Prioritize Equity Share Communities of color have a rich history of advancing economic principles of fairness, sustainability and democracy. It is with those for whom the mainstream economy has never worked – that we will find many of the solutions that will guide us to a new economy. We see people working to eliminate systemic barriers, invest in good jobs, assert the rights of labor to be on par with that of capital, and build opportunity within communities that have been historically oppressed. BALLE Fellow Aaron Tanaka helped organize no/low-income workers of color into one of Boston’s leading grassroots economic justice organizations, the Boston Worker’s Alliance. View RESOURCES Other Resources Creating Economic Inclusion Through Entrepreneurship Webinar – Crystal German, Adele London, Jay Bad Heart Bull Watch the ‘Better Together’ closing panel from the 2014 BALLE Conference featuring Glynn Washington of NPR’s Snap Judgment, Saru Jayaraman of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, Otto Sharmer, of MIT and the Presencing Institute, and Kat Taylor of One PacificCoast Bank. Listen to BALLE’s Prosperity for All Webinar Series. Watch this video featuring Maggie Anderson, Rha Goddess, Medrick Addison, Marjorie Kelly, and Alfa Demmellash from the 2012 BALLE Conference in Grand Rapids, MI, on Prosperity For All. Examples of work that BALLE Local Economy Fellows are doing to bring prosperity to historically oppressed communities include: Green for All, a groundbreaking white paper on food deserts, Inner City Advisors‘ work to strengthen companies that create good jobs for community residents, the Black Male Youth Academy in Los Angeles, Rising Tide Capital in New Jersey, Viva Farms, a farm incubator and food hub that helps beginning and immigrant farmers become farm owners in Washington State, and the Democracy Collaborative’s work including this study, Growing a Green Economy for All (PDF).