Are you ready to show your support for southern grassroots co-operative organizing? If not, it’s time to consider.
- The South has been home to intensely exploitative and dehumanizing economic structures since the founding of this country.
- The declining US economy heightens the importance of this work, but it did not create it.
- Southern Grassroots Economies Project came into being to bring the energy, idealism and justice orientation of the southern freedom struggle to the current needs for economic development along cooperative lines of democratic ownership and control.
- We need your support. We know that as cooperators we should all uphold principle 6 of cooperation among cooperatives. This should extend to building and strengthening the cooperative movement.
How did it start?
- We began with a meeting at Highlander Research and Education Center in the mountains of Eastern Tennessee, then after much working and planning we held a much larger gathering called “CoopEcon 2012” at the Rural Training Center of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives in Epes, Alabama.
- Since the spring of 2011 there have been growing numbers of southern social justice activists and cooperativists who have gathered to talk about building a new economy in the South that is rooted in ideas of cooperation and justice rather than competition and greed
Who does Southern Grassroots Economies Project work for?
- Our work is consciously centered on engaging directly with those most affected by the economic crisis and least likely to benefit from any efforts at recovery
- Women, youth, African Americans, poor whites, immigrants and native Americans in rural and urban settings in the South form our core constituency.
What is CoopEcon 2013?
- We are now working to organize CoopEcon 2013 to be held October 4-6 again in Epes, Alabama.
- This year we are planning to have 125 folks from the 14 state areas of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia
Who is CoopEcon 2013 for?
- We will have two tracks of participants: those who already are engaged in cooperative economic enterprises and want to strengthen and expand them on the one hand and those who are looking to learn how to start such enterprises on the other.
- This is not a conference for developers, although we are sure some will come. This is mainly meant to get down with how to go home and do the work of building in our communities for jobs and community wealth.
How much should I and/or my organization give?
- We need you to help spread the word, and we need your material support. If you are a small and struggling co-op or credit union, we need $25. If you can afford it we need $2500. Any contribution helps build our solidarity and makes this movement possible and worthwhile. You can make your payment online here or check by mail to: Southern Grassroots Economies Project, 2769 Church Street, East Point GA 30344.