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Every American deserves publicly owned generic drugs, opines author

Americans deserve publicly owned generic drugs, says Dana Brown, Director of The Next System Project at The Democracy Collaborative, a research and development lab for the democratic economy. In her op-ed, punished on The Orange Leader, she says, “Bold policies could have saved America’s largest

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Organizing the solidarity economy: A story of network building amid COVID-19

Early in 2020, the board of the U.S. Solidarity Economy Network (USSEN) called on like-minded organizations that were engaged in economic justice and systems change work to gather at a Resist and Build summit at the Highlander Research and Education Center in New Market, Tennessee. But then came

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Strafford environmental lawyer says president failed to act on climate change

Gus Speth, 79, has been on the frontlines of environmental advocacy since the 1970s, and he saw, firsthand, much of the story he tells in his latest book, They Knew: The U.S. Federal Government’s Fifty-Year Role in Causing the Climate Crisis, which was published last month by the MIT Press. “My book

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Americans deserve publicly owned generic drugs

Bold policies could have saved America’s largest generic drug plant, but it’s never too late to start putting communities first.

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‘Abolish these companies, get rid of them’: what would it take to break up big oil?

Carla Skandier, manager of the climate and energy program at the Democracy Collaborative, says groups like hers are now researching ways to end the cycle of harm through nationalizing segments of the fossil fuel industry. In the simplest terms, the process would involve the federal government buying

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Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Viatris layoffs to begin Saturday

The Democracy Collaborative, a nonprofit whose site says they are “a research and development lab for the democratic economy,” had Michael H. Shuman examine the economic impact of the plant’s closure. Shuman is an economist credited with being one of the architects of the 2012 JOBS Act, which was

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How Preston became a socialist utopia

At its heart, the Preston Model is a reaction against globalization, on a Legoland scale. … As national politics comes to seem ever-more removed from our lives, the Left especially is retreating to a local level, where they can still hold power. … Preston was the site of the last battle fought

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Closing the largest generic drug plant in the US is a sick joke

In a soon-to-be-released study commissioned by the Democracy Collaborative, economist Michael Shuman puts the losses associated with the shut-down in the hundreds of millions of dollars in a state, West Virginia, that already has the sixth highest poverty rate in the country. Schuman estimates that

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National group will seek Biden's help to keep Mylan plant open; despite severance deal, union members have concerns

A group called Our Revolution — founded by Sen. Bernie Sanders to push for progressive political issues — is joining with United Steelworkers Local 8-957, The Democracy Collaborative, Social Security Works and other organizations to send a letter to Biden on Wednesday urging him to intervene in the

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