Communities magazine #178 - Class, Race, and PrivilegeCommunities magazine – Life in Cooperative Culture

Communities magazine is the primary resource for information, stories, and ideas about intentional communities—including urban co-ops, cohousing groups, ecovillages, and rural communes.

Communities also focuses on creating and enhancing community in the workplace, in nonprofit or activist organizations, and in neighborhoods.

We explore the joys and challenges of cooperation in its many dimensions, and pass the wisdom on to you and your community.



Upcoming Communities magazine themes

Summer 2018, Issue #179: Eco-Building

Fall 2018, Issue #180: Networking Communities

Winter 2018, Issue #181: The Culture of Community


Articles from recent issues (and the current issue) of Communities:

White Bias, Black Lives: When Unconscious Bias Affects Your Community

Posted on March 18, 2018 by

Members of Sunward Cohousing recognize and attempt to transform their community’s differential treatment of white-skinned and dark-skinned neighborhood children.

Growing Inclusivity in Cohousing: Stories and Strategies

Posted on March 16, 2018 by

Familiar with both privilege and marginalization, a queer Latina cohouser shares experiences and perspectives on confronting racial and ethnic homogeneity.

Barriers to Diversity in Community

Posted on March 14, 2018 by

An organizer of Charlotte Cohousing in North Carolina offers several ways intentional communities unintentionally exclude her fellow people of color.

Moving Beyond White Fragility: Lessons from Standing Rock

Posted on March 12, 2018 by

Bonded by a shared mission, indigenous water protectors and their white allies find a safe space for giving and receiving honest feedback about white privilege and unconscious acts of racism.

On “Waiting” for People of Color

Posted on March 10, 2018 by

On the land where his grandfather was born a slave, the founder of a nascent intentional community reflects on the challenges of attracting people of color, and the project’s next steps.

Moving Beyond Diversity Towards Collective Liberation: Weaving the Communities Movement into Intersectional Justice Struggles

Posted on March 8, 2018 by

The co-organizer of the People of Color Sustainable Housing Network shares strategies for deepening your community’s work on issues of race, class, and privilege.

Beauty and Brokenness: Digesting Grief into Gratitude for Justice

Posted on March 7, 2018 by

A child of the Indian middle class immerses herself in the grassroots sustainability movement in Portland, Oregon and shares lessons learned on her journey.

Class, Race, and Privilege, #178: Free Issue Download and Contents

Posted on March 6, 2018 by

The Spring 2018 edition of Communities, focused on “Class, Race, and Privilege,” is now available for free download from The issue looks unflinchingly at a major “elephant in the room”—the relative lack of racial and class diversity in most ICs, at least in North America—while suggesting ways of recognizing, understanding, and addressing it. Authors share stories of obstacles they’ve encountered (from both sides of the privilege equation) and positive steps they and their groups have taken to move toward greater inclusivity and equity. They also reflect honestly on the deep-rootedness of unconscious racism, of social and cultural barriers, of problems of power, privilege, classism, “white fragility,” and more.

Community-Building in the City

Posted on February 1, 2018 by

In its formative and early stages, Capitol Hill Urban Cohousing in Seattle encounters both challenges and successes.

Making a Case for Urban Cohousing

Posted on January 21, 2018 by

Urban cohousing offers a unique alternative that still allows access to the amenities, conveniences, and vibrancy of city life.