Beginning at the Center: Worker Cooperatives and Prefigurative Labor

Beginning at the Center: Worker Cooperatives and Prefigurative Labor

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As the current wave of global revolt continues to expand and broaden its range of targets, it becomes increasingly important for radical activists to lend attention to the everyday structures that characterize the capitalist landscape. We must not ignore our daily labor as a key vector of analysis and resistence. Worker cooperatives act not only as a tool toward the liberation of labor but also as a crucial resource for the creation of alternative structures that might carry us through, and persist after, the end of capitalism. Using Baltimore's vibrant community as an example of horizontal experimentation, this workshop will explore the implementation of cooperative structures and how they create opportunities for radical social intervention.

Blake Underwood is a founding member of Just Walk, a radical pet-care collective, and an active collective member of Red Emma's, Baltimore's only radical bookstore and coffeeshop.