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Juneteenth forum to address COVID-19, killing of Black people

Friday June 19, 2020, 6:00 PM to Friday June 19, 2020, 8:00 PM


Ronnie Galvin, Vice-President for Racial Equity and the Democratic Economy at The Democracy Collaborative, is one of the featured presenters at a national virtual forum on Juneteenth (June 19) convened by the National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC).  The theme is “Juneteenth, COVID 19 and the Killings of Black People: Advancing the Demand for Reparations and HR-40.” 

Juneteenth is the African American holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S. HR-40 is a bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that would create a commission to study reparations for African Americans in light of the costs imposed on the descendants of African slaves by systemic racism.

The NAARC National Virtual Forum is scheduled for 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. EST and can be viewed via the Institute of the Black World 21st Century website,, and on NAARC’s social platforms (@naarc Facebook, @reparationscomm Twitter, @reparationscomm Instagram).

Joy Reid, host of “AM Joy” on MSNBC, will moderate a conversation with Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice-Chancellor/President of the University of the West Indies and Chairman of the CARICOM Reparations Commission and Dr. Ron Daniels, President of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century and Convener of the National African American Reparations Commission.

Learn more about the event on the website.



Community wealth summit
Virtual event

Community Wealth Summit

Monday July 6, 2020, 12:00 PM to Friday July 10, 2020, 4:00 PM

Hosted by The Democracy Collaborative and Anchor Collaborative Network

The Community Wealth Summit is a virtual place-based convening focused on strategies for rebuilding local economies around shared ownership and racial justice. Over the past 20 years, TDC and our collaborators have developed community wealth building as a systemic, place-based alternative to the "no-placeness" of extractive, corporate capitalism. The Community Wealth Summit will feature leading thinkers and practitioners in the community wealth building movement and highlight the work of our virtual host, the DC Community Anchor Partnership (DCAP). In addition to sharing practical lessons and examples, the Summit offers opportunities for participants to connect with others in their community around a shared vision of a flourishing and just society for all.

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Exit to Community: Community Ownership in a Pandemic

Tuesday June 9, 2020, 11:00 AM to Tuesday June 9, 2020, 12:30 PM

Tuesday, June 9, 2020
12-1:30 pm Eastern Time

The COVID-19 crisis presents the greatest threat to community-based business in generations. But what if their employees and neighbors had the tools to get through this crisis in better shape, through an “exit to community”? This webinar presents strategies to help business transition to community and employee ownership, which could help ease the crisis upon us and aid in a just recovery.

Register for the webinar here.



Hosted by the Media Enterprise Design Lab at the University of Colorado Boulder and Zebras Unite, with support from the Open Society Foundations, which are not responsible for the content.

North Ayrshire Council
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Facebook Live Launch of New Community Wealth Building Initative in North Ayrshire, Scotland

Thursday May 14, 2020, 5:30 PM to Thursday May 14, 2020, 6:30 PM

North Ayrshire in Scotland became the first Scottish Community Wealth Building Council based on a plan developed in consultation with The Democracy Collaborative and the CLES.

Check out the council’s social media channels for details and tune in to the Council’s Facebook page on 14 May for the launch of the new strategy.

Joining the Council Leader will be:

  • Matthew Brown, Leader of Preston City Council
  • Neil McInroy, Centre for Local Economic Strategies
  • Sarah McKinley, The Democracy Collaborative
  • Donna Fitzpatrick from Fullarton Community Hub, Irvine.

For more information, see the North Ayrshire Council’s press release.


Webinar: Stephanie Flanders in conversation with Ted Howard and Neil McInroy

Thursday May 14, 2020, 12:00 PM to Thursday May 14, 2020, 1:00 PM

With the Covid-19 pandemic, we face an event of historical importance, potentially unprecedented in its magnitude in peacetime.

As we turn our thoughts more and more toward a post-Covid-19 economy and society , we must work to both recover from the crisis and reform it, so we create an economy that truly tackles the climate crisis and is more just and fair.

The long-established tradition of work – on both sides of the Atlantic – by the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) and The Democracy Collaborative (TDC) on community wealth building offers a potential way forward to economic recovery and reform.

In recent weeks, both organisations have released papers exploring this potential. In Owning the Future, CLES and TDC explore how community wealth building policy and practice must shift to meet the scale of the crisis. In the follow up paper, Rescue, Recover, Reform, CLES presents a framework for action for local, city and city regional authorities as they plan the rebuilding and reforming of local economies.

To discuss this work, Ted Howard, President and Co-Founder of TDC and Neil McInroy, Chief Executive of CLES will be joined in conversation by Stephanie Flanders, Senior Executive Editor for Economics at Bloomberg and Head of Bloomberg Economics.

Together they will explore the role that community wealth building is already playing and its potential expansion in the post-Covid-19 economic recovery and reform process – creating an economy which is fairer, more inclusive , resilient and greener than that which existed before.

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Online press briefing: Vaccines—The COVID-19 Case for Public Pharmaceutical Research and Development

Friday March 20, 2020, 11:00 AM to Friday March 20, 2020, 11:45 AM

Online press briefing 

Vaccines: The COVID-19 Case for Public Pharmaceutical Research and Development


Friday, March 20, 2020, 12 noon-12:45 PM EDT

Register here:


Vaccines are critical to safeguarding public health as one of the most effective ways to prevent disease, including highly contagious diseases that can cause pandemics. But the for-profit pharmaceutical industry is neither prepared for nor incentivized to tackle growing public health challenges, like global pandemics.

Currently, the majority of basic pharmaceutical research and development (R&D) is paid for by the public. Vaccine development in particular is a long, expensive, and risky process with little potential for private gain, but huge public health pay-offs. But once the public has paid to develop a viable drug, the private sector gets the right to bring drugs “to market,” and can charge whatever it wants for the product—or decide not to market the medicine.So, vaccines and other medications we need are often priced excessively or are not available when we need them most.

For example, in early 2020, the FDA granted approval to the private pharma company Merck for an Ebola vaccine. However, recent research has shown that the Canadian government largely financed the development of the vaccine, and the private laboratory which bought the rights—and sold them to Merck for $50 million—actually hindered its development. 

The Solution: A Public Option

Public pharma is proven to work. Many vaccines—such as those for diphtheria, tetanus, polio, and measles—were often produced and distributed by the public sector in the past. When Jonas Salk—inventor of the polio vaccine—was asked who owned his patent, Salk replied: “Well, the people, I would say. There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?” To this day, public pharmaceutical companies operate in Sweden, Brazil, and Thailand, among many other countries. 

Leading experts believe that it is the government’s responsibility to ensure widespread access to safe and effective vaccines that are developed with taxpayer money. In this virtual press briefing, hear why the U.S. government should develop and manufacture vaccines and other essential medicines so that we get the medicines we need, when we need them and at prices we can afford.


Adam Gaffney, M.D. is Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a pulmonologist and critical care physician at the Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), an organization committed to the health of the underserved. Dr. Gaffney’s healthcare research has been published in the Lancet, the Annals of Internal Medicine, British Medical Journal, Chest, the European Respiratory Journal, and elsewhere. He serves as the President of Physicians for a National Health Program. 

Ameet Sarpatwari, Ph.D., J.D. is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, an Associate Epidemiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Assistant Director of the Program On Regulation, Therapeutics, And Law (PORTAL) within the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics. His research draws upon his interdisciplinary training as an epidemiologist and lawyer and focuses on the effects of laws and regulations on therapeutic development, approval, use, and related public health outcomes. 

Dana Brown is the Director of the Next System Project at The Democracy Collaborative, a national research and development lab for the democratic economy, and the author of the report Medicine for All: The Case for a Public Option in the Pharmaceutical Industry.

Alex Lawson is the Executive Director of Social Security Works, the convening member of the Strengthen Social Security Coalition—a coalition made up of over 340 national and state organizations representing over 50 million Americans.

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Healthcare Anchor Network (HAN) Housing for Health Policy Day 2020

Thursday March 12, 2020, 8:00 AM to Thursday March 12, 2020, 10:00 AM

The Healthcare Anchor Network, a national collaboration of 50 health systems, will convene its members in Washington, DC for a policy briefing on what health systems across the country are doing to address “upstream” social and economic determinants of health by investing in strategies that create inclusive and sustainable local economies, especially the need for more stable, affordable and healthy housing. The network will also advocate for federal affordable housing programs and policies including the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) and the HOME program.


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HAN Housing for Health Policy Day 2019

Thursday February 28, 2019, 8:00 AM to Thursday February 28, 2019, 11:00 AM

The Healthcare Anchor Network, a national collaboration of over 40 health systems, will convene its members in Washington, DC for a “Housing for Health” Federal Policy Briefing on February 28, 2019.

Our goal is to educate policymakers and their staff on the need to address upstream determinants by investing in strategies that create inclusive and sustainable local economies. The Network will initially focus on the universal need for more stable, affordable and healthy housing and the resulting improvements to the well-being of residents in the communities we serve. 

Our health systems are critical local economic engines and mission-driven organizations inextricably linked to the long-term well-being of those we serve—and as such, we as healthcare leaders, are uniquely positioned and incentivized to play an active role in building and advocating for strategies that create equitable, engaged, connected and economically strong communities.