NYC NoWC Training Series

On July 11, a couple dozen New Yorkers gathered at Starr Bar to enjoy some rice and beans, reasonably priced beers, and more importantly, to learn about the New York City Network of Worker Cooperatives new training series they are launching in partnership with the Murphy Institute. This information session was the first convening of multiple to support New Yorkers looking to take ownership of their work and create democratic work environments. NYC NoWC’s Tammy Shapiro started by asking the attendees to pair up and explain to each other their relationship with ‘work.’ Unsurprisingly, the crowd responded with things like ‘not being able to avoid sick days’ or ‘having to do whatever my boss tells me for fear of losing my job.’ The alternative the group was looking for? Worker-owner cooperatives! After walking everybody through some powerful statistics—like the fact that women and people of color comprise the vast majority of worker-owners in New York City—as well as an overview of logistics (what type of support cooperatives need and what New York has to offer in terms of technical assistance), attendees were […]

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About Our Poster

We are so grateful to Josh MacPhee—a Brooklyn based artist, activist, and archivist—for designing our poster! Josh is a founding member of JustSeeds Artists’ Cooperative as well as Interference Archive. JustSeeds is a collection of social justice-oriented printmakers from the United States, Canada, and Mexico who collaborate to offer graphics, installations, wheatpasting, and other forms of creative support to grassroots efforts doing progressive work. As a thirty-person collective, JustSeeds collaborators do not only support the work of other organizing communities, but build off of each other. Meanwhile Interference Archive—a social movement archive based in Gowanus, Brooklyn—is collectively managed by over one hundred volunteer-staffers. The archive contains everything from posters to zines to theory, while the volunteers work to put on exhibitions and produce publications. Aside from these specific events and releases, the archive is open to the public every Thursday to Sunday. Josh, an Oberlin graduate, has also played an integral role in developing the Celebrate People’s History Poster Series—a series of posters celebrating the legacy of radical political figures, actions, and movements (many of which are available for sale at Bluestockings)—as well as Street Art Workers and more […]

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