Sapna NYC’s row house office feels like a well-worn living room. Everywhere, there are welcome markers of comfort: plush couches, a stocked kitchen, photographs of smiling women on the walls. For the Bangladeshi women making their way in their new homeland in the North Bronx, this space is a vital support network, a second home.
Down in the basement, a tight circle of women commiserate over Asha Food Group, their recently formed workers’ cooperative that produces frozen samosas. Each worker is an owner of the business. Each contributes an even share of work, and gets an even cut of the profit.
The worker owners of Polido Boards met with CUNY School of Law Worker Cooperative Law Project third year law students. The purpose of the meeting was to get this new up and coming youth-led cooperative legally incorporated and develop their by-laws before the end of the year.
The CUNY School of Law Community and Economic Development Center is led by Carmen Huertas Noble, and has provided legal support to a number of organizations that create and/or support worker-owned cooperatives, including ROC-NY, Green Worker Cooperatives, and the New York City Worker Owned Cooperative Network (NYC NoWC).
The Youth Entrepreneurship Symposium is a one-day event that is designed
to foster conversations about alternatives for economic revitalization, such as
youth entrepreneurship and worker cooperatives. Members of the Youth
Economic Group are hosting the event, and have invited students from
Liberty, South Fallsburg, and Monticello to participate in a challenge to come
up with new ventures with the help of professional coaches. We welcome
adult participants who wish to provide feedback, seek innovative ideas, and
above all support local youth.
The Community Development Committee will hold a public hearing on Intro 423, the bill Rosenthal introduced to issue a study of how much City procurement money goes to worker cooperatives, and then to make recommendations for a future program to designate procurement requirements for worker coops.
The hearing is Tuesday October 21st @ 1:00PM at City Hall in the Committee Room.
Please respond to email@example.com for more information.
For The People. For The Planet.