Members in the News

 
Our house: Could co-ops help solve Madison's housing crisis?

NASCO members Madison Community Co-op and ReJenerate Housing Co-op were featured in the Cap Times alongside NASCO Director of Development Brel Hutton-Okpalaeke in an exploration of the impact of co-op housing in Madison, WI.
P.S. The short answer is YES!

Read the full article here.
 
In a sea of pricey rentals, CHUM is a beacon of housing affordability for UMD students

Cooperative Housing at the University of Maryland (CHUM) in College Park, MD is featured for its affordability, community, and inclusivity. One member shares, “I love being in a community where we’re all looking out for each other and we’re all working together to achieve common goals."

Read the full article here.
 

NASCO and the UN

 
NASCO's representative to the United Nations Major Group for Children & Youth Chris Bell addressed The Economic and Social Council Youth Forum on April 8 and spoke to centering human rights through transformative COVID-19 recovery investments. Chris's statement advocated for transformative investments in education, health, housing, and employment focusing on those most at risk of being left behind, alongside accountability for human rights violations.  Watch the full session here.
 

Movement News

 
The Black Solidarity Economy Fund

The Black Solidarity Economy Fund is a new democratically governed fund, run by and for Black solidarity economy organizers in the New Economy Coalition (NEC) network. As NEC members, NASCO contributed .1% of our budget to the fund. 

Support Black-led solidarity economy organizing. 
 
Co-op Stories: Minsnail Co-op

Minsnail Housing Co-op was created in 2014 by a Minsnail Union, a student housing civil organization in Seoul, South Korea. The initial housing project land was leased from a civilian landlord, where they built their own home with funding from well-wishers and youth. Now they house over 200 young adults in 15 different homes in three cities: Seoul, Jeonju, and Bucheon. Learn more. 
 
Cooperatives are key to inclusive, resilient infrastructure policy

"Because of their structure, cooperatives are more likely to deliver outcomes that reflect the values and needs of their communities—whether they suffer from historical discrimination, face heightened risk from climate change, or confront generations of disinvestment."

Read more from NCBA CLUSA. 
 

Congrats Karen Zimbelman!

 
This October, Karen Zimbelman will be inducted into the CDF Hall of Fame. Karen's cooperative career began in the 1980s at NASCO where she implemented board of director trainings. Since then, she has served to guide the success of cooperatives that span sectors including consumer, housing, worker, and credit unions. Congratulations, Karen!

Read more.
 

Upcoming Events

 
Power Shift Convergence
Power Shift Network
April 16-25, Online

The convergence will make space for youth activists to get trained on critical skills and grow powerful campaigns for climate, environmental, and social justice for the coming decade. PS21’s planning, programs, and post-convergence activation will be centering the impacts of structural oppression such as environmental racism and the effects of climate disasters, particularly in low-income communities and communities of color. This event is ongoing and you are invited to register at any point.

Post-Capitalism Conference
Cooperation Humboldt
April 22-25, Online

The conference is envisioned as a virtual space for grassroots organizations, community activists, educators, students, and others committed to social and environmental justice to come together to exchange experiences/information, strengthen alliances and networks, and devise strategies to create an explicitly post-capitalist society using the “Solidarity Economy” framework.

Info sessions on Master's, Graduate Diploma, and Certificate Programs in Cooperative Management 
Sobey School of Business International Centre for Cooperative Management
April 7, April 21, May 5, May 19

Applications and bursary applications are available for online, part-time cooperative business education. Sobey School of Business offers a Masters of Management for Co-operatives and Credit Unions (3 years), a Graduate Diploma in Co-operative Management (16 months), and a Certificate in Co-operative Management (10 months). Attend an upcomnig info session to learn more. 
 

Job Board

 
Executive Director University Cooperative Housing Association Los Angeles, CA
Director of Financial Services Inter-Cooperative Council Ann Arbor, MI
Director of Lending Shared Capital Cooperative Minneapolis, MN
Program Director CoopZone Remote (Canada)
Multiple Positions Circle Pines Center Delton, MI
Cooperative Membership Organizer Raise-Op Housing Co-op Lewiston, Maine
Small Business Director Center for Community Wealth Building Denver, CO
Multiple Positions The Urban Homesteading Assistance Board (UHAB) NYC
 

Co-op Snapshots

It's that time of year, the co-ops are in bloom! 
Robert Owen Co-op of ICC Ann Arbor working on their garden beds
Tie-dye party at MOSAIC in Evanston 
Egg hunt at Merton House of Santa Barbara Student Housing Co-op
Sweet side garden at Vesta House of MSU Student Housing Co-op
 
Follow NASCO on Instagram for more co-op snapshots. 
 
See an archive of NASCO's monthly newsletter, Co-op Voices, here.

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