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Catalyzing worker co-ops & the solidarity economy

Introducing Solidarity Economy

A Webinar from the Asian American Solidarity Economies Project

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March 30, 2018
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In our first of five webinars, our speakers Emily Kawano, US Solidarity Economy Network and Julia Ho, Solidarity Economy St Louis will introduce the framework of solidarity economy, its history and contemporary practice, and examples in the Asian American immigrant and refugee experience.


Emily Kawano, US Solidarity Economy Network

Emily is the co-director of the Wellspring Cooperative Corporation which seeks to create an engine for new, community-based job creation in Springfield, MA. She serves as Coordinator of the United States Solidarity Economy Network. An economist by training, Emily served as the Director of the Center for Popular Economics from 2004 to 2013. Prior to that, Emily taught at Smith College.

Julia Ho, Solidarity Economy St. Louis

Julia is the founder of Solidarity Economy St. Louis. During the Ferguson uprising in August 2016, she worked with Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE). For the past two and a half years, Julia has been building a network of businesses, organizations, and individuals fighting for a just and sustainable economy.


Yvonne Yen Liu, Solidarity Research Center
Yvonne is the co-founder and research director of Solidarity Research Center, a worker self-directed nonprofit that advances solidarity economies. She serves on the board of the US Solidarity Economy Network and was named the 2018 Activist-in-Residence Fellow at the UCLA Asian American Studies Center.

Parag Rajendra Khandhar, Asian American Solidarity Economies Project
Parag is a founding principal of Gilmore Khandhar, LLC, a law firm focused on legal, policy, and advocacy tools to advance economic justice, racial equity, and social transformation. He teaches at George Washington University Law School. Parag co-founded Baltimore Activating Solidarity Economies (BASE) and the Asian American Solidarity Economies Network (AASE).


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