NYC: Putting Capital in our Hands: Why worker cooperatives gained traction in global movements for economic change

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Though worker co-ops in the US date back 150 years, the model of worker-owned and democratically controlled businesses remains largely unfamiliar among anti-capitalist movements. Worker co-ops are currently gaining momentum in the US – especially among immigrants and in communities of color - as tools that anchor community wealth, stabilize local economies, and shift the relations of capital production. Around the world, an international groundswell of worker co-op solidarity is changing the way movements envision economic justice and grassroots control of our economy.

This session introduces the worker co-op model to folks who are curious but not really familiar with it yet. It shares local and international examples of how worker cooperatives transform local economies. Our conversation will demystify how workplace democracy fosters strong, values-based businesses that center the needs of people and communities. Join us as we explore the radical possibilities that worker co-ops bring to our visions of the future!


This workshop is free, but we appreciate any donations to support our work


English (Desafortunadamente, este taller se presenta sólo en inglés.)


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Esteban Kelly is the Executive Director for the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives (USFWC), and is a co-founder of AORTA, (Anti-Oppression Resource & Training Alliance), a worker co-op that builds capacity for social justice projects through intersectional training and consulting. He holds a Masters degree in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from the City University of New York, and received a B.S. in Political Economy of Environment & Development from UC Berkeley. 

Firmly rooted in West Philly, Esteban’s skills and analysis of transformative justice stem from his decade-plus of organizing with the Philly Stands Up collective. Similarly, Esteban worked through a major food co-op transition as a worker–owner at Mariposa Food Co-op, where he co-founded its Food Justice & Anti-Racism working group (FJAR) and labored to institutionalize the Mariposa Staff Collective, leading to his position as a Mayoral appointee to the Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council.

Nationally, Esteban serves as an advisor to the policy table on the Movement for Black Lives, as well as for the artist-activist training network Beautiful Trouble.

June 28th, 2019 from  3:30 PM to  5:00 PM
320 W 37th St
New York, NY 10018
United States
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