Cooperating to Replace Capitalism

COOPERATING TO REPLACE CAPITALISM

Part one of an interview with Cheyenna Weber of SolidarityNYC

by Dru Oja Jay

The Media Co-op

March 1, 2012

SolidarityNYC is a New York City-based group which works to create links between social movements and the "solidarity economy." The latter consists of cooperatives, small businesses, non-profits and other economic activities which "reinforce values of justice, ecological sustainability, cooperation, and democracy." The group aims to promote the solidarity economy as an alternative to the "competition and hierarchy which characterize corporate capitalism."

Much of SolidarityNYC's recent work has centred around Occupy Wall Street, where many of its members have been active. Through their "Occupy Workplace Democracy" event and other activities, SolidarityNYC has worked to "challenge the social justice movement to take up grassroots economic community development" as a way of building solidarity and concrete alternatives to capitalism.

Cheyenna Weber of SolidarityNYC answered questions via email. More information about the group can be found on their web site and facebook page.

Read the interview at

http://www.mediacoop.ca/story/occupy-workplace-democracy-part-i/10077

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