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The solidarity economy is an alternative to capitalism that is growing up within and alongside of it, and within and outside of markets. In contrast to capitalism, centered in individualism, greed, competition, and domination, it is based on values of solidarity and cooperation, equity in all dimensions, sustainability, economic and political democracy, and pluralism. This roundtable will discuss the growth and development of the solidarity economy both conceptually and concretely within two cities, Boston and New York, and on a national scale. What forms is it taking? What are the forces encouraging its growth, and some of the problems and limitations being encountered? What can we learn from one another’s best practices? Julie will speak as an academic, providing historical and theoretical context for the emergence and growth of the solidarity economy. Micky will speak from her experience as a worker-owner in Agaric, with the platform cooperativism movement, and with UjimaBoston, which is building solidarity economy as a means of empowerment and economic development in an under-resourced community of color in Boston. Sarah works alongside Micky and 450+ members with the Boston Ujima Project as Ujima's Communications Organizer. She will discuss her work building connections and shared strategy with Ujima and with Resource Generation, a national organization focused on shifting wealth and power to POC-led movements, among young people access to wealth and class privilege. Emilie will speak as a board member and peer educator at CEANYC, involved in their leadership development work, including their Cooperative Leadership Intensive and Food Co-op Anti-Racism training, and as well as plans to build an Advocacy Council of grassroots solidarity economy practitioners.