Cooperation Syracuse Alliance Update for July 31, 2018: Late Summer

Good day! Here is an update following our last meeting on Thursday June 28th. It’s been a full month as I’ve been pre-occupied with an extra large case load at work, as well as traveling to Pittsburgh for a week attending the AFT National Convention as a delegate from Onondaga Community College’ Federation of Teachers and Administrators, and starting my online ESOP training with NCEO – the National Center for Employee Ownership.

Our MVGO document has been updated further with comments from last meeting, there were very few this time, so I feel we are close to the point of moving forward with the next phase which would be organizational resolutions in support of the MVGO. You can always view and comment on the MVGO at: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1C8QNnprkLpT0fGNx_ZMM6EjEPfxljf8rKpwbycgn4wE/edit?usp=sharing

Before moving forward though, my goal is to meet with many of you one-on-one to clarify the work to be done, and at that, only after I finish reading Jackson Rising: The Struggle for Economic Democracy and Black Self-Determination in Jackson, Mississippi which is commonly viewed as the recent milestone in organizing for the solidarity economy work we are talking about. I invite and encourage you to explore this publication on your own time, for the time being.

Lastly, a first reminder that the Pathways to Ownership webinar series starts this Thursday August 2nd, at 10:00 AM with a session from Joe Maraffino of the Democracy at Work Institute with great detail about the business conversion process from owners to workers. You don’t want to miss it if you are new to these ideas as Joe does a great job presenting them. We’re up to 56 registrations, but have room for a few more, so don’t delay :>) Register at http://www.onondagasbdc.org/pathways-to-ownership.html

And a second reminder that the second session of the Southside TNT Housing Task Force Collective Housing Teach-In is Saturday August 11 @ 12:30 pm at Beauchamp Library (lunch included). This session will focus on Financial issues related to collective housing options. I was asked by the organizers to share some of the resources on the subject that I find most useful from my experience living in and developing two different housing cooperatives here in Syracuse. I wanted to share my responses with all of you as well:
NY Cooperator Magazine – https://cooperator.com/
Communities Magazine – https://www.ic.org/communities-magazine-home/
Creating a Life Together (this book is a classic) – https://www.newsociety.com/Books/C/Creating-a-Life-Together
NASCO (North American Students of Cooperation) – https://www.nasco.coop/ – specifically check out page 22 of the 2018 report for a list of “struggles” from the survey that we here at Bitternut Collective inthe NWS, and others in the NASCO network, participated in last year – https://www.nasco.coop/news/all-member-survey-report-2144

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