"In 2007, we created the F4DC with the idea of creating authentic democracy in communities and social justice organizations. This is something that was largely missing from our work. I truly believe that creating democracy is one of the most important things that we can do.  How do we make structures of, by and for the people? That is the simple economic gist of it."

Six years ago, the global economy nearly collapsed. Now big corporations and the wealthy are recovering well.

In our work to build communities of opportunity where low-income people and people of color can thrive, we must acknowledge that income is how you get out of poverty, assets are how you stay out.

However, not long after Laz received the eviction notice, she said a sort of miracle happened: She was approached by two organizers from Omni Commons, a self-styled "radical community resource center" that had just moved into the former rock venue on Shattuck at 48th.

A lack of compassion is arguably the cause of many of humankind’s most devastating failures.

The clinics in turn are part of a far larger and avowedly political movement of well over 400 citizen-run groups – food solidarity centres, social kitchens, cooperatives, “without middlemen” distribution networks for fresh produce, legal aid hubs, education classes – that has emerged in response to the near-collapse of Greece’s welfare state, and has more than doubled in size in the past three years.

Countless other grocery stores in the area, large and small, have closed or changed hands over the decades (Capital Market, Steve’s Market, and Maxham’s Corner Store to name just a few). But in the village of Adamant, 2015 is a milestone year. It marks the 80th year that the Adamant Cooperative store has been continuously serving the residents of the area.

The trailer park, originally constructed in 1962 by Boeing employees installing Minuteman missile systems for the U.S. Air Force, is located on Lower River Road. High levels of arsenic were detected in the water in 2012.


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