Remember, this Earth Day…
Ira Einhorn was on stage hosting the first Earth Day event at the Fairmount Park in Philadelphia on April 22, 1970. Seven years later, police raided his closet and found the “composted” body of his ex-girlfriend inside a trunk.
And so on Sept. 9, 1977, [Holly] Maddux went back to the apartment that she and Einhorn had shared in Philadelphia to collect her things, and was never seen again. When Philadelphia police questioned Einhorn about her mysterious disappearance several weeks later, he claimed that she had gone out to the neighborhood co-op to buy some tofu and sprouts and never returned.
Is this real?
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Wellesley College WAAM-SLAM II Transformative Justice and Education Bill
“This lack of resources and support from Wellesley directly contradicts the pledged values and mission that Wellesley publicly states on its website and official publications. This inconsistent and false representation on the part of the college will no longer be tolerated. The diversity that Wellesley claims to value is not systemically present in the curriculum, student demographics, and support systems. The very students who are expected to possess pragmatic leadership to enact positive social change in the real world have not acquired the necessary education in understanding social constructs and systems of oppression such as race, class, gender, and sexuality.
Through the motto “Women Who Will,” Wellesley presents itself as an institution that encourages students to act as agents to empower their communities and enact positive transformation in the real world. But, as of now “Women Who Will” only pertains to the outside world, not within the Wellesley bubble. If Wellesley claims to produce educated graduates who become world leaders, the change must begin here.
According to its website, “Wellesley’s full-engagement academic philosophy extends to the running of the College itself. The student voice is central to decision-making here.” As central decision-makers, we have outlined the various demands that highlight the institutional flaws, including those demands from the WAAM-SLAM movement in 2001 which have been overdue for more than 10 years.”
This is something Wellesley desperately needs and has been putting off for 40 years.
A common phrase around SCoop is “subvert capitalism!” But what does it mean to step outside the capitalist paradigm? And how are SCoopies doing this in daily life? Hannah and I (Mack) gave a presentation at this week’s SCoop meeting about how many living coops like SCoop are structured in a way that subverts capitalism.
1. Coops practice democratic decision-making. All coop members have equal power in decision-making.
2. Coops value all types of work and non-monetary exchange. While capitalism prioritizes economic efficiency, coops value work differently and look for creative solutions to create value, such as repurposing milk from a failed yogurt attempt. Coops also exchange skills and practice non-monetary forms of exchange like bartering and dumpster diving.
3. Coops challenge the idea of individualism. Capitalism says that every person should have private property (own car, own house, own control over finances). Coops challenge this by sharing property and space within a group.
4. Coops (can) focus on sustainability. Capitalism emphasizes non-stop economic growth at the expense of people and the environment, but part of SCoop’s mission is to learn how to live in a way that isn’t exploitative. Sustainability also involves taking care of one’s physical and mental health and creating healthy, supportive communities.
5. Coops are, well, cooperative, not competitive. Capitalism embodies the idea that someone’s advancement has to come at the expense of someone else. Coops create communities that benefit all involved, and thereby challenge the idea of a social/economic pyramid in which for one person to be at the top, someone else needs to be at the bottom.
6. Coops challenge the idea that laziness is negative. Capitalism says that individuals have to work hard to have a good life. Cooperative living is a way of sharing responsibilities between people to minimize work for any one person, and maximize enjoyment. Cooperative living re-defines “laziness” as something positive. It’s okay to just spend time with one another - there is value in relaxing and forming relationships.