QUESTION: Radical Resources on Economic Bailout/Financial Crisis

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Hey rad reffers
I am preparing a presentation on the global financial crisis for community organizations here in philadelphia. I am looking for help on finding other radical resources on the financial crisis in the hopes that I won't have to reinvent the wheel for all if this in terms of resources, visual aides, timelines etc. We are using this to develop local strategic responses to the global financial crisis and the resulting cutbacks and rising unemployment in philadelphia locally.
So to be more specific - looking for any curricula/lesson plans for similar workshops - video clips, visual aides (graphs etc), timelines of the crisis, simple definitions for neoliberalism, gentrification, structural adjustment and capitalism in general. Our 1st workshop is saturday night and we will be developing it further based on feedback. The focus is to make political economics accessible to local community organizers and activists who might not and probably do not have any background in academia or economics. Also any and all historical social movement resources on alternatives to capitalist development on a local level would be useful - e.g. malcom x's speech the ballot or the bullet speech outlines simple and accessible analysis of the economy and what alternatives might look like.

Any and all responses are welcome - thanks for your time and we will make whatever we put together available for use by other folks around the country
-wiley in philadelphia


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To add to what has been posted, here are some additional tools that could help in your project (which, by the way, sounds awesome!) I tried to find some audio and visual resources, in addition to text.


Radical Perspectives on the Crisis
This blog features news, articles, audio/video, and a special “Crisis for Beginners” page with pedagogical tools at

Democracy Now

The daily Pacifica radio show provides an advanced search feature on its website. A keyword search with the terms “financial crisis” or “economic crisis” or even “bailout” should yield some relevant results. You can even choose to restrict the search by date, or to specify that you want these terms to appear in the title of the story.

Here’s one example of a result:

“Can Grassroots Movement That Propelled Obama to Victory Chart a Better Economy?”
(interview with Robert Kuttner, author of Obama’s Challenge, and Arun Gupta of The Indypendent).

Social Design Notes

This blog explores visual art and design projects with a frequently radical focus. One post cites a “Visual Guide to the Financial Crisis,” with a disclaimer that this chart provides a useful groundwork but lacks deeper analysis:

“i” the film
By Raphael Lyon and Andres Ingoglia, this film documents the beginnings of Indymedia Argentina and focuses specifically on the 2001 economic collapse there. For screening info, you may wish to check out

Upside Down World

Covers activism and politics in Latin America, and has some information on Argentina’s economic crisis and popular resistance there

Re: Radical Resources on Economic Bailout/Financial Crisis

Here is a good newsletter for info on economics and the financial crisis from a social justice persepective.

The Dollars & Sense Newsletter

Resources for teaching economics:

progressive and radical economics perspectives

The School of Unity and Liberation (SOUL) has a workshop called Neoliberalism In Our Communities at the top of the page that you might want to check out.
From their website: "SOUL is working to lay the groundwork for a powerful liberation movement by supporting the development of a new generation of young organizers - especially young women, young people of color, queer youth and working-class young people."

Monthly Review, a socialist publication, puts out an online "zine" which has a lot of analysis of the financial crisis.
Z-Magazine's online ZNET currently has a section called "Econ. Crisis & Response".

The Applied Research Center has put forth the Compact for Racial Justice: An Agenda for Fairness and Unity, which they say "offers concrete strategies and policy proposals to reverse racial disparities and move our society towards full equity, inclusion and dignity for all people. The Compact transcends talk of personal prejudice with compelling evidence of institutional racism and realistic proactive solutions. It seeks to engage a broad multiracial base of activists, opinion leaders and policymakers in making government and powerful institutions accountable for eliminating racial inequality in our schools, hospitals, courtrooms and workplaces."

The radio program Against the Grain has had a number of programs in response to the current crisis, and does a good job of presenting theory. Browse their archives.

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