We’re joining the NY Renews coalition!

Cooperative Economics Alliance of New York City is pleased to announce we are joining the fight for a climate-ready and equitable city as part of the NY Renews Coalition. It has been 5 years since Sandy inundated our neighborhoods, and 6 years since Occupy Wall Street launched a national conversation on income inequality, and yet New York City is largely stuck in a cycle of rising inequality and climate vulnerability. As we watched recent hurricanes Harvey and Irma devastate the south and disproportionately harm low income communities of color, we were reminded that such disaster could befall us again and we’d likely see the same results. In fact, due to rising income inequality, we may be worse. As cooperatives and solidarity enterprises we are governed by our members, and our priorities are more than just meeting the need for affordable high quality goods and services in our neighborhoods. We also require justice. We are excited to join with our neighbors and allies to advance such demands. Cooperatives have a history of providing much-needed support and infrastructure in the wake of climate […]

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Welcoming New York City Network of Worker Cooperatives!

We are pleased to announce that as part of a new partnership with New York City Network of Worker Cooperatives (NYC NoWC), all NYC NoWC cooperatives are now members (at no additional cost) of the Cooperative Economics Alliance of New York City! As an alliance of worker cooperatives, food cooperatives, community land trusts, housing cooperatives/HDFCs, community development credit unions, community gardens, CSAs, and assisting organizations, we are excited to welcome more worker-owners! With over two thousand groups coming from a range of sectors, NYC’s solidarity and cooperative economy is one of the biggest in the United States. CEANYC brings us together to purchase from each other, learn new skills, and speak with one voice for economic development that benefits, instead of exploits, our communities. NYC NoWC members are encouraged to be active in helping us realize our vision for a truly cooperative city, where we work meet our needs by cooperating together, across all different kinds of co-ops and solidarity enterprises. Here are a few ways NYC NoWC members can make the most of a free CEANYC membership: Cooperative Leadership […]

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Solidarity Economy Giving Circle Information Session

In July, CEANYC hosted its first information session for our first annual Solidarity Economy Giving Circle at Verso Books. The Giving Circle is a chance to bring together 10-15 young donors and activists to move money to solidarity economy groups in New York City. Together, the group will build community and learn about the solidarity economy from seasoned organizers and long time community leaders. This first cohort of the Giving Circle is set to run for one year, with participants meeting four times, building towards members contributing a meaningful gift of $1000. These funds will then be pooled and CEANYC’s democratically-controlled member organizations will decide collectively how best to distribute the money. Members will also collaborate with CEANYC staff in order to host a giving party for those who would like to move money but are not able to participate in the circle.   The Giving Circle is not about throwing money to a good cause, but rather about intentionally giving in solidarity with other New Yorkers doing important work but receiving little to know financial compensation or support for […]

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Climate Justice Youth Summit

On August 3, UPROSE BK—an intergenerational, multi-racial, nationally recognized, women of color led, grassroots organization promoting sustainability and resiliency through community organizing, education, leadership development, and cultural artistic expression in Brooklyn—held its sixth annual Climate Justice Youth Summit (CJYS) at Union Theological Seminary. The climate summit, the largest gathering of youth of color on climate change in the country, held workshops on urban gardening, gentrification, climate refugees, policing, and other topics relevant to climate change and its distinct and disproportionate impact on communities of color in New York and around the world. In New York City, communities of color—primarily Harlem and the South Bronx—manage more than 30% of the city’s waste and process up to 70% of its sewage sludge. As a result, asthma rates are significantly higher in communities of color, endangering children and elderly in neighborhoods of color. While the city ushers in band-aid solutions or promotes purportedly progressive initiatives like solar energy and white-painted roofs, it simultaneously works to uproot the health and lives of New Yorkers of color. Prioritizing luxury development and gentrification over green space, New […]

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On Saturday July 22, CEANYC participated in a day-long organizing training facilitated by members of NY Renews and People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH) Buffalo at Judson Memorial Church. New to NY Renews? NY Renews is a New York statewide coalition of over 100 organizations—environmental justice organizations, housing rights groups, immigation activists, faith-based communities, and more—joined together to change climate legislation in New York State and hopefully across the country and around the world. How? Through two crucial legislations: The Climate and Community Protection Act (CCPA) and a Carbon Equity Tax. In short, the CCPA would make some of the ‘most progressive climate equity’ commitments enforceable in writing, reinvest in the communities most negatively impacted by climate change (low income communities of color), attach Fair Labor Standards to projects receiving state funds, and make our state economy free from fossil fuels by 2050. Meanwhile, the Carbon Equity Tax would financially penalize corporations—not people (as is too often the case and impact of mainstream, small-scale environmentalist reform—and use that money to directly fund the state’s poor who suffer disproportionately in the wake of climate disaster. If you are interested […]

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