2013 SAGE Conference: Place, Politics & Potential
November 9th,10 2013.
Join activists, organizers, educators, community leaders, non-profits and other individuals and organizations who are committed to forging more equitable and sustainable ways of organizing our economies and communities.
As the increasing efforts across the state around sustainable, cooperative and alternative economics attest, another economy is possible. In order to embrace and support the growing movement, this year’s conference will take place over the course of 3 days. Sessions, workshops, and discussions will help to plan and enact solidarity economy initiatives and relationships, launch new and support existing campaigns, and discuss the possibilities of a statewide solidarity economy initiative.
We understand the green solidarity economy to be a movement to create a new world that puts people and the environment before profit. In our view, true ecological and social sustainability can only be achieved through a movement that effectively responds to the harms caused by the present economy as we use the principles of solidarity to build new social and economic foundations. Thus, we propose a green solidarity economy that effectively addresses social inequality and climate change requires action in three areas:
- Alternative economics-initiatives, enterprises, trade and finance that privilege community and ecological well being over individual gain (e.g. worker cooperatives, community ownership, fair trade, time-banking, credit unions, community land trusts and commons management, and so on).
- Resistance and reform- working against environmental degradation, social inequality, and poverty by improving policies around existing system (e.g. living wage ordinances, union contracts, immigration reform, energy policy, progressive taxation, environmental regulation, social welfare programs, and so on).
- Social Inclusion- efforts to end racism, sexism and other forms of oppression and exclusion (affirmative action and hiring policies, popular education and workshops, and so on).
Project 401 is a collective of Hip Hop artists based in Rhode Island who use Hip Hop culture to engage with communities and relay positive social messages to youth. The group hosts free weakly dance sessions, perform for community events, coordinate Hip Hop youth programs with NGO’s, and also organize community events that bring the positive art of Hip Hop to communities throughout Rhode Island and greater New England.
Evan Greer is a radical queer singer/songwriter, community organizer and popular educator based in Boston. Evan writes and performs high energy acoustic songs that inspire hope, build community, and incite resistance!