As movements mobilize to #defundpolice, we want to call in our network to invest and support the work of Black-led worker cooperatives. From Black Panther’s Free Breakfast Program to Black Southern Farmer Cooperative Traditions, the worker cooperative movement stands on the legacy of Black economic resilience and mutual aid. Let’s support a future where Black-led cooperatives thrive.

CARD’S BY DE is a worker owned cooperative that creates handmade crafts. As black queer artists, Cards by De is responding to the current moment and to our community’s needs for free. Please consider donating to our work and fueling the much-needed healing and crafting spaces that we are holding right now.

Check out their website for their online shop and services and follow them on social media.

TRIBE is a Black, Queer, and Immigrant led cooperative business based in the Bronx, NY. We dream of a future where QTBIPC can live in abundance without trauma. We are creating that by dismantling white professionalism, re-imagining workplace culture, creating spaces for QTBIPOC to build a joy filled community and uplifting Black and Brown leadership, creativity, and all around magic! They offer tremendous healing resources and space holding such as Beyond Burnout Guide as well as last Sunday’s meditation A Breath for Black Lives. Support their work by becoming a Patreon member.

THE HOMEGIRL BOX is a gift box for the revolution – a call to action, a proclamation of sisterhood, and a celebration of homegirls transforming, visioning, and revolutionizing exactly where we are. Check out their Assata Box currently on sale as well as their Harvest of Survival: An Affirmation Deck Inspired by Octavia Butler. 10% of profits in June go to Brooklyn Bail Fund & CPR.

BROOKLYN PACKERS is a Black-led food distribution cooperative. In these times, their organic sourcing and local delivery services are essential. Email them to sign up for their $25 weekly or biweekly bag of fresh local organic produce and donate to their Local Food Fund for families in need. Local Brooklyn pick ups and direct delivery options available 

GREEN WORKER COOPERATIVES  has been leading worker-cooperative development in the Bronx for 15 years. Based in the South Bronx, GWC is a black-led organization serving immigrants and communities of color. We build, grow, and sustain worker-owned green businesses to create a strong, local, and democratic economy rooted in racial and gender equity. They need your support to continue doing this critical work for the next 15 year. Support their work by making a donation or become a monthly sustainer. 

CUSTOM COLLABORATIVE is an workforce development program and worker cooperative that trains and supports women from low-income and immigrant communities to launch fashion careers and businesses. Since COVID-19, they have been producing reusable masks. For each mask purchased, Custom Collaborative will donate a mask to a frontline essential worker. Visit their shop to shop these efforts.

WOKE FOODS is a food service and food justice worker-owned cooperatives focus on innovating Dominican and Afro-Caribbean plant-based foods. They are currently supporting NYC Mutual Aid efforts by offering prepared meals to our communities of Northern Manhattan and the South Bronx. They are prioritizing cooking & offering food to Black and Indigenous People of Color- specifically elders, essential workers, and formerly incarcerated folks returning home. Donate to support covering the costs of food, materials, and our team’s labor. 

REBELLIOUS ROOT is a New York City based, worker-owned cooperative dedicated to equity, social justice and collective liberation. As multi-racial feminist facilitators and creatives, we work towards justice and social change through trainings, curriculum design and intentional conversations. They are supporting Integrate NYC’s Youth Aid Fund to support spurting the capacity wellness and care of youth workers. Support by donating today.

ITYOPIA ROOTZ is a cooperative dedicated to promoting sustainable, holistic living.This is accomplish through our non-gmo organic farming plant based catering, production of solar ànd wind energy, herbal wellness along with our education initiative. Check out their online store and catering menu.

OURTURNATIVES is an herbal bodega dismantling world corporate capitalism by educating our communities on plant based alternatives and herbal remedies. Our mission is to equip NYC underserved communities with the knowledge and resources to become self sustainable and work toward healthier future for black and brown people. We provide workshops, herbal consultations, variety of plant based products and Ournative perspectives. Under COVID-19 and increasing police violence, members have been organizing with homeless folks and LGBTQ youth through Theatre of the Oppressed. Their solidarity work continues in their efforts to support fundraise for food for protestors and jail support. Support their critical work by making a direct donation via venmo (@ourturnatives-ourturnatives) or Cashapp ($ourturnatives1)

UPTOWN VILLAGE is a community of maternal health professionals supporting gentle birth and postpartum, breastfeeding, and reproductive health justice in Upper Manhattan & The Bronx. During COVID-19, they are offering donation-based virtual lactation and new parent support groups. Donate to support these efforts as well as their doula services so that Birthing families who cannot afford Doula rates can get the care they need.

SOLAR UPTOWN NOW SERVICES offers Solar panel Installation services for residential and commercial properties in uptown Manhattan. Read about their work and follow their work on instagram

HIGH MI MADRE is a womyn and femme of color Marijuana cooperative. We have been leading the movement to legalize marijuana in NY with cooperative economics. We help develop recommendations for the legislation for marijuana legalization in NY prioritizing equity, reparative justice, community reinvestment, and comprehensive expansions to the medical program. Through workshops and advocacy, our mission is to support POC in entering the legal marijuana industry and direct the economic benefits of the marijuana industry into our communities that have been targeted and devastated by the Drug War. During COVID-19 & recent protests, they have been fundraising to continue provide free alkaline herbal vegan meals to the community as well as start a mutual-aid network for marijuana for those who don’t have access during this time. Support their critical work by donating via venmo (@highmimadre) or Cashapp ($highmimadre).

ADORNMIX is a cooperative designs and creates unique handcrafted jewelry and accessories. Follow them on instagram & facebook.

GREEN FEEN ORGANIX is an environmental consulting firm using Hip-Hop to teach sustainability as a lifestyle through green technology and compost education. Through exclusive partnerships, zero waste events, and organics collection, GreenFeen uses the triple bottom line theory to teach a holistic lifestyle.

LITTLE MAROONS is a parent-supported childcare cooperative operating from a child-led, African-centered curriculum rooted in indigenous wisdom. We are located in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn.

THE CENTRAL BROOKLYN FOOD COOPERATIVE (CBFC) is a Black-led, 100% community-owned and-operated grocery store opening soon. Become a member and join Towards Black Futures, their member-led CBFC study group focused on honoring the legacy of Black radical organizing and community-building. Support & donate to their current fundraising efforts behind #HoldDownBK, a multi partnership, community-wide approach to addressing food insecurity in Black, long-term families of Central Brooklyn.

SISTERS TEA 3 is a family owned beverage manufacturing company founded in Brooklyn, New York in 2020. We produce sparkling botanicals from Caribbean herbs and fruits. Drawing from the wisdom of our matriarch, our family is dedicated to elevating Caribbean culture and crafting a world where health and pleasure are synonymous. Follow them on instagram.

THE BLACK CONFERENCE is a cooperative of performing artists engaging audiences through interactive performances designed to empower communities to take collective action.

MOFYA offers affordable, sustainable, delectable Caribbean fusion cuisine for the mind, body, soul and environment. In a few words, they provide Mobile Fusion For Every Body

BEAUTIFULLY FED FOOD is a womxn-led collective of Black and Brown people from African and Latin-American Diasporas.  We are trained in culinary arts, nutrition, and food justice with a mission to encourage the celebration of our cultures, honor the wisdom of our bodies, and practice the traditions of our ancestors through food. Real food that nourishes us, heals us, and provides us comfort, especially now, one delicious bite at a time through the plant-forward culinary classes and food-justice education programs we teach.

PAWSABILITIES provides product options for clothing, toys & accessories for family pets in vacation experiences. 

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