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Saturday, July 28 • 9:00am - 10:50am
Regional Solidarity Economy

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Solidarity economy is a rejection of capitalism and its logic of wage labor and private property and the embrace of a new transformative framework for our economy. The solidarity economy is built on the principles of human-centered principles (solidarity, equity, participatory democracy, and pluralism) and recognizes the rights of Mother Earth. The US Solidarity Economy Network arose out of the US and World Social Forum processes to unite the alter-globalization movement against neoliberalism and for another world. In the past dozen years, the network has served as a place to exchange theory and practice, to offer mutual aid, and to push together for transformation. Our latest campaign is building regional networks of solidarity economy, to adapt the Jackson-Kush model. We are inspired by the example of Cooperation Jackson and have extrapolated lessons that can be applied in diverse regions to build a solidarity economy.

Presenters:
  • Yvonne Yen Liu, she/her
  • Marcus Hill, he/him
  • Emily Kawano, she/her
  • Kali Akuno, he/him

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Kali Akuno

Co-founder, Co-director, Cooperation Jackson
Kali Akuno is a co-founder and co-director of Cooperation Jackson. Kali served as the Director of Special Projects and External Funding in the Mayoral Administration of the late Chokwe Lumumba of Jackson, MS. His focus in this role was supporting cooperative development, the introduction... Read More →
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Marcus Hill

Marcus Hill interest in local food systems has grown out of a blend of his public health (MPH, Yale ’08) and community organizing backgrounds, and centers on food justice. He believes that an effective local food movement can’t be separated functionally from food justice, and... Read More →
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Emily Kawano

Coordinator, United States Solidarity Economy Network
Emily Kawano is Co-Director of the Wellspring Cooperative Corporation, which is seeking to create an engine for new, community-based job creation in Springfield, Massachusetts. Wellspring’s goal is to use anchor institution purchases to create a network of worker-owned businesses... Read More →
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Yvonne Yen Liu

Co-founder, Research Director, Solidarity Research Center
Yvonne Yen Liu is the cofounder and research director of Solidarity Research Center, a worker self-directed nonprofit that cultivates solidarity economies through data science, story-based strategy, and direct action. She serves on the board of the US Solidarity Economy Network and... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 9:00am - 10:50am
4th Floor Seminar Room 20 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003, USA

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