The Center for Urban Research and Education’s (CURE) Seminar Series will continue its fall season on Friday, October 12, with a presentation by Jamila Medley, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance (PACA).  Ms. Medley’s presentation is titled, “Reimaging cooperative development in marginalized communities through study and democratic practice.”  

The event will take place on Friday, October 12 at 12:15 p.m. in Armitage Hall’s Faculty Lounge.  Lunch will be served.  All are welcome to this free event. 

Questions may be directed to Dr. Natasha Fletcher, Associate Director of CURE.

The abstract of the talk is as follows:

“Cooperatives (co-ops) are democratically owned and controlled businesses that have the power to stabilize communities through building and sustaining assets and providing a pathway for the agency of community members to be activated.  Co-ops are also sites for deepening democratic practices and ways of being with one another that enhance civic engagement.  The Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance (PACA) supports the creation and advancement of co-ops and democratically-controlled institutions centering its organizing efforts to build economic and racial justice.  Jamila Medley will share PACA’s strategy for co-op development that emphasizes community organizing, study, and democratic participation to support economically and racially marginalized communities in creating and sustaining new co-ops.”