Panel/Workshop Organizer Last Name: 
Iwanisziw
Panel/Workshop Organizer First Name: 
Alexis
Panel/Workshop Organizer Affiliation: 
New Economy Project
Host/Sponsor: 
New Economy Project, Lower East Side People’s Federal Credit Union, 350.org, and The Working World
Abstract: 
How do New York City’s tax dollars and pension funds fuel bank redlining, the extraction of wealth from communities of color, and climate change? What can New Yorkers do to address these systemic injustices? This panel will frame a conversation on the extractive nature of our financial system, and the harms it causes to people, communities, and the environment. Discussion will focus on campaigns to divest NYC from financing climate change, and emerging efforts to create a locally-controlled, democratically-structured public bank for NYC. Participants will hear from organizations leading local divestment campaigns, providing community-based financial services in NYC neighborhoods of color and immigrant neighborhoods, and developing new cooperative economics models -- and learn how they can get involved in these critical organizing efforts.
New Economy Project