Is there a list somewhere for how non-incarcerated people can show physical solidarity with or provide resources to support the #prisonstrike?
Frank Cetera will be talking about co-ops, support networks, and resource organizations in this upcoming webinar:
@mayel good question - yes we are both. The logic there is fourfold:
* be part of a larger formation that could coordinate benefits and services we as a smaller coop can't do alone
* more effectively participate in the growing #techunion movement needed to insist on ethical tech
* better lend solidarity to workers in other industries
* ensure our own coop stays democratic with a formal mechanism of worker control (we've seen other coops grow to become reformist/exploitative of workers)
But don't get me wrong, I don't begrudge professional developers their paychecks. We need people to provide technical assistance. But I do think that we haven't adequately examined the assumptions that underlie our seeming acceptance of the fact that some people in our movement make 100s of thousands of dollars per year, while others work for $3/hour.
The process of starting a worker co-op is fraught with risk...it just goes with the territory. But istm that risk is almost always entirely born by the worker-owners themselves, even if people who are not worker-owners are benefiting from the project.
More and more non-profits are entering the worker co-op development space, which of course has its benefits. But without people willing to risk their literal livelihood to attempt to start a co-op, those developers wouldn't have jobs #justsayin
This, to me, is an issue of #solidarity. Our comrades at New Era are getting by on $3 an hour all winter long. Meanwhile, there are plenty of people taking home salaries for working in the worker co-op space who do not have to deal with that kind of insecurity and poverty.
Imho, actual #solidarity demands that we take action directly, and personally, to remedy this situation; i.e. voluntary wealth redistribution.
New Era Windows is a widely touted #workercoop success story. However, in his recent presentation at Left Forum, Armando Robles reported that every year, the worker-owners have had to cut their pay to $3/hr due to lack of business. In the busy season they make $17/hr.
Hi new folks. I'm June. I'm an enby trans woman living in the Twin Cities.
I work in tech, have little kids, a co-op housing deal with some friends that includes back yard chickens, a pretty kickass garden, and overall skill sharing.
I like woodworking, messing with electronics, 3D printing, procrastinating, and sleeping.
Sometimes I do art with my kids, I am often in the middle of multiple books.
Destroy whiteness, toodles.
Good new guys, Hooters is closing so now I can open my ass themed restaurant Pooters
Good facilitation is soooo helpful in meetings. In order to do it well, you have to be able to "ride two horses," the content horse and the energy horse. Here are the basics of pulling off that stunt from Laird Schaub (whose blog is a must-read, imho).
Fun fact: while you may only have heard of Mastodon recently, it's been around for a while! @Gargron registered the domain 'mastodon.social' in March 2016, and hundreds of people have contributed to its development since then.
Let's take a moment to say thank you to the thousands of people who have contributed to Mastodon's development and community over the last two and a half years! We wouldn't be where we are without you!
I wish I could choose timelines I wanna see on a per instance basis on the main view. That way if I wanna watch a anime mastodon feed instead of the federated timeline, I could.
gonna be on a podcast tomorrow to talk about one piece and anarchism
Some interesting stats: 70% of new worker co-ops are start-ups and only 14% of those are incubated by co-op developers.
What the other 86% of new worker co-ops need, imho, is for DAWN to greatly expand their activities, i.e. what we need more of is peer advising.
The good folks at @agaric put together this handy-dandy list of #FreeSoftware for daily business use:
Happy to hear this passed:
Happy Birthday, Debian. 🎂 🎉 🎈
25 years old.
Ian Murdock announced #Debian on August 16th 1993. The first release, 0.01, was made the next month, on September 15th.
Congratulations & thanks to the Debian volunteers, past and present, for making it such a fantastic distro. Here's to the next 25 years.
Here's a picture of me in my new Aira glasses. Aira is an on call service that gives blind people the ability to get visual tasks done. It's like having a co-pilot who gives you directions and visual information. My Aira agent helped me line up the picture and then snapped it for me using my phone's camera.