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NORTH AMERICAN SOCIAL SOLIDARITY ECONOMY FORUM
April 7-10, 2016 - Detroit, Michigan

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The Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office is co-sponsoring a forum for the Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of the Social Solidarity Economy in Detroit, Michigan, between April 7-10, 2016.

In recent years the social solidarity economy (SSE) has taken renewed importance on the international left. The broad-ranging field of SSE includes worker, consumer, and producer cooperatives; land trusts, community supported agriculture, and collective farms; credit unions and community development financial institutions; and an array of other initiatives that seek to democratize our relationship to the economic and social spheres. SSE is at the same time visionary and prefigurative—creating around us elements of the world we’d like to inhabit—and deeply pragmatic, built to improve the material conditions that hobble us today.

This forum will bring together a range of actors from across North America to discuss the most salient issues in the field of SSE and find points of political collaboration going forward. Important topics will include how to build the SSE movement; de-colonizing the solidarity economy; and achieving broader recognition and support for SSE. On April 7 we will take a guided tour to learn more about some of the most promising SSE initiatives that have emerged in the midst of Detroit’s municipal economic crisis.

The Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office will host two workshops as part of this forum. Read more about them in continuation. To learn more about the forum, including registration and logistical details, visit the North American Social Solidarity Economy Forum website, here.

Knocking the Hustle: Cooperatives for Racial and Economic Justice

Cooperatives have long been at the center of the fight for racial and economic justice, from farms in Mississippi during the Civil Rights movement to First Nations development work. This radical tradition has taken on new importance in an age of neoliberalism which has witnessed unprecedented attacks on social safety nets, a drive to privatize public services, and increasing incarceration as a solution for unemployment and lack of health care. In recent years, people of color led cooperatives have emerged to fight against austerity through building the Social Solidarity Economy. This nuts-and-bolts workshop will look at three key case studies that show us how grassroots, people-of-color-led cooperatives are fighting for racial and economic justice. How did these cooperatives emerge? How do they measure success? What are the challenges?

With
Jessica Gordon Nembhard, Author “Collective Courage”
Elandria Williams, Highlander Center
Aaron Tanaka, Center for Economic Democracy (TBC)
Ashley Scott, Chicago Teacher/Education Activist
Kazembe Balagun, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office

Networks and Coalitions: Building the Coop Movement beyond the Shop Floor

By creating democratic alternatives to conventional business models, worker cooperatives challenge dominant narratives of neoliberal orthodoxy. Oftentimes, however, the challenge of running a democratic business soaks up much of the energy of cooperative members, leaving them little time to advocate for their model beyond the shop floor. Successful networks and coalitions can provide this interstitial support, connecting worker cooperatives to each other, to other sectors of the solidarity economy, and to the broader political process. Unsuccessful networks and coalitions, on the other hand, can take up a lot of time without providing tangible benefits to their members. What does a good coop network or coalition look like? What are some pitfalls and challenges to overcome?

With
Laura Smoot, Network of Bay Area Worker Cooperatives
Esteban Kelly, US Federation of Worker Cooperatives
Emily Kawano, RIPESS & US Solidarity Economy Network
Ethan Earle, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office

We are also co-hosting one of the pleanries: Building the Movement for a Social Solidarity Economy

With
Laura Flanders, The Laura Flanders Show/grit.tv
Emily Kawano, RIPESS & US Solidarity Economy Network
Esteban Kelly, US Federation of Worker Cooperatives

Registration here.

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