Resources Archive - Page 3 of 3 - Action Center on Race and the Economy

We know that not everyone can read our full-length reports so we have put together more accessible resources for organizers and activists. Take a look through our trainings, videos, and blog for bite-sized information about our work!

Coronavirus, Racism, and the Failures of Medicine for Profit

Jul 2020
An Instagram Live conversation between Maurice BP-Weeks, Co-Executive Director of ACRE and Dr. Lachelle Dawn MD. They discuss Covid, race, and Big Pharma and dive into why profit/capitalism has no place in medicine-- especially during a pandemic, and tease a new ACRE report that will be released soon. Original date: 7/22/2020

Check out the complimentary How To Guide here.

Strengthening the Demand: “Defund the Wealthy”

Jul 2020
People around the U.S. are demanding that cities defund their local police departments. This webinar encourages us to take that demand one step further, and highlights the relationships between corporations and policing. We know that cutting the police budget is a first step towards the world we want to see but in order to fully fund our communities and invest in the things we need we must also redirect funding from the institutions that support policing. The 2nd webinar in the series.

Research Briefing: Police Brutality Bonds

Jul 2020
Police Brutality Bonds: How Wall Street Profits From Police Misconduct. This webinar explores ACRE’s groundbreaking research on cities’ use of Police Brutality Bonds, the bonds issued to pay for police brutality settlements. Police brutality bonds generate fees for Wall Street firms like Bank of America and Goldman Sachs, and interest payments for investors, allowing them to literally profit from police violence. Borrowing can also drastically increase the costs of police violence, but these costs are not reflected in the official police budget. The webinar covers how ACRE did the research for the report, how bonds work, some of ACRE's data sources and what other policing costs might be hiding in city budgets.

As part of the Take on Wall Street coalition, this curriculum is a dive into the history of economic inequality, the expansion of the finance industry and corporate influence over various points of our lives, and activities to help us think deeper and practice centering race in our campaigns for economic justice.

This engaging training was specifically for the National Black Workers Center Expo in Baltimore in 2019, but can be replicated for other cities. In this training, we went through a power analysis that incorporates the finance industry and questions that organizers can ask to follow the money and find the power players in their city.

Neoliberalism, Privatization, & Finance: Bringing Systems into Focus A training that breaks down the intentionally complicated worlds of neoliberalism, privatization, and finance. Using local examples, we dig into the tools that the finance industry uses to target communities of color for the privatization of public services, extract wealth and make a massive profit for themselves. We also talk about how to incorporate the finance industry and corporate players into our campaign targets.

We are busy developing some exciting one pagers and other engaging materials about our analysis on a variety of issue areas. Pop-ed materials are designed for easy dissemination of bite-sized information as opposed to our full-length reports. Stay tuned for