Tell us about your co-op and its role within the community?
In 2013, Red Sun Press will be celebrating its 40th anniversary as Boston’s Green Commercial Printer. For the bulk of that time, we have been in the same premises, an iconic building in the heart of Jamaica Plain, Boston. We focus on print, design and communication for progressive causes, non-profits, co-ops, trade unions and environmentally conscious businesses. Our motto is "Printing for Peace and Justice Since 1973," and we believe in getting active in the causes our clients are working to advance.
In 2012, we worked on the International Year of Cooperatives, developing a campaign website. In 2013, we are working on a Local First campaign, bringing awareness to the importance of shifting more of our collective spending to locally owned businesses and means of production. We are partnering with groups such as the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts.
How and why was your co-op founded?
In 1973, Red Sun Press was formed by a group of friends as a print collective to give voice to the ongoing protest movements of the time. Traditional printers were refusing to print for these political causes and across the country co-ops like Red Sun Press sprang up in response.
What is the most innovative thing your co-op has done?
We led the way in developing environmental printing practices, being the first Boston area printer to focus on recycled paper, winning city and state awards for our efforts.