Through the Portal is a podcast from the Social Justice Portal Project, a national collaborative think tank hosted by the Social Justice Initiative at the University of Illinois Chicago. Each month, grassroots activists and radical scholars will give voice to community struggles, national strategies and sustainable alternatives for the future. The guest speakers, who are also Portal Project participants, explore what it means to walk through the portal of the current moment by centering racial and social justice issues.

On Episode 2, cohosts Damen Williams and Teresa Cordova of UIC talk Economic Democracy with Esteban Kelly. Esteban is Executive Director for the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives and is a worker-owner and co-founder of AORTA (Anti-Oppression Resource & Training Alliance), a worker co-op that builds capacity for social justice projects through intersectional training and consulting. He breaks down how building a worker coop might be easier than you think, the ways that we have to reclaim concepts of structure and organization from the capitalist class, and what he imagines the great labor awakening of today turning into.



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