The Campaign to Close the Atlanta Jail

  • August 21st, 2018
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  • Eric Dirnbach

There is a community campaign fighting to close the Atlanta City Detention Center and use the facility for alternative purposes.  The jail costs $33 million/year to operate but because of recent progressive changes in sentencing policy and policing strategy, it is largely empty on most days.  It can house over 1,300 incarcerated people. Working with […]

Research|Action Supports the Solidarity Economy

The solidarity economy can be considered all the alternative entities that operate in the economy based on principles other than capitalist ownership and market competition.  Examples include food cooperatives which are owned by the members who shop there and housing cooperatives which are owned and managed by the residents instead of a landlord. Also included […]

Rotten and Rat-Infested: The Appalling Food and Healthcare Conditions Facing Inmates in U.S. Prisons

  • April 20th, 2018
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  • Eric Dirnbach

Article about our report Cruel and Usual. We rarely see what goes on inside of U.S. prisons, besides the occasional reports of riots, suicides or corruption scandals that trickle out of an otherwise opaque institution. But a new study looking into prison conditions nationwide shines light on the bleak reality of everyday life behind bars. […]

New Report Documents Poor Quality of Food and Health Care for Prisoners

Results of a survey of over 100 prisoners nationwide Widespread problems with food and health care quality are standard in U.S. prisons, according to a new report by the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC) and Research Action Cooperative. 65% of prisoners reported that food made them sick in the last year and 63% reported being […]

Research|Action 2017 Year in Review!

  • January 8th, 2018
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  • Eric Dirnbach

Last year was our first year of operation for R|A and a busy one. After our retreat in February, we went through the process of incorporating in NY as an LLC, which took several months.  We officially launched in June and had another mid-year retreat in July. We also continued to update our operating agreement and […]

New Report Shows Gentrification and Displacement from BeltLine in Atlanta’s Historically Black Southside

  • October 12th, 2017
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  • Eric Dirnbach

Residents Fight for their Communities and Offer Solutions ATLANTA, October 12, 2017: The Atlanta BeltLine greenway development is displacing low income residents even in neighborhoods that it has not yet touched, says a new report by the Atlanta advocacy group Housing Justice League and Research|Action Cooperative. The Atlanta BeltLine, which will ultimately be a 22-mile […]

Unions and Worker Co-ops, Old Allies, Are Joining Forces Again

  • September 5th, 2017
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  • Eric Dirnbach

In the 1800s unions and cooperatives were part of the same movement. Today once again, unions are collaborating with cooperatives to save jobs, create new ones, and organize new members. From the early days of the labor movement, as John Curl makes clear in his excellent book For All the People: Uncovering the Hidden History of Cooperation, Cooperative […]