Skip to main content
Default Image

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health Looks To Address Internal Systemic Racism

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health has declared racism a public health crisis, along with 38 other members of the national Healthcare Anchor Network. The national organization said it would double down to address systemic racism within its respective communities. Officials at Dartmouth-Hitchcock say they

read more
Default Image

RWJBarnabas Health and 38 other health systems commit to addressing racism

RWJBarnabas Health is a member of the Healthcare Anchor Network, a national collaboration of leading health care systems, which published the “Racism is a Public Health Crisis” statement signed by 39 health systems. “Individual, structural and systemic racism has been, and continues to be, a present

read more
Default Image

Einstein Joins Health Systems in Addressing Racism

Einstein Healthcare Network announced that it was joining 38 other health systems in addressing racism and public health disparities caused by racism. Einstein and its partners in the Healthcare Anchor Network said they are committed to improving primary and specialty care, helping communities

read more
Default Image

D.C. could be the next municipality to offer reparations to African Americans

DC is taking its rightful place in the rising tide of cities who are designing and deploying comprehensive strategies to achieve reparative justice for all Black people in America. Our capacity for paying reparations and living by the ethics of reparative justice will not only provide redress for

read more
Default Image

Northwell joins 38 health systems in declaring racism a public health crisis

HAN member Northwell Health signed onto Healthcare Anchor Network’s statement “It is undeniable: Racism is a public health crisis.” Northwell Health’s to improving health outcomes for vulnerable and underrepresented communities is highlighted in articles on The Island Now, CBS New York, Newsday

read more
Default Image

Experts: Tackling Poverty and Racism as Public Health Crises Requires Rapid Action

LATE LAST MONTH, THE Healthcare Anchor Network, a coalition of more than three dozen health systems in 45 states and Washington, D.C., released a public statement declaring: “It is undeniable: Racism is a public health crisis.” In the wake of the killing of George Floyd in May, many states, cities

read more
Default Image

Podcast: Is capitalism racist?

Part of the politics are in the conversation because once we start calculating what is owed, we begin to realise that only a complete transformation could accomplish it. For Ron Daniels of the National African American Reparations Commission and Ronald Galvin of the Democracy Collaborative, the

read more
Default Image

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia joins statement declaring racism a public health crisis

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia joined Healthcare Anchor Network in its statement “It is undeniable: Racism is a public health crisis.” CHOP and other health care systems signed the statement, announcing a commitment to combating racial injustices in health care, and have highlighted this

read more
Default Image

39 health systems declare racism a public health crisis, vow to fight it

Thirty-nine health systems across the U.S. declared racism a public health crisis and committed to address healthcare disparities across the nation. The health systems are part of the Healthcare Anchor Network, which was formed in 2016 to collectively work to improve community health. The Healthcare

read more
Default Image

Advocate Aurora states 'It is undeniable: Racism is a public health crisis'

HAN member Advocate Aurora Health signed onto Healthcare Anchor Network’s statement “It is undeniable: Racism is a public health crisis.” Advocate Aurora’s commitment to better meet the needs of those in their service area by dismantling structural racism in healthcare is highlighted in articles on

read more
Default Image

Denver Health joins 38 Health Systems in declaring that racism is a public health crisis

Denver Health, along with health institutions that employ over a half-million employees across 45 states and Washington, DC, is committing to take action to address the impact of structural racism in the community. The Healthcare Anchor Network, a national collaboration of leading health care

read more
September 27, 2020
Default Image

39 Health Systems Declare: It is Undeniable, Racism is a Public Health Crisis

39 health systems in 45 states and Washington, DC commit to addressing racism and the public health disparities caused by racism.

read more
Default Image

It is undeniable: Racism is a public health crisis

39 health systems in 45 states and Washington, DC have committed to addressing racism and the public health disparities caused by racism. Read the full statement below or download the PDF. As members and leaders of many healthcare organizations across the nation addressing the disproportionate Black

read more
Default Image

Repaying the debt owed to Black people requires a democratic and reparative economy

America owes Black folks. The modern-day prophet Ta-Nahesi Coates, drawing on the wisdom and generations-old fight of Black freedom fighters such as Mother Callie House, James Forman, Randall Robinson, and the Malcolm X grassroots movement, cogently made the case in his seminal article, “The Case

read more
Default Image

Empowering local communities to build own wealth to recover from pandemic

In early July, the Democracy Collaborative, in partnership with the Anchor Collaborative Network, hosted a week-long Community Wealth Summit focused on leading institutions, government agencies and nonprofits in examining the economic recovery through a racial equity and community wealth building

read more
Default Image

What We Must Do: On Ensuring Black Freedom

Re-constructing American society with the focus of ensuring that All Black communities are thriving — that centers the perspectives, experience and leadership of Black people — will require a reimagining of the political economy of the country as well. For instance, can capitalism- an economic

read more
July 24, 2020
CWB Summit- Thumbnail

Community Wealth Building Summit- Opening Session

The Community Wealth Summit was a week of virtual learning and place-based organizing to rebuild local economies around shared ownership and racial justice that started on July 6, 2020. In the opening session, Ted Howard, the president of The Democracy Collaborative; Dayna Cunningham, executive

read more
June 23, 2020
Default Image

Racial & Ethnic Economic Inequality and the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Democracy Collaborative prepared a report, created for the Healthcare Anchor Network, that looked at how racial and ethnic disparities in the economy are showing up in the COVID-19 pandemic and in the public policy response to the pandemic. The report also covers how the economic effects of the pandemic will likely impact racial and ethnic inequality.

read more
June 10, 2020
Owning our future after COVID-19

Owning Our Future After COVID-19

The Democracy Collaborative is putting forward a five-point plan for national economic reconstruction and community transformation as the nation faces a once-in-a-generation opening to build a better world.
read more
June 3, 2020
George Floyd mural: I Can't Breathe

On the murder of George Floyd and the crisis engulfing our nation

We add our voices to the growing chorus of those insisting that without justice there can be no peace. This moment causes us to redouble our commitment to the fundamental belief that we must bring about deep systemic change.

read more
Red Pepper Thunder Valley

US Socialism: Indigenous Community Wealth Building

Stephanie Gutierrez discusses the community wealth building collaboration between the Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation and The Democracy Collaborative. For the Lakota people of the Plains, ‘wealth’ has always meant to live by our virtues in order to have a happy, well-balanced life

read more
An Indigenous Approach to Community Wealth Building screenshot

An Indigenous Approach to Community Wealth Building: A Lakota Translation

Drawing on the work done in the Learning/Action Lab for Community Wealth Building, Stephanie Gutierrez explores how a systemic approach to inclusive local economic development needs a process of active translation to resonate with the traditional values at the core of Native communities.

read more
Maggie_Walker_CLT_N_26th_Street_Home_820_490_80.jpg

How Marginalized Communities Are Getting Control over Development

In Next City, a look at how the Maggie Walker Community Land Trust is working to keep housing permanently affordable in Richmond, Virginia, and why for The Democracy Collaborative’s Jarrid Green, efforts to promote community control of land and housing have to be situated within the long history of

read more
Community control of land and housing

Community Control of Land and Housing: Exploring strategies for combating displacement, expanding ownership, and building community wealth

This report seeks to broaden awareness, discourse, and adoption of community control of land and housing strategies among various stakeholders who have a genuine desire to see stable, healthy, equitable, and sustainable local communities flourish.
read more
July 9, 2018
Default Image

A Q&A on movement building, racial equity, and community wealth with Ronnie Galvin, the new VP of Engaged Practice at The Democracy Collaborative

With Ronnie Galvin joining The Democracy Collaborative as our new Vice President of Engaged Practice, we thought we’d sit down with him for a quick Q&A about the perspective he brings to community wealth building: John Duda, Director of Communications: There’s a lot happening right now to be

read more
September 21, 2016
demandsiconsshareable.png

The Movement for Black Lives Policy Agenda

Here at the Democracy Collaborative, we were incredibly excited when the Movement For Black Lives announced their policy agenda last month, underscoring the need to develop real systemic solutions to the drivers of systemic racial inequality in America (and honored to see that our work on building more inclusive local economies had found its way into a few pieces of this collaborative mosaic of transformative policies assembled by an incredible nationwide team of scholars, activists, and policy advocates). After studying and discussing the program internally, The Democracy Collaborative has decided as an organization to formally endorse the M4BL policy platform, not because we necessarily agree with every single detail of every recommendation, but because we believe it is an important contribution to a vital national conversation, and should be a key starting point in the urgently needed efforts to find policy solutions that address both the police violence inflicted with tragic regularity on too many individual Black lives, and the larger systemic violence inflicted on Black communities by an inequitable economic system. Below, our Community Development Associate Nicole Brown delves deeper into the structure and significance of the M4BL agenda and its connections to our work.

read more
July 11, 2016
coop_ecosystem_growth_web_chart_v4.jpg

Co-ops Gain Ground in Communities of Color

Originally published in Rooflines: The Shelterforce blog on July 7, 2016. Since 2010, 60 percent of new cooperative worker-owners are people of color and more than two thirds of total worker-owners are women. These are some of the findings from Cooperative Growth Ecosystem: Inclusive Economic

read more
July 1, 2016
2539111053_578248a6eb_b.jpg

Community Groups Tackle Racialized Food System Inequality

Our Research Associate Emily Sladek writes on the capacity of local food systems to transform the paradigm of economic inequality, especially for low-income neighborhoods and communities of color.

read more
November 30, 2015
11011091_826938874046866_5789701455966347120_o.jpg

A St. Louis organization goes above and beyond providing homes for communities

The killing of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, and the subsequent wave of protests illuminated for a national public the deep racial inequities in greater St. Louis. We sat down with Chris Krehmeyer, head of Beyond Housing, a local community development corporation founded
read more
image.jpg

Dangerous History: What the Story of Black Economic Cooperation Means for Us Today

Keane Bhatt of the Next System Project conducts an interview with historian and economic activist Jessica Gordon Nembhard, which is republished here by Yes! Magazine. Keane Bhatt, The Next System Project: Thank you for speaking with us. I was really excited to talk to you, because it seems that your

read more
Screen Shot 2015-10-12 at 11.42.05 AM.png

Springfield's Wellspring Collaborative featured in report on initiatives that spur economic growth in low-income areas

Laura Newberry reports from Springfield, MA to highlight a case study shown in Democracy Collaborative’s report, Educate and Empower: Tools for Building Community Wealth: The city’s burgeoning network of worker-owned cooperatives, Wellspring Collaborative, is getting some street cred for its work

read more
Educate and Empower screenshot

Educate and Empower: Tools for Building Community Wealth

Low-income communities and communities of color, in challenging structural economic and social inequality, have historically grappled with tensions inherent to development. Who participates in, directs, and ultimately owns the economic-development process? This report draws on case studies of 11 different community economic development initiatives from across the U.S. to highlight a diverse set of powerful answers to this and other critical questions.

read more
June 29, 2015
Screen Shot 2015-06-29 at 9.51.08 AM.png

PolicyLink's Angela Glover Blackwell on systemic racism

In this powerful clip, PolicyLink’s Angela Glover Blackwell connects today’s unrelenting cases of police violence to systemic causes, underlining the urgency of systemic solutions. “You, as an individual in this society,” she concludes, “may not carry personal racism. But that does not keep the
read more
July 7, 2014
Picture1.jpg

Indian Country the Site of New Developments in Community Wealth Building

Indian Country is the site of some exciting new work taking shape in social enterprise and employee ownership. Five Native American projects are being developed as part of an initiative managed by The Democracy Collaborative and funded by the Northwest Area Foundation, known as the Learning/Action Lab for Community Wealth Building.

read more
July 1, 2014
womanincity.jpg

Worker Cooperatives Address Low-Wage Work and the Feminization of Poverty

Seattle‘s minimum wage ordinance is one step toward lessening inequality and poverty compounded by low-wage work. But there are still many challenges ahead. Cooperative development is one tool in the community wealth building strategy toolbox that can help lift low-wage workers, and especially women, out of poverty.

read more
June 5, 2012
PolicyLink's Angela Glover Blackwell interviews Ted Howard Screenshot

PolicyLink's Angela Glover Blackwell interviews Ted Howard

The Democracy Collaborative’s Ted Howard outlines how community wealth building can help empower marginalized communities in an interview with PolicyLink’s Angela Glover Blackwell.
read more