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Worker Cooperatives Spring Out of Occupy Movement

Reposted from Co-operative News:

During Occupy Wall Street, protesters spent thousands of dollars printing pamphlets and posters to spread their message. Watching money flow into the corporate companies whose principles they protested, a small group of participants planned to start their own printing cooperative founded on the principles of equal responsibility, ownership and pay.

Two and a half years later, two workers’ cooperatives that developed out of the movement are finding new ways to keep their businesses –and principles—going now that they’re no longer taking to the streets to occupy public spaces such as Zuccotti Park. They’re occupying their time with their businesses, while still helping to promote the movement and its message. And both cooperatives are surviving the tough economic climate with an age-old practice: printing. Continue reading

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Certified Naturally Grown Label Tailored for Direct-Market Farmers

Mary Esch of the Associated Press writes about some organic farmers in the Northeast that are eschewing organic certification by the USDA:

Started by a group of organic farmers in New York’s mid-Hudson Valley as a backlash against federal takeover of the organic program in 2002, Certified Naturally Grown has expanded over the past decade to include more than 700 farms in 47 states, executive director Alice Varon said.
“Certified Naturally Grown is tailored for direct-market farmers producing food without any synthetic chemicals specifically for their local communities,” Varon said. “It’s a particular niche of the agricultural world. It’s not in direct competition with the national organic program.”
Many small farmers previously certified organic by an independent organization have declined to participate in the federal program. They voice a variety of objections: extensive record-keeping requirements; fees that can amount to 6 percent of a small farm’s gross sales; and philosophical objections to joining a monolithic government-run program that also certifies huge operations that ship produce across the country.
“We have noticed over time that more and more farmers — often, younger farmers — who appear to be following organic practices don’t bother to get certified,” said Jack Kittredge, co-owner of a certified organic farm in Barre, Mass., and editor of “The Natural Farmer,” journal of the Northeast Organic Farming Association. “My major concern is that sometimes, unless you’re certified you’re not even aware of some of the problems,” such as calling livestock organic even though the animals eat feed containing genetically modified crops. Continue reading


Bill Moyers Interview with Richard Wolff

Richard D. Wolff is Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he taught economics from 1973 to 2008. He is currently a Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs of the New School University, New York City. He also teaches classes regularly at the Brecht Forum in Manhattan.

If you want to learn more about Dr. Wolff’s economic philosophy his published works are available on Amazon:

Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism
Capitalism Hits the Fan: The Global Economic Meltdown and What to Do About It
Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism (City Lights Open Media)

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Join the Global Citizen Festival

Global Citizen Festival

Saturday, September 28th, 2013
Central Park, Great Lawn
New York City

A world without extreme poverty is only going to be become a reality if we – as Global Citizens – create and commit to a new global partnership that involves us, charities, companies and governments around the world. The 2013 Global Citizen Festival is showcasing some of the leading global partnerships out there right now, and we’re working to be able to announce new partnerships that can create real impact for the world’s poor into the future.

You can find more information about the festival here.

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The Poetry Society of New York Holding Third Annual Festival


The 3rd Annual New York City Poetry Festival

Saturday & Sunday, July 27th & 28th, 2013
Governors Island, Colonel’s Row
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FREE ($10 Suggested Donation)
Featuring Lara Glenum, Cornelius Eady, Dorothea Lasky, Catherine Wagner, CA Conrad, Paul Legault, Todd Colby, Anne Waldman, Geoffrey Nutter, Andrew Durbin, Miguel Algarin, J. Hope Stein, Bob Holman, Cathy Park Hong, and many many more!
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The 3rd Annual New York City Poetry Festival will be held on Governors Island’s Colonel’s Row on July 27th and 28th, 2013. The Poetry Society of New York will once again invite New Yorkers to come together for this two day festival to celebrate NYC’s vibrant poetry community. The event will include over 50 poetry organizations and 200 poets on its three stages; a Vendor’s Village where local booksellers, artists and craftmakers will sell their wares; the 3rd annual Ring of Daisies open mic; The Poetry Brothel tent; a boozy area sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery; healthy and delicious food options; a spontaneous generation house where we’ll be writing collaborative poems; and, of course, the Children’s Festival at NYCPF, this year sponsored by Writopia!

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Melon Mysticism for Everyone


Affixed to the Manhattan Bridge chain-link fencing above Forsyth Street is a series of artwork. Arc your head upward; there it is.

Artist Jen Liu created the five banners, collectively called “Melon Mysticism for Everyone.” Each panel features a watermelon carved into a mandela pattern that is eaten by different animals: goat, horse, chicken, and sheep. Chinatown diversity, the food market below, and notions of unity and community were reportedly the creative inspiration. Moreover, Liu notes that “the diverse community that exists in the Chinatown markets is not an abstraction, but something informal, messy and full of life.”

The project was installed at the end of June, and is the third such collaboration between the pARTners track of the DOT art program and the International Studio & Curatorial Program. It’ll remain in place for a period of eleven months (roughly May 2014).

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Sustainability Surge: NYC gets free solar charging stations

Street Charge NYC

Reposted from Eco-Business:

AT&T, together with Goal Zero, Pensa and the New York city government, has given New Yorkers a means to stay connected with solar charging stations. Image: Gizmag

New York is becoming a hotbed for sustainability lately. Following the recent announcements of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on a $20 billion climate change adaptation plan and a food waste composting plan, not too mention rolling out a bike share programme with Citi Group, the city has introduced public solar charging stations around its five boroughs.Telecoms giant AT&T and solar start-up Goal Zero are the two firms behind the recently implemented project. They have teamed up with Brooklyn-based design studio Pensa to place 25 Street Charge stations around parks, beaches, and other outdoor spaces and electricity dead-zone areas for a three-month pilot programme.The Street Charge stations will enable New Yorkers to charge their smartphones and gadgets while on the go, keeping them connected with their mobile needs for free and in a sustainable manner.The station, designed over several trial runs, looks like a modern minimalist street post with three petal-like panels on top.Each of the panels contains 15-watt microcrystalline PV solar cells that keep the station’s internal 168-watt-hour lithium ion battery in full power day and night. Users simply hook up their device on the USB or micro USB cables found on the small wooden tabletops and wait for their device to get its needed energy boost. Continue reading