Divestment Activists in San Francisco are Fighting to Establish a Public Bank that will Invest in Their Community

We spoke with Jackie Fielder, the indigenous organizer for the San Francisco Public Bank Coalition who was moved to work on establishing a public bank after Wall Street banks funded the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline through her community’s territory. She discussed how public banks can strengthen local economies and allow for communities to control their tax revenue and invest in projects that benefit them.

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Professor Richard D. Wolff on the Historical Significance of the Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vests) Movement

We spoke with professor Richard D. Wolff on the historical significance of the Gilets Jaunes movement in France and how it parallels the growing civil unrest and labor strikes in the US. Wolff is the host of the weekly radio program Economic Update and the co-founder of Democracy at Work, a non-profit organization advocating for the democratization of workspaces.

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Political Philosopher Michael Hardt on the Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vests) Movement

Michael Hardt shared some of his thoughts on the leaderless Gilets Jaunes movement, a workers’ movement which began in France in November of last year and has been quickly spreading to other countries. Hardt is a political philosopher, literary theorist, and the coauthor of Assembly, a book which discusses the rise of leaderless movements throughout the world and proposes strategies for successfully organizing them.

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The Making of a Green New Deal—A Discussion with the Sunrise Movement’s Jeremy Ornstein

We spoke with climate activist and organizer Jeremy Ornstein about his work with the Sunrise Movement and its push for a select committee on a Green New Deal, a proposed economic stimulus plan to combat climate change that has gained bipartisan support from registered voters and the endorsement of thirty-eight members of congress after weeks of public demonstrations.

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Michael Hardt on Leaderless Movements and Organizing The Multitude

We spoke with political philosopher and literary theorist Michael Hardt about his latest book Assembly, wherein he and Antonio Negri argue that three paths—exodus, antagonistic reformism, and hegemonic transformation—can work hand in hand to empower the working class, and that in a time of the decentralization of leadership new forms of collective organization and decision-making are needed to achieve democracy.

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Bernie-backed Candidate Jovanka Beckles Talks About Her Race Against “the Bernie Slayer”

We spoke with community leader, Democratic Socialist, and Bernie-endorsed candidate, Jovanka Beckles, about her long history of progressive victories in the Bay Area and the stark differences between her and her opponent’s platforms, funding sources, and connections to their community. Beckles is running in the Assembly District 15 election to represent Berkeley, North Oakland, and Richmond, California.

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