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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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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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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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Here is How Money Works

This is a very simple explanation of How Money Works. We have tried to use the most simple models of economy to help people understand it's complete function and complete reason for use...people either complain it's too simple or that it's too complex. Please let me know if you have complaints or if there is anything We can do better. -Guru https://kaivala.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=19&Itemid=610

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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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Interacting with local government economic develpment officials

Schoharie County NY (45 miles West of Albany). I've been meeting with county legislative members, County Administrator, Planning officials, Workforce Development Exec., Community Action Exec., and SUNY Cobleskill staff to introduce Worker Co-ops to them and promote support for co-op development as an economic vitality strategy. Some of these officials have recently participated in development of sophisticated ED planning required by the state and just this month our county Board of Supervisors (legislature) approved a dedicated ED sub-committee and appropriated funding for development of a strategy. It might be the case that my efforts contributed in some way to these decisions. I will certainly continue to engage, meeting with the new sub-committee and communicating with the consulting firm which has been engaged to develop the plan. And, when I recently learned a local hardware store was for sale, I provided co-op resource materials to the staff and encouraged them to look into the possibility of buying the business. It is apparently working since they have been discussing the possibility with the owner. I will suggest they find a firm to help them through.

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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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Membership structure for D@W action groups?

Are there any D@W action groups out there that are using or have used a membership structure to encourage members to pay dues as a means to collect fighting funds for any local activities? In addition, here in DC, we have not enjoyed consistent membership, with individuals attending sporadically or attending their first meeting and not coming back or committing to doing more with the local group. Do other branches have any advice on how we might tackle this issue? In part, the issue is that DC is a unique community of paid activists, we have a lot of competing priorities in this city, including other groups who explicitly focus on organizing workers to start/take over enterprises to create co-ops.

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Naloxone

I just watched your February 2017 update and cannot believe the cost of naloxone in the USA. Here in Canada we give it away for free.

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Organizing the workplace

I am a paralegal at a law firm in north San Diego county in California. It's a small firm of 15 to 20 employees. As workers we are abused in a variety of ways beginning with being underpaid. We all earn well below the Bureau of Labor Statistics national average for paralegals which is $23.80 per hour (https://www.bls.gov/ooh/legal/paralegals-and-legal-assistants.htm). We are overworked, each of us doing at the very least the equivalent of the work of two people. We have zero benefits except for a few paid days off and mandatory sick leave. We get no vacation time whatsoever. Enough of us are sick of it that we are ready -- if possible -- to organize ourselves. How do we do this? What's possible?

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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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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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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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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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