Help Me Make Code Red Collective a Cooperative

It is time to transition, grow and reimagine the ways in which the world functions. As a recent NYU graduate and an incoming Harvard Graduate Student in the midst of a global pandemic, I've had to reimagine many parts of my life. Now is an essential time to reimagine the ways Black lives are cared for, and the ways in which we can show up for each other as a community.

This means challenging existing power dynamics and reclaiming material and monetary power.

I am ready and unafraid to step into this new world.

Code Red Co .:  Code Red Collective is an organization that has been active for the past 6 years as a co-powering non-profit promoting period wellness and de-stigmatization through literacy, aid, and advocacy. Growth within our organization has led us to focus on community and collective care when solving the issues relating to period wellness. We desire to work towards dismantling inaccessibility and the lack of intersectionality when it comes to period wellness and issues surrounding it. Along with menstrual inequity we aim to address systemic racism, period poverty, mass incarceration, the school - to - prison pipeline, transphobia, police brutality, and economic exploitation. We have chosen the cooperative model because we believe that meeting and exceeding community needs is more important than profit. Code Red Collective is us introducing a new era: decolonizing wellness as a divestment from a system that criminalizes and incarcerates into an investment based on collective and community care. 

What I want to do:

Create a safe, intersectional brick and mortar space for the community by the community in which we can discuss period wellness and its stigma, create our own sustainable menstrual products, provide and sell menstrual products we choose, and benefit community members on a membership or volunteer basis. This space is an opportunity to stay and become educated, to  connect with other intersectional initiatives and programs, and to engage on an intimate level in an open dialogue about period wellness. We see this space as a reinvention of the traditional retail experience into a space for radical liberation: it will be an experiential period store for menstruators embodying the characteristics of collective cooperation in effort to support economic liberation. 

Becoming a community owned cooperative through creating our own space means addressing while meeting their needs. Our purpose will never include profiting from the people we serve.

In our effort toward global menstrual equity and wellness, we intend for this space to be collectively owned. Grassroots ownership means sharing the wealth of the commons, so we will practice cooperative economics in this space in order to redistribute wealth.

Our black led cooperative, like many others, will be non exploitative. This means that we will be operating on the principles of cooperative economics and Solidarity economy. We want to engage with the communities we are involved with - trans and non-binary people of color, the youth, activists and undocumented, black women, and formerly incarcerated of all ages because  this space would be a space owned by its members who would make collective decisions to maintain a non-exploitative non-hierarchical work space. As a collective we, as a community, will make decisions and run the space.

We need your help in helping us build a physical space for members to host meetings, events, attend classes, receive menstrual health related resources and receive support. We need your help so that we can begin to create our physical space and make Code Red Collective a reality. 

By contributing to our project, you are not only helping build an experiential collectively owned period space, but you are actively helping open a space for community members to host meetings, events, classes, and find resources like tenant rights.

Your donation will directly go to the operations and planning process to help get this place built once it is safe to do so. As a GoFundme, we must reach our goal and surpassing our goal would ensure that the project stays on track.


Ileri Jaiyeoba
Brooklyn, NY

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