Research|Action Supports Honor the Earth

Every year we make a solidarity donation to a group that fights for a better world. This year Research|Action is supporting Honor the Earth in Minnesota for its determined fight against oil pipelines, for renewable energy, for just human relationships, and for the earth. “Change comes, it’s a question of who controls the change,” Honor […]

Research|Action 2019 Year in Review

R|A just held its 6th semi-annual retreat in Atlanta to review the past year and plan for the future. This was our third full year of operations, and overall we felt it was really successful. Let’s review. We had two major projects this year that provided most of the income and also a few smaller […]

Research|Action Publishes Updated Union Coops Pamphlet

Unions and cooperatives are part of one big movement but we don’t always know it. That’s why Research|Action has been working with the Union Cooperatives Council and other groups over the past few years to help educate the labor movement and cooperative world about how we can work better together. In Madison, WI, that meant the local […]

The State of the U.S. Worker Cooperative Movement

By Abby Scher, Research|Action member. In mid-October, we got a preview of Democracy at Work’s (DAWI) latest census of worker cooperatives and democratic workplaces (think collectively run nonprofits) at the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperative’s annual meeting in Baltimore. There were 414 of these workplaces in the United States in 2018, reported Tim Palmer, DAWI’s […]

Research|Action, Principle 6 and the Solidarity Economy

Research|Action was proud to join the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives and the NYC Network of Worker Cooperatives (NYCNOWC) last year. Even though we are two years old, one of the things we are still working on is our accounting system, which we have been improving over time.  We decided to tap into the knowledge […]

Research|Action Joins NYCNOWC

Research|Action joined the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives last year, which also makes us eligible to join the New York City Network of Workers Cooperatives (NYC NOWC). NYC NOWC is the main worker cooperative organization in NYC which has been growing in recent years and now has over 50 cooperatives and coop development organizations as members. […]

Atlanta Moves Forward with Jail Closure

In a major victory for criminal justice reform, the city of Atlanta has taken the next step toward closing the Atlanta City Detention Center (ACDC) and repurposing the facility for other uses that would benefit the community.  The city will set up a community task force to study alternative uses for the jail, which will […]

History of the Morningside Heights Cooperative Supermarket and Credit Union

My housing cooperative in New York City used to have a cooperative supermarket and credit union, which both closed decades ago. Here I explore their history to find out what happened with these organizations. In those years there was a network of food coops associated with housing coops in the city. Can we re-establish this […]

Research|Action 2018 Year in Review

Our second year of operation was a busy one. We held a retreat in February in Atlanta to plan out the year. Soon afterwards, we released our report Cruel and Usual, in cooperation with the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC), about problems with food and health care quality in prisons. This research was based on […]