St. Louis, MO, USA

Solidarity Economy St. Louis is a coalition of social justice organizations, small businesses, and individuals striving to build and grow a “solidarity economy;” that is, an economy that embodies the values of social justice, ecological sustainability, mutualism, cooperation, democracy, and innovation while resisting the notion of “every person for themselves.”

We believe that economic exchanges, both monetized and non-monetized, should exist to meet human needs, not generate enormous profits for corporations. Because our current economic system does not embody this belief, we must work to change it. There is not a single route to building the solidarity economy. We must experiment. We must strive to create the world in which we want to live, while also engaging with and improving the world in which we already live.

We aim to:

1. Make the solidarity economy practices that already exist in St. Louis more visible.

2. Be a place where people and organizations already engaged in the solidarity economy can share best practices, collaborate on joint projects, and mutually support each other in our pursuit of a more just economy.

3. Lead campaigns that both fight back against the injustice inherent in our current economic system and win resources for our local solidarity economy. We want to build long-term economic and political power.

4. Function as an outreach and recruitment mechanism for existing solidarity economy initiatives. We want to build an organized base of individuals who are knowledgeable about, engaged in, and fighting for the solidarity economy.

5. Inspire and support the development of new solidarity economy initiatives

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Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE)

MORE is a non-profit, community organization that organizes low-income people of color in Saint Louis to fight for environmental and economic justice. They are member-led and funded.

Contact | World Community Center, 438 N. Skinker Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63130

The Cowry Collective Time Bank (CCTB)

CCTB is a local timebank where members can offer their services of whatever skills they have in exchange for the services of other members.

Contact Chinyere E. Oteh at thecowrycollective@gmail.com | 618-203-4103

Sistahs Talkin’ Back

STB actively contributes to ending racism, patriarchy, classism, and sexual repression through internally-driven campaigns and political actions. STB is affiliated with Organization for Black Struggle.

sistahstalkinback@gmail.com | 314-367-5959 | 1401 Rowan Ave., St. Louis, MO 63112

Peace Economy Project (PEP)

The Peace Economy Project researches military spending, educates about the hazards of an unchecked military-industrial complex and advocates for conversion from a military to a more stable peace-based economy.

peaceeconomyproject@gmail.com | 314-726-6406 | World Community Center, 438 N. Skinker Blvd, Saint Louis, MO, 63130

Participatory Budgeting St. Louis

PB-STL is dedicated to promoting participatory budgeting in various wards throughout Saint Louis. Participatory budgeting is a form of citizen-centered government, whereby local residents vote on how money is to be spent in their ward.

Contact Michelle Witthaus at michelle@pbstl.com | Zach Chasnoff at zach@organizemo.org

Saint Louis FORWARD

Saint Louis FORWARD promotes sustainability throughout the Saint Louis Metropolitan area by providing educational sustainability-related programming to improve the quality of life and long-term health of the community.

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Coalition to Abolish the Prison Industrial Complex (CAPIC)

CAPIC exposes the social injustices historically inherent in the Prison Industrial Complex by creating policies that discourage behaviors fueled by structural racism, eliminating laws that support the PIC, and providing alternatives to incarceration.

capicstl@aol.com | Centennial Christian Church, 4950 Fountain Ave., St. Louis, MO 63113

Perennial

Perennial is a community workshop and store that offers educational programming in creative reuse to diverse populations and sells creatively repurposed home furnishings and eco-friendly supplies for reuse projects.

info@perennialstl.org | 314-832-2288 | 7413-15 S. Broadway, St. Louis, MO 63111

Refab St. Louis

Refab creates training and employment opportunities through the sustainable practices of deconstruction and refabrication, diverting landfill waste and making quality, affordable materials available to the public.

refabstl@gmail.com | 314-357-1392 | 4153 Bingham Ave., St. Louis, MO 63116

Blank Space

Blank Space is a local meeting space and gathering place that is open and available for booking to anyone.

314-300-8831 | 2847 Cherokee St., St. Louis, MO 63118

St. Louis Ecovillage Network

St. Louis Ecovillage Network supports different types of ecovillage projects to promote the sharing of resources and create communities dedicated to lessening our ecological footprint.

314-252-0870

Grace Hill Settlement House MORE Dollar Network

Grace Hill’s M.O.R.E. (Member Organized Resource Exchange) Dollar Network is a timebank based in North City that formed in response to the continued decline in government resources for low-income families.

314-584-6858 | 2125 Bissell St., St. Louis, MO 63107

Sharing With A Purpose (SWAP)

SWAP bridges the gap between social justice and sustainability by empowering people to share and discover resources for new use. SWAP runs the Trading Post, a freecycling store on the Washington University campus. 

swapstl@gmail.com | 636-395-0218 | Gregg Storefronts, South Forty at Shepley Dr., St. Louis, MO 63105

Yeyo Arts Collective

Yeyo Arts Collective is a group of women dedicated to the experience and sustainability of women's art by providing creative gifts, wellness sessions, and exhibitions to emerging artists and youth.

yeyoarts@gmail.com | 314-226-9899 | 2907 South Jefferson Ave., St. Louis, MO 63118

The Community, Arts, and Movement Project (CAMP)

CAMP is a community center on Cherokee Street that hosts creative and cultural events, classes, projects, and artists-in-residence to promote healthy living, social and environmental justice, and diversity.

stlcampcoordinator@gmail.com | 314-827-4730 | 3022A Cherokee St., St. Louis, MO 63118