Alumni

The North Star Black Cooperative Fellowship – 2020-21 cohort

Members: Angela Williams, Angel Smith-El, Danielle Swift, Ms. Jewelean Jackson, & Tonya Draughn

The Building Capacity for Black Women Cooperative’s mission is to assist Black women by stabilizing their current living status. We will support them by providing housing, and education, in addition to advocacy training, so they are able to build a better future and gain sustainable, as well as meaningful and affordable housing. Building Capacity for Black Women Cooperative believes that creating a more just distribution of power to existing social structures will lead to greater independence of Black women, and that is what we thrive for.

Our goals are to:

  1. Balance our organizing power to take collective action on our own behalf;
  2. Encourage and assist Black women with their life’s goals;
  3. Sustain and increase the socio-economic status of Black women.

Members: Cup Perez & Ken W

We are working to establish additional coops to provide housing for black and brown youth who are particularly disenfranchised by current issues such as housing discrimination and COVID lay-offs. We would like to rework the board structure of the coop that we currently live in to change from an intentional community to permanently affordable alternative housing.

Members: Michelle Warneke, Samantha Pree-Stinson, & Yusra Murad

Fresh Start is a cooperative aimed at addressing the root causes of homelessness by centering the context in which homelessness persists centuries of displacement and trauma, white supremacy, and a lack of cultural competence.

Our goals are to:

  1.  locate and create sustainable, dignified housing for individuals and families, with a focus on racialized communities, where tenants can democratically own their space and decision-making processes, and
  2.  Focus on the 90-day period post-move-in during which people are most vulnerable to losing their housing, via culturally competent social and professional supports such as child care, jobs training and support groups. We are experienced in creating safe spaces rooted in compassion; building leaders; and creating and maintaining authentic relationships.

Members: Jamal Zollicoffer & Jimmy Loyd

Jsquared Cooperative is interested in establishing housing cooperatives and land trusts.

Members: Ayanna Rakhu, Ayolanda Evans, Danyika Leonard, & Kowanna Powell Anderson

We are a group of mothers, wives, and business owners who work to curate healing-centered spaces that contribute to the preservation of the collective black family.

Members: Autumn Mason, Spring Mason, & LeAndra Estis

We as the New Rondo Cooperative Village aspire to create a community which is based on the collective efforts of its members for economic, residential and cultural enhancement. It is our goal to recreate the historic Rondo community, serving the direct descendants and other ADOS identified families.  One thing that we are innately good at is networking and creating communal bonds and relationships. Our primary goals are to:

  1. Educate our community on the prominent history of collective work in the Black community,
  2.  Create a space for ADOS identified families who are invested in economic, residential and political equity to share experiences, history and invest in the future together; as well as for our people to recreate the Rondo community experience by investing mentally/emotionally, spiritually and financially into the community.

Members: Ariah Fine, Jovita Stewart, Marie Williams, Matthew Branch, & Michael Elliot

Mission: A community-owned investment cooperative in North Minneapolis that purchases properties to create and maintain affordable housing and commercial space for Northside residents prioritizing Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.

Vision: Properties on the Northside, owned by the Northside. What we don’t have individually, we have as a community. NICE MN is a vehicle for Northsiders to take real ownership over their community. There is no shortage of ideas on how to move their community forward from people that call North Minneapolis home, but there is a lack of access to capital. NICE MN leverages small contributions to lower barriers for community members to open their businesses or live in housing that fulfills their needs at an affordable price.

NICE’s goal is to fulfill the Northside’s community goals of property ownership in an effort to support business development and affordable housing preservation.

NICE’s 4 shared values:

  1. North Minneapolitans need real ownership over community vision
  2. What we don’t have individually, we can achieve collectively
  3. Lower barriers for entrepreneurship
  4. Preserve and improve affordable housing

Members: Danisa Farley & Metric Giles

Regenerative Environmental Economic Development Operative-REEDO.  Our purpose is to reach into the Black Community to facilitate a of reimagining our environment and economy.  We will do this by providing education and access to a process that provides connection, resource, and equity.

Our goals are;

  1.  Education on Money Matters, cooperative resource, membership, wealth/asset products.
  2.  Development of Neighborhood resource that supports black owned business (catering, community kitchen, storage)
  3. Black owned/operated event center. One of the things REEDO does well or has in our favor is lots of community connections.

Members: Armand McCoy, Dominique Didaddio-Cash, Jenean Gilmer, Maricella Xiong, & Valentine Cadieux

We are working to pilot models of collective land stewardship and governance of community gardens in Saint Paul’s Rondo neighborhood that disrupt colonialist systems. As we imagine the ways that this collective might function, we will work in relationship with the wider community—hosting conversations and meals, providing support and mentorship for those interested in joining in this work. We love throwing a good party and we’re good at it. We look forward to celebrating this project with our community as soon as it’s safe. See you there.

The North Star Black Cooperative Fellowship – 2020-21 cohort

Building Capacity with Black Women Cooperative
Angela Williams, Angel Smith-El, Danielle Swift, Ms. Jewelean Jackson, & Tonya Draughn

The Building Capacity for Black Women Cooperative’s mission is to assist Black women by stabilizing their current living status. We will support them by providing housing, and education, in addition to advocacy training, so they are able to build a better future and gain sustainable, as well as meaningful and affordable housing. Building Capacity for Black Women Cooperative believes that creating a more just distribution of power to existing social structures will lead to greater independence of Black women, and that is what we thrive for.

Our goals are to:

  1. Balance our organizing power to take collective action on our own behalf;
  2. Encourage and assist Black women with their life’s goals;
  3. Sustain and increase the socio-economic status of Black women.

 

East River Student’s Cooperative
Cup Perez & Ken W

We are working to establish additional coops to provide housing for black and brown youth who are particularly disenfranchised by current issues such as housing discrimination and COVID lay-offs. We would like to rework the board structure of the coop that we currently live in to change from an intentional community to permanently affordable alternative housing.

 

Fresh Start Cooperative
Michelle Warneke, Samantha Pree-Stinson, & Yusra Murad

Fresh Start is a cooperative aimed at addressing the root causes of homelessness by centering the context in which homelessness persists centuries of displacement and trauma, white supremacy, and a lack of cultural competence.

Our goals are to:

  1.  locate and create sustainable, dignified housing for individuals and families, with a focus on racialized communities, where tenants can democratically own their space and decision-making processes, and
  2.  Focus on the 90-day period post-move-in during which people are most vulnerable to losing their housing, via culturally competent social and professional supports such as child care, jobs training and support groups. We are experienced in creating safe spaces rooted in compassion; building leaders; and creating and maintaining authentic relationships.

 

Jsquared Cooperative
Jamal Zollicoffer & Jimmy Loyd

Jsquared Cooperative is interested in establishing housing cooperatives and land trusts.

 

Radical Black Mothers
Ayanna Rakhu, Ayolanda Evans, Danyika Leonard, & Kowanna Powell Anderson

We are a group of mothers, wives, and business owners who work to curate healing-centered spaces that contribute to the preservation of the collective black family.

 

New Rondo Cooperative Village
Autumn Mason, Spring Mason, & LeAndra Estis

We as the New Rondo Cooperative Village aspire to create a community which is based on the collective efforts of its members for economic, residential and cultural enhancement. It is our goal to recreate the historic Rondo community, serving the direct descendants and other ADOS identified families.  One thing that we are innately good at is networking and creating communal bonds and relationships. Our primary goals are to;

  1. Educate our community on the prominent history of collective work in the Black community,
  2.  Create a space for ADOS identified families who are invested in economic, residential and political equity to share experiences, history and invest in the future together; as well as for our people to recreate the Rondo community experience by investing mentally/emotionally, spiritually and financially into the community.

Northside Investment Cooperative Enterprise
Ariah Fine, Jovita Stewart, Marie Williams, Matthew Branch, & Michael Elliot

Mission: A community-owned investment cooperative in North Minneapolis that purchases properties to create and maintain affordable housing and commercial space for Northside residents prioritizing Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.

Vision: Properties on the Northside, owned by the Northside. What we don’t have individually, we have as a community. NICE MN is a vehicle for Northsiders to take real ownership over their community. There is no shortage of ideas on how to move their community forward from people that call North Minneapolis home, but there is a lack of access to capital. NICE MN leverages small contributions to lower barriers for community members to open their businesses or live in housing that fulfills their needs at an affordable price.

NICE’s goal is to fulfill the Northside’s community goals of property ownership in an effort to support business development and affordable housing preservation.

NICE’s 4 shared values:

  1. North Minneapolitans need real ownership over community vision
  2. What we don’t have individually, we can achieve collectively
  3. Lower barriers for entrepreneurship
  4. Preserve and improve affordable housing

Regenerative Environmental Economic Development Operative
Danisa Farley & Metric Giles

Regenerative Environmental Economic Development Operative-REEDO.  Our purpose is to reach into the Black Community to facilitate a of reimagining our environment and economy.  We will do this by providing education and access to a process that provides connection, resource, and equity.

Our goals are;

  1.  Education on Money Matters, cooperative resource, membership, wealth/asset products.
  2.  Development of Neighborhood resource that supports black owned business (catering, community kitchen, storage)
  3. Black owned/operated event center. One of the things REEDO does well or has in our favor is lots of community connections.

Rondo Power Collective
Armand McCoy, Dominique Didaddio-Cash, Jenean Gilmer, Maricella Xiong, & Valentine Cadieux

We are working to pilot models of collective land stewardship and governance of community gardens in Saint Paul’s Rondo neighborhood that disrupt colonialist systems. As we imagine the ways that this collective might function, we will work in relationship with the wider community—hosting conversations and meals, providing support and mentorship for those interested in joining in this work. We love throwing a good party and we’re good at it. We look forward to celebrating this project with our community as soon as it’s safe. See you there.

The North Star Black Cooperative Fellowship – 2018-19 cohort

Cohorts 2016-2017, and 2017-2018 are coming soon!