Done with the Testing Stage

Esteban moved to West Philadelphia from Ann Arbor, Michigan, after having worked for the national co-op movement for several years. His first experience mirrors that of many in West Philly–of happenstance, of chance meetings with seemingly long-lost comrades for social change (Listen to his story

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Blown away by the infrastructure of alternative systems of organization and economic dynamics, Esteban decided to move to the neighborhood and try his hand at rejuvenating the work started by others in Movement for a New Society in the 70s. He started working at the local Co-op (Mariposa), and has since helped the small, “hole in the wall” collective move into a more accessible, thriving store. In it’s new location, Mariposa now serves more people in the neighborhood, and hosts trainings in anti-oppression and meeting facilitation and food justice.

Esteban is clear that this is no longer an experiment–it’s time to insert formerly alternative models created by activists in the 70s into the mainstream, and make collective ownership more of the norm.

Photos by Jenna Spitz

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