ROOTS Co-op: Community Housing for St. Louis Activists

Organized by: Roots CoOp

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EVENT DATE Jan 15, 2015

THE STORY:

Roots Coop provides housing and common ownership opportunities for activists from several affinity groups in St. Louis, MO. Members of the household have organized numerous actions protesting state violence from Requiem for Mike Brown to Occupy SLU to #ReclaimHolyWeek.

Our mission is to manifest Black and Brown self-determination through common ownership, community collaboration, and radicalized solidarity.

Our Core Values are: ROOTS Resistance • Organizing •Ownership •Transformation • Solidarity

One of the most basic needs for Black and Brown activists has been cost of living expenses. Roots CoOp is an innovative common ownership model of sustainability that addresses this need. Specifically, we are a collective of Black and Brown activists who have purchased a home on the North Side of St. Louis and transformed it into a housing cooperative that is the springboard for implementing community based programs and initiatives to empower the surrounding community to manifest Black and Brown self-determination.

As a collective of Black and Brown activists we are committed to dismantling all systems of oppression both within oneself and beyond.

Instead of Roots CoOp residents paying rent in different places we are collectively paying off the mortgage in a five bedroom house in North St. Louis. Residents have already put down $5000 and now need to put another $5000 down on January 15, 2016. The mortgage which is expected to be paid off in two years will also lay the foundation for implementing self-sustainable programs for Black and Brown power and self-determination.

After the mortgage is paid, Roots CoOp residents who will own the property collectively, will each continue to pay at least $200 monthly. These monies will be used to fund maintenance, programming and micro-financing for other projects.

In order for this endeavor to be truly successful we are asking for your help.

Currently, we are trying to raise $6,000 which will be used for the $5000 balloon payment and seed money for maintenance and community program funding, including a liberation garden.

We are committed to grassroots organizing from within Black and Brown marginalized communities. As a housing cooperative for Black and Brown activists, we seek to be a hub for activists from different affinity groups. We are proud to host activists from grassroots Black and Brown liberation groups such as Tribe X, Artivists STL, and #ResistanceTheology!

$5,063

 

84% Raised of$6,000 Goal

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  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Mel

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $180

  • Aziza Binti

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Justine Collum

    $50

  • Flannery Burke

    $100

  • Leandra Forman

    $50

  • Karen Freeman

    $100

  • Annie Shaw

    $75

  • leslie holt

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • john paradiso

    $50

  • Joshua J. Araujo

     

  • Yancy/Redmond Family

    $50

  • scarlet jimenez

    $50

  • Josh Yeagley

    $50

  • Dowds

     

  • Amy Smouha

    $50

  • Mari Morales-Williams

    $15

  • Joseph Entin

     

  • Jeff Herrity

    $50

  • Angus Maguire

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $36

  • Emma

    $25

  • Juanica

    $10

  • Jae Haynes

    $25

  • Lisa Cagle

    $100

  • Diana Ritchie

    $25

  • Anonymous

     

  • James McAnally

    $50

  • Bulk Donations from ROOTS Co-op New Year Celebration/Fundraiser

    $700

  • N 18th St. Housing Collective

    $1,000

  • Juliette Jacobs

    $150

  • Anonymous

    $40

  • Emily Beck

    $10

  • barbara farley

    $200

  • James Kent Pugh

    $50

  • Richard Estes

    $35

  • HealingCircles,Inc.

    $25

  • Brittani & Griffin

    $40

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Susan Talve

     

  • Deborah Jacobs

    $25

  • Martin Rafanan

    $50

  • Ben West

    $50

  • Anna Baltzer

    $20

  • Kelly Kraemer

     

  • Mike Kinman

    $24

  • Jeff Ordower

    $18

  • Mary Ann Zaggy

    $35

  • spatula jones

    $50

  • Raquita

    $10

  • Noelle Janak

    $40

  • Casey

    $20

  • Shilee Mirghahari

    $30

  • Sarah Paulsen

    $25

  • Anonymous

     

  • Mallika, Ashwin, Mohan, and Briana

     

  • Kate Moriarty

    $25

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Donor Comments

Kate Moriarty

Kate Moriarty

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Mallika, Ashwin, Mohan, and Briana

Mallika, Ashwin, Mohan, and Briana

Go Roots! Keep growing! 3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

3 years ago

Sarah Paulsen

Sarah Paulsen

DONATION: $25

Keep up the good work! 3 years ago

Shilee Mirghahari

Shilee Mirghahari

DONATION: $30

3 years ago

Casey

Casey

DONATION: $20

3 years ago

Noelle Janak

Noelle Janak

DONATION: $40

The work you're doing is important. Thank you. Fight the Power. 3 years ago

Raquita

Raquita

DONATION: $10

Hey babe! GEt at me in person I got cash for you too 3 years ago

spatula jones

spatula jones

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Mary Ann Zaggy

Mary Ann Zaggy

DONATION: $35

3 years ago

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