Comadre Economies Pop Up Shop & Workspace

To close out 2019, we wanted to expand our Just Transition work with a member led cooperative pop-up shop. As we started the dialogue on what alternative economies looked like locally, we had found there are actually several models of women and queer folks in our families using the means available to define economy for themselves, whether through starting their own shop, bartering, creating tandas and trade, for many years there have been multiple expressions of systems based on solidarity instead of exploitation. the road has been long, through conversations from the Trabajadoras del Hogar En Accion Domestic Workers Union, comadres of SWU, and the general membership this work has taken sh

Trans & Queer Clothing Swap

One of SWU’s last events of 2019 was co-hosting a member lead Trans and Queer clothing swap. The event was lead by Kai Ramey (he/they), activist, creator of No Whites Allowed Zine and a Climate Justice and Just Transition delegate. Kai along with Swu members and other community folks filled more than 8 tables with clothing for the swap and more than 30 people came through, some donating clothing and makeup and others swapping stuff around. It was a complete heart-warming event seeing so many trans and queer folks creating alternative economies together. The clothing that was left over is being saved for the next clothing swap and some winter wear was donated. Stay connected with SWU to learn

Comadre Economies Vegan Food Demo with Mama Tierra

This year, we continued to expand on our comadre economies framework which arose from our just transition work. Our long time member and Vegan chef, Ale Tierra hosted a “Vegan on a Budget” cooking demo. The Saturday event was held in the Roots of change Garden and Co-op and saw 16 folks come through to learn how to make plant based and nut-free cheddar and alfredo cheese. The bases were added to make mac n cheese, Alfredo pasta, nachos and rajas con crema. Ale’s dishes were enough to satiate everyone’s taste buds for only $2.20 per person. There was enough food for seconds. Skills shares are a very integral part to SWU’s work especially when people don’t like to cook out of their comfort zo

A Look Back at 2019 at the Roots of Change Garden

As we wind down through the winter planting season we like to take time to reflect on all that has been accomplished this year and remember all the people that came through to see the garden, work, cook, and help host an event at the Roots of Change Garden project at Southwest Workers Union There were 40 Garden workdays this year mainly running through fall and spring. We hope to catch the summer season with some heartier heat loving plants as we push the limits of low, or no irrigation areas. We had a handfull of group garden tours, including Martinez St. Womens Center, Colleges and Universities and other schools. We hosted 12 workshops throughout the fall and spring seasons, including ga

YLO Fall Debrief

Southwest Workers Union had the opportunity to send one of our Youth Lead organizers. Selene Garcia. She went to Brooklyn, NY for Uprose 7th Annual Climate Justice Youth Summit. During this two day summit, 60 organizations from all over the nation. We all took action and marched the streets of Brooklyn. Where we demanded a "JUST" transition environment. All our communities are going to be/are affected if we don’t change the way we do things. Sea levels will rise and weather will change with hotter temperatures. It will lead to stronger natural disasters. Youth from all over the US gathered and spoke on issues going on in their communities. From oil pipelines to environmental racism, or targ

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