The State of the U.S. Worker Cooperative Movement

  • October 30th, 2019
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  • Eric Dirnbach

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

  • August 14th, 2019
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  • Eric Dirnbach

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

  • March 22nd, 2019
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  • Eric Dirnbach

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

  • January 9th, 2019
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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 […]

Research|Action Supports the Solidarity Economy

  • January 4th, 2019
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  • Eric Dirnbach

We want to make it a regular practice to support other groups in the solidarity economy. So at the end of 2018 we made a donation to Cooperation Jackson’s fundraising campaign to expand their Fannie Lou Hamer Community Land Trust and pilot their EcoVillage development. Cooperation Jackson is one of the most innovative and promising projects […]

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

  • December 17th, 2018
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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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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. […]