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Sunday, July 10 • 9:30am - 10:45am
Decolonizing the Economy from the Ground Up: Case Study Boston Ujima Project

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What will an anti-imperialist, economy look like? What will it take to decolonize economic structures in pursuit of liberation? After introducing frameworks for building a movement for sustainable business, community and worker ownership, workplace democracy, and thriving family businesses, we'll go local. We'll hear lessons from Boston, where grassroots organizations, small businesses and investors are working together to model an alternative to the capitalist economy at a local level. Participants will learn from leaders of the Boston Ujima Project about their efforts to fight poverty and displacement through the formation of a community capital fund, a Good Business Certification, and an alternative local currency. Participants will learn about Boston's unique new economy project and engage in the opportunities and limits of this community development strategy.


Nia K. Evans

Chair, Economic Development and Labor and Industry, Boston NAACPNia K. Evans is an independent education policy analyst and aco-creator of Frames Debate Project, a multimedia policy debateproject that explores the intersection between drug policy, mentalhealth services and incarceration... Read More →
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Deborah Frieze

Co-Founder, Boston Impact Initiative
Founding Partner, Boston Impact InitiativeDeborah Frieze is founding partner of the Boston Impact Initiative, animpact investing fund that invests in enterprises throughout EasternMassachusetts that address the growing wealth gap and ecologicalchallenges of our times. The fund takes... Read More →

Maya Gaul

Sales Team Lead, CERO Co-opMaya Gual is a CERO Cooperative member and a Sales Team Leader. She is a writer, activist, native Bostonian and creative entrepreneur who enjoys engaging with sustainability and creation in the urban space.With a Bachelors of Arts in English Literature from... Read More →
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Esteban Kelly

Executive Director, U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives
Esteban Kelly is the Executive Director for the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives (USFWC) and is a worker-owner and co-founder of AORTA (Anti-Oppression Resource & Training Alliance), a worker co-op that builds capacity for social justice projects through intersectional training... Read More →

Lisa Owens

Executive Director, City Life Vida UrbanaLisa Owens is the Executive Director at City Life Vida Urbana (CLVU),a grassroots organization fighting for an end to forced displacementand for housing as a human right for all people. A long time Bostonresident, she has helped to start and... Read More →

Aaron Tanaka

Director, Center for Economic Democracy

Sunday July 10, 2016 9:30am - 10:45am EDT
Rockwell Theater