COLOR. COLOR.
IT HAS TO CHANGE ITS IDENTITY IT HAS TO CHANGE ITS IDENTITY
AND ITS NARRATIVE. AND ITS NARRATIVE.
>>SO WHAT DOES THAT LOOK>>SO WHAT DOES THAT LOOK
LIKE HERE IN NEW YORK CITY, LIKE HERE IN NEW YORK CITY,
ESPECIALLY AS YOU ADVANCE THIS ESPECIALLY AS YOU ADVANCE THIS
ECONOMIC DEMOCRACY AGENDA? ECONOMIC DEMOCRACY AGENDA?
>>WELL IN NEW YORK CITY,>>WELL IN NEW YORK CITY,
I THINK IT MEANS GETTING I THINK IT MEANS GETTING
LABOR UNIONS AND COMMUNITY LABOR UNIONS AND COMMUNITY
GROUPS TOGETHER TO COME UP WITH GROUPS TOGETHER TO COME UP WITH
COMMON PLANS FOR THINGS LIKE HOW COMMON PLANS FOR THINGS LIKE HOW
WE DO BUSINESS AS A CITY, WHAT WE DO BUSINESS AS A CITY, WHAT
KIND OF COMPANIES GET CONTRACTS, KIND OF COMPANIES GET CONTRACTS,
HOW DO WE ADDRESS THE AFFORDABLE HOW DO WE ADDRESS THE AFFORDABLE
HOUSING CRISIS, CAN LABOR BRING HOUSING CRISIS, CAN LABOR BRING
IN SOME OF THEIR PENSION FUNDS, IN SOME OF THEIR PENSION FUNDS,
IS THERE A PARTICIPATORY PROCESS IS THERE A PARTICIPATORY PROCESS
SO THAT MEMBERS OF UNIONS AND SO THAT MEMBERS OF UNIONS AND
MEMBERS OF COMMUNITIES CAN WORK MEMBERS OF COMMUNITIES CAN WORK
WITH THE CITY AND OTHERS TO SAY, WITH THE CITY AND OTHERS TO SAY,
HERE’S HOW WE WANT TO SEE THOSE HERE’S HOW WE WANT TO SEE THOSE
DOLLARS UTILIZED? DOLLARS UTILIZED?
BECAUSE IT’S THE PEOPLE’S MONEY. BECAUSE IT’S THE PEOPLE’S MONEY.
>>I DESCRIBE CO-OPERATIVE>>I DESCRIBE CO-OPERATIVE
ECONOMICS AS TWO THINGS, TWO ECONOMICS AS TWO THINGS, TWO
THINGS ARE REQUIRED. THINGS ARE REQUIRED.
TRANSPARENCY WITH THE RESOURCES, TRANSPARENCY WITH THE RESOURCES,
WHATEVER THEY MAY BE. WHATEVER THEY MAY BE.
AND A DEMOCRATIC DECISION AND A DEMOCRATIC DECISION
MAKING. MAKING.
HOW DO WE REALLY SHOW UP HOW DO WE REALLY SHOW UP
TOGETHER? TOGETHER?
IF YOU HAVE YEARS OF OPPRESSION IF YOU HAVE YEARS OF OPPRESSION
AND EXPLOITATION AND SUFFERING, AND EXPLOITATION AND SUFFERING,
YOU CAN’T SHOW UP ALL THAT WELL. YOU CAN’T SHOW UP ALL THAT WELL.
SO WE HAVE TO HEAL EACH OTHER SO SO WE HAVE TO HEAL EACH OTHER SO
WE CAN SHOW UP, AND THAT BECOMES WE CAN SHOW UP, AND THAT BECOMES
PART OF DEMOCRATIC PROCESSES IS PART OF DEMOCRATIC PROCESSES IS
HELPING EACH OTHER WITH OUR HELPING EACH OTHER WITH OUR
TRAUMA. TRAUMA.
[SINGING] [SINGING]
>>THAT’S IT FOR THIS TIME,>>THAT’S IT FOR THIS TIME,
THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU WHO ARE THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU WHO ARE
PART OF OUR ECONOMY. PART OF OUR ECONOMY.
YOU MAKE THIS SHOW POSSIBLE. YOU MAKE THIS SHOW POSSIBLE.
YOU CAN JOIN THAT COMMUNITY OF YOU CAN JOIN THAT COMMUNITY OF
DEMOCRATIC MEDIA MAKERS AT DEMOCRATIC MEDIA MAKERS AT
PATREON.COM/THELFSHOW. PATREON.COM/THELFSHOW.
THANKS. [SINGING AND CLAPPING]

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