“Black folks have always done this [cooperative economics]. This is nothing new… Reach back into the communities that we came from in West African cultures, all of those practices were already there. But now we’re here 21st century capitalism and a lot of us don’t remember that this is how we’ve held it together, and how we’ve continued to be present and thrive in many facets of our community life.” – Jamila Medley, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance
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Jamila Medley is the Executive Director of PACA where she provides support for leadership development, cooperative economics education, navigating group dynamics and creating adaptive systems to support group process and learning. She was the 2018 Philadelphia Community Fellow for the Shared Economics in Equitable Development Fellowship, serves on the board of directors for Movement Alliance Project (formerly Media Mobilizing Project), on the advisory board for An Economy of Our Own, and is a consultant with Columinate.
The Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance (PACA) is a cooperative whose members are co-ops in the Philadelphia region. PACA is also a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to growing the cooperative economy. Learn more at http://www.philadelphia.coop Follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the handle @phillycoops Email them at email@example.com
Also mentioned in this clip was the book “Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice” by Jessica Gordon-Nembhard, Ph.D.