As we end 2023, we turn to the light of a new year. As hard as the suffering and injustice is this year, and as we know with great sadness that it will not go away next, we remain steadfast in shepherding in the kind of change we seek to make in the world. We bring it on with love and joy as best we can. We are grateful for the present moments for that love and joy as we build strong and democratic spaces, empowering people, with some level of faith that as the struggle continues, we continue to bring forth warm and compassionate care in the work we do, the communities we do it in and the people we touch. May we move with grace in the new year!
Continue reading CWOP 2023 Year in Review
Co-op Cincy hosted its symposium in October and we were there along with many from the Union Co-op Council of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives. We mapped the unionized co-ops in the country and strategized to support more efforts for workers to own the means. Continue reading Coop Cincy Symposium and the Union Co-op Council
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Sociocracy for All
In October CWOP and the Murphy Institute at SLU hosted training with SoFA in partnership with Brooklyn Legal Services A. This aimed to help develop those coming from community organizing work to deepen practice for democratic self-management. People traveled from as far as Montreal and the day was dynamic with learning activities that got everyone engaged. Sociocracy is introduced in a class in the WDCO program, URB 613 “Cooperative Management for a Changing World” and this gave participants an immersive experience. Continue reading Sociocracy for All, New York City Network of Worker Cooperatives and DAWI at 10 years old!
On the weekend of October 20th, 2023 two CUNY graduate students affiliated with the Community and Worker Ownership Project (CWOP) at the School of Labor and Urban Studies traveled to Richmond, Virginia to attend the Resist & Build Summit, organized by the US Solidarity Economy Network. Dozens of leading organizations in the national solidarity economy (SE) movement attended, with the aim of collectively building up the movement. Some key goals were to create agreement around a theory of change, develop strategic aims, and establish relationships between the attendees and their organizations. Continue reading Resist & Build: Report Back From the Solidarity Economy Movement
Exploring Worker Justice: A Journey into the Intersection of Immigration, Labor Rights, and Cooperative Business Models
By Vanessa Crowe
As an Economics student who is deeply passionate about social service, my participation in this internship alongside Rebecca helped refine my ideas and interest in the public sector. The research aspect of this internship was especially transformative as I did a deep dive into understanding the alternative options for excluded workers in the labor market. This work is important because as an immigrant myself, seeking and exploring the challenges faced by immigrant communities and using structures that are already built in our society like the importance around collective and communal living, is essential to making sure this economy can work for us and not the other way around. Continue reading Our Intern from the Colin Powell School Internship Program- we say thank you!