We are in the midst of an epoch paradigm shift, from inequality to solidarity. Capitalism’s contradictions have birthed four great, increasingly interconnected social movements – anti-classist, anti-racist, feminist, and ecology. We are deconstructing inequality and creating new, solidarity economy values, practices, and institutions, based on love, cooperation, equity, and sustainability. There are many ways that each of us can participate in this epoch shift.
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In the US, the dual crises of COVID and racist policing are highlighting failures in our racist capitalist patriarchal economy, forcing people -- especially those who are most marginalized under these oppressive systems -- to create institutions that better fill human needs. This panel discusses grassroots solidarity economy responses - such as mutual aid networks, community gardening, bartering and time banking, and movements for community control of policing and resources - and strategize about bringing them together into a movement for systemic economic transformation.
We, the undersigned, are a collaborative partnership of network leaders in social innovation, social finance, the social economy, and community economic development across Canada. We provide this joint statement to deepen our commitment to rooting out racism, colonization, and exclusion in our work and sector.
2019 was another dynamic year for the Canadian Community Economic Development Network. This year in review presents our main activities organized by the strategic priorities set by the Board of Directors, representing the membership as a whole.
With funding for federal, state, and local loan and grant programs maxing out, it is more important than ever that we utilize a multitude of creative strategies to harness the financial capital of our communities towards self determined outcomes.