Esteban Kelly

Organization: 
AORTA
Location: 
Philadelphia, PA

Esteban Kelly is a Jamaican-American educator, community organizer, and radical geographer who makes his home in the City of Brotherly Love.

Homeboy has been devoted to the North American cooperative movement since 1999.  First introduced through his experience in student cooperative housing, Esteban has served NASCO's Director of Education and Training was inducted into the NASCO Cooperative Hall of Fame in 2011. He is also a worker-owner at Mariposa Food Coop in West Philadelphia and was recently hired as co-organizer of the Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy. Homeboy served on the Boards of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives, the US Solidarity Economy Network and the Democracy at Work Institute, and is currently a Board member of the National Cooperative Business Association and NASCO.  In 2005, Esteban was a youth delegate to the International Cooperative Alliance Youth Council. Furthermore, he enjoys living in a land trust with his family and friends.

Esteban’s training skills are grounded in his local community organizing work with Philly Stands Up and the Philly Dude's Collective around issues of transformative justice and sexual assault, gender analysis, and male accountability.   Esteban is pursuing a doctoral degree in Cultural Anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Since 2009, Esteban has been blogging at Black Maps, reflecting on science & science fiction, feminism, cartography, humor, comics, and Black identity. Additionally, homeboy’s writing has appeared in Left Turn, Whirlwind - Journal of Aesthetics & ProtestClamor Magazine, Grassroots Economic Organizing Newsletter, and Social Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict, and World Order.

You can contact Esteban at: esteban(at)aortacollective(dot)org