ULU Members are equal partners in a Limited Liability Company (LLC) and are equally positioned to derive benefits from a successful business enterprise dedicated to the empowerment of people of African descent.
The benefits include:
Discounts and member services
Preference in contracts and service agreements, and
A direct return on investment from Co-op profits
The most important benefit, however, is the gratification and recognition that comes from being involved in a successful campaign for the liberation and empowerment of our people.
Members are charged a small annual membership fee. Additionally, all members are encouraged to acquire at lease one Member Investment Unit as soon as they are able to do so. The details are provided to persons who have sufficient interest to review our presentation and request additional information.
Members are also encouraged to be patrons of Us Lifting Us Co-op businesses and participate on member committees. The most important act of membership, however, is exercising member power through the election of leadership and the approval and ratification of controlling Co-op documents.
BECOME AN ULU MEMBER AND OWNER
To become an ULU member, you must first view our online or in-person presentation, then complete our Membership Application and pay your annual Membership Fee of $50.
To proceed with signing up for Membership, complete the Application and Agreement Form by selecting "Apply for your Membership Today" below and then make your payment.
"The economic philosophy of Black nationalism only means that we should own and operate and control the economy of our community. The economic philosophy of black nationalism only means that we have to become involved in a program of reeducation, to educate our people into the importance of knowing that when you spend your dollar out of the community in which you live, the community in which you spend your money becomes richer and richer, the community out of which you take your money becomes poorer and poorer. And because we have been misled, misguided, and breaking our necks to take our money and spend it in other communities, they become richer and richer, and we become poorer and poorer. And then what happens? The community in which you live becomes a slum. It becomes a ghetto. The conditions become rundown. And then we have the audacity to complain about poor housing in a rundown community, while you're running down yourselves when you take your dollar out.
Not only do we lose by taking our money someplace else and spending it, when we try and spend it in our own community we're trapped because we haven't set up stores nor do we control the businesses of our community. Those who [is] control the stores in our community are people who do not look like we do. They don't even live in our community. So even when we try and spend our money where we live or the surrounding areas where we live, we're spending it with people who, when the sun goes down, take all of our money to another part of town.
But the political and economic philosophy of black nationalism…the economic philosophy of black nationalism shows our people the importance of setting up these little stores, and developing them and expanding them into larger operations.
We have to make a start. And the best place to start is right in the community where we live. So our people not only have to be reeducated to the importance of supporting black business, but the American Black man and woman must be made aware of the importance of going into business [for self; becoming self-reliant]. Once we go into business, we own and operate at least the businesses in our community, what we will be doing is developing a situation, wherein, we will actually create employment for the people in the community."