The Latino and Latina Roundtable, as part of its Roundtable Forum series, is sponsoring a forum entitled “The New Economy: Possibilities for a Sustainable Democratic, & Socially Just Economy on Thursday, June 27 at the Solidarity Center (1460 E. Holt Ave., Entrance #3, Room 6) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Most people, and especially young people, realize that the current economy—call it globalized capitalism, casino capitalism, late-stage capitalism, or what you will—is hurtling the planet toward a fiery catastrophe for our species and many others. And before it is through it seems intent on first—as the book says—“grinding the faces of the poor into the dust.” Is there an alternative? If so, what is it, and how can we achieve it in time? What is the role of cities, and local communities and businesses in leading the way toward a new economic direction that places sustainability in the context of our quality of life? New models of development are emerging that are helping to sustain and preserve the meaning of community. There are signs of hope. In this forum, we will explore some of those models and talk about how they might apply here in Pomona and in our region. We will begin a dialogue—the first in a series on this topic—that we hope can direct us toward cooperative action and experimentation. This Forum will be presented by Emeritus Professor Jose Calderon and Community-Based Attorney John Nolte. We will present some ideas, have some discussion, and decide what to do next. We need your insight. If you want a place to start some exploration on this topic, check out this website: thenextsystem.org.