Looking to Live in a Housing Cooperative?

Two opportunities: 

The housing co-op of 1417 N Street NW is currently offering affordable studio living spaces with a variety of features. By owning a share in this co-op, you can have affordable long-term housing while managing your building.

Centrally located in Logan Circle, amenities include HVAC, remodeled bathrooms, a laundry room, bike storage, and more. Units available include the small studio (225 square feet) and the studio (330 square feet); respectively valued at approximately $950/month and $1,144/month. Costs cover maintenance, insurance, water, and payments to the co-op blanket mortgages. Resident pays electric & gas.

To qualify for the apartment, you must undergo credit and background checks, demonstrate an interest in co-op participation, and have income between the minimum and maximum values. For more information, contact Hernan Sotomarino at 202.630.1417 Se habla español.

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The Pleasant Park Cooperative is Looking for New Members!

The Pleasant Park Cooperative is a 60 unit Affordable Housing Community located near 63rd St NE and Eastern Ave NE . There are currently 2-bedroom newly renovated town-homes available starting July 1st. The homes feature: open kitchens with breakfast bar, in unit laundry machine, rear and front porches, in unit heating and cooling systems. Resident ONLY pays electric. 

This Cooperative is right across from the Capitol Heights Metro. Its location also offers close proximity to the Marvin Gaye park, and easy access to Downtown DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Applications can be picked up at the management office, EJF Real Estate 1428 U Street NW, 2nd Floor. There is a $40 fee for each application. The application requires a background and credit check.

For more information on membership and income qualification, click here.

Mondragon Co-ops at Folklife Festival

Basque Cooperatives
WHEN Sunday, July 3, 2016, 12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
STAGE Euskaldunak Dialogues
CATEGORY Narrative Session

The Cooperative Movement, with principled worker-owned and run businesses, found a home in Arrasate-Mondragon (Gipuzkoa). Many cooperatives set global standards in wage and production and are a vital part of the Basque spirit of innovation, facing challenges of a changing world and environment. Come learn more at this narrative session about Basque cooperatives.

LINK www.festival.si.edu…

This is going to be great!

This week Vernon interviews Ajowa Nzinga Ifateyo and Professor Amanda Huron. Tune into WOL 1450 AM tomorrow (Thursday) at 10:30 a.m. for Everything Co-op. Vernon and his guests will discuss the evolution of housing cooperatives in Washington, D.C., the prospect of forming a federation of limited equity housing cooperatives, and the influence of cooperatives in improving the quality of life for its participants.

Ms. Nzinga Ifateyo has been a co-editor of Grassroots Economic Organizing, (GEO) for more than 10 years. GEO, a 30-year-old publication, reports on cooperative developments around the world, and provides advocacy for alternative economic solutions. Her work with GEO has inspired her to research and think about ways to empower individuals to make personal changes to better organize and participate in cooperative/group entrepreneurial enterprises.

Ajowa has nine years of experience on cooperative boards, including: Ujamaa Collective, the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives, and the Eastern Conference on Workplace Development. In 2000, she and four other D.C. residents co-founded an affordable housing co-op for community organizers, the Ella Jo Baker Intentional Community Cooperative, in Washington, DC, where she served as treasurer and secretary-treasurer for about six years. Presently, Ajowa is researching how to effectively incorporate spirituality in the work of organizing co-ops.

Amanda Huron is an Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences in the Department of Political Science, History, and Global Studies at the University of the District of Columbia. She has conducted extensive research on cooperatives, and written several articles on the subject, including Creating a Commons in the Capital: The Emergence of Limited-Equity Housing Cooperatives in Washington, D.C. (Washington History, Fall 2014).

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What is Cooperation DC?

This Sunday May 15th at 2pm join us at Shaw Library (1630 7th Street NW) to learn how you can get involved with Cooperation DC!

Cooperation DC’s mission is to expand dignified employment opportunities in low-income communities of color through the development of worker cooperatives, businesses owned and managed democratically by their workers.

Our vision is a city and world where all workers – especially those of us who have been most marginalized by our current economy – reap the benefits of our labor, have a meaningful voice in the workplace, and apply those democratic practices to other areas of our civic lives.

Come find out what’s happening this year with Cooperation DC and how you can get involved! At the meeting you’ll have the opportunity to join one of the following Cooperation DC working groups:

CHILDCARE: support the development of an emerging childcare cooperative in NW.
FOOD: Get involved with the planning of the First Annual East of the River Food Justice Conference. Support emerging food coops in ward 7 and 8.
POPULAR EDUCATION: Help plan and continue our popular wisdom circle series and other community learning sessions.
ORG DEVELOPMENT: Do you have website, graphic design or social media skills? This is the working group for you!

We’ll also discuss the process of creating a new working group. Feel free to invite a friend or neighbor and we look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

Cooperation DC Meeting
Sunday May 15, 2016
Shaw Library (Community Room, Lower Level)
1630 7th Street NW

Green line to Shaw/Howard Metro
Street parking available

If you have any questions please email dcworkercoops@gmail.com or contact (202) 957- 4987.

in unity,
Cooperation DC

COO of NCBA International Programs on Everything Co-op

In celebration of NCBA’s 100th Anniversary, this week Vernon interviews Amy Coughenour Betancourt, COO of International Programs at the National Cooperative Business Association |CLUSA. Vernon and Amy will discuss NCBA CLUSA as a whole, and the International side of (NCBA CLUSA).    
Amy Coughenour Betancourt manages a $250 million international portfolio being implemented in 20 countries in Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America in the areas of food security and nutrition, natural resources management, resilience, youth livelihoods, and cooperative development, among others. She has successfully led and grown domestic and international development non-governmental organizations for 25 years.

Prior to joining NCBA CLUSA, Coughenour served for nine years as the Deputy Director of the Pan American Development Foundation. She serves on the board of the Overseas Cooperative Development Council and the Executive Committee of the International Cooperative Alliance-Americas Region; and holds an M.A. in International Policy Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and a B.A. in German from Central College in Pella, Iowa.

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Jessica Gordon Nembhard into the Cooperative Hall of Fame

On May 4, 2016, USFWC co-founder Jessica Gordon Nembhard will be inducted into the Cooperative Hall of Fame. Author of Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice, tireless scholar-activist, co-founder of ECWD, active member of GEO, and a mentor to so, so many of us. If you are in a worker cooperative in 2016, you have benefited from Jessica’s efforts!

Her work is groundbreaking, and her vision and principled leadership have positioned worker co-ops as tools for economic and racial justice in the 21st century.

This is a big moment for the Hall of Fame, honoring the centrality of racial justice in cooperatives, the role of public scholarship, and the momentum built by the worker cooperative sector.