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Building Austin’s Black Cooperative Future

Mon June 24 @ 11:30 am | 1:00 pm


Black communities have a deep history of cooperative practices that paved the way for Black Liberation throughout the history of the United States. As we are facing a dynamic shift in our economy, the conversations for cooperatives have increased across the country. However, the stories and practices that Black communities deployed are often left out of those conversations.

In this discussion, we will connect to an untold story of the cooperative practices of the Black Liberation Movement and connect to Cooperation as an indigenous cultural practice. Participants will learn how communities of color are reclaiming Cooperation as an ancient technology to rethink community economic development.

Class attendees can schedule FREE coaching and consulting with the instructor and other co-op experts.

More about Instructor Assata Richards

Assata is the founding director of the Sankofa Research Institute (SRI), a nonprofit with a mission to “create knowledge to build community” through community-based participatory research. In addition, as a public sociologist, Assata serves as the Board President of the newly formed Houston Community Land Trust, the Third Ward Cooperative Community Builders, and the Emancipation Economic Development Council. Most recently, she was elected as the founding board president of the Community Care Cooperative, Houston’s first home care agency owned by caregivers and community health workers. Lastly, she is a founding member of We Are The Ones, a cooperative working to build a “Black Solidarity Economy,” enabling community members to define what success is for them and hold accountable institutions that claim to act on their behalf and develop economic enterprises that fairly compensate workers and build community wealth.


Date: Mon June 24
Time: 11:30 am | 1:00 pm
Cost: Free
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