Policy and Advocacy

Cooperatives for social and racial justice

Cooperatives and solidarity economy enterprises can be transformative sites of resistance to the usual way of doing things, in politics and in business, but not without intention and action!

As CEANYC members we are developing our collective capacity for action. This includes:


Mobilizing on issue campaigns led by coalitions and associations where we hold membership such as NYRenews, American Sustainable Business Council, National Cooperative Business Association, US Federation of Worker Cooperatives, and New Economy Coalition. When there are calls to action from these groups we mobilize, and in turn we seek support from them for raising the visibility of solidarity economy enterprise. 

Supporting the sectoral advocacy of CEANYC members at the municipal, state, and federal level, particularly in partnership with associations like NYC Network of Worker Cooperatives, Urban Homesteading Assistance Board, NYC Community Gardens Coalition, or National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions. This also includes supporting issue-based campaigns that focus on significant issues within the communities that make up our co-ops and neighborhoods, including housing, healthcare, and policing.

It is our priority to catalyze cross-sectoral advocacy of CEANYC members at the municipal and state level. We are currently working on an Office of Cooperative Economics to serve this purpose.


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*Photo by Zachary Schulman of Sunset Scholars co-founder Anita Mondello at the #sandy5 March