Public Banks Will Strengthen the Economy, Reduce Risk, and Increase Accountability

February 9, 2021 Recently, Michael van Norstrand, president of Independent Bankers of Colorado (IBC), wrote an Op-Ed for Colorado Politics: “Public Banks Would Pose Risks, Play Politics.”  The Op-Ed makes numerous incorrect assumptions and assertions.   Public banks, as advocated by Colorado Public Banking Coalition and Rocky Mountain Public Banking Institute, will be modeled on the 102-year-old public bank of North …

80% of jobs lost are in the bottom half of the income distribution and 58% of small businesses are worried that they will have to close permanently due to Covid-19: There are alternatives!

Local Elections Wins: From universal preschool to possible student debt cancellation, we’re seeing a mandate for bold moves toward a democratic economy coming out of this month’s elections. As organizers continue to shape a national-level vision for the next four years, check out this roundup of successful ballot initiatives to reduce inequality that show what’s already possible at the local …

The next few months determine the next few years

The focus on trying to moderate a message in order to attract so-called Biden Republicans. That was a failure. The data shows that the better strategy is to try to pull out your own voters and voters who haven’t been voting. And I do think the Democrats did a decent job of that. But the amount of money — and …

Intense multiyear lobbying campaign by Time Warner Cable, AT&T, CenturyLink, and others to bar communities from building their own better, more affordable networks

Millions of dollars bought restrictions that encourage cable and DSL monopolies rather than new choices for residents and businesses BY LISA GONZALEZ , ILSR 3 JAN 2013  After a city in North Carolina built a Fiber-to-the-Home network competing with Time Warner Cable, the cable giant successfully lobbied to take that decision away from other cities. The city of Wilson’s decision and resulting …

The Future is Public: Towards Democratic Ownership of Public Services

12 May 2020Book Resistance to privatisation has turned into a powerful force for change. (Re)municipalisation refers to the reclaiming of public ownership of services as well as the creation of new public services. In recent years, our research has identified more than 1,400 successful (re)municipalisation cases involving more than 2,400 cities in 58 countries around the world. EditorsSatoko Kishimoto, Lavinia Steinfort, Olivier PetitjeanIn …

The Green New Deal’s Public Infrastructure Should Be Funded by the Public

Democrats are starting to take green investment seriously. To move these plans anywhere near a Green New Deal—and avoid ceding power to Wall Street—will require a political mobilization from the bottom up.Mark Paul and Daniel Aldana Cohen ▪ September 21, 2020 – Dissent Magazine Public investment in green energy has moved to the mainstream of the Democratic Party, with even the moderate Joe …

More than 1 in 3 US rooftops are suitable for solar: 30 million rooftops should be in next relief bill

350 Colorado’s Take on the Governor’s Roadmap + Why 30 Million Solar Rooftops Should Be In the Next Relief Bill https://ilsr.org/why-30-million-solar-rooftops-should-be-in-the-next-relief-bill/ by JOHN FARRELL 10 April 2020 As the federal government looks to a second (or even third) stimulus bill, Congress should consider a huge opportunity to pay Americans that pays back: solar rooftops. Somewhat more than one in three home …

Democracy Collaborative: We must move away from current system prioritizing corporate profits sourced from monopoly rights to one that values and centers public health, social equality, and ecological sustainability. The design, implementation, and governance of our systems are critically important.

It is imperative that we quickly move away from the current system that prioritizes corporate profits sourced from monopoly rights to one that values and centers public health, social equality, and ecological sustainability.  The design, implementation, and governance of our systems are critically important. However, the incredible rise of the intangible economy has dramatically altered these systems and our wider economic …

Pueblo’s Renewable Energy Efforts Meets Resistance, Outspent 50:1 by IOU

By John Farrell, ILSR and Clean Technica, Sept 28, 2020 After a commitment to 100% renewable energy by 2035, the city of Pueblo realized its goal required more change than its current energy provider would enact. Jamie Valdez, community team coordinator of Mothers Out Front and volunteer with the Sierra Club, explains the challenges, triumphs, and lessons learned from facing …