Friday, September 21, 2012

Another World is Possible Conference

Solidarity And Green Economy (SAGE) Alliance's 2nd Annual Conference "ANOTHER WORLD IS POSSIBLE" 9am-4pm Saturday, October 13th, 2012 at Clark University, 950 Main St, Worcester, MA 01610 Confirmed speakers include: Emily Kawano, US Solidarity Economy Network Daniel Tygel, Brazilian/International Solidarity Economy activist Penn Loh, Tufts Univ Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning /ACE Aaron Tanaka, Boston Workers Alliance Asa Needle, Worcester Roots Project / Stone Soup (2012 Brower Youth Award Winner) Tim Fisk, Alliance to Develop Power Members of Vida Verde Co-op, Toxic Soil Busters Co-op, Future Focus Media Co-op ... and many others. Registered NOW (it takes only 5 minutes): ***Call for workshop proposals - EXTENDED DEADLINE = 5PM, Sept. 26th!*** Please fill out your workshop ideas/proposals here: Workshop topics include Immigrants Movements and a New Economy, Talking to Youth about Solidarity Economy and Co-ops, Community Research and Mapping, Transitional Economy Strategies, Policy Frameworks for Moving Past Capitalism, The Labor Movement and Co-ops, Democratizing Education, Co-ops (Food, Childcare, Farming), and more. Workshops will be based on the following: We understand the green solidarity economy to be a movement to create a new world that puts people and the environment before profit. In our view, true ecological and social sustainability can only be achieved through a movement that effectively responds to the harms caused by the present economy as we use the principles of solidarity to build new social and economic foundations. Thus, we propose a green solidarity economy that effectively addresses social inequality and climate change requires action in three areas: Alternative economics-initiatives, enterprises, trade and finance that privilege community and ecological well being over individual gain (e.g. worker cooperatives, community ownership, fair trade, time-banking, credit unions, community land trusts and commons management, and so on). Resistance and reform- working against environmental degradation, social inequality, and poverty by improving policies around existing system (e.g. living wage ordinances, union contracts, immigration reform, energy policy, progressive taxation, environmental regulation, social welfare programs, and so on). Social Inclusion- efforts to end racism, sexism and other forms of oppression and exclusion (affirmative action and hiring policies, popular education and workshops, and so on). Much more: GET INVOLVED IN PLANING: Meetings in summer/fall 2012 are held on Thursdays at 5 Pleasant St, Third Floor, Worcester, MA 01609. September 27 at 5:30pm: SAGE Conference planning OUTREACH and POST-CONFERENCE FOLLOW UP meeting: September 28 at 2pm at NuCafe, 335 Chandler St, Worcester, MA October 4 at 5:30pm: SAGE Conference planning October 11 at 5:30pm: Last SAGE Conference planning

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