EASTCO is an intimate gathering of housing and worker cooperatives and collective organizing groups from the East Coast. The weekend provides an opportunity for co-op networking and training through workshops, skillshares, and through hands-on experiences with local co-ops of all kinds. NASCO helps to organize regional co-op 'bashes' closer to home so that more members from each collective who can't always make it out to Ann Arbor for the Fall's NASCO Institiute can participate in a fun and dynamic educational exchange.
This year, NASCO welcomes co-opers to Philadelphia, the home of the East Coast Regional Office, and a community with a rich history of collective organizing. We'll learn about the Movement for a New Society, and their creation of a neighborhood movement in West Philly that founded land trusts, credit unions, and a food co-op, invigorating cooperative values and practices within an urban community. Presentations will cover issues from urban housing and squatting, to running a small food co-op, creating structures for fighting oppression in your collective, and radical intimacy or 'open relationships' in the world of co-ops. Bring stickers, buttons, t-shirts or zines from your co-op, and come prepared to lead a skillshare!
Registration is $20 per person, $15 for active members of NASCO co-ops, and free for Philadelphians. You can register upon arrival, but please contact NASCO if you are interested in free community housing (ie, crashing on someone's floor or couch). A schedule for the weekend will be handed out once you arrive.
Most events will take place at the (A)-Space, at 4722 Baltimore Ave (between 47th and 48th) in West Philadelphia (about 15 blocks from UPENN).