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SEA calls for solidarity with Rojava on World Kobane Day

Today, Kobane is once again under attack. For the past few days, the Turkish army has been heavily shelling towns and villages of Kobanê and Girê Spî (officially Tel Abyad, another city in the Kobane region) along its border from the other side. Zormaghar, Ashma, Selim, Kor-Ali are, Charikhli, Silib Qiran, Yabisah, Til Findir, and Suskah are just some of the villages reportedly being shelled with tanks and artillery. A number of civilian casualties have already been reported, including a 12 year old girl and a woman in Girê Spî.

FREE WORKSHOPS TO HELP UK CO-OPS SUPPORT NORTHERN SYRIA’S TRANSITION TO CO-OPERATIVE ECONOMY

We’re calling for UK co-ops to support Northern Syria’s transition to a feminist, co-operative economy — attend one of our Rojava Co-operative Solidarity workshops and find out how you can get involved.  The Rojava Revolution taking place in Northern Syria is transitioning the region into a gender equal, and democratic society, based on communes, co-operatives and citizen committees. The movement is rebuilding society based on three fundamental pillars – direct democracy, ecology, and women’s liberation – and co-operation plays a crucial role. We at the Solidarity Economy Association (SEA) are urging UK co-ops to support this movement, and we’re offering…

CO-OP COLLEGE MEMBERS VOTE UNANIMOUSLY TO SUPPORT GROWTH OF CO-OPERATIVE ECONOMY IN NORTHERN SYRIA

Members of the Co-operative College have voted unanimously in favour of a resolution, put forward by the Solidarity Economy Association at the College’s AGM, to support the growth of the co-operative economy in Rojava, Northern Syria. Over the past five years, the co-operative movement in Northern Syria has seen unprecedented growth, from nothing to 3% of the economy, despite a full embargo, blocked borders and ongoing war situation. Through our Co-operative Economy in Rojava and Bakur project, we’ve been working closely with friends in and of Rojava, and have been raising awareness in the UK and Europe about their efforts to further…

First ever conference of co-operatives held in Northern Syria

The UK co-operative movement has sent a message of solidarity to its fellow co-operators in the Democratic Federation of North Syria (Rojava) as the first ever conference of co-operatives was held over the weekend in the region. This historic event has been co-ordinated by new Unions of Co-operatives which have recently been established in all the cantons and regions of Rojava. The Solidarity Statement from the UK Co-operative Movement to the First Conference of Co-operatives in North Syria has been signed by 35 organisations to date, including the Solidarity Economy Association, Co-operatives UK, The Co-operative College, Students for Co-operation, members…