NASCO News

 
Nominations are open for the NASCO Board of Directors

By nominating a candidate for the NASCO board, your co-op or organization helps to set the direction of the larger NASCO community. We need a strong board to keep NASCO responsive to the needs of the cooperative movement.  

Nominations are due October 25. 
Learn more. 
 

Members in the News

 
‘A Monumental Task’ — UT Austin Struggles To Follow Through On COVID-19 Prevention Plan

Taos Co-op's member-led policy surrounding contact tracing, large gatherings, and accountability are featured positively as the University of Texas Austin comes under scrutiny for their handling of COVID-19.  
 

Reading List for the Revolution

 
#UnlearningWithCoFED -- Decolonization

What do co-ops have to do with decolonization? In this article, CoFED explores what decolonization means, provides historical context, and reflects on the relationship between cooperatives and decolonization. Also included are discussion questions to bring back to your membership to encourage dialogue around this topic. 
 
NASCO's Reading List for the Revolution is a compilation of articles, essays, toolkits, books, and other resources. The reading list features contributions from member co-ops, Board Directors, partner organizations, and NASCO Staff.
See the full Reading List here.
 

Movement News

 
Latinx Co-op Power

Latinx people have long been an influential and integral part of the U.S. cooperative movement. Although not the first research involving Latinx co-ops, UWCC has conducted the first national compilation of U.S. Latinx cooperatives of all co-op types and sectors. 
Read the full report. 
 
Worker Co-ops: Weathering the Storm of COVID-19

COVID-19 has devastated the small business community, and the clock is ticking on permanent shutdowns of small businesses. In this moment of crisis, worker cooperatives are a reliable, proven solution to address loss of jobs as well as income inequality. USFWC has released a preliminary report surveying more than 142 worker cooperatives on how they are stepping up to support workers and their communities. 
Read the full paper. 
 
For Small Farms Surviving the Pandemic, Co-ops Are a Lifeline

When their buyers closed up shop, some farmers created new opportunities by collaborating with their neighbors.
Read the full story. 
 

How to Support the Co-op Movement Today

 
ICC Covid-19 Scholarship Fundraiser

ICC Ann Arbor is raising funds to support members who are struggling due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Every dollar is appreciated and goes directly to members who are struggling financially as a result of the pandemic.
Donate here.
 

Upcoming Events

 
NASCO Institute
November 5-8, 2020

Calling all housing co-op members and staff, students, worker-owners, activists, and anyone interested in applying cooperative principles to meet their needs! Join us at NASCO Institute 2020 to meet cooperators from across North America and beyond, share skills, discuss common challenges, build long-lasting connections, and collectively dream up how to build a more cooperative future. See the full schedule

Pro tip: Register by Oct 25, and we'll put a "Choose Your Own NASCO Institute" poster in the mail for you!
 
Short Film Screening: A House of Our Own
October 28, 6 pm ET

A House of Our Own is a 25-minute film from 1975 that follows two groups of tenants organizing in NYC to create co-ops. The film will be followed by a discussion led by UHAB about what we have to learn from the ingenuity of the early homesteaders.
 
NAHC Virtual Summit
November 11-13, 2020

This summit connects cooperative board members, site managers, and individual professionals like attorneys, consultants, CPA’s, developers, and property managers who seek to learn from and share information with each other. 
 

Job Board

 
Marking and Communications Coordinator
East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative, Bay Area

Part-Time Participatory Planning and Research Associate
Bronx Cooperative Development Initiative, Remote

Transition Organizer
Justice Funders, Bay Area

Assistant Project Manager (Deadline to apply today!)
Cooperative Development Institute, New England

Operations Coordinator
Democracy Collaborative, Washington, DC

Housing Justice Organizing Manager
People United for Sustainable Housing, Buffalo, NY
 
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