Solidarity Economy St. Louis is a network of groups and individuals striving to build an economy based on the values of justice, sustainability, self-determination, and cooperation.
Working to create just and sustainable systems for people to meet their basic material needs, the network resists exploitation by divesting from and directly challenging systems of capitalism, colonialism, patriarchy, and white supremacy.
For this partnership, the Solidarity Economy partnered with Citizen Carpentry, a St. Louis-based carpentry collective that offers services and training in practical trades through a paid apprenticeship program, and Tillie’s Corner, a historic small black business hub that is home to a community garden providing education in healthy eating and black history to youth and families in the surrounding neighborhood.
The team constructed a spiral herb garden and a brick fire pit to serve as places for affirmations and storytelling, providing a healing space for the community garden at Tillie’s Corner.
For the closing program of A Way, Away, Salena Burch of Solidarity Economy wrote a poem entitled "Today A Brick Is". Hear her read aloud the poem here.