Our goal at Comradery is to be actively and radically inclusive of marginalized people and communities. We hold that elevating marginalized voices on a platform that is privately owned is not only insufficient, but is worker exploitation. The only path to empowering marginalized creators is through co-ownership of the platform itself and through democratic control by all workers. We disavow the empty actions of companies that performatively elevate BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), queer, and other marginalized voices while retaining control of the means of production. The bare minimum of any company is to relinquish ownership and share control equally.
Even though cooperative ownership is necessary, it is not yet sufficient. Democratic control of a system without strong anti-racist and inclusive actions will simply mirror the racist and exploitative democratic processes already present in society. The backbone of Comradery is our Good and Welfare committee who oversees community moderation and is a watchdog for inclusive actions for the rest of the co-op. Like outlined above, our organization bars agents of state violence from becoming members. Our charter is designed to distribute, not consolidate power. Positions of authority are unpaid in order to discourage members from entrenching themselves in leadership and exploiting positions of power. We actively create opportunities for new leaders to take on responsibilities and actively encourage existing leaders to ‘replace themselves’ by finding new members to lead.
Our commitment to justice will not be marked by allowing creators to keep more money when the PR serves us, because creators already control 100% of the money. Our commitment to justice will be marked by constantly evolving and constantly reinforcing institutional action at every level of Comradery as a cooperative organization.
The Black, POC, and queer members of Comradery