Vast public resources have been transferred from public control to private hands without an increase in public oversight. This process is known as privatization. This lack of democratic control makes it harder to hold private companies accountable and transparent. A mainstay in our politics since post war II and now embedded in our highest political offices, this increase in unchecked corporate power in our public institutions directly impacts the most pressing issues facing our generation – from the rise of for-profit colleges to the increase in private prisons. To combat this trend and promote the public good, we’ve launched the Re:Public Project. Learn more about the project here.
The project will launch with our public good incubator. Over the rest of the semester and into the summer, we will support the development and growth of local, meaningful projects to combat privatization in the areas of Education, Economy, and Human Rights. To help you submit a proposal, we’re hosting a two-part training series on how to combat the threat of privatization in your community.
Re:Public 1: Introduction to Privatization
April 4, 8 PM EST
What unites Betsy Devos, Tom Price, James Mattis, Martin Whitmer, and Mike Pence? A belief that the agencies of government should have less scope and influence, and that private actors delivering the goods and services we depend on would serve the country better. In short, they are all champions of privatization.
In this political moment, it’s important to understand the concept of privatization. What is it, and why do so many of our political leaders seem to believe it’s a great idea in spite of its disastrous results? And, why should the youngest generation of Americans be especially concerned by the threat of privatization from the incoming administration?
Join Donald Cohen of In the Public Interest, and Roosevelt’s Aman Banerji for the first of a two-part training series for Roosevelt’s Re:Public project that will answer these questions.
Re:Public 2: Resisting the Privatization of your Community
April 12, 8 PM EST
Privatization is the process through which government functions and public goods are transferred to the private sector. In the first of our two-part series on privatization, we focused on the history, theory, and results of privatization. Now we’re going to focus on how to resist the privatization of your community. Specifically, we’re going to focus on three issues that are on the front lines of this policy fight: education, the economy, and human rights.
For each issue area, we will describe some of the existing policy fights around privatization, identify warning signs to look for, and explain how to research and build policy campaigns to fight for the public good. We will share tips and best practices, and give you all the tools you need to be able to submit your ideas to Roosevelt’s Re:Public Incubator program for Summer 2017.