2021, just like 2020, has been a year like no other. As we enter the last few days of the calendar year, we’re reflecting on what our team has accomplished. Thank you for helping us on our mission to advocate for a better economy.
Here’s what Democracy at Work has achieved this year.
Our shows continue to grow in audience. This year, we’ve reached a quarter of a million subscribers on YouTube!
We also welcomed a new podcast to our family that you won’t find on YouTube. Cities After… is a brilliant show focused on the future of cities; while grounded in our daily urban struggles, it is part dystopian and part utopian. This season, Prof. Miguel Robles-Durán has guided us through the way capitalism shapes our environments, covering urban emptiness, global real estate and post-pandemic urbanization: spectacles, speculation & tourism with activists and experts from around the world: from Turkey to Barcelona to Ecuador. We’re so proud of this show and hope you enjoy it on our website or on your favorite podcast player.
Thanks to your interest and support, we have been able to grow into our book publishing as a major part of our mission- something we never imagined when this organization was started. This year, two new books were published by Democracy at Work. Stuck Nation: Can the United States Change Course on Our History of Choosing Profits Over People? is a reflection and reckoning with a ruthless, capitalist economy. Written by award-winning print & broadcast journalist Bob Hennelly, Stuck Nation bears witness to the ongoing assault of systemic racism, the toll from the World Trade Center toxic exposures, the attacks on our civil service by our own government, the breathtaking concentration of corporate media, the power of our collective agency, and more. We also released the hardcover edition of Understanding Marxism by Richard Wolff complete with a new, lengthy introduction by Prof Wolff. This new edition connects Marxism with our current pandemic filled and politically volatile world.
Our internal team has grown this year as well! This year, Eric Halvarson joined Democracy at Work as the new Communications Coordinator, helping share our message across all platforms. We most recently welcomed Maddy Baltor to our staff as the Media Coordinator, where she will help grow our production capacity for new shows & projects.
We’d like to take this opportunity to appreciate all the accomplishments of our volunteers. Our translation & transcription team has made hundreds of our videos available in transcripts or in other languages. We also have gotten some wonderful help from volunteers with our graphics this year, with more to come. There’s always a way for you to get involved with us, so if you have any ideas or questions about joining, email us at [email protected].
On behalf of the entire Democracy at Work team, thank you for your support, engagement, and solidarity. Join us in this effort by sharing our work or learning about the many ways you can support [email protected] With your help, we’ve grown so much in 2021. We can’t wait to see you for more in 2022!