COMMUNITIES OVER CAGES CAMPAIGN MEETS WITH MAYOR’S OFFICE, NEW REPORT RELEASED WITH RESEARCH|ACTION

  • December 17th, 2018
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  • Eric Dirnbach

Report released by Research|Action details history of city’s extra jail The Communities Over Cages: Close the Jail ATL Campaign met with consultants from Bloomberg and Associates, and representatives from the Mayor’s Office last week to discuss the closing of the Atlanta City Detention Center and repurposing into a Center for Wellness & Freedom. Read the […]

Research|Action Releases Report on Atlanta Jail

  • December 6th, 2018
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  • Eric Dirnbach

Research|Action has been researching the Atlanta City Detention Center to provide historical information in support of the “Close the Jail ATL: Communities Over Cages” campaign, led by Women on the Rise and the Racial Justice Action Center. The report features information on the construction, finances and history of the jail as well as past debates about […]

Research|Action Joins the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives!

  • November 28th, 2018
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  • Eric Dirnbach

Research|Action is proud to join the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives (USFWC). Founded in 2004, the USFWC is the national grassroots membership organization for worker cooperatives, with a mission to build a thriving cooperative movement of stable, empowering jobs through worker-ownership. The Federation has 200 business and organizational members representing 6,000 workers across the country. […]

Strategic Corporate Research Trainings Available

  • October 26th, 2018
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Union or community organizing campaigns may find it essential to undertake comprehensive corporate research. This helps us better understand a company where workers are trying to organize or when community members are fighting for a community benefits agreement or other policy. Research|Action has members experienced in this research and has put together a training on […]

The Campaign to Close the Atlanta Jail

  • August 21st, 2018
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There is a community campaign fighting to close the Atlanta City Detention Center and use the facility for alternative purposes.  The jail costs $33 million/year to operate but because of recent progressive changes in sentencing policy and policing strategy, it is largely empty on most days.  It can house over 1,300 incarcerated people. Working with […]

Research|Action Supports the Solidarity Economy

The solidarity economy can be considered all the alternative entities that operate in the economy based on principles other than capitalist ownership and market competition.  Examples include food cooperatives which are owned by the members who shop there and housing cooperatives which are owned and managed by the residents instead of a landlord. Also included […]

Rotten and Rat-Infested: The Appalling Food and Healthcare Conditions Facing Inmates in U.S. Prisons

  • April 20th, 2018
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Article about our report Cruel and Usual. We rarely see what goes on inside of U.S. prisons, besides the occasional reports of riots, suicides or corruption scandals that trickle out of an otherwise opaque institution. But a new study looking into prison conditions nationwide shines light on the bleak reality of everyday life behind bars. […]

New Report Documents Poor Quality of Food and Health Care for Prisoners

Results of a survey of over 100 prisoners nationwide Widespread problems with food and health care quality are standard in U.S. prisons, according to a new report by the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC) and Research Action Cooperative. 65% of prisoners reported that food made them sick in the last year and 63% reported being […]

Research|Action 2017 Year in Review!

  • January 8th, 2018
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Last year was our first year of operation for R|A and a busy one. After our retreat in February, we went through the process of incorporating in NY as an LLC, which took several months.  We officially launched in June and had another mid-year retreat in July. We also continued to update our operating agreement and […]