Imagining a ‘Solidarity Economy’ at Virtual Post-Capitalism Conference

What is a “solidarity economy?” This month, community stakeholders, Indigenous scholars, and national movement leaders will gather online at the Post-Capitalism Conference, held virtually from April 22-25.

A variety of speakers will address the meaning of a solidarity economy and how cooperation, equity, and sustainability are essential to transformative social change in a post-capitalist economy.

The conference is sponsored by Humboldt State University’s Native American Studies, Politics, Sociology, and Environmental Studies Departments, in partnership with Cooperation Humboldt and HSU’s California Faculty Association.

“This will be a virtual space for grassroots organizations, community activists, educators, and students to come together to devise strategies on how to implement cooperative economic practices in our community,” explains HSU Politics instructor Nicola Walters.

Over the course of four days, the conference will offer 21 sessions featuring national progressive leaders, HSU faculty, and speakers from Cooperation Humboldt. Events include:

Thursday, April 22 at 10 a.m.
“Regenerative Economic Development to Re-Indigenize”
​This session will explore how local communities can transition into a regenerative economy based on​ ecological restoration, community resilience, and social equity.

Thursday, April 22 at 3 p.m.
“The Importance of Food Sovereignty”
This panel will examine what Indigenous food sovereignty is and why food sovereignty is necessary to post-capitalism planning.

Friday, April 23 at 3 p.m.
“The Red Nation”
A coalition of Native and non-Native activists, educators, students, and community organizers will address the marginalization and invisibility of Native struggles within mainstream social justice organizing.

Saturday, April 24 at 4:30 p.m.
“Immigrant’s Rights: Moving Past Survival”
Comida del Pueblo is a food sovereignty project led by immigrant and southern Indigenous community members in Wiyot territory focused on food cultivation grounded in culture for collective thrival.

Sunday, April 25 at 10 a.m.
“Racial Capitalism”
This session will be an exploration of the interconnectedness between white supremacy and capitalism.

The Post-Capitalism Conference is free and open to the public. Register here.

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