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Event: The Solidarity Economy

June 12, 2014 Category: PeopleUncategorized

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The Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance and Cabot Creamery Cooperative are partnering once again to bring together people and organizations who are interested in the solidarity economy.

This even marks a step in the direction of cross-sector collaboration. While many events in the Greater Philadelphia area that highlight the principles of solidarity primarily consist of organizations structured as cooperatives, this event invites all interested parties to meet leaders and others interested in cooperation, participation, and shared ownership of the community.

Speakers for the event include a mix of national and local leaders of the solidarity economy movement:

  • Dr. Edgar Cahn, Professor of Law at the University of the District of Columbia School of Law and an Ashoka Fellow. Cahn also founded TimeBanking, an alternative currency that rewards social justice, as well as co-founding the National National Legal Services Program in the War on Poverty.
  • Dr. Christine Gray, former executive director of TimeBanks USA and author of The Tribal Moment in American Politics:  The Struggle for Native American Sovereignty(2013), a study of American political development and change.
  • Prof. Craig Borowiak, Associate Professor of Political Science at Haverford College, whose teaching and research interests focus on globalization, democratic theory, transnational civil society, critical cosmopolitanism, the history of political economic thought, and alternative economy movements.
  • Esteban Kelly, Lead Organizer for the New Economy Coalition (formerly the New Economics Institute) and founding member of AORTA (the Anti-Oppression Resource and Training Alliance), a worker co-op that provides facilitation, education, and consulting for organizations who advance social justice and the solidarity economy.
  • Ariel Morales, board member of the Mariposa Food Coop and community organizer at the Women’s Community Revitalization Project (WCRP), a non-profit organization committed to social and economic equity for low-income women and their families.  WCRP develops affordable housing, provides supportive services, and advocates for policy change.
  • Bertha Sarmina, Director of Microlending at Finanta, a nonprofit community lender that promotes the growth and economic expansion of diverse Philadelphia communities through the infusion of capital and the provision of business consultation services and homeownership counseling.
  • Elizabeth Frantz, a Credit Analyst at The Reinvestment Fund, a community development financial institution (CDFI) that has invested $1.3 billion in housing, community facilities, supermarkets, commercial real estate and energy efficiency projects. Elizabeth supports loan underwriting for community development real estate projects, specializing in supermarkets and affordable housing.

This event is part of the #cabotcommunitytour.

From our Partners

Beer, wine, and light refreshments will be served.

When: Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Where: Christ Church Neighborhood House, 4th floor, 20. N American St., wheelchair accessible
Cost: Suggested donation $5-10 at the door.
RSVP on Facebook

Full information on the event and speakers is available here.

This event is part of a larger cooperative movement that Generocity has been tracking within the Social Impact Ecosystem. Read more about other local efforts:

Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance Expanding Membership

Congressman Fattah Introduces Legislation to Support and Incentivize Co-ops

Update: Philly Area Food Co-ops Hold Second Meeting on Potential Collaboration

A Council of Philly Area Food Co-ops May Form to Share Knowledge, Purchasing Power

The National Co-op Conference Comes to Philadelphia, A City “Ripe for Change”

Disclaimer: Mo Manklang is part of the coordinating team for this event.

Project

Women’s Community Revitalization Project

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