Are you one of the many New Yorkers under 30 who feels like the economy is working against you—rent is too high, good food is too expensive, loans are too hard to get, wages are too low? You're not wrong! Do you want to learn more about Solidarity Economy models built by and for everyday New Yorkers like permanently affordable housing units? Workplaces without a boss? Grocery stores owned by the shoppers? Not-for-profit banks controlled by the community?
Join the Cooperative Economics Alliance of New York City (CEANYC) and #GenerationSolidarity for 6 months of workshops, tours, events, and activities that will help you learn about the over 2000 different Solidarity Economy enterprises right here in New York City!
We encourage people to participate in all of the following events, though it is not required:
- July 28: Solidarity Economy Walking Tour of the Lower East Side with the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board
- August 22: Lunch and Presentation with Samira Rajan of the Brooklyn Cooperative Federal Credit Union
- September 15: Brooklyn Queens Land Trust Bike Tour and Open Garden Day
- September 20: NY Premier of "Food Coop" and drinks
- October 17: Lunch and Discussion with Worker-Owners
- November 7: Tour and Discussion with the Park Slope Food Coop
- December 12: Trustville and Community Land Trusts with the New Economy Project
Urban Homesteading Assistance Board (UHAB)
UHAB was formed in the midst of New York City's 1970s economic crisis when landlords across the city left huge swaths of buildings vacant. In response, UHAB—with the radical idea of turning these buildings back over to their residents—trained tens of thousands of New Yorkers on how to cooperatively govern and manage their own homes through sweat equity, democratic residential control, self help, shared-equity co-op ownership, cost-effective sustainability, and continual learning. UHAB has continued this work over the past couple of decades, and now stewards over one thousand limited equity co-op buildings throughout the five boroughs.
Brooklyn Cooperative Federal Credit Union
Brooklyn Coop was founded in 2001 with the mission of furthering wealth building, opportunity, and resilience in Central Brooklyn communities by offering fair and affordable services. Unlike most major banks that turn a profit through supporting industries that harm those most marginalized—fossil fuel extraction, mass incarceration, redlining—Brooklyn Coop and other community development credit unions function to support low income New Yorkers locked out of mainstream banking. They are controlled by and held accountable to their members, which shapes their loans and services.
Brooklyn Queens Land Trust
New York City has over 600 community gardens that provide invaluable green space, land access, and fresh produce to people across the five boroughs. However, as real estate development continues to take over our city and displace longtime residents and communities of color, community gardens are under increasing threat. The Brooklyn Queens Land Trust provides an essential service by stewarding and ensuring the permanence of 37 different gardens throughout Brooklyn and Queens.
Sunset Park Worker-Owners
Worker-owned cooperatives are businesses owned by the workers, meaning they share in decision-making power and profit. Most worker cooperatives adhere to the following seven principles: open and voluntary membership, democratic member control, member economic participation, autonomy and independence, education and training, cooperation among cooperatives, and concern for community. In New York City, there are several worker-owned cooperatives, the majority of which are run by immigrant women working in the care industry.
Park Slope Food Coop
The Park Slope Food Coop is the country's largest and most profitable consumer-owned food cooperative. In a consumer cooperative, the shoppers are also part-owners and contribute to the daily operations of the store. The over 17,000 members of the Park Slope Food Coop contribute 2 hours and 45 minutes of their time every four weeks to everything from stocking to checking out shoppers to writing for The Linewaiter's Gazette. In return, low labor costs means that shoppers get to purchase locally-grown and fresh foods at significantly lower rates than your average grocery store. The Park Slope Food Coop has been active in promoting cooperation amongst cooperatives, helping form farmer cooperatives and support emerging food cooperatives throughout the city with its cooperative loan fund.
New Economy Project
The New Economy Project is a citywide economic justice advocacy organization that works with community groups to build an economy that lifts low income New Yorkers out of poverty. One of their core areas of work is community land trust advocacy (CLT) through the New York City Community Land Initiative (NYCCLI). CLTs are non-profit entities that take land out of the hands of developers and speculative markets and into the hands of community, offering a chance at permanently affordable housing and community-governed business opportunities. Trustville is a boardgame developed by NYCCLI that teaches players how CLT models work and how they can benefit their own communities.