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New Economy Roundup: Co-op Housing History, Abolition in Action, Community Self-Determination from PR to Jackson to Haiti

Oct 27, 2022 | New Economy Roundup

This week we’re talking about the right to self-determination from Puerto Rico to Jackson to Haiti, histories of co-op housing in New York City, putting abolition in action through peoples’ assemblies and participatory budgeting, local farming in resistance to capitalism in Jordan, and more!


Resistance after Maria: The ongoing impacts of Hurricane Maria, and Hurricane Fiona five-years later, have inspired a new wave of resistance to capitalism and imperialism in Puerto Rico. Groups like La Departamento de la Comida are creating hubs for local farming, preserving Boricua culture, and building self-governance beyond hurricane season. Learn how organizers stateside are adapting these strategies to their local contexts, including NEC members Cooperation Jackson in Mississippi and Soulardarity in Detroit, MI.

NYC Co-op Housing: New York City has a rich history of cooperative housing, including the largest housing co-op in the US and tens of thousands of co-op housing units built by labor unions in the early 20th century. This month, a delegation of New Yorkers visited social housing cooperatives in Vienna to learn about new strategies for how to build decommodified, permanently affordable housing.

Abolition in Action: As Ruth Wilson Gilmore reminds us, “abolition is a process of repeated rehearsal toward a new future.” Across the country, organizers are deploying tools like participatory budgeting and People’s Movement Assemblies to help communities imagine and enact this future. Read more about how Decriminalize Seattle, in partnership with the Black Brilliance Report and NEC member Participatory Budgeting Project, is redirecting $30 million from the police to a participatory budgeting process this year.


Hands off Haiti: As the US makes moves to back foreign military action in Haiti, we amplify the growing calls for full sovereignty and self-determination for the people of Haiti. Read more about the recent protests and how they are connected to the long history of US and European imperialism after the Haitian Revolution.

Food Sovereignty in Jordan: In the midst of a food crisis exacerbated by climate injustice, a collective of urban families in Jordan are reclaiming food sovereignty by cultivating native wheat varieties in urban plots. Read more about how this initiative is helping revitalize and transform the local economy, and helping “reshape people’s relation with their land and their food while bringing people from different backgrounds together.”

Reflections on the Chilean Uprising: In many ways, the proposed Chilean Constitution brought to vote this September was a love letter to the solidarity economy. It included provisions to grow and protect worker cooperatives, the rights of nature, gender dissidence, the sovereignty of Indigenous and Afro-descendant communities, and more. Though ultimately voted down, the constitution was a culmination of a long history of political struggle, and offers many lessons. Check out this rich collection of Reflections on the Chilean Uprising to learn more.





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BIPOC Lead Organizer, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
Communications Director, California Environmental Justice Alliance
Communications Manager, Nuns & Nones Land Justice Project
Communications Manager, Neighborhood Funders Group
Director, Buffalo Food Equity Network
Director of Business Development, Community Purchasing Alliance
Director of Capital Strategies, Justice Funders
Director of Investment Partnerships, Justice Funders
Ecosystem Manager, Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust
National Development Director, Critical Resistance
Network Director, Buffalo Food Equity
Office & Project Manager, Co-op Cincy
Operations and Administrative Support, Open Collective
Operations and Finance Leader, Open Collective
Political and Municipal Organizer, Sierra Club
Projects & Operations Manager,
Senior Strategist, Grassroots Power Project (GPP)
Various Positions, Allied Media Project
Various Positions, Black Futures Lab
Various Positions, Highlander Center
Various Positions, ICA Group
Various Positions, NDN Collective
Various Positions, Participatory Budgeting Project in Seattle
Various Positions, PolicyLink
Various Positions, Peoples Hub
Various Positions, PUSH Buffalo
Various Positions, WORC


Re-Imagining Labor and Building Cultural Power: A People’s WPA
Do you want to see artists working for a better world? Do you want to see artists getting paid for that labor? If so, join A People’s WPA for their training series. (October – November – Online)

Fall Briefing for Supporters: Changing the Narrative : New Economy NYC
Join New Economy NYC for their virtual Fall Briefing for Supporters: Changing the Narrative, on Tuesday, November 1 at 5:30 p.m. Come learn how we use bold story-based strategies and creative research to win transformational change, as we build a new economy that works for all. (November – Online)

Healing Through Our Grief: Healing Clinic Collective
Are you a movement organizer or frontline community activist? Opt-in to this space. This healing clinic seeks to support movement organizers and frontline community activists who are exposed to gross injustices, witness atrocities faced by BIPOC & poor communities. (November – Online)

Mutual Aid in the Great Unraveling: Post Carbon
Join Post Carbon for a two-part online event series on mutual aid. The first event takes place on Thursday, November 10 and the second event follows on Thursday, November 17, both at 11 AM PT / 2 PM ET / 6 PM GMT. (November – Online)

Finding Our Way: Race, Gender, and Nature in the Emergence of Capitalism: Visionary Organizing Lab
Want a deeper understanding of the historical impact of global racial capitalism? Sign up for this six-week zoom class exploring race, gender, environment and capitalism from the 1600s to the present. (November – December- Online)

Study Circles: Cooperatives and Public Space: Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance
Over six months, four groups of people will come together to form the Study Track of PACA’s Study Circles program. Through collective study, each group will explore how cooperative enterprise in the Philadelphia area can be used to create, steward, or support more equitable economic impacts from our public and community spaces, such as parks, plazas, greenways, streetscapes, community gardens and farms, and community centers. Applications are due November 14, 2022. (January – June 2023 – Online)

The Power Shift Network 2023 Convergence
Join the moment for young people to come together and learn how to create change while faced with the climate crisis. Power Shift is inviting you to be a part of that effort. Tickets are 10% off with the code “earlybird2023” until November 30. (2023 – In person)



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