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News on local, regional efforts by communities, NGOs, local businesses, banks, governments, to become more self-reliant and less dependent on global financial casinos, big banks and Wall Street. Covers local currencies, farmers markets, co-housing, Transition Towns movements, new bioregional urban re-developments and small communities.

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Black Economic Council Press Release – FCC Meeting

Black Economic Council Press Release – FCC Meeting

January 27, 2010 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Chairman of The Black Economic Council Meets with FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn to Discuss Issues Impacting the Black and Underserved Communities. Chula Vista, California January 25, 2010.  Len Canty, Chairman of The Black Economic Council, met with FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn to discuss key [...]

EconoSpeak: Obama’s Gesture on Student Loans

Econospeak is right on this one. I would add that it's also time to correct the GDP by changing its categorizing of EDUCATION  as an expense instead of an investment, because it's really the most important investment any society makes in its future, by producing educated, productive tax-paying citizens.  The is why the Calvert-Henderson  [...]

An Appeal to the Time Banking Community and to Groups Seeking to Rebuild Haiti

Edgar Cahn, Jan. 16, 2009 Edgar Cahn is a member of the Ethical Markets Advisory Board in the area of Socially Responsible Investing. If ever there was a time when Time Banking and other local currencies make sense, it is now, to rebuild Haiti. Haiti needs to find a way to do two things: (more…)

Promoting Quality, Affordability & Energy Efficiency

Using the Homebuyer Tax Credit to replace Mobile Homes with ENERGY STAR Manufactured Homes Are you interested in finding ways to help the most low-income homeowners improve their energy efficiency, reduce their energy cost burden and lessen their carbon footprint? (more…)

Federation Hails CDFI Certification of Five Credit Unions and CUSO

(January 13, 2010 - Washington, DC)  The U.S. Treasury Department's Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund announced yesterday that five additional credit unions and a credit union service organization (CUSO) have been certified as CDFIs, bringing the total number of CDFI-certified CDCUs to 165 institutions, representing nearly [...]

ESCAPE FROM POTTERSVILLE: THE NORTH DAKOTA MODEL FOR CAPITALIZING COMMUNITY BANKS

Ellen Brown www.webofdebt.com/articles January 3, 2010 Where can our floundering community banks get the capital to make room on their books for substantial new loans? An innovative answer is provided by the state of North Dakota. (more…)

Solar Financing Finally Reaches Colorado Non-Profits

http://www.world-wire.com LOUISVILLE, CO, January 6, 2010 --/WORLD-WIRE/-- Solar financing for non-profits and faith communities is often hard to find in these tough economic times. Thanks to a new program, developed by Colorado-based solar integrator Bella Energy, non-profit solar financing has finally reached Colorado. (more…)

Shareable magazine on the Rise of a Sharing Industry

One of the top trends for 2009, selected by Shareable magazine: (go to that original article for the links mentioned below) “This year saw the founding of services like Rentalic, Share Some Sugar, and Neighborgoods—all of which rely on the web and mobile technologies to facilitate neighborhood-level sharing. In 2009, the ridesharing [...]

P2P Foundation

Launching a solar commons The Evergreen Cooperatives of Cleveland, Ohio 2010: the year of Zombie Capitalism 2010 will be the year of the new currencies

Naked Capitalism: More on Goldman Shorts – McClatchy Weighs In

We support Arianna Huffington and Ron Johnson's  MOVE YOUR MONEY campaign . So if you want to move your money from the 4 biggest banks which got the most of your bailout tax money and are still using it and your deposits to gamble and trade in risky, offshore speculation, here are all the places you can go to find a safe , Federally-insured [...]

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