posts and bio Ruth Needleman

Ruth Needleman, Prof. Emerita, Indiana University, divides her time between local Gary struggles (local hiring, CBA, against GEO immigrant prison) and teaching & writing on global social movements. She is writing on Brazil, African-Descendants in Latin America and transformational pedagogy.

Brazil’s Solidarity Economy

by on May 6, 2016

My first face-to-face introduction to the solidarity economy in Southern Brazil was a visit to a recycling cooperative. Through hard work, the 16-member team had arranged for mountains of garbage to be dumped in their yard. Most of the coop members had worked alone previously, going street to street looking for plastics, paper, glass and metal, and then trying to sell their sorted waste to local companies.

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Canoas: A Government of, by and for the People

by on April 25, 2016

This is the first article in a series on Canoas, Brazil and its experiment with radical democracy.

Here in the states, we know what it means to see our democratic rights attacked. But do we have a vision of what an expansion of democracy and popular participation in government might look like?

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