Are We Diluting the Mission of Community Land Trusts?

CLTs’ dependence on external grant funding to acquire land and maintain their operations make them particularly susceptible to mission drift. Coming in with this knowledge, organizers may still be able to use the tool adequately or opt for other collective land ownership strategy. By Olivia Williams -August 30, 2019 “Community control of land” sounds straightforward, but in practice it can be limited, …

Whose Grid? Our Grid! Chicago’s Campaign to Put Electricity Under Public Control

In These Times Sep. 21, 2019, by Alex Schwartz Among the many vendors at the Logan Square Farmers Market on Aug. 18 sat three young people peddling neither organic vegetables, gourmet cheese nor handmade crafts. Instead, they offered liberation from capitalism. Representatives of the Chicago Democratic Socialists of America (CDSA) engaged marketgoers in discussions about the campaigns they are involved in, from …

Internationalist trade union alternative based on a “public goods” approach

December 2018, Katowice COP 24 meeting It is time for us to collectively confront these stark realities and formulate a radical, independent, and internationalist trade union alternative based on a “public goods” approach. One way or another, rising emissions hurt everyone, and reducing emissions would benefit everyone. Considerations of private profit must be taken out of the equation. Emissions reductions …

Dare to imagine: A new economy is possible! Public Finance for the Future We Want

Costa Rica’s Banco Popular Costa Rica’s BPDC is perhaps the most democratic bank in the world, with its highest governing body the Assembly of Workers, which represents nearly 1.2 million savers, or 20% of the population. Effective control over daily operations is exercised by the National Board of Directors, which is composed of four representatives of the Assembly and three …

Maine discusses legislation that would purchase the state’s two investor owned utilities (IOUs) and move instead toward a customer-owned utility model. Meanwhile Chicago explores municipalization.

By Catherine Morehouse, Utility Dive, March 18, 2019 Maine lawmakers on Thursday passed a bill to eliminate gross metering in the state and reestablish net metering for solar customers, sending it to Gov. Janet Mills, D, for likely signature. The bill restores “decades old policy of net metering” which was “rolled back in a very awkward fashion” under the previous administration, said …

Bernie Sanders’ plan calls to seize public production of power

The for-profit companies that reign over our energy system now have shown no meaningful sign of being willing to transform our energy system; they are much more interested in shareholder gains and business as usual. Together, for-profit utilities and fossil fuel companies have created powerful political-economic machines across the country to solidify the status quo of extraction and extortion. In contrast, democratic public …

Time has come to nationalize the US fossil fuel industry

Carla Santos Skandier As we gear up for a war-type of mobilization to mitigate the climate crisis, a federal takeover of the oil, gas and coal industry should be on the table. No other generation understands better the implication of climate change than today’s teens. As sixteen year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg has famously summarized it, “this is an emergency.” …

Lack of broadband puts tribal, rural areas ‘in jeopardy,’ lawmakers told

Havasupai Councilwoman Ophelia Watahomigie-Corliss said her tribe has made some progress on internet connectivity but it – like other residents of rural areas – is in danger of being left behind without broadband. (Photo by Miranda Faulkner/Cronkite News) By Miranda Faulkner | Cronkite News Thursday, July 11, 2019 WASHINGTON – The Havasupai tribe is falling behind in education, health and emergency …

Community Land Trusts Are a Model for Reparations

By Laura Flanders, Truthout, July 2, 2019, https://truthout.org/articles/community-land-trusts-are-a-model-for-reparations/ This year has already seen more Democrats talking about reparations than ever, including several running for the presidency. Now, rather than writing checks to individuals, more and more people are talking about collective strategies for repair and reparation. Community land trusts, cooperatives and mutual housing associations, for example, might offer a way to transfer …