There’s no question that Los Angeles is a city of cultural diversity and eclectic industry. But one doesn’t have to drive too far beyond the patchwork of mansions and high-rises to find encampments under freeways – revealing a city of gross inequality.
In L.A. today, a person needs to earn $34 an hour to afford an average apartment, yet the state’s minimum wage in most places is $10. Meanwhile, $26 million is stolen from the pockets of the lowest wage workers every week. Our system is in crisis. We need system change.
Hear economist Richard Wolff address the critical question:
"Is Economic Collapse Inevitable?"
Friday, February 5, 7:00 p.m.
1600 Campus Rd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041
Wolff returns to L.A. to discuss the mounting global turmoil as capitalism relocates from old centers in Western Europe, North America and Japan to new ones in China, Brazil, India and elsewhere in what used to be called the "Third World."
How will these global trends play out locally in L.A., as homelessness jumps and safety nets shred, while prison and jail spending is prioritized over poverty-solving programs?
Join the conversation co-sponsored by ACLU SoCal, L.A. Progressive, Democracy at Work and Occidental College of Community Engagement, and learn how you can get involved in our economic justice advocacy work.
NYC’s Small Business Administration issued a report on how the city’s investment into worker coops is going:
Article in Next City: http://www.nyc.gov/html/sbs/downloads/misc/wcbdi2015-booklet/offline/wcbdi.pdf
Employee-owned Recology in San Francisco also educates residents about recycling and employs hundreds of people to sort the materials coming into their recycling facility. As a result, while Recology, which saves 92 percent of San Francisco’s trash from the landfill, isn’t seeing Wall-Street-level profits, it isn’t experiencing a crisis either. As Collins points out, when commodity prices are down, the the highest quality bales are sold first, rewarding operations doing the best job recycling.
Please see this notice about Peace Praxis Institute’s ‘Mondragon Seminar & Tour – May 2016’
There are two full scholarships available for folks interested in visiting and learning from the largest worker cooperative in the world (www.mondragon-corporation.com/eng/).
Scholarship deadline, Feb 1, 2016
Tour is May 20 – 28, 2016.
Learn more: http://www.praxispeace.org/mondragon. Please direct all questions to Peace Praxis Institute.
Hope 2016 is off to a great start!