What the New Economy Means to Western Mass Jobs with Justice

wmjwjWe asked Western Mass Jobs with Justice to share their thoughts on the new economy and how it intersects with their work. WMJwJ works to improve working people’s standard of living, fight for job security, and protect workers’ right to organize.

Here’s what they had to say.

By Rose Bookbinder

We are striving to build an economy that puts people before profits.  Building coalitions amongst likely allies we are creating a society that is just, sustainable, and ensures that workers’ rights are protected and expanded. We bring together labor, community, student, and faith to create innovative solutions to the problems that workers face.


What the New Economy Means to SolidarityNYC


We reached out to our friends at SolidarityNYC to ask for their thoughts on the new economy and how it intersects with their work. SolidarityNYC connects, supports, and promotes New York City’s solidarity economy.

Here’s what they had to say.

By Lauren Taylor Hudson and Cheyenna Weber

What does the new economy mean to your organization?

Cheyenna: Solidarity economy is a Latin American term, originally, and is in use globally within social movements seeking economic democracy. In the U.S. it is less responsive to trends in entrepreneurship or philanthropy, which we see as a strength, though it does mean we’re often asked to identify how it relates to sharing economy, new economy, green economy, cooperative economy, or collaborative consumption.


Translate Co-opoly!

Coopoly19Co-opoly is helping build a new economy around the globe. Now, you can be part of that by joining a crew of dedicated people translating Co-opoly.

We have established exciting relationships with partners who are producing Co-opoly in more than five European countries, Argentina, and South Korea, all while creating a new supply chain that supports people and the planet.

We’re currently working on translations and localizations for Malaysia, the Philippines, Nigeria, Chile, New Zealand, Brazil, and Ethiopia.


Creating an Ethical Supply Chain in Social Justice Work

Participating in the new economy means that we, at TESA, have to do things differently—in our line of work, that means we’ve had to come up with an ethical way to produce our games and other resources, because the status quo wasn’t cutting it.

dandelionSo we put as much effort into finding sustainable and ethical ways to make our games as we do in designing them. Okay, maybe not exactly as much, but when you’ve spent hours blearily searching for ethical U.S. manufacturers of things like dice and timers and plastic baggies and on and on (why did we make a game with so many components?), it sure feels like a comparable exertion to developing the game itself.


The Essential #ShopCoop Holiday Guide

Holiday-GuideFor the last couple of years we have been putting together an ethical, co-op shopping guide for the holidays. Below is this year’s awesome co-op holiday gifts list for those who want inject a little justice into their festivities.

Of course, we’d be remiss if we didn’t also give a shout out to our own Co-opoly: The Game of Cooperatives, or our new fast-paced card game Loud & Proud! And there is so much more in our store, along with some great holiday deals.