Solidarity Not Charity: Pledge to Stimulate Economic Transformation

We're in a unique situation where millions of people will soon get or have already gotten $1,200 that they weren't expecting to receive. In this time of crisis, there is now a movement to redistribute stimulus checks as a demonstration of mutual support and solidarity.

As our friends at the East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative have put it, "[t]he steps we take now will lay the foundation for what comes next. We need to imagine different ways of doing business that work for the community!"

We've created a series of gifs to illustrate why we need to stimulate the solidarity economy. Meet the ghosts of economy past, economy present, and economy future below. And make a pledge today!

Animation series by Robin Bean Crane

Pledge Drive

Here's what you can do!

Step 1: Pledge to share your check with the solidarity economy by filling out the form at the bottom of this page!

Step 2: Choose a cooperative below to support! You can find a list of cooperatives needing support here, or below: 

  1. Use your check to shop at cooperatives such as Mandela Grocery Cooperative, Alchemy's Coffee Subscription, Feed Sonoma, and Arizmendi Bakery! And if your favorite coop is currently closed, you can still support by buying a gift card!

  2. Invest in your community! Investment opportunities* that we know of include People Power Solar Cooperative, East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative, and Alchemy Collective Cafe! * Note: Only California residents can invest in these cooperatives. We are not investment advisors! Each person needs to evaluate whether a particular investment is a good fit.

  3. Donate to organizations that are focused on transforming the economy such as the Community Democracy Project, Sogorea Te Land Trust, Boston Ujima Project, The Working World's Seed CommonsNew Economy Coalition, United States Federation of Worker CooperativesNetwork of Bay Area Worker Cooperatives, Agrarian TrustCooperation Humboldt, Repaired Nations, California Farmlink; and/or

  4. Donate to mutual aid funds such as Prospera's Entrepreneur Resiliency Fund, Disability Justice Culture Club, TeamWorks Institute's COVID-19 Solidarity Development Fund, Undocufund, Community Ready Corps, and Mandela Grocery's Karma Jar

That's it!

Take the pledge and share how you are stimulating the next economy by spreading the word on social media! 

P.S. Want to see your cooperative in the list above? Just email tia@theselc.org with your cooperative and a description of your call to action!

18 pledges

Will you pledge?


Showing 20 reactions

  • sanjay bhatia
    @sanjayb76374595 tweeted link to this page. 2020-07-25 20:54:22 -0700
    e-Aadhar Card Download by Using Enrolment Number (EID). In case you have ... Step 3: You will be redirected to https://www.downloadeaadhar.online/ visit https://www.theselc.org/pledge_your_check?recruiter_id=92667
  • sanjay
    endorsed 2020-07-25 20:52:45 -0700
  • Julian Early
    endorsed 2020-06-11 19:00:20 -0700
  • Michelle Nermon
    endorsed 2020-06-07 15:13:36 -0700
  • Edward Young
    endorsed 2020-06-05 09:46:15 -0700
  • Brett Heeger
    endorsed 2020-05-22 08:39:59 -0700
  • jill jacobs
    endorsed 2020-05-22 08:36:00 -0700
  • Diana Perez-Domencich
    endorsed 2020-05-19 21:29:12 -0700
  • Riv Shapiro
    endorsed 2020-05-15 11:17:15 -0700
  • Hannah Highfill
    endorsed 2020-05-15 10:55:51 -0700
  • Valeriya Epshteyn
    endorsed 2020-05-13 10:50:03 -0700
  • Morgan Curtis
    endorsed 2020-05-07 17:14:56 -0700
  • Yassi Eskandari
    endorsed 2020-05-06 16:52:03 -0700
  • Erin Axelrod
    @ErinAxelrod tweeted link to this page. 2020-05-06 10:26:40 -0700
    I'm pledging my stimulus check to stimulate the solidarity economy. #SolidarityNotCharity https://www.theselc.org/pledge_your_check?recruiter_id=33465
  • Erin Axelrod
    endorsed 2020-05-06 10:26:15 -0700
  • Ojan Mobedshahi
    endorsed 2020-05-06 09:58:53 -0700
  • Mollie Rose K Siebert
    endorsed 2020-05-06 09:51:48 -0700
  • Robin Crane
    endorsed 2020-05-05 09:53:53 -0700
  • Charlotte Tsui
    endorsed 2020-04-29 15:22:02 -0700
  • Tia Taruc-Myers
    endorsed 2020-04-29 10:30:21 -0700

Thanks to our Partners and Collaborators: