For Fall 2018, PACA invites its co-op members, co-op supporters, and other stakeholders in building our region’s cooperative economy to attend, participate in, and share about these upcoming events.  For more information, please send an email to

Seeking Cooperation, Building a Cooperative Movement

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 @ 6 pm – 8 pm 
Where: Church of the Advocate (1918 W. Diamond Street, Classroom A, Philadelphia, PA 19143)
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How do we practice cooperation in our daily lives?  What histories inform our movement building around cooperative economics and building co-op businesses today?  At Seeking Cooperation, Building a Movement, we’ll

  • explore the history of cooperation in the Black radical tradition including the movement history, politics, and economics of co-ops from the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Fannie Lou Hamer, and more!
  • We’ll also share personal knowledge, practices, and histories on the ways we demonstrate cooperation so as to create a shared vision for growing the co-op economy today and into the future.


Community Economics Panel and Workshop with PACA (hosted by the Jewish Farm School) 

Sunday, October 21, 2018 1 pm – 3:30 pm 

Where: 707: A Center for Cultural Resilience, 707 South 50th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19143
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Description: Our panelists, folks dedicated to transforming communities through new models of economics, will guide us through an exploration of new, old, and liberated ways to relate to money. We will ground into ancestral Jewish understandings of economics as they relate to agriculture and communal interdependency, and from there explore community economic models as they exist today. We will glimpse and learn about networks of informality, cooperation, and community-oriented finance that are growing and thriving in Philly, and how we can connect into them.

Learn more…

Sustaining cooperation: Promoting and practicing principle six in Philly area co-ops

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm 

Where: South Philly Barbacoa, 1140 South 9th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
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Description: Principle Six of the International Cooperative Principles is cooperation among cooperatives.  PACA serves as a conduit for our region’s co-ops to practice the principle.  So what does it look like?  How can we improve upon it?  What are the challenges and opportunities to promoting and practicing cooperation among cooperatives in different sectors?

Join PACA for a panel discussion with cooperators from food co-ops, worker co-ops, housing co-ops, and more to explore how our region is practicing Principle Six and how we can do it better.
NESAWG It Takes a Region Conference
October 25-27, 2018
Where:  Philadelphia 201 Hotel (formerly Sheraton Downtown Philadelphia)
Description: It takes a region to cultivate a transformative food system that  is in right relationship to people, place, and planet.  PACA’s executive director, Jamila Medley, along with the executive director of Urban Tree Connection, Noelle Warford, will be co-facilitating a workshop called Cultivating Living Economies: Urban Ag + Cooperative Business Economies through a Just Transition Framework.  Our organizations worked together when UTC participated in PACA’s 20 Book Clubs 20 Cooperative Businesses program.  The session takes place on Friday, October 26 @ 10 am.  Learn more about the conference…

PACA’s Co-op Summit and Annual Meeting 

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Where: Temple University, Rad Dish Cafe, Ritter Annex, 1301 Cecil B Moore Ave.,
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Going on four years now, PACA has anually convened its co-op membership, cooperators, and the general public together for a look at our region’s co-op economy and to envision how to make it stronger. In 2018, we’ll continue this tradition and welcome you to join us!  Learn more




Interact Theater Company Sunday Speaker Series for 
Salt Pepper Ketchup 

Sunday, November 11, 2018 @ 2pm 

Come see this play! And stay for a discussion with PACA’s executive director Jamila Medley.  Get discount tickets too!  Email for details.

Description: A layer of bulletproof glass won’t protect Superstar Chinese Take-Out owners from the gentrification consuming the Point Breeze neighborhood in South Philly. When a trendy food co-op opens nearby, the Wu’s and their customers initially see it as a hipster annoyance, but as tensions mount they begin to recognize the intrusion as an act of war. Tinged with genuine humor and pathos, Wilder’s play examines the very human consequences of neighborhood redevelopment — who benefits and who gets chewed up and spit out


Past Events:

Cooperative Practices of Belonging with Dr. Alice Bryer

Cooperative Leadership Institute Workshops (Spring – Summer 2018)

2017 PACA Annual Membership Meeting & Co-op Summit

CO-UP: a community teach-in for cultivating economic justice

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