Racial & Economic Justice Council Newsletter Sign Up & Membership Request
Thanks for answering a few questions for us! We are an all volunteer membership council of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives. We really appreciate you answering a few questions so we can understand how you want to participate and move the vision of REJC forward. Please read our statements about our vision, purpose, membership, and intentions below before answering our questions.
The USFWC Racial & Economic Justice Membership Council sees the worker coop model as an important tool for dismantling systems of economic and racial oppression. This council stands in solidarity with all struggles that uphold collective liberation and cooperation. Our work is dedicated to aligning the worker cooperative community with struggles and movements that build power with and in marginalized communities.
This council is a conduit between national worker coop networks and the communities doing grassroots economic and racial justice work rooted in racial, gender, economic, environmental, and disability justice; trans and queer liberation; and anti-capitalism and anti-imperialism. This can be done through skill shares, trainings, fundraising, and referrals that are accountable to community needs and resources that are appropriate for economically marginalized communities and communities of color.
We also bring a strong social justice analysis to the larger US Federation of Worker Cooperatives through participating in conferences and helping to lift up the voices of marginalized people at the national level.
Who We Are
We are worker-owners and members of the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives.
Our leadership is comprised of members from marginalized communities, people of color, and white allies committed to counteracting white supremacy and economic injustice. We are each connected to different sectors of work and different frontline communities.
Internal Safe Space for Marginalized Peoples
There is a certain belief that we all share, a belief in the transformative power of cooperatives, and this unites us in the Federation, and the larger cooperative movement. At the same time, our movement does exist in the midst of an oppressive society, and we must do the work of educating ourselves on, and confronting how we mirror that oppression in our own ranks. Worker-owners come to the movement from different perspectives, unique experiences, and a wide range of motivations. This member council will focus on giving space and voice to those who arrive in the Federation for freedom; freedom from poverty, freedom from racial death, from marginalization, from second-class status. Our aim is to deepen the Federation’s level of understanding of these experiences, and deepen our roots in every community we encounter, and to allow those communities to be truly seen, appreciated, and understood.
Acknowledgement of the above
I acknowledge the purpose and vision of the USFWC Racial & Economic Justice Council.
I acknowledge that this is a Council created by and for marginalized community members.
I acknowledge that this Council acts as a safe space for marginalized peoples to speak, act, and work together to free ourselves from white supremacy, patriarchy, and marginalization.
USFWC Member Workplace
Most of our Council is made up of USFWC members. What USFWC member workplace do you work at?
Why do you want to join the USFWC REJC?
Our priority is not to grow this Council just for growth's sake. We want this council to be intentional about how we're using our limited resources to be an effective conduit between national worker coop networks and the communities doing grassroots economic and racial justice work. Can you tell us, in a sentence or two, why you want to join the USFWC Racial & Economic Justice Council?
How do you want to participate in REJC?
Please let us know what level of participation you would like to have with the USFWC Racial & Economic Justice Council. Working group responsibilities ebb and flow throughout the year depending on the activities they come up with. That said, please expect 1-3 hours per month of work per working group.
Join REJC List Serve: This is the "lightest" participation. The list serve provides high level updates, requests for support from members, and notices about upcoming REJC member meetings.
Webinar Working Group: The webinar working group is called upon to organize, coordinate, and support REJC webinars.
Speakers Bureau Working Group: The Speakers Bureau meets as need and is expected to be available for speaking engagements if/when the circumstances arise.
Steering Committee: The Steering Committee meets for at least 75 minutes every other month to strategize, coordinate, and find ways to deepen REJC work. By joining the organizing committee, you are committing to a 2-3 hours of REJC work each month.
What to expect next.
Since we are an all volunteer Council, we review membership requests on a bi-monthly (every other month) basis. We'll reach out to you as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please feel free to email REJC at
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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