Snapshot: Rania Dalloul

Assistant Communications Director, Urban Homesteading Assistance Board How did you get into this work? I moved to the U.S. in 2013, after working in Beirut, Lebanon for a few years. I was in the field of community development, trying to improve living, housing, and educational conditions of Palestinian refugees through various approaches, each one not really fulfilling the work that I felt was necessary. I tried working with UN agencies, being a field officer, a researcher, a teacher, and helped build a creative education nonprofit, all in the name of working towards building capacity within disenfranchised communities. What I eventually realized was that all of these entities that I had used as pathways to making a difference for the people and land I cared about, were not actually established to dismantle the systems which limit their freedom, but are otherwise there to maintain them. It was a gradual heartbreak—I wanted to disrupt those systems and I couldn’t figure out where to start. Fast forward to New York City, where I ended up working at UHAB with limited-equity housing co-ops, a […]

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Snapshot: Ed Yaker

Board Member and Treasurer for the Amalgamated Housing Corporation Board Member of A.H. Consumers Society Board Member of Herman Liebman Memorial Fund How did you get into this work? I was born and raised here at Amalgamated.  I lived elsewhere for a few years, and when I got my own apartment here as a shareholder, I noticed changes in the neighborhood.  I ran for the board, and was first elected in December 1977.  The night I was elected, Hy Bass who was president at the time said to me, “It’s like a vacuum, it’s going to suck you in.”  Wow, was he right.  There were three years that I wasn’t on the Amalgamated board, but I have been active in this co-op and other co-op organizations more than forty years now. What does ‘solidarity economy’ mean to you? I’m not that familiar with the term but it strikes me as being aligned with the philosophy of “the greatest good for the greatest number of people.”  It’s a natural fit for cooperatives, promoting benefits for all, not just a few. What […]

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