tobo (nibot) wrote in rochester_coop,

EASTCO: April 1st-3rd in Philadelphia

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).

Meeting Friday night 7pm at 714 south 49st in west philly and sat morning at 10am at the a-space (4722 baltimore ave), also in west phillly. Contact for more info.


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