This is the municipalist moment.
This is the municipalist moment. The movement to gain democratic control of cities and towns is ascendant from Los Angeles to Barcelona to Jackson, Mississippi. People are crafting municipalist platforms, reclaiming the right to the city, and self-organizing as rebel cities.
The goals of the Municipalism Learning Series are threefold:
- To introduce a democratic municipalist framework to a broad audience in North America
- To present case studies of municipalist projects
- To create a space for municipalist organizers to share translocal strategies and tactics
Our launch panel was on May Day 2022. We had over 1,000 participants and three watch parties in Los Angeles, New York City, and Northern California. The second panel will focus on municipalism and labor. Future topics include indigenous municipalism, popular assemblies, and just transition.
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Solidarity Research Center is seeking a research fellow to work on our Municipalism Learning Series project during the summer 2023. This is a remote position. The research will inform a directory of resources available on our website and future public education panels.
The research fellow will contribute to the Municipalism Learning Series project by reviewing the literature on municipalism, conducting desk research on resources (articles, reports, books, podcasts, or films), and listening with key actors in the municipalist movement. The hourly rate for the fellowship starts at $25 and the time commitment is maximum five hours a week from June to August 2023. We can also work with your school, if you are a student, so you can receive credit or transcript recognition.
Qualifications for the research fellow include:
- Proficiency in Google Docs and interest in learning other platforms such as Calendly, Otter.ai, and Notion
- At least one year of research experience
- Ability to work independently and as part of a small research team
- Excellent communication skills in verbal and written formats
- Keen eye for detail and organization
- Passion for social, racial, gender and sexuality, ecological, and economic justice
- Prior or present involvement in community organizing and/or social movement building
- Interest in municipalism
- Knowledge and experience with WordPress is a plus
The goal of the Municipalism Learning Series is to introduce the democratic municipalist framework to a broad audience in North America. We launched on May Day 2022 with a panel on municipalism and race. Our second panel on May Day 2023 focused on municipalism and labor. We are developing a fellowship program to launch in fall 2023.
Solidarity Research Center is a worker self-directed nonprofit that builds solidarity economy ecosystems using data science, story-based strategy, and action research. We work at the intersection of racial justice and solidarity economies. We are the fiscal sponsor of the Municipalism Learning Series.
To apply for the research fellowship, submit a cover letter, resume, and short writing sample through Idealist by May 31, 2023.
Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), immigrants, women, LGBTQ and gender nonconforming, and justice-impacted individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.
Municipalism Learning Series
1920 Hillhurst Avenue #V920
Los Angeles, California 90027
United States of America