Shaping a People’s Economy

Our shared resources should serve the many, not the few

Most of us want pretty similar things: a safe home, meaningful work, a livable planet, and time to enjoy with family and friends. These are the priorities around which we should build our economy.

What We Face

Today’s economy is designed to serve a wealthy few by extracting profits from our planet and most vulnerable people. It’s built upon systems of misogyny and white supremacy that devalue the service, care, and farm work historically done by women and people of color — no matter who holds such jobs today.

  • Corporations see our communities and natural resources as little more than inputs into their machine. They work immigrant laborers to the breaking point, pour pollution into Black and Brown neighborhoods, and have pushed our climate into crisis.
  • Big banks and private equity firms buy up our homes, prey upon poor and BIPOC communities, and insist that shareholder profits are the only acceptable measure of success. 
  • These firms and their political allies have eviscerated the sources of people power that could demand our economy benefit the many. They’ve assaulted our freedom to join together in unions, blocked people (especially people of color) from voting and governing in the interests of our communities, and waged war on the legitimacy of our democracy.

Our Path Forward

Cities are the battleground where we rein in extractive corporations and show what’s possible when our economy is built by us, owned by us, and overseen by us. 

  • By organizing locally, we draw on the many powers of cities to shape our economy: from promoting good jobs, to providing more affordable housing, to taking decisive action on climate change.
  • By bringing together workers and communities, we build the united strength to insist corporations heed our needs as whole people — both on the job and when we clock off. Cities are where we can reclaim our shared wealth from the finance industry, taking back our homes, our public dollars, and our future.
  • By prying open the doors of power — from local utilities to corporate boardrooms — we change who governs our economy. When BIPOC communities, gender-oppressed people, and folks working low-wage jobs are at the table, we can set new rules that benefit us all.

Ready to shape a people’s economy?

Join our community of organizers, working people, renters, and local leaders making new rules so our economy serves the many, not the few: