Ladies from our People’s Paper Co-op will be exhibiting their photos at the Philadelphia Fight Beyond the Walls Summit. The summit is in honor of Aids Education Month and focuses on Prison Healthcare and Reentry.
The Philadelphia Associations of Community Development Corporations (PACDC) awarded the Blue Ribbon award – small CDC, to the People’s Paper Co-op. Congratulations!
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!
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.
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.” ”