Fight AND Build

Our communities are resisting and reforming historical structural inequities and oppression. But in these struggles, dreams of more sustainable, just and democratic ways of living are born. We are shifting consciousness of what is possible, building political power, and seeding the economic practices that go beyond the world as we know it. Here, we make visible transformational work and aspirations, not only ones that are emerging, but some that are deeply rooted in indigenous ways and historical cultural practices. We analyze and critically assess the visions, strategies, and programs to help support and further build these transition movements.

Solidarity Economy Initiative
The Solidarity Economy Initiative (SEI) is a Massachusetts-based project that creates space for grassroots organizers working in working class communities of color to lead a Just Transition to a Solidarity Economy.

Center for Economic Democracy
CED is a US social movement building organization, growing capacity in our  communities to transform American capitalism into a more just, sustainable and democratic economy.

Read more stories about transformation work:

Filling the Food Processing Gap Between Local Farms and Institutions
Laura Flagg’s 2018 UEP Thesis (“Small-Scale Food Processing’s Role in Farm to Institution: Filling Market Gaps and Moving Toward a
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Rhode Island Cleaning Coop on Labor Vision TV
Check out this interview on Labor Vision TV about a new worker-owned cleaning coop in Rhode Island. This coop was
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Will Work for Food: How Boston is Building a Just Food Economy
By Penn Loh and Laura Flagg Despite growing appetites for healthy, sustainable, and local food, workers in the food industry
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Owning Main Street: Three Finance Innovations for Community Control of Development
By Allison Curtis Main Street businesses provide access to goods and services and generate jobs and ownership opportunities for local
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Article online: Urban food sharing and the emerging Boston food solidarity economy
An article that I and Julian Agyeman wrote has just been published online in Geoforum journal. This piece will be
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Boston Learns from Jackson MS
On Saturday April 28, the Solidarity Economy Initiative hosted “Learning from Jackson: Building a Solidarity Economy in Boston.” Almost 200 came
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Interview on KKFI: Capitalism is Not the Only Choice
Listen to a January 13, 2018 interview on Kansas City’s KKFI. The show Urban Connections explored themes from the YES
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Nishani Frazier on Black Power v. Black Capitalism
Check out this great podcast/article by Next System Project, interviewing Nishani Frazier on Black Power versus Black Capitalism. Frazier is
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Capitalism Is Not the Only Choice
Check out this article I wrote for YES Magazine on solidarity economies. It argues that we need to escape “capitalocentrism” and
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Community-Driven Climate Resilience Planning
Environmental Justice communities across the nation are reclaiming planning and driving climate resilience. Check out the new report by Movement
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