Last updated: May 22, 2015 (6 months ago)
Listing created on: June 8, 2008
(Chicago, Illinois, United States)
- Status: Established
- Started Planning: 2007
- Start Living Together: 2007
- Visitors accepted: Yes
- Open to new Members: No
- Website address: http://theroostchicago.tumblr.com/
- Contact Name: Jaxon Blayke
1245 W Jarvis #2
Chicago, Illinois, 60626
Visitors accepted: Yes
Check out our website, get acquainted with what we’re about; then email us. We love having folks over for dinner, and welcoming new and old friends to the community!
Open to new Members: No
In order to live more connected and sustainable lives, the members of the Roost strive to build cooperative economic models and supportive relationships. Our democratic atmosphere fosters creativity, self-expression, and faith in others. In modeling our values we practice hospitality, combat oppression, and support social and environmental movements.
Our common interest in social and environmental justice ties us together, though our individual approaches to these issues vary widely. Over the last few years, individual Roosties have taught bicycle mechanics, done investigative reporting, organized with a campaign against evictions, worked on a Mennonite cooperative farm, organized for higher field-worker wages, fought against gentrification, challenged militarism in schools, created a sex-positive film collective, and taught self-expression through dance.
There’s a lot going on, and part of our task is simply to set aside time for each other in common dinners and weekly meetings. Roosties share chores and costs, and make decisions by consensus. We try to structure our lives so as to minimize waste and consumption by composting, recycling, and purchasing bulk groceries. We also occasionally can and freeze food for the winter.
We strive to be trans-, queer-, sex-and body-positive.