CO-UP: a community teach-in for cultivating economic justice

By Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance (other events)

Saturday, April 1 2017 10:00 AM 4:00 PM

Be one of 300+ engaged, spirited people at this extraordinary teach-in designed to cultivate economic justice in the Philadelphia area. You'll meet community organizers, cooperators, activists, artists, farmers, bookkeepers, construction workers and more — all of them building economic control block by block as they start cooperative businesses. Learn, connect, network, and share your ideas at this cross-class, multi-racial, intergenerational gathering.

Keynote speaker: Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard
author of Collective Courage: a History of African American Economic Thought and Practice

Workshops on how to pool resources to gain power

  • Introduction to cooperatives
  • Getting it together: business formation strategies for co-ops
  • Social media and shoestring marketing
  • How to fund a co-op (when you don't have a lot of money)
  • Community control of neighborhood land
  • Divest/Invest: What change is your money making?

Panel: Learning from our past to cultivate economic justice for our future
Members of 20 Book Clubs → 20 Cooperative Businesses reflect on six months of studying co-ops and what it means to build new businesses while resisting oppression.

• Free childcare & cooperative activities for kids
• Lunch from South Philly Barbacoa included
• Spanish interpretation provided
• Cost: Sliding scale $5-65