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Case Studies in Economic Democracy

This four-part case study series shows what building economic power and liberation for Black and brown people looks like in practice. We highlight the actions and testimonies of movement organizers, community members, and power-building organizations across the country.

The Economic Democracy Project

Image of Black woman walking away from the Capitol and Amazon sign, toward clasped, uplifted hands

The Economic Democracy Project aims to highlight and develop strategies that Black and brown communities can use to build economic and political power. It has 3 priorities that show up across this case study series:

  1. Break up and regulate new corporate power, including Amazon, Google, and Facebook.
  2. Expand the meaning of public goods and ensure that services are equitably and publicly administered.
  3. Strengthen “co-governance” strategies so that people and public agencies can collectively make decisions about the economy.

Learn more about Demos' Economic Democracy Project and its goals.

Amazon's HQ2 in Arlington, VA
Banking in New York City

How the New Economy Project and the Public Bank NYC coalition are pressing for the creation of a public bank for New York City, as part of a broader vision for economic and racial justice.

Co-governance in Texas

This study follows the Texas Organizing Project as it worked to build power and equity for working-class Black & Latino communities in greater Houston after Hurricane Harvey.

Pittsburgh's Water

This case study examines how community leaders forced the city of Pittsburgh to provide safe, accessible, and affordable water—and developed an accountability model in the process, by which everyday people can oversee the public water utility. 

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