Along with direct action and other forms of resistance, a successful movement must also build new institutions based on solidarity, justice and cooperation. From small, worker-owned cooperatives to national advocacy groups, hundreds of thousands of people around the country are working to create democratic and sustainable systems that meet the basic needs of all people. Below are some organizations, tools and other resources to help you get involved creating a new world.

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Financial Inquiry Commission Says Bank Executives Must Be Prosecuted

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By Subir for Daily Kos – Well, you can’t say Bernie’s candidacy has had no impact. Phil Angelides was state treasurer of California for a number of years*, and in 2006 he ran for governor against Arnold Schwarznegger. In 2009, he was named chairman of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission. The commission produced a report outlining the causes of the crisis. It has sometimes been compared to the Pecora Commission.

How To Finance A Trillion-Dollar Climate Change Opportunity

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By Danny Kennedy and Ken Locklin for Green Tech Media – Pulling the world back from the brink of catastrophic climate change cannot be done for free. Changing the way the world is powered means big spending — and huge investment opportunities — as new clean energy infrastructure is built across the world. And that’s catching the attention of the global financial community. This week, from New York to California to Abu Dhabi, business and political leaders have been talking about the costs and opportunities inherent in the historic pledge that the nations of the world made in Paris last month to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius.

As Peace Nears in Colombia, Diverse Groups Asked for Solutions

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By Staff of Tele Sur – A national forum on the end of the conflict will bring together victims, Afro-Colombians, women, and many more to brainstorm ideas for lasting peace. As Colombia edges closer to peace between the government and FARC guerrilla movement, diverse sectors of the country’s society will have a chance to formally have their voices heard on the matter of peace and collectively pitch in to the final leg of the end-of-war process that’s been more than three years in the making.

What’s Next? Parecon, or Participatory Economics

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By Michael Albert for The Next System Project – People now fighting economic injustice have no right to decide how future people should live. But we do have a responsibility to provide an institutional setting that facilitates future people deciding for themselves their own conditions of life and work. To this end, participatory economics, or parecon, describes the core institutions required to generate solidarity, equity, self-management, and an ecologically sound and classless economy. Parecon first advocates self-management by workers’ and consumers’ councils federated by industry and region as society’s primary venues of economic decision making.

Report: Growing Movement For Democracy Reform Throughout Country

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By Staff of Common Cause – A citizens’ movement to break the power of big money in politics with tougher disclosure laws, financing systems that elevate small dollar donors, and other reforms is winning important victories in states and localities across the country, Common Cause and several allied groups advocates argue in a report released today. “Our Voices, Our Democracy,” highlights calls by voters, state legislatures and local governing bodies in 16 states and more than 680 localities for a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. FEC

Jail The Bankers And Take Back Control Over Money

Tommy Rock, of Diné No Nukes, meets with US Department of Agriculture staff in January 2016. (Photo: Klee Benally)

By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers. Bill Black of the newly formed Bank Whistleblowers United is interviewed about the plan they have put forward to instill the rule of law on Wall Street and end fraud with the hope of mitigating the effects of the next financial crisis. The plan they put forward could be taken by a president within 60 days without congressional action. It would instill the rule of law on Wall Street and end fraud with the hope of mitigating the effects of the next financial crisis. We also spoke with Randall Wray, an expert in financial instability and macroeconomics, about alternatives to the current financial system that would bring greater stability. His focus is on Modern Money Theory which believes government spending on essentials like infrastructure, transition to clean energy, tuition-free college education and repaying the debts of students, among other things. It believes in shrinking the role of the Federal Reserve…

For Second Year Renewable Energy Largest Source Of New US Electricity

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By Joe Ryan for Bloomberg Business – Renewable energy was the biggest source of new power added to U.S. electricity grids last year as falling prices and government incentives made wind and solar increasingly viable alternatives to fossil fuels. Developers installed 16 gigawatts of clean energy in 2015, or 68 percent of all new capacity, Bloomberg New Energy Finance said in its Sustainable Energy in America Factbook released Thursday with the Business Council for Sustainable Energy. That was the second straight year that clean power eclipsed fossil fuels.

Maryland Considers Public Health Approach To All Drugs

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By Staff of Drug Policy Alliance – As deaths from drug overdoses increase nationwide, Maryland Delegate Dan Morhaim, M.D. – also a practicing physician who has been treating patients in emergency and internal medicine for more than 30 years – will introduce four bills to transform drug policy in the state. This groundbreaking legislative package aims to reduce the harms associated with substance abuse disorders, including rates of addiction, deadly overdose, the spread of infectious disease, crime, costs to the general public, and incarceration rates.

Building A Movement For International Seed Sovereignty

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By Simone Adler for Other Worlds Are Possible – Who we are fighting for is every single peasant farmer – more than 200 million – on the planet. People are eager to join hands in building a global voice. Transnational corporations are pushing policies in African countries for industrial farming and the use of GMO [genetically modified] seeds, while grabbing our land and [stealing] our natural resources. No one should come and tell us how to produce food.

Let’s End Torture In U.S. Prisons

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By John Kiriakou for Other Worlds – A prisoner is kept in a small cell — usually 6 feet by 10 — alone, for 23 hours a day. For one hour a day, he or she may be taken into a small cage outside, with the opportunity to walk in circles before being taken back in. Even the outdoor cage can usually be opened and closed remotely. The idea is to keep the prisoner from having any human interaction. Those who’ve been through it call it a “living death.” The United Nations calls it torture. The practice is widespread in the United States. And until recently, it was applied even to juveniles in the federal prison.

UN Panel Recommends Changes To U.S. School Discipline

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By Evie Blad for Education Week – A panel of experts convened by the United Nations has recommended changes to U.S. school discipline, including the removal of police from schools, to equitable treatment of black youths. The U.N. working group of experts on people of African descent visited various cities around the United States in January, hearing testimony from experts and advocacy groups about equity concerns in areas like criminal justice, housing, and education. Those included student groups who’ve pushed for a reduction in zero-tolerance discipline policies in schools and a South Carolina student who was arrested for protesting her classmate’s violent arrest…

Denmark Is On Its Way To Becoming An Organic Country

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By Lindsay Oberst for Food Revolution – Imagine a organic country. Does this seem possible or realistic? In the United States, where only 1 percent of U.S. farmland is certified organic, this may seem like a far-away dream. But in Denmark, this vision is much closer to reality. First of all, people in Denmark have a great appreciation for organic food. Their country’s national organic brand has been in business for 25 years, making it one of the oldest organic brands in the world. Plus, the Danish government is working in multiple ways to convert the entire country’s agriculture into organic and sustainable farming.

Equity Sought In Baltimore's Development Strategy

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By Megan Sherman and Dharna Noor for The Real News – Baltimore’s penchant for offering tax breaks to downtown developers while ignoring less affluent neighborhoods came under scrutiny Thursday, as stakeholders from across the city presented a more inclusive vision for growth at a University of Maryland conference on unequal development in Baltimore. The one on the right is a redlining map from 1937 where bankers and the federal government got together, and classified every neighborhood in the city based on age, condition of housing, race, ethnicity, class, religion, economic status of residents.

Participatory Governance, Of, By And For The People

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By Ruth Needleman for Portside – Here in the states, we know what it means to see our democratic rights attacked. But do we have a vision of what an expansion of democracy and popular participation in government might look like? Oakland, New York, Minneapolis, among others, are exploring the possibility of “participatory budgeting,” an initiative to shift decision-making on development projects from the government to the community, and increase citizen engagement. In order to better understand the process, delegations from these cities visited Canoas, an industrial city of 350,000 in Southern Brazil.

Podemos Proposal For Coalition Government Unmasks Ruling Class

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By Lucha de Clases for In Defense of Marxism – If the proposal of a “government of progress” is to be taken seriously by the working masses, their families, the youth, the pensioners and other layers, they should accompany it with a call for a mass mobilisation throughout the whole country in support of their proposal. That would put the PSOE leaders under enormous pressure. Mass meetings in working class neighbourhoods should be called to explain the content of what is being proposed. The lodging of parliamentary initiative 25 on the part of Podemos, which includes opposition to cuts, increasing the minimum wage, emergency measures for families in need, halting evictions, etc, was a very positive step.