At SWOP, we believe racism and sexism are barriers for many to participate in Albuquerque’s economic growth and health. Part of the continued problem with local economic development efforts is a misunderstanding of the contributions, labor, creativity and leadership of the city’s women of color - Chicana, Native, Black, Asian, Immigrant, Refugee - at the margins of economic indicators. 


COVID-19 has brought this into sharp focus for our membership and network of allies.  


Even in “normal” times, these populations lag behind in wages, income, benefits, etc., despite being heavily leaned on to provide leadership and keep Albuquerque’s communities afloat through their daily labor and lived experience.  


We think equitable economic health in Albuquerque can’t depend on the current but outdated and inequitable indicators of capital growth at all other expenses. Our organizing seeks to visibilze the labor of those who are the backbone of our society.

Chingonx Economy and Homegrown Development:

  • Women and children are the backbone of our economy

  • SWOP has a 40 year history, with 40 years of relationships

  • We want to use our privilege to move money to our people

  • We trust our people to know what’s best for our communities


Comadre Economies is a project based at Southwest Worker’s Union in 2016 in collaboration with our Trabajadoras del Hogar En Accion - Domestic Workers in Action Union while discussing the history of women exploring and creating their own financial systems to sustain themselves and their communities. These financial models were often created out of a trust between individuals or groups such as a family, partners, cooperatives or close friends. We know this term in Spanish speaking circles as a “comadre. ” Trust between comadres challenges the larger systems of patriarchy and capitalism that have often left women and LGBTQAI+ persons in the margins to survive solely by the means of their own ingenuity. Historically many women and queer persons around the world have been integral pieces of market culture, and have helped build up villages and towns with their crafts, textiles and produce among other goods such as services.

SWU Implements Comadre Economies by:

  • Building a base of dozens of makers, crafters primarily identifying as women, LGBTQAI+ or Non-Binary for the past 5 years

  • Offering micro-grants during COVID-19 pandemic to workers to sustain their families during unemployment

  • Creating a physical market at our headquarters in San Antonio that practices feminist economy values, zero waste, centering traditional craft, healing products, and employing Domestic Workers

  • Building spaces based on shared work, while continuing to reflect on how to heal and have conversations on money that often bring discomfort

  • Growing trust, honest relationships, and local connections to increase the strength of comadre economies.