"Jessica Gordon Nembhard has compiled the most complete history to date of the cooperative economic struggles of African Americans from early times until now." - John Curl
The Southern Grassroots Economies Project is building networks across the US South to promote and launch sustainable cooperative economies.
Learn more about the values and principles we hold and look toward as we develop new economic structures in the US South.
This annual training and networking institute is held in Epes, Alabama at the Federation of Southern Cooperatives training facility.
Save The Date: October 3-5, 2014
CoopEcon 2014 will be held once again at the Federation of Southern Cooperatives' Rural Training & Research Center in Epes, Alabama.
This annual training and networking institute is held in Epes, Alabama at the Federation of Southern Cooperatives training facility. ...Read more
Why SGEP & CoopEcon are Important
The Southern Grassroots Economies Project is one of the few places in America where a truly community-based new economy movement lives. In the U.S., right now, the South is where people are developing the solutions we need to save our communities. Supporting SGEP and the CoopEcon institute is the way to build a just, community-based economy for everyone.
CoopEcon is an intensive weekend-long networking and training opportunity for southerners who are ready to build cooperative economic enterprises. This work will grow new economies based on democratic ownership and democratic governance in previously marginalized communities across the South.
News from the New Southern Economy
In Collective Courage, Jessica Gordon Nembhard chronicles African American cooperative business ownership and its place in the movements for Black civil rights and economic equality. Not since W. E. B. Du Bois’s 1907 Economic Co-operation Among Negro Americans has there been a full-length, nationwide study of African American cooperatives. Collective Courage extends that story into the twenty-first century.
Following the success of CoopEcon 2012, organizers with the Southern Grassroots Economies Project began planning the second annual gathering for this year. The Federation of Southern Cooperatives will once again host this conference at their Rural Training Center in Epes,…
People from across the Southeast gathered in Epes, Alabama at the Rural Training and Research Center of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives from July 27-29 to begin the hard work of building democratic ownership in our communities. Those new to the world of cooperative business development learned what it takes to put together a business that is responsive to the community it grows from. People involved in functional cooperatives gained valuable insight into the steps needed to grow them, make them more sustainable, and contribute to region-wide development.
The South is the poorest part of the USA. This is due to historic patterns of oppression and exploitation that date back to the seizure of this land from its original inhabitants, the importation of Africans who were forced into chattel slavery, the immigration of indentured servants who worked out a variety of terms of servitude, the settling of Europeans fleeing various oppressions and seeking opportunities and more recently, the immigration of our neighbors from south of the border.