Category Archives: Exciting Opportunities

Issue Resolution Team Member at the School of Professional Services, CUNY

General Description:

The School of Professional Studies of the City University of New York
(CUNY SPS) has launched sixteen degrees: ten bachelor’s degrees open
to students with 24 or more college credits who wish to complete
their undergraduate studies, and six master’s degrees, with more
programs currently in development. CUNY SPS leads the University in
developing and operating online degree programs, and trains faculty
throughout CUNY in online instruction. CUNY SPS is also the home of
the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor
Studies, which offers higher education programs for working adults
and union members, and serves as a nationally-recognized center for
scholarship and resources for labor, academic, and community leaders
seeking a deeper understanding of labor and urban issues.

CUNY SPS seeks a detail-oriented Issue Resolution Team Member to
support a new partnership with the NYC Mayor’s Office of Housing
Recovery Operations (HRO) and the Build It Back program. Build It
Back is dedicated to helping New Yorkers living in communities
affected by Hurricane Sandy to rebuild their homes.

(Four vacancies available)

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RepresentUS Seeks Unrig Summit Trainers

RepresentUs is in the process of designing programming for the second annual Unrig Summit (March 29-31, 2019 in Nashville, TN) and is looking for outstanding trainers to design and lead our workshops. With 2,000 attendees from all 50 states, Unrig Summit is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to connect directly with the most engaged and invested members of the democracy reform movement.
The invitation and application can be viewed and shared here:

CFL Fall 2018 Worker Cooperative Development Initiative

CFL is excited to announce a fall training series for organizations interested in worker cooperative development in NYC. This 6-session training will focus on socio-political foundations of cooperative development, coop basics and development models, and tools for organizing worker cooperatives.

This training is intended for organizations who want to explore creating a worker cooperative development initiative as a vehicle for economic justice in their community.

Read more here, and sign up for the information session here.

Information session:

Tuesday, September 18th
10am – 11:30am
New Economy Project
121 West 27th Street, Suite 804
New York, NY 10001

Student/Farmworker Alliance Hosts 2018 Encuentro in Immokalee, FL (9/20-23)

Each year, students and young people from across the country gather for a weekend of creativity, strategizing, skill-building and reflection to strengthen the SFA network. From Sept. 20-23, we’ll be continuing our decade-long tradition of empowering allies from every corner of the Fair Food Nation.

At the Encuentro, SFAers build relationships with like-minded youth leaders, while interacting face-to-face with the Immokalee farmworker community in order to better understand how students and young people can work in solidarity with farmworkers in the fight for dignity, respect and justice in this country’s food system.

Apply for the #2018Encuentro today! Still have more questions? Drop us a line at!

Learn more here.

Green Worker Cooperatives Recruiting for Fall 2018 Coop Academy


  • Over 70 hours of training by skilled experts

  • One-on-One mentoring with a successful entrepreneur

  • Legal assistance with business incorporation and structuring

  • Training and support in fundraising

  • Access to a peer-support network beyond the length of the course

  • Greater visibility and name recognition for your cooperative


Registration for the Fall 2018 Co-op Academy has begun.

>> Click Here to Apply <<

The Co-op Academy is how we build a strong local economy rooted in democracy and environmental justice … one cooperative at a time.


It is an intensive 5-month long training and support program that helps teams of aspiring entrepreneurs develop worker-owned green businesses. It is unique in its focus on businesses that are both green and worker-owned. And utilizes an aggressive combination of training, coaching, and technical services. Think of it as a business boot camp for cooperative start-ups The program includes classroom trainings; business coaches; and business support services such as legal incorporation, and access to fair financial services. The course is specifically designed so that each team is able to get their business up and running by the completion of the course.


The Coop Academy is designed for teams working together on a single business concept.  It is recommended that each team consist of at least two people and many more can participate in a team. While the Coop Academy is open to anyone, applications from teams with a majority of residents from the Bronx, especially the South Bronx, receive higher priority in the application process.


You must have have at least one other person on your team, and as many as you want – there’s no maximum number. Each member of your team must complete the application form (see link above or below.)

The application process for the Co-op Academy is highly competitive. We’re looking first and foremost for strong teams with a mix of talents and experience. Keep that in mind when forming your team. And while the Co-op Academy is open to all, we place a special emphasis on teams based in the Bronx.


No. The Co-op Academy is offered free of charge! That’s right. Thanks in part to support from the City of New York’s Worker Cooperative Business Development Initiative and the Simon Bolivar Foundation, we are able to offer the Co-op Academy at no charge to you.


It is a 20-week cooperative business intensive. We call it a “boot camp” for cooperative start ups.

The Co-op Academy takes place Monday evenings in the Fall (September-January), and Spring (February-June). In addition to the weekly evening sessions, all participants are expected to meet weekly with their teams and dedicate additional time towards research, interviewing potential customers and partners, and testing their product or service. Participants will also be required to meet occasionally with the teaching team, an assigned mentor, and supporting lawyers.

The Coop Academy is designed to help you and your team launch your cooperative by the completion of the course and grow successfully together.



The Coop Academy is held at our office in the Hunt’s Point section of the Bronx. We’re located at 1231 Lafayette Avenue, 2nd Floor, Bronx, NY, 10474.


There are only four requirements to participate:

  1. You must have have at least two people on a team (and as many people as you want),

  2. Each member that applies must be able to commit to the five months of the course,

  3. You must have a single business concept in mind for you and your team when you apply, and

  4. Each member of your team must complete the application form.

Note: You do not need to already be in business and you can absolutely be at the idea stage. The Co-op Academy is designed to support teams in the early stages of their business, including the idea stage.


If you want to build a model green business that you and your community will be proud of, the Co-op Academy can help you do it.

If you really want to launch that dream business, are willing to share ownership and decision-making with your team, and are ready to put in the work in order to make it happen, then apply today.

We offer Early Registration in the months before the application is public. Send an email with the subject “Interest in Early Registration” to We will add you to our list of early registrants and send follow up emails to complete your team’s applications.


During the Academy, we offer participants simultaneous interpretation for Spanish-only speakers once a year, typically during our Spring course. We are occasionally able to offer childcare on-site (during Academy) when we have the resources to provide it.

Beyond the 5-month Academy course, we offer free workshops on cooperatives for youth and adults, at locations all over the Bronx and Uptown Manhattan. We also offer these workshops at our offices in the Hunt’s Point section of the South Bronx where we can also provide Spanish interpretation if needed and if we have resources.


>> Click Here to Apply <<

Application Deadline: June 30, 2018

Interviews with teams: July 9th – 18th, 2018

Start of Academy/Orientation: September 2018 (date t.b.a.)

Duration of the 2018 Fall Academy: September – January 


You can contact us with any questions – talk to our Outreach Coordinator

Ileia Burgos at 718-617-7807 x 704  or

Cooperative Leadership Intensive (Starts 2/17/18)

Join members of NYC co-ops and solidarity economy enterprise for a deep dive into how we work—individually, collectively, and in community. With curriculum developed in partnership with the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance and delivered by skilled and seasoned facilitators, participants will learn how to:

  • Identify, analyze, and respond to how does power operate in our organizations and our society
  • Effectively relate and respond to our individual needs as leaders
  • Respond to white supremacy, patriarchy, ableism, and oppression showing up in our organizations and leadership
  • Deepen understanding and knowledge of the unique qualities needed for a cooperative leader
  • Identify, address, and prevent burnout in ourselves and our organizations
  • Use somatic tools to support healthy group functioning
  • Deepen democratic decision-making
  • Gain understanding and awareness of different kinds of leadership styles and personalities, and how to best make use of them in a team
  • Deepen conflict resolution skills
  • Gain a deeper understanding and analysis of the ways co-ops, gardens, and solidarity enterprise can effectively integrate with social movements


The intensive includes 5 days of programming. We ask participants to attend all days because because each session builds off the last.

1. Saturday February 17th, 2018 (11AM-3PM)
2. Sunday February 18th, 2018 (11AM-4PM)
3. Saturday March 10th, 2018 (11AM-3PM)
4. Sunday March 11th, 2018 (11AM-3PM)
5. Saturday April 7th, 2018 (11AM-3PM)


Cost is on a sliding scale. Participation in the conference is valued at $1600 per person. Here is a suggested scale:

  • Tier 1 (volunteer organizations who have paid out between $0 and $2000 in wages last fiscal year): scholarships are available
  • Tier 2 (organizations who have paid between $2000 and $20,000 in wages last fiscal year): $200
  • Tier 3 (organizations who have paid between $20,000 and $100,000 in wages last fiscal year): $500
  • Tier 4 (organizations who have paid $100,000 + in wages last fiscal year): $700

No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please fill out the application and let us know if cost is an issue for you and we will get back to you regarding assistance.


Zara Serabian-Arthur is a founding member of Meerkat Media, a filmmaking collective and worker cooperative formed in2005. In her work with Meerkat Media, she produces, directs and edits films in collaboration with non-profits and movement organizations, while also taking a leadership role in the group’s facilitation, strategic planning, and educational projects. She is also a member of SolidarityNYC, a volunteer collective that works to connect, support and promote NYC’s solidarity economy through mapping, community-based research and public education, and is a Peer Educator with the Cooperative Economics Alliance of NYC. Zara is passionate about the worker cooperative movement, and the interconnected projects of building local solidarity economies and fighting for broader social justice goals.

Lauren Taylor Hudson has been a member of SolidarityNYC since 2012. She is currently a doctoral student in Earth and Environmental Sciences at the CUNY Graduate Center where she writes about anti-capitalist organizing among women in NYC. Her research interests concern how economic subjectivities are created between and among those who perform the majority of SE labor, how their narratives of the solidarity economy cohere and diverge from dominant SE discourses, and how such discourses create a sense of ‘movement space’. A native Californian, Lauren now lives in Brooklyn where she tweets about the Solidarity Economy and bad TV at @blactivist

Esteban Kelly: Esteban Kelly is the Executive Director for the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives (USFWC) and is a co-founder of AORTA (Anti-Oppression Resource & Training Alliance), a worker co-op that builds capacity for social justice projects through intersectional training and consulting. Esteban is a visionary leader and compassionate strategist who inspires organizers by drawing on science fiction, social theory, and collective liberation.Esteban has been an important leader and creative force in solidarity economy and cooperative movements, where he has served on many boards including the Democracy at Work Institute, the US Solidarity Economy Network, the National Cooperative Business Association, Mariposa Food Co-op, the LCA land trust, and NASCO (North American Students for Cooperation) where he spent a decade in leadership on both board and staff. Esteban recently worked at the New Economy Coalition as Development Director and briefly Staff Director. Esteban is a co-founder and the first board President of the cross-sectoral Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance (PACA), which works to advance a robust, sustainable economy in the Delaware Valley. Esteban is a mayoral appointee to and co-chair of the Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council, and is an advisor to the artist-activist training network, Beautiful Trouble. Internationally, Esteban has advocated for workplace democracy through the ICA (International Cooperative Alliance) and CICOPA (the international worker co-op federation), and for land reform and other social movements from Canada to Brazil.

Ana Martina is the Membership Director of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives. Born and raised in Mexico City, her work with community media took her to California and Arizona where she collaborated with different independent media outlets. Once she moved to Philadelphia, she served as the Technical Director with the Prometheus Radio Project supporting communities and organizations across the country in their efforts to access community-owned media. From 2011 to 2014 Ana Martina helped organize the Spanish Speaker Network Gathering at the Allied Media Conference celebrated in Detroit. In 2014 Ana was invited to join the Rhizomatica project where she helped install mobile phone networks owned by autonomous indigenous communities in Oaxaca, Mexico. Early spring 2016, she moved back to Philadelphia with her partner and 2 year old. Back in her community now, she is working towards the creation of a bilingual media tech coop.

More information here

Announcing: The Murphy Institute Research Awards Program

Submission deadline:  January 5, 2018


Send complete applications to:

The Murphy Institute’s Research Awards Program supports original qualitative and quantitative research by CUNY scholars on issues relevant to the labor and social justice movements, both nationally and locally.

Researchers from all academic disciplines are invited to apply. The Awards Program is open to CUNY faculty and Level 3 Ph.D. students (excluding those with appointments at the Murphy Institute). Applicants must submit a CV, a research proposal no longer than 750 words, a budget (up to $10,000) and budget justification. Grant period is March 1, 2018 to February 28, 2019. Awards will be made from tax-levy funds. Work proposed and budgets must be consistent with CUNY policies, including the multiple position policy. All expenses detailed in the budget must be consistent with University policy for the use of tax levy funds (see CUNY Purchasing Guidelines). Proposal award may not replace current funding sources. Funds may not be used to cover faculty release time or other full-time staffing, but may include compensation for part-time research support and fee-for service costs such as transcription.

Proposals should specify the research question, hypotheses, methodology, and the type of publication or other deliverable the applicant plans to produce (beyond the research paper mentioned below). The proposal should also highlight the proposed project’s benefits to the labor and social justice movements, and a dissemination plan. IRB approval will be required for research involving human subjects. Please refer to the CUNY IRB guidelines. Documentation of IRB approval will be required before funds are disbursed to applicants selected for awards. Award recipients will be required to submit a 20-25 page research paper and may be asked to make a public presentation under Murphy auspices.

A committee of Murphy’s full-time and consortial faculty will make the final selection of awardees. Although full consideration will be given to any labor-related topic, preference will be given to proposals that address the three topic areas described below:

Organizing Strategies

With union density rates now below 11 percent, union organizing is often seen as a prerequisite for success in the struggle for social and economic justice. But employer opposition to organizing is formidable, and the political and legal environment presents many other challenges. What is the future for union organizing in this context? What organizing strategies, models, and techniques are most effective in the 21st Century?

Worker Centers and Alt-Labor

There are now over 200 “worker centers” in the United States, which are engaged in non-traditional forms of labor organizing and advocacy, focused on low-wage and immigrant workers in sectors where traditional unions are absent. What are the strengths and weaknesses of worker centers? Under what conditions do they
succeed? How have they influenced the larger labor movement?

Pay Equity

Although pay equity has been on the labor movement and public policy agenda for decades, it remains an elusive goal. Women working full-time, year-round still earn only 80 percent of what men are paid. That is a narrower gap than in the past – in the 1960s it was 59 percent – but much more is needed. Racial disparities in pay also persist. What can be done to address these inequalities? How do they vary across demographic groups? What can organized labor and social justice organizations do to improve the situation?

Awards will be announced in February 2018.

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