Community Equity Agenda

Inside City Hall — New Economy Project’s Campaigns Director Andy Morrison imagines what would happen if “the enthusiasm that were seeing from the Governor and the Mayor toward Amazon was directed at real, community-based development and community-led initiatives that are proven – whether it’s Community Land Trusts, worker co-ops, or other things – to build wealth from the roots.”

On August 3, 2018, nearly two dozen people from NYC community organizing and cooperative development organizations packed into our conference room for an engaging lunch discussion with Álvaro Porro, Social Economy Commissioner for the City of Barcelona. Barcelona’s story presents a powerful model for New York City, and we were eager for this extended opportunity to hear about his work.

A lot has been written about the shortcomings of New York’s recently-passed state budget. The upshot: New York’s electeds missed the clear opportunity to take decisive action against Trumpism and to protect communities under attack. A glaring example of this failure of leadership is the decision, yet again, not to fund a widely-supported program that invests in low-income communities and communities of color: the state’s Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund.