With generous support from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), PACA is pleased to announce opportunities to participate in our 2018 Co-op Developer Fellowship.
Why do this?
Cooperatives have been used effectively around the world as an anti-poverty tool, providing meaningful employment and building assets within poor communities. The places around the world, like Mondragon and Emilia Romagna, that have most successfully used co-op development to fight poverty have done it by organizing people to work in solidarity and by forming networks that link co-ops together. PACA has already created the formal network of co-ops, and our efforts are now aimed at bringing more poor people of color and immigrants into leadership positions within our co-op community.
PACA’s statement on racial and economic equity
In order to build an equitable and cooperative economy, we acknowledge and take action to repair the impact of hundreds of years of racial and economic injustice in this country. We provide business development resources and assistance towards accessing capital in order to support the creation of cooperative businesses that are owned and democratically controlled by the very communities from which wealth has been stolen from historically.
We grow the cooperative economy because we believe deeply in its power to build racial justice, wealth equity, and community control. We cannot imagine a vibrant cooperative economy without the diversity of voices, experiences, and traditions that all Philadelphians have to offer.
About the fellowship
The 2018 Co-op Developer Fellowship is designed to provide formal co-op development training and a stipend to two individuals from low-income communities who are also people of color and/or from immigrant communities resulting in their ability to support co-op development in their own communities. Philadelphia is experiencing a boom in start-up co-op development primarily with interest from communities of color, immigrants and refugees, and poor people. Yet, our region severely lacks co-op developers who have the same backgrounds as the people most interested in forming new co-ops and who are already in community with them. We particularly need more developers who can speak Spanish as demand for support from Spanish speaking immigrants has grown.
Please help us inform eligible candidates about this exciting new opportunity by sharing this email and the Fellowship description within your networks and communities! The deadline to apply is Wednesday, March 28, 2018. Please contact Jamila Medley at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or with questions.