Caroline Woolard & Jeff Warren x NAACP

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Solidarity Economy

Image size: 8.5x11"
Paper size: 8.5x11"
Archival Digital Inkjet Print, OE
(original : ink)

What might be called an “alternative” economy in the United States is known globally as the solidarity economy. The solidarity economy identifies and unites grassroots practices like lending circles, credit unions, worker cooperatives, community safety initiatives, community media stations, and community land trusts to form a powerful base of political power. The concept emerged in the global South (as economia solidária*) and is now gaining support in the United States under many names, including the community economy, the peace economy, the workers’ economy, the social economy, the new economy, the circular economy, the regenerative economy, the local economy, and the cooperative economy.

As many people finally wake up to the reality that white supremacy threatens public health on a daily basis, a wide range of people are educating themselves, assertively dismantling structures of oppression in organizations, and learning to follow the lead of black and brown artists and organizers who have been under siege for centuries and who have always been leaders in the solidarity economy. For more information about the solidarity economy, please visit: http://www.communityeconomies.org/Home and http://solidaritynyc.org

*Marco Arruda of the Brazilian Solidarity Economy Network stated at the World Social Forum in 2004: “A solidarity economy does not arise from thinkers or ideas; it is the outcome of the concrete historical struggle of the human being to live and to develop him/herself as an individual and a collective… innovative practices at the micro level can only be viable and structurally effective for social change if they interweave with one another to form always-broader collaborative networks and solidarity chains of production-finance-distribution-consumption-education-communication.”

To see more from Caroline and Jeff, check them out here:
unterbahn.com/solidarity
@carolinewoolard

"What group can build something that they have not yet imagined, drawn, debated, revised, and still desired? To communicate dreams — to create discursive spaces for imagination — the arts are essential. Great art allows people to communicate across differences of opinion, experience, and expertise. I believe that artistic practices make interdisciplinary models for economic justice possible."
- Caroline Woolard

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