COMMERCE. WHAT DO WE CARE ABOUT?
Throughout American history, the labor and property of Black, Indigenous and People of Color have been commodified to increase the wealth of white people, where in “a capitalist economic system, commodification is the transformation of goods, services, ideas, nature, personal information and people into commodities or objects of trade.” But what would it look like if Black, Indigenous and People of Color owned their own labor? What has happened when they strived to touch the sun? And what can lawmakers do to create a more equitable economy?
Experts: Karlos K. Hill, Associate Professor and Chair of the Clara Luper Department of African and African-American Studies at the University of Oklahoma; Nkuli Shongwe, Community Wealth Building Coordinator, Nexus Community Partners; Urvashi Banerjea, Co-Chair of Women Advancing Microfinance NY; Briana Sidney, Worker/ Owner, Mandela Grocery