ONE DC would like to invite you to this month’s People’s Platform event “Cooperation DC: A path to decent, dignified and sustainable work.” This month, they will focus on principle number 2 of our People’s Platform manifesto, decent, dignified, & sustainable work for everyone who wants it. They will discuss cooperatives as an alternative to the current economic system of capitalism, as well as discuss startups and the challenges of worker coops while having fun! Free food and local cooperatives featured!
It will take place on Thursday, March 22nd from 6pm to 8:00pm at Woolly Mammoth Theatre (641 D St NW, Washington DC 20004) Click here to RSVP
The Baltimore Roundtable for Economic Democracy (BRED) will be hosting its second Worker Cooperative Jumpstart this Saturday! It will be a day long series of workshops focused on establishing and running worker cooperatives. So whether you’ve been a worker-owner for years, are thinking about starting a co-op, or just want to learn more this event is for you! Organizations and individuals welcome! More info here.
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Tune in to WOL 1450 AM, tomorrow, at 10:30 a.m. for Everything Co-op, hosted by Vernon Oakes. This week Vernon interviews Jessica Gordon Nembhard, Ph.D., Professor of Community Justice and Social Economic Development, and author of Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice.
During February, Everything Co-op celebrates Black History Month by focusing on the Association for the Study of African American Life and History’s Theme. This year’s theme is “African Americans in Times of War.” Given the extensive research that Dr. Gordon Nembhard has conducted on the involvement of African Americans in Cooperatives in the Post Civil War Era, it is quite appropriate to have her return to Everything Co-op to discuss her findings.
Dr. Gordon is a cooperative ambassador, economist and community economic development expert. After 15 years of careful research, she published “Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice”. Her book argues that co-ops not only should be, but have historically been a social justice tool within African American communities.
Her research has focused on community and asset-based economic development and democratic community economics; cooperative economics and worker ownership; racial and economic wealth inequality and wealth accumulation in communities of color, and alternative urban economic and youth educational development strategies. Her future research and policy analyses will connect community-based economic development, asset building, and economic justice strategies with community-based approaches to justice.
Don’t miss what promises to be an informative, lively conversation!
The next meeting of the DC Cooperative Stakeholders Group will be on October 27th, from 1 PM to 2:30 PM. It will be held at the offices of the Dept. of Small and Local Business Development (aka DSLBD) – 441 4th Street, NW, Suite 805S, Washington, DC 20020.
If you are interested in attending please RSVP at this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/october-cooperatives-stakeholders-tickets-36990322049?aff=erelexpmlt
Hope you can join us.
~ Rodney North
This weekend, Sep 30th and Oct 1st, the National Cooperative Business Association is hosting the Co-op Festival on the National Mall (www.CoopFestival.coop). Learn about the impact co-ops make in building a better world!
Several months ago, Cooperation DC laid out their vision for 2017. And I am just posting this vision now. Their vision is:
…to establish an ecosystem to launch and support worker-owned businesses in DC in the following ways:
- Launch NW Childcare Cooperative: In 2017, we will launch a childcare women-owned business consisting of 15 Latina immigrant worker-owners. A grant award provided by the Meyer Foundation will enable the formulation of the business plan and launch.
- Organize an African American Women-led Childcare cooperative East of the River: The efforts and lessons learned while organizing the NW childcare cooperative in 2016 will serve as the foundation to create the support and infrastructure needed to identify and develop the women that will form the worker-owned childcare cooperative business East of the River.
- DSLBD Cooperative Convenings: Participating in stakeholder meetings will prove instrumental to creating a cooperative ecosystem by sharing current needs, mapping the current coop infrastructure, setting priorities, and addressing long-term and short-term needs.
- Issuing the first Working World Peer Network loan to a DC local cooperative: we will build local and regional capacity through our participation in the Working World Peer Network.
- Fundraising: In order to realize these goals we will need to fund raise $300,000 in calendar year 2017. If you’d like to support the (re)emerging cooperative movement in DC, please consider making a tax-deductible donation. No amount is too big or too small!
Click here for more info on Cooperation DC