The North Star Black Cooperative Fellowship is a 7 -month fellowship focused on Black American Cooperative Economics. North Star is centered on the history of Black cooperative economic thought and practice.
Black Economic cooperation has been foundational in the Black American freedom movement, from the underground railroad, to funding and supporting movement organizers and spaces. We developed the North Star Black Cooperative Fellowship to reconnect with our long-suppressed history of mutual aid and cooperative economics.
North Star is a way to start living into a future of “Black wealth:” self-governance, spaces for healing, and an abundance of resources, including financial capital. To dismantle the rules that are rigged toward amassing wealth and power in fewer & whiter hands, we must approach Community Wealth Building from a reparative framework rooted in Black culture. We know from experience that economic development efforts that ignore culture are unsustainable and lead to inevitable harm. Our culture is itself a critical resource for sustainable wealth creation.
Our 2022 - 2023 North Star Fellowship will focus on housing cooperatives and land trust models for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. As a cohort, fellows will explore the power and landscape of resident-controlled community ownership models that are permanently affordable and provide dignified housing options for our communities. We are forming a cohort of fellows that have a vision of collective living, permanently affordable, and community-controlled land and co-operative housing that will provide a space for our communities to have access to spiritual, cultural, and economically sound options