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February 7, 2020

Racial equity and the democratic economy

The racial wealth gap didn’t just happen. The forces that contributed to these gaps include the colonization of native lands, the institution of slavery, decades of state-sanctioned segregation, and a history of structural racism and discriminatory policies that boxed these groups of color out of the nation’s income and wealth creation machinery. 

Building a truly democratic economy means having the courage to collectively center and confront the effects of historical and ongoing racism in the way today’s economy is built, and committing to making sure those most effected by racism in the current system have the resources they need to play a leading role in the design of what comes next.

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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.

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July 9, 2018
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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

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April 20, 2021
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Our response to the verdict in the George Floyd murder

The following statement is issued in reaction to the trial verdict in the death of George Floyd: Today we are relieved that a measure of justice was served in the trial of the Minneapolis police officer in the murder of George Floyd. Yet, as we absorb the verdict of the trial, we still must grapple

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September 21, 2021
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From revelation to reckoning to revolution: In pursuit of racial justice

Current proposals to “build Black wealth and narrow the racial wealth gap” are superficial repairs to a rotted foundation. What we need is a radical redistribution of economic and political power.

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