Community Training Strategies for Mutual Aid & Solidarity Economies:


Survival lessons from African American & other subaltern movements

Aug 27th, 2019

2:00-6:00 pm

TBD Asheville, NC

A half-day intensive with

Dr. Jessica Gordon-Nembhard






By donation, no one turned away for lack of funds.

Suggested donation: $50-75


A 4-hour interactive workshop grounded in a history of mutual aid, solidarity economies and cooperative economics among African Americans, with some reference to other groups. We’ll explore how it got to be that popular knowledge of these movements is sparse even though they are the backbone of civil rights, reparations, and Black Nationalists movements, and even though these strategies are what most subaltern people use for economic survival. 


We’ll then focus on ways to promote and teach about these approaches, audience-oriented marketing strategies, pedagogic strategies depending on age and experience, and examples of educational strategies and educational cooperative activities. Participants will draft action plans for spreading these ideas and practices in their communities.


About Dr. Jessica Gordon-Nembhard

Jessica Gordon-Nembhard Headshot_edited.

Author of Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice and 2016 inductee into the U.S. Cooperative Hall of Fame (, Jessica Gordon-Nembhard, Ph.D., is a co-op educator,  

researcher and activist. She is Professor of Community Justice and Social Economic Development, and Chair of the Department of Africana Studies, at John Jay College City University of NY. Dr. Gordon-Nembhard is a political economist specializing in community economics, cooperative economics and worker ownership, Black Political Economy and popular economic literacy. Gordon-Nembhard is a member of the board of directors of: Green Worker Cooperatives, the Association of Cooperative Educators, Grassroots Economic Organizing Newsletter, Southern Reparations Loan Fund, Organizing Neighborhood Equity DC; a co-founder of the Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy, the US Solidarity Economy Network, and the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives; and a member of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund. She is the proud mother of Susan and Stephen, and the grandmother of Stephon, Hugo, and Ismael Nembhard. 

collective Courage_edited.jpg