Rose Howey (Liverpool)
Rose Howey Cooperative concerns itself with radical urban sustainability. We are coming into existence to ask questions and find answers as to how political, cultural, and earth activists can sustain their work through all phases of their lives, including, youth, child rearing and old age. As we discover processes and solutions to the radically sustainable city, we see the cooperative as a place where this information can be shared and disseminated through hosting visitors, workshops, and producing media. We understand the core of social change to mean finding solutions not just to our own problems of poverty, oppression, environmental and social degradation, but working to change the systems that keep these injustices and inequalities in place. We see social change as not just housing, feeding, entertaining and educating ourselves but working with our local, national, and international networks and communities to share resources, skills, and struggles. We are interested in finding housing solutions that will situate ourselves in a way that we will be able to actively work with housing and social change. Particularly we look towards properties that would be able to provide housing for a moderately large community that would include children, families, and individuals. We are particularly interested in creating a model that can be easily expanded at the same time durable enough to take in a range of personalities while remaining a stable and secure environment. The cooperative believes in promoting the politics and practice of veganism within an environment that is tolerant of individuals personal decisions. We have chosen to name ourselves after Rose Howey a Liverpool suffragette to place ourselves within a framework of struggles that have been fought, and won that have changed the world. We are also very committed to Liverpool as people who have been born here, and those that have chosen to live here. The core members of the cooperative are members of the Mersey Road Community Allotment. Some of the members have been active in local environmental and ecological campaigns and act as stewards for local orchard projects. One of the members is in the process of launching a record label that specifically looks at neglected local artists, another is a writer and cultural activist currently performing and doing workshops around migration.