What happened at CO-UP?
Did you attend CO-UP?
Please give your feedback in this quick evaluation:
Our keynote speaker was Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard
To get Dr. Nembhard's amazing book, Collective Courage, we suggest ordering from a local book store like Hakim's, Black and Nobel, Tree House, Wooden Shoe, or Bindlestiff.
Explore Collective Courage resources online, including videos, articles, podcasts, and more at Grassroots Economic Organizing (GEO) Collective.
We heard from a panel on how to learn from our past to cultivate economic justice for our future
Members of 20 Book Clubs → 20 Cooperative Businesses reflected on six months of studying co-ops and what it means to build new businesses while resisting oppression.
Jamila Medley, executive director of PACA
Kirtrina Baxter, Soil Generation
Lan Dinh, VietLead
Annette Griffin, A & Associates
Ricardo Nolasco Ceron, Cooperativa PWA
Resources from workshops
Social media and shoestring marketing
Presenters: Alonzo Goodman from Institute for Hip Hop Entrepreneurship and Rachel Greenberg from Little Giant Creative
Community control of neighborhood land
Rapheal Randall, Youth United for Change
Chris Bolden-Newsome, The Farm at Bartram’s Garden
Nora Lichtash, Women’s Community Revitalization Project
David Freed, Community Equity Solutions
Chris Rogers, Teacher Action Group Philadelphia
View a chart from this workshop:
Community control chart
Stay connected to vendors from the Solidarity Fair
The Energy Co-op
Free Library Business Resource & Innovation Center
Keystone Development Center
Mariposa Food Co-op
The Sable Collective
Refugee Women's Textile Cooperative
US Federation of Worker Cooperatives
Womanist Working Collective
Suggestions for how to keep the momentum going
- Start a study circle with friends, neighbors or colleagues to answer questions you have about economic cooperation
- Read Collective Courage (see top of page for purchasing suggestions) or explore resources online
- Read the Movement for Black Lives policy platform, especially the sections on economic justice and community control
- Interview your family members and community elders about how they've pooled resources throughout their lives; if they permit it, document their stories and publish them
- Attend a free webinar on how to start a worker co-op on April 7 at 6pm or mark your calendar for coming months
- Learn about converting existing businesses to cooperatives at becomingemployeeowned.org
- Join PACA's Principle Six Club
- Get in touch with PACA executive director Jamila Medley at firstname.lastname@example.org or (732) 328-8970 to find out how you can volunteer with PACA
NCBA CLUSA's Doug O'Brien attended CO-UP and wrote a blog post about his experience.
Our photographer Hanbit Kwon captured so many beautiful photos of the day!
LaNoana Segree Odom
Annette Medford Griffin
Thank you to all of the participants, sponsors, members, donors, volunteers, childcare providers, interpreters, presenters, panelists, facility personnel, photographers and videographers, board, and staff for making our 2017 CO-UP such a wonderful success.
All photos on this page were taken by Hanbit Kwon.