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Green Jobs Philly NEWS #38

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

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THE PEOPLE’S BUSINESS

OWN YOUR JOB: WORKER CO-OPERATIVES FILM: THIS WAY OUT: Starting a Worker Cooperative

B CORPORATIONS are permitted to promote public benefit: “most states’ laws require corporate boards to act only in the monetary interest of shareholders–maximizing profit is legally protected but helping society in other ways is not.“

REHABBING HOUSES CREATES MORE JOBS THAN NEW BUILDING

PHILADELPHIA FLEA MARKETS “Community-based fund raising since 1987”

INNOVATION DAILY published in Philadelphia is an excellent compilation of new and novel business development.

SOAP BOX INDEPENDENT PUBLISHING CENTER “is a West Philadelphia based space (741 S. 51st St.) that fosters the creative and political voices of the community by providing equipement and instruction in printing, binding.  Self-expression for social justice.  Come visit the Zine Library!”

GOOD COMPANY GROUP

PHILADELPHIA CRIMINAL RECORD EXPUNGEMENT PROJECT “We hold clinics throughout the year to help people expunge information from their criminal records. By eliminating or reducing the size of an individual’s criminal record, that individual will be freed from the pervasive discrimination against formerly arrested or incarcerated persons.”  Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity provides “low-income Pennsylvania residents with free or low-cost advice, representation in civil legal matters, advocating for their legal rights under the law, and conducting community education about the legal issues that most affect them.

CHILDCARE WORKERS UNION

TEACHER ACTION GROUP promotes “education for liberation” in Philadelphia

ENVISIONING PEACE MUSEUM in Philadelphia “will be America’s premier site for learning about peace and active nonviolence.  Envision Peace Museum will showcase the many approaches to building peace and justice with provocative and experiential exhibits – with particular emphasis on those that have proven most effective.”

EDIBLE BACKYARDS recreates the olde-time yards of the early Philadelphians.  Local food movement starts at home!

BACK YARD FARM SCHOOL

RISING SONS

INNER SUPPORT FOR YOUR JOB SEARCH

PHILADELPHIA MOBILE FOOD TRUCK ASSOCIATIONBy creating alternative eating spaces throughout the city; private, public, abandoned or underutilized spaces alike we aid in beautifying our city while providing much needed food access to our public.”

PHILADELPHIA IS THIRD “MOST WALKABLE” MAJOR AMERICAN CITY according to Walkscore.  But if parks were considered “walkable” by Walkscore then we may be the most walkable since we have the largest park system.

BOOK REVIEW: REBUILD THE DREAM, by Van Jones
Van Jones is founder of Green for All, and America’s leading spokeman for the green jobs agenda.  His latest book describes his voyage from community organizer to White House and back again.  He details the failings of the Obama administrations and of Obama’s opponents.  His balanced prescription for real change is impressive– especially his critique of the Left that leads us beyond fantasy to power: leaders need to be led.  He declares that consumerism has distracted many from activism.

STUDENT LABOR ACTION PROJECT “As Philadelphia students and youth we commit ourselves to the struggles of working class people in this city and to the fight against all forms of oppression including racism, sexism, and homophobia. We stand for equality, the rights of workers, justice, and democracy. We are against the corporatization of education and aim to make our universities fully accountable to the communities they were built to serve. We believe that direct action wins working class families better working conditions, affordable health care, paid sick days. SLAP provides dedicated student leaders with the skills and tools necessary to effect meaningful change for workers on our campuses and in our communities through trainings, events, and actions.”  Paul Prescod

MEDICAL MENTOR promotes minorities in medical professions

PHILADELPHIA GREEN STORMWATER
WHAT WE’RE DOING “rain gardens, stormwater tree trenches, stormwater planters and pervious pavement that capture and filter stormwater and allow it to slowly infiltrate into the soil, reducing the amount of runoff and sewer overflows that pollute our waterways. PWD is accepting community input on potential green stormwater infrastructure projects at schools, recreation centers, parks, public spaces and parking lots. PWD will also review neighborhood-wide submissions of GSI opportunities.

GREEN JOBS PHILLY NEWS DISPLAY ADS: 300×300pxls, link to your site and cost $50.  E-mailed to 8,200 Philadelphians and archived permanently here. paul5glover@yahoo.com

GRASSROOTS CONTROL OF VACANT LOTS article in Philadelphia Weekly.

EARTHSHIPS COULD TRANSFORM PHILADELPHIA

CITY GRANTS $5,000 FOR NEIGHBORHOOD MINI-PARKS
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BANK SPANKS

WELLS FARGO LAUNDERS MEXICAN DRUG CARTEL MONEY, then invests in for-profit prisons

GETTING PNC BANK OUT OF MOUNTAINTOP REMOVAL COAL MINING
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EVENTS

Correct link for Greensgrow events

5/12 Fruiting Trees FOR YOUR EDIBLE LANDSCAPE Philadelphia Master Gardener Second Saturday presentation on fruiting trees Fairmount Park Horticultural Center N. Horticultural and Montgomery Dri.ve.  Registration and refreshments at 9 am.   Workshop 9:30-11 am.  $10.

5/12 NATIONAL TRAIN DAY at 30th Street Station

5/12-18 DE LA SIEMBRA A LA COSECHA (from seed to harvest) for Noris Square Project: Latino Youth, Culture, and Gardening:  “We are hosting a celebration week for the opening of the gardens and to kick-off NSNP’s first year in the garden’s three year strategic plan to bring our vision of the preservation and revitalization of a neighborhood gem.”

5/19 KENSINGTON KINETIC SCULPTURE DERBY and TRENTON AVENUE ARTS FESTIVAL with over 150 artists and vendors.  Noon-6pm.

5/19 FRESH & LOCAL FAIR noon - 4pm. Weavers Way, Chestnut Hill, 8424 Germantown Ave.

5/21-25 5-DAY SOLAR PV en ESPAÑOL

5/31 MURAL ARTS WALL BALL, 600 N. Broad St. Fundraiser featuring live entertainment, mural-making, silent and live auctions and more

6/3 RAISE THE VIBRATION DAY 2012: Independence Mall Lawn.  “Positive art and music; healing arts like yoga, meditation, and tai chi; workshops and education in the areas of self sufficiency, sustainability, living with nature, survival, and green technology; and more! Healthy vegetarian meals and beverages, free!! “Our goal is to make connections between local groups and the public; bringing about new collaborations and a viable network of communities, sustainability efforts, holistic living resources and education. All individuals and groups are invited to educate the public on key local issues and provide tenable solutions in a dynamic environment . We are dedicated to community involvement, education, the environment, healing and substantial change.”  raisethevibephilly@gmail.com 610-750-2523 FACEBOOK

6/13 EXPLORING COOPERATIVES CONFERENCE, Drexel University

6/16 SATURDAY NIGHT CO-OP PARTY for Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) national conference, hosted this year by Weavers Way. Reading Terminal Market

6/24  PHILLY STAKE 5-8 pm, Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd.  “A locally sourced, recurring dinner in which money is raised for creative & relevant community engaged projects. As a micro granting program, community members become creators.”

9/2 PARK(ING) DAY minvites proposals for 2012: 267-687-5709
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YOUR LETTERS

“This is such an awesome newsletter.  I blog about stuff related to money, organizing, getting projects off the ground, the transformations we have to make in ourselves to see and do differently and transform our outer world.”  –Beth
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”I have been browsing your website as well as Green Jobs Philly and many other green websites for some time now. I have read many of your essays and articles, and recently I’ve been volunteering at an urban farm in Philadelphia. I believe you have really created a remarkable amount of positivity. I’m writing you to ask if you know of any positions or companies hiring in or around the Philadelphia area, or if you if could pass me on to someone who does.
—”I graduated from Muhlenberg College in Allentown in May of 2010 with a degree in Economics. Since them, I’ve worked for two non-profits. One was a patient safety research institute in Plymouth Meeting whose mission is to stop medical errors within hospitals. The other organization was in Fort Washington and fundraised for active soldiers.

The Plant, Chicago

From Factory to Fishery, Chicago

—”I then worked for a small startup company called Recyclebank in Philadelphia for almost 8 months. I helped to calculate and administer points and rewards to households for recycling – we outfitted trash trucks with digital scales to weigh an individual household’s recycling bin before and after it was emptied. I then awarded participating families with points that could be redeemed at thousands of locations like supermarkets and bike shops.
—”Unfortunately I was laid off in January. I’m very good with computers, working with data and numbers. I eventually want to open and run a self sustaining social enterprise like The Plant in Chicago.”  –Glenn Solomon
—[REPLY]  You have a solid background, for a liquid economy.  Your variety of experiences stands you well to be hired.  There are jobs posted online, some at greenjobsphilly.org/list_jobs_offered.php
—At the same time, you move to the front of the hiring line by attending meetings where businesses and nonprofits are organizing and networking.  It’s who you know.  See the Events section of Green Jobs Philly News, Grid magazine, and related sources.
—You refer to The Plant, featured in last issue.  If you announce a meeting to do this in Philly, you’ll find allies.
Recyclebank is an example of a local currency– credits backed by local businesses– that can serve in several sectors of our dollar-starved economy.  I’m proposing both Medicash (for the Patch Adams Free Clinic) and ArtCash for our creative economy.  These both need databases so people can enroll online, and their offers/requests presented in an online directory.
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“I’m a fan of your ideas and communications. Please subscribe me to your mailing list.”  –Jason Killinger
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“If a place was to start up it’s own currency, about how much per year do you guess might be needed to run the administration for it? 30-50K?? there would be some costs, right? I am wanting to help get a local currency going out on Pine Ridge Lakota Indian Reservation in South Dakota - (I’m an ‘official’ fundraiser for the Owe Aku organization…), and maybe we can get starter funding on Kickstarter.com.  I will also be looking into other kinds of grants for this too, I’m learning about copy writing and grant writing also…. any comments or ideas would be appreciated.”  –  Al
—[REPLY]  Assume about $3,000 for printing multicolored money, at least two denominations, with at least one anticounterfeit device, plus serial numbrers.  Assume donated designs.  Price of website depends on whether you have donated labor and design: front end and back end (database).  Without donation, price is very high.  Price of hosting website likewise— look for donated server.
—Networker organizer promoter should be someone who knows the community well and who lives simply.  There are lots of new college grads who want to change the world and do not want to own a bunch of stuff.  As the directory grows, you’ll be able to pay them significantly via the goods and services offered.  Find a landlord to donate an efficiency apartment to the Networker for a tax writeoff.  So the cost varies.  See my article “A Recipe for Successful Local Currency.”
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“I am particularly interested by the Mutual Class essay ["From the Middle Class to the Mutual Class"]. A lot of people in the anarchist community use the same term, “mutual aid.” I love the idea, but I have trouble imagining the total application. I do a little bartering here and there with seed and flowers and other things, but I have trouble imagining the whole system running that way. But I think it needs to happen slowly over time. This is combined with the tremendous wealth disparity in the country and with the dollar’s inability to adequately value labor and production. So it seems that nothing short of a reformation AND a revolution can save us from this ecological and social crisis that we have built. Emmy and I are working on a mutual aid idea for a 16 acre self-reliant homestead that produces vegetables, eggs, honey, and probably a few meat products. We plan to employ a communal model for ownership and trade as much as possible.”  –Luke
—[REPLY]  “From the Middle Class to the Mutual Class” is a chapter in my book “How to Take Power.”  A chapter of that is at paulglover.org/1101.html I’ve tried to describe the potential of national/regional mutual aid by starting several groups that model practical benefits– Ithaca HOURS local currency and Ithaca Health Alliance etc.  My 2009 cover story for City Paper “Prepare for the Best” introduces the widest range of mutual aid possibilities for Philadelphia.
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