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22 AprPeople’s Paper Co-op wins Blue Ribbon Award

The Philadelphia Associations of Community Development Corporations (PACDC) awarded the Blue Ribbon award...

The Philadelphia Associations of Community Development Corporations (PACDC) awarded the Blue Ribbon award – small CDC, to the People’s Paper Co-op. Congratulations!

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26 MarPeople’s Paper Co-op and Project Row Houses installation

Members from the People’s Paper Co-op Team, Mark, Courtney, and Faith completed an installation...

Members from the People’s Paper Co-op Team, Mark, Courtney, and Faith completed an installation for Project Row Houses in Houston, Texas. The exhibition investigated the uneasy relationship between visual material and political work. Click here to read more about the exhibit!

23 JunWatch: The Story of the People’s Paper Co-op

The People’s Paper Co-op began as a Cycle 1 SPACES residency — and is now a Village program...

The People’s Paper Co-op began as a Cycle 1 SPACES residency — and is now a Village program serving hundreds of men and women in re-entry in our neighborhood. Watch the Co-op journey, as told by co-op member Faith Bartley and filmed by videographer Jon Kaufman.

People's Paper Co-op Inquirer Article

06 DecPeople’s Paper Co-op Featured in Philadelphia Inquirer

The People’s Paper Co-op, the SPACES Cycle 1 project that connects men and women in re-entry with...

The People’s Paper Co-op, the SPACES Cycle 1 project that connects men and women in re-entry with creative entrepreneurship and advocacy opportunities, is featured in this weekend’s Philadelphia Inquirer with a full-page spread.

“Karon Smith, 28, used to sell drugs, a means of making ends meet in his impoverished North Philadelphia neighborhood. These days, he’s got a different kind of corner hustle.

His new gig is at the People’s Paper Co-op, a social enterprise start-up that coordinates with volunteer lawyers to run clinics expunging criminal records, then turns the shredded records into handmade paper, journals, and note cards for sale.

For people like Smith, that means a fresh start – and the chance to generate income while helping others in his community.

“I actually turned a five-page record into a one-page record. That’s big,” he said. “I feel like a new person.” ”

Read the full story here.