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Democracy at Work action groups! What are you doing?

My name is Caleb and I am helping start an action group in Seattle. Could some other action group participants offer me their thoughts, ideas, or advice? We don't want to reinvent the wheel.

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Restorative Justice Non-profit seeking to reorganize top down structure to a collective.

Restorative Resources, a non-profit agency in Sonoma Co. California is fragile and on the ground staff are seeking to collectivize our structure. There is complacency on part of the BOD. We are hoping to present them with a model but have had trouble finding anything that is related to the human service work we do. We need your help!! Restorative Justice is by nature, circular, horizontal---this is what we practice and teach and offer to our communities yet we are organized in the traditional capitalist, vertical way.

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Looking for liked D@W minded people in North Texas

I'm looking for fellow D@W supporters, members that might be in the North Texas Region, more specifically the DFW area. I'm from Dallas and I'm interested in either joining a D@W group down here or starting one.

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Wolff Recommended Book On Slave Revolts

In a fairly recent economic update Dr. Wolff referred to a book about slave revolts and how they were constantly happening in one form or another in the U.S. and I was wondering the title of the book so I can give it a read. Thank you.

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RT On Contact

Dear Prof Wolff, yesterday I watched your last OnContact participation where you said that the US government borrowed in order to save the big banks and corporations. My question is, borrowed from who?

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Pearl Paint turns into luxury-lofts; an entertainment blog like the Gothamist trashes capitalism

From the article: "...The second floor is going for $16,000/month; the third floor is $16,500/month; the fourth floor is $17,000/month; and the penthouse is going for $18,000/month. It is safe to say that none of us could afford any of those. But hey, this is as good a reminder as any that everything you love in this city will eventually disappoint you and/or be ruined by capitalism. The sooner we all internalize this, the happier we can be admitting the future is not for us." When an entertainment blog like The Gothamist casually writes, 'ruined by Capitalism', and, 'this future is not for us', change is most definitely in the air. Not only has the owl of Minerva spread its wings with the falling of the dusk - that owl is mid-flight and full of mice, piss, and vinegar. R.I.P., Pearl Paint - welcome, revolutionary consciousness. http://gothamist.com/2017/03/24/pearl_paint_gets_reborn_as_expensiv.php#photo-1

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Explanation of health insurance premium increases

I hear all over the news that health insurance rates are increasing dramatically. I live in RI and pay the full rate for my exchange plan. My rate went down this year. What did RI do right that everyone else did wrong? Can someone explain why rates went up in certain places?

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Rich people problems: the million dollar wedding

"...The lavish June 2015 celebration for 250 guests in the garden of their Southampton estate was gorgeous. The bride wore Oscar de la Renta. There were 3,500 white roses individually studded into the lawn, a five-course dinner beneath massive chandeliers of greenery and a seven-tier wedding cake. The mother of the bride commissioned monogrammed napkins for each place setting, as well as a custom fabric for the tables and the flower girl’s dress. There was a beachfront rehearsal dinner. The reception included a specialty cocktail served in an ostrich eggshell; the after parties offered a Calvados and cigar bar, plus hot chocolate and brownie stations. A week later, the couple exchanged vows in a small candlelight ceremony in the 16th-century chapel at the family chateau in the Loire Valley, followed by hot-air ballooning the next morning..." But, "...Heel protectors (which keep stilettos from sinking into the grass) didn’t work. The hired dressers had no clue how to bustle a wedding gown. The brownie station was poorly lit and sparsely attended. The bride and groom’s dogs, which were in the wedding procession, were left out of the wedding photos..." The poor doggies! https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/an-over-the-top-weddings-ugly-aftermath/2017/03/16/780928ac-04e4-11e7-b9fa-ed727b644a0b_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_weddinglawsuit-nhp-745pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.5d3d9700ee38

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Does anyone know of something similar to Judson Memorial Church lecture in Los Angeles?

I'm looking to attend a lecture series in Los Angeles that would be a counterpart to what Prof. Wolff does in NYC. Can anybody advise me?

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Prescription drug price

My son has the flu. His pediatrician wants him and his sister (she's not sick yet) to take Tamiflu. This is a pic of the kids' scripts. Each one of these bottles cost us $143, and we have RX coverage. Add to that the generic Tamiflu my wife and I were told we should take, and we spent $850 on flu medicine for a family of four, out of the blue. I'm not feeling especially 'covered' right now by our insurance policy. This is a system that absolutely does not work for working people.

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Prescription drug price

My son has the flu. His pediatrician wants him and his sister (she's not sick yet) to take Tamiflu. This is a pic of the kids' scripts. Each one of these bottles cost us $143, and we have RX coverage. Add to that the generic Tamiflu my wife and I were told we should take, and we spent $850 on flu medicine for a family of four, out of the blue. I'm not feeling especially 'covered' right now by our insurance policy. This is a system that absolutely does not work for working people.

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Should Worker Co-Ops pay taxes?

An important element of any economics discussion, taxes usually get a bad rap. In general terms, a person's stance on whether or not the members of a society should pay more or less taxes will depend on their ideology. One recurring (and important) issue is the amount of taxes paid by enterprises. When this discussion comes up, we usually think of BIG corporations like Apple, who was found to have received illegal tax benefits.

But what about cooperatives? Considering the social benefits that a cooperative form of enterprise provides, should it be held liable to pay taxes? Some experts believe that farmer cooperatives provide a much needed stability to the food market and should in fact be exempt from paying taxes. As another example, in Puerto Rico, cooperatives are exempt from paying any taxes except sales tax.

Currently federal law requires worker cooperatives to pay taxes, although some tax benefits do exist. So what do you think? Should cooperatives pay taxes?

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How do you make democratic decisions in your group?

A question commonly asked! Post your experience or strategy below. :)

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