There’s no one place to learn about the New Economy, because it’s not any one thing, and while the complexities of a movement comprised of a million different ideas may be daunting, it is actually an abundance. Here’s some great mini-documentaries and quick reads that have got me thinking about Oakland’s New Economy.

1) is a great resource for articles and ideas about the New Economy, and this one links to 8 documentaries that explore major themes of the Sharing Economy. One of the videos is a trailer for the film “Occupy the Farm,” about the struggle over public access to the Gill Tract in Albany.

2) Oakland North did a great piece about the map released by the Oakland Registrar of Voters, showing which parts of Oakland voted for which candidates.

3) Despite $1.6 million spent by Chevron in Richmond’s recent elections, the city stuck by its progressive leaders, like the former Green party Mayor Gayle McLaughlin who is now part of City Council. Richmond’s officials are on the front lines of environmental battles such as the use of tar sands and the Keystone XL pipeline.

4) “Homelessness isn’t an accident. It is the result of a brutal economic system and conscious state policy.” This article from Jacobin Magazine is very relevant to the situation in Oakland. We are a progressive city, but many of our policing and public space policies do nothing to help the homeless, instead criminalizing them and pushing them into other communities. What priorities are we mixing up?

5) Lastly, this is a must-see trailer for the documentary being filmed about the new 26-year-old football coach at Castlemont High in East Oakland. The movie is being made by Oakland-based Grit Media in partnership with Oaklandish.


About The Author

Eric is a freelance writer who covers Oakland's thriving New Economy movement, as well as local culture, community projects, and letters. As graduate of UC Santa Cruz he is essentially a socialist, but what does that even mean anymore, really? As a proud Oakland transplant from the PNW, Eric sees his work at Oakland Local as a small part of Oakland's battle to keep its identity, support all its peoples, and be prospering without plundering.

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  1. Simone

    Awesome links Eric. Your involvement with and coverage on the new economy is right on.


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