Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Rigged Economy

Last week, Kim Klein and I were in Seattle for a meeting on state budgets, taxes and banks. The conference was organized by the Institute for Pragmatic Practice, a new project of the Northwest Federation of Community Organizations, and held at NWFCO's new home called the Southside Commons (a former church that they bought and converted into offices and a hub for community activities and social justice organizations).

The packed agenda of panels and workshops brought together progressive elected officials, labor leaders and community organizers to share ideas and best-practices for taking on the amoral banks who crashed the economy and the conservatives who want to cut taxes at all costs. Even though the commons wasn't explicitly discussed, the underlying critique of all the speakers was that the economy has been rigged to benefit the rich, at the expense of the well-being of everyone else. Challenging the corporate oligarchy will require commons-based thinkers to continue the conversations started in Seattle last week.

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