Another World Is Here: Worker Co-ops and the Solidarity Economy in MA
March 16 - March 17
You are invited to Another World Is Here: Worker Co-ops and the Solidarity Economy in MA from March 16-17, 2019 in Worcester, MA (specific venue TBD). This two day statewide convening will focus on the advancement of a worker ownership movement as well as the broader solidarity economy in Massachusetts.
Day 1: Worker Ownership Movement Convening
March 16th (Day 1) invites worker co-ops and developers, grassroots organizations and labor unions, and funders and investors to help launch a new statewide collaborative to advance a worker ownership movement in Massachusetts. We propose the formation of a multi-stakeholder “table” to build coordinated state and municipal organizing strategies, broaden shared communications efforts, and support key programs within our statewide co-op ecosystem.
Day 1 invites organizations that are specifically working to build power in low-income/working class POC communities and/or are a part of the worker co-op sector.
Day 2: Mass Solidarity Economy Gathering
March 17th (Day 2) will bring together a cross section of the solidarity economy to discuss and enact strategy for larger systems change. The solidarity economy includes worker, consumer, housing and financial co-ops, community land trusts, social currencies and reparations. Day 2 is an open invitation for people engaged in building the solidarity economy– practitioners, developers, organizers and educators–to connect, strategize and take action to build a just and sustainable economy in Massachusetts.
Meals (excluding dinner), childcare, and interpretation/translation will be provided both days. Overnight accommodations are available if needed.
Attendees are welcome to attend both days or just one. Please hold these dates accordingly! A formal RSVP with more information will be sent out later this month. This convening is being co-planned by the Center for Economic Democracy and the MA Solidarity Economy Steering Committee and hosted locally by Worcester Roots.