Solidarity Economics & Fast Pitch for Solutions

September 2, 2020

We started this coalition with a sense of urgency around the need for strategies that build resiliency for our communities and families. We invite you to join us for a Live On-Line Event on April 16th with Dr. Manuel Pastor, Dr. Chris Benner, and featuring Dr. Anne Price as we look to Solidarity Economics and Building a Culture of Mutuality in response to the growing challenges of COVID-19 and the economic downturn.

Latinx Economic Resilience in the Time of COVID (Session II)

July 16, 2020

New America CA is committed to ensuring that the perspectives of Latinx communities are heard and incorporated as California develops innovative solutions to pressing public problems. As we grapple with the enormous repercussions of the global pandemic, we are dedicated to shining a light on the impacts on all Californians.

While it is true that the COVID-19 outbreak impacts all Americans, it has, quite simply, impacted the Latinx community disproportionately. The coronavirus has highlighted disparities in the workplace and in society, which have long gone unaddressed. The more we understand these challenges as we rebuild from this crisis, the greater the likelihood that we will emerge as a more inclusive and just place.

Join New America CA on Tuesday, July 14th at 2:30 PM PDT for our second conversation on COVID and the Latinx Community. The live streamed conversation, Latinx Economic Resilience During and After COVID, will feature local and national experts who will provide insights and resources, as well as move attendees toward action-oriented solutions.

The conversation will focus on understanding the challenges facing Latinx workers and families, especially those experiencing increased economic precarity during the COVID-19 crisis. We’ll focus on solutions, exploring ways to meet families’ immediate income needs, as well as their employment needs via access to more recession-resilient jobs and skills in the future. Economic equity leaders will share the needs they are seeing, along with resources and ideas that can help Latinx communities thrive during and after the pandemic.

Reimagining The Future with Racial Equity

June 28, 2020

With politicians and institutions responding to the economic crisis generated by COVID-19, the recovery process offers an important moment to rethink our political and economic system. During this panel discussion, The Greenlining Institute and equity allies discuss how an equity-centered response to this crisis can not only help us recover, but create a stronger and more resilient planet and people.

Inclusion, Growth, and Community:
Reimagining Our Economy in the Wake of Crisis

Jun 25, 2020

For the last decade, economic research has been showing that an Achilles’ heel for prosperity was inequality: regions that were more unequal, more racially segregated, and more socially fragmented were unable to maintain employment growth over time. Meanwhile, qualitative work was showing that places that were able to better wed inclusion and growth did so through community, that is, by creating sustained data-driven dialogues between diverse sectors that helped to forge a sense of a common regional destiny. What does that imply for the COVID crisis, a pandemic that has both lifted the veil on persistent inequalities and made it absolutely clear that we cannot protect ourselves if we do not seek to protect all of us? And what does that imply for recent efforts to advance racial justice, a response to the institutional and systemic racism that has plagued our country for centuries? How can regional leaders help metropolitan economies to not just recover but reimagine a more prosperous, more equitable, and more sustainable future?

Solidarity Economics for the Coronavirus & Beyond

with Professor Chris Benner

June 23, 2020

In the long term—not just in the current emergency—mutuality matters, morally and economically. An ethos of mutual caring and support leads to better health outcomes and helps to generate a more prosperous and resilient economy and society. Professor Chris Benner discusses how we urgently need to think long term—both about the things that got us into the crisis, and how we can refashion our economy and society as we eventually emerge

The COVID Crisis Reveals Our Fundamental Illness As a Society

Dr. Manuel Pastor, USC

June 21, 2020

Policing is the tip of the racist iceberg, says USC professor Dr. Manuel Pastor. COVID-19 has laid bare the deep racial disparities that for decades have had people penned in economically, educationally and environmentally.

12 Steps to Reboot California’s Economy

June 2, 2020

Dr. Chris Benner provides a brief overview of From Renewal to Resistance: A 12- Step Program For the California Economy, co-authored by Dr. Manuel Pastor.

Health Care Access, Service Delivery, and Youth Civic Engagement in the Central Valley

May 19, 2020

USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) and UC Santa Cruz Associate Professor Veronica Terriquez present Health Care Access, Service Delivery, and Youth Civic Engagement in the Central Valley during the COVID-19 Pandemic, a webinar on the disparate impacts of the global pandemic on Central Valley communities.

Building Solidarity Economics in the Age of Coronavirus and Beyond

April 23, 2020

In this Right Livelihood College webinar, Nnimmo Bassey, Vandana Shiva, and Chris Benner explore how alternative economic frameworks are informing and informed by this moment of the coronavirus crisis

Why We Need Solidarity Economics

April 22, 2020

Economists have gone to great lengths to write humans out of economics, pushing self-interest and generally providing two choices—faith in markets or the state. INET grantee and University of Southern California Sociologist Manuel Pastor argues that we need to change the conversation and put people first. His research shows that rebuilding the bonds between people universally leads to better outcomes for health, society, and the environment.

Will the Coronavirus Lead to a Recession? w/ Economist Manuel Pastor

The Skyy John Show

APril 22, 2020

Sky John talks with Manuel Pastor, a Ph.D. economist who is a Professor of Sociology at USC. We cover the economic competition between China and America, the economic impact of the coronavirus, how Trump is approaching the US economy, and what we can do from here.

Coronavirus Will Increase Inequality

The Skyy John Show

Mar 14, 2020

Sky John talks with Manuel Pastor, a Ph.D. economist who is a Professor of Sociology at USC. We cover the economic competition between China and America, the economic impact of the coronavirus, how Trump is approaching the US economy, and what we can do from here.

Remaking the Economy in Los Angeles:
The Rise of Social Movements

January 21, 2020

Los Angeles is known, of course, for being home to Hollywood, but it is so much more than that. The City of Angels—home to four million people, and the center of a metro area of 13 million—has seen remarkable changes, both demographically and in its economy. In 1980, less than 15 percent of Los Angeles County residents were Latinx; today, nearly half are. Economically, Los Angeles was once famously an “open shop,” largely non-union city; today, the nation’s leading port and manufacturing city is an exemplar of community-based social, racial, and economic justice organizing.

In this webinar, we will hear from some of the people who are behind this transformation. Following the interview with Pastor, who—in addition to his academic work, has been a social movement activist himself—NPQ Senior Editor Steve Dubb will facilitate a panel with three expert speakers: Roxana Tynan, Executive Director of Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE); Isela Gracian, Executive Director of East Los Angeles Community Corporation (ELACC); and Ana Siria Urzua, Sustainability Director of Santa Ana Building Healthy Communities.

Just Growth Video:
Inclusion and Prosperity in America’s Metropolitan Regions

August 16, 2019

USC Equity Research Institute (previously the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity) breaks down how regions that work toward equity may have stronger and more resilient economic growth.

From Resistance to Renewal:
Building An Economy Based Belongin

with Manuel Pastor

April 8-10, 2019

Our economic rules are generally based on the notion that self-interest and competition are natural human impulses, with conservatives suggesting that markets will channel those forces into equilibrium and others arguing to constrain individual and business action with appropriate state intervention. But humans are not just self-interested; we all have a desire to belong and connect in community. What would it mean to build a new solidarity economics? How would such a new economic theory and narrative play out in terms of organizing and change, norms and practices, politics and policy? How could we build such an economy at scale—and what does it mean for our contemporary crises of inequality, separation, and fragmentation?