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Saturday, July 9 • 11:15am - 12:30pm
Queering Labor: Worker Cooperatives as a Model for Leadership Development and Economic Stability

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This session will be situated from an explicitly queer and feminist lens, examining how worker coops "queer" and problematize status-quo (patriarchal, heteronormative and capitalist) notions of labor, hierarchy, profit, leadership, ownership, power and relationships. We will discuss how worker coops provide benefits - and value labor - that are traditionally not identified as such, and thus serve as a socially just economic and organizing strategy for all people, especially those whose voices and experiences are historically marginalized.


Rachel Isreeli

Center for Family Life
Rachel Isreeli is a cooperative developer at the Center for Family Life in Sunset Park where she cultivates worker leadership and anti-exploitative work opportunities through direct work with coops and training community organizations to develop coops in their communities. She is... Read More →

Maria Lopez-Nunez

Maria is the Leadership Developer for Ironbound Community Corporation (ICC) in the Environmental Justice and Community Development Department. Maria has over 10 years of experience as a facilitator, specializing in conflict resolution, racial and gender justice, and community building... Read More →

Saturday July 9, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm EDT
Ketchum 315