Racial Justice, Economic Transformation, and Community Care

Today marks one year since George Floyd's murder. Over the last year, NASCO co-ops have stood firmly in solidarity with local and global movements for racial justice, economic transformation, and community care. Some co-ops have participated in direct action to end the pattern of unjust, abusive, and racist policing, some have contributed to mutual aid work to support their Black members and community members, and some have prioritized building safer spaces within their own homes by identifying and developing alternatives to calling police and by prioritizing anti-racist culture.

Read more about the ways in which our work as housing cooperatives can have an impact and how NASCO has focused that impact over the last year. 

We are called upon to loudly proclaim that Black Lives Matter, that Black voices matter, and that a cooperative must be both accessible to Black members and support its Black members and community members in this time to call itself a cooperative. Our principles of Open Membership and Concern for Community compel us to do so.

Movement News

With campus co-operatives, universities could model new ways of living after COVID-19

Instead of rushing back into a competitive global race to recruit students and achieve high university rankings, there is another way that could mean a more affordable education for Canadian students and that more money remains invested in the education system: co-operatives. Read the full article. 
Capital for Cooperatives Act

Last week, Sen. John Hickenlooper (D-CO) introduced the Capital for Cooperatives Act to level the playing field for cooperative businesses to access financing at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). NASCO has signed on to support this legislation. Add your organization's name here. 
Affordable Housing Preservation Act

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) joined with Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) to introduce the Affordable Housing Preservation Act. The legislation will fund the creation of community-owned cooperatives for low-income people, helping to alleviate the affordable housing crisis while allowing people to communally own the homes they live in. Learn more. 
The Queer-Led Groups Modeling a New Form of Land Access

Access to land is "an effort to overcome the centuries of systemic discrimination that have prevented marginalized groups from owning farms or homes, as well as the economic freedom and mobility they can provide." Learn more about the queer-led groups using cooperatives to build new forms of land access. 

Watch, Listen, Learn

Asian American Solidarity Economies

The Asian American Solidarity Economies Project presents a five-part webinar series in 2018 on solidarity and cooperative economics targeted to the assets and needs of Asian American immigrant and refugee communities. Thanks to the New Economy Coalition for uplifting this resource for Asian-American and Pacific Islander History/Futures Month.

Access the full series here.
Co-op Conversations

NASCO's Director of Development Brel Hutton-Okpalaeke talks co-op life in Madison, developing co-ops through NASCO, and the benefits of raising a young child in shared housing on Cooperative Housing International's podcast Coop Conversations.

Listen on Spotify.

Upcoming Events

NASCO Staff & Member Leadership Convening
June 21-27, Online
This cooperative education and training event is designed specifically to meet the needs of staff, managers, and member-leaders of group equity and campus-based housing cooperatives. The virtual conference will serve as a collective learning forum that strives to empower cooperative leaders across Canada and the United States. Conference participants share ideas through workshops, discussions, peer consultancy, and informal networking. Registration is sliding-scale.

Leveraging Cooperative Housing Assets for Future Generations Webinar
June 8, 11 am CST Online

Housing cooperatives have a unique ability to leverage their assets for the benefit of current and future members and their communities. Join us in this webinar hosted by Cooperative Housing International to hear about a variety of cooperative models from Canada, Germany, and the USA that manage assets to increase access to cooperative housing. Our goal is to share examples of how co-op asset management is a tool to effect social change, a value built into a co-op’s mission statement.

Job Board

Community Engagement Manager Riverton Community Housing Minneapolis, MN
Operations Manager Community Housing Expansion of Austin Austin, TX
Cooperative Experience Manager Berkeley Student Cooperative Berkeley, CA
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
Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer The Arizona United Berries Co-op, Inc Remote
Multiple Positions Circle Pines Center Delton, MI
Multiple Positions The Urban Homesteading Assistance Board (UHAB) NYC
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