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Now We Own: An Evening for Worker Coops


Hosted byNYC Network for Worker Cooperatives


We are pleased to invite our supporters to a fundraiser celebrating the past, present, and future of the NYC worker cooperative movement. Join us for music, drinks, and presentations from cooperators who are building the quality jobs and democratic workplaces that BIPOC communities need to survive and thrive into the future.


Thursday, June 17, 2021
6:00PM EDT

141 E 8th St
Brooklyn, NY 11218

Why Now?

“A job you own is better than a job you get.”

As the trade association representing over 2,000 worker co-op members--majority of whom are Black, Immigrant, and women of color-- the NYC Network for Worker Cooperatives (NYC NoWC) supports worker co-ops through educational training, financial resources, and advocacy for economic justice. Worker cooperatives -- as democratically run businesses that are owned and operated by their workers-- are building a caring economy that puts power and profits back in the hands of the frontline BIPOC workers. Across the world, worker cooperatives have proven to be scalable, more productive than conventional companies and more resilient in times of crisis. In the face of high unemployment rates and deepened economic and racial divisions since COVID-19 , NYC needs co-ops. That’s why we launched NYC’s Future is Cooperative: A Policy Platform for and by Worker Cooperatives -- a groundbreaking platform that has the endorsement of our next wave of political leadership. 

However, in the face of austerity measures and city budget cuts -- the future of our resources & advocacy depends on you. Join us and make a meaningful impact toward our $15,000 fundraising goal. We all have a role to play in liberating cooperative futures. 

The night’s speakers will feature: 


as well as musical performances from worker-owners of NYC Music Co-op and catering & drinks from a local worker cooperative.

The future is cooperative and that starts now!


Hosted By

  • Jessica Gordon Nembhard, Scholar and Writer of Collective Courage
  • Rebecca Lurie, Professor & Partner of City Roots Guild
  • Carmen Huertas-Nobles, Lawyer & Champion for Worker Cooperatives
  • Raybblin Vargas, Worker-Owner & Organizer
  • Rachel Isreeli, Cooperative Developer and Consultant at Riseboros' Food Democracy & Cooperative Academy
  • Daniel Puerto, Community Advocate

Location Details

This evening will be hosted outdoors in Rebecca Lurie's backyard at 141 E 8th St in Brooklyn, accessible directly from the street. Indoor bathroom access is available. We ask that guests please wear masks.

In case of rain, we will host the event over Zoom.


Unable to Attend and Want to Support?

Supporters can make a direct donation on our website here: https://nycworker.coop/civicrm/contribute/transact/?reset=1&id=16

For tax deductible donations, please email saduf@nycworker.coop to coordinate.


Guest List

46 Guests attending

  • Abe Gruswitz (2)
  • Alan Schulman / Amy Wenger (2)
  • Andrea Jacome
  • Bithiah Coleman
  • Carlos Pacheco
  • Ebony Gustave (2)
  • Emily Ramos (2)
  • Emma Yorra
  • Eric Pretsfelder
  • Erick Boustead (2)
  • felicia carbajal
  • Gia Moron (2)
  • gretchen susi
  • Jaisal noor
  • James DeFilippis
  • Karen Haskins
  • Krystyna
  • Laura Duffy
  • Lee Durfey Lavoie
  • Leigh Howard (2)
  • Lesly Calle
  • Maru Bautista (2)
  • Maureen LaMar
  • Mica Fisher
  • Michael Skolnik
  • Michael Ugwu
  • nich chung (2)
  • Rebecca Lurie
  • Scott Trumbull
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  • Abby Scher
  • Alison Rollman
  • Alissa Quart
  • Aly Waddy
  • Amos posner
  • Amy Rosenthal
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