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John Curl's history of the Bay Area Cooperative movement is eye-opening.  It leaves you amazed that this country is so rich in cooperativism yet we only learn of it through John's heroic efforts.  It brings to mind the saying: You need to know where you've been to know where you're going.  My hope is that this history further opens up and extends our vision and our work.  Many thanks to John Curl for his work.   

Download Curl's History of the Bay Area Cooperative Movement here

The organizers of the 2008 National Worker Cooperative Conference deftly delegated note-taking responsibilities to volunteers and ended up with a treasure trove of documentation. If you want to refresh your memory of where we left off, or are eager to get a jump start on the 2010 conference so you can ask informed questions, the archive of conference workshop notes from New Orleans (also listed below) is full of information.

 The U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives is offering an intensive training session for organizations who want to make their internal processes more democratic and participatory. 

Melissa Hoover's description follows:

 Intensive Training: Developing Democratic Capacity
Monday 8/9/2010

Anti-Racism in the Workplace two-day training, August 9th & 10th, 2010, UC Berkeley.

The U.S. Federation for Worker Cooperatives has organized an intensive 2-day workshop as part of the conference.  Here's how conference co-organizer, kiran nigam, bills it:    

Does God care about politics?  Yes, I believe he does.  However, hypocrisy is confusing the true nature of God, instilled by the hypocritical and misrepresentative advertising and inflated rhetoric of freedom, liberty, and equality.  In fact, modern education has now given us the procedure to allow Truth to appear, and it requires our education as activists and entrepreneurs.  The negative consequences of hypocrisy are building, as in sea levels and other environmental degradation.  Organic and fair trade food and other green products give us the other options.  While Corporations have perpetrated a Materialistic Consumer Culture that is mostly oblivious to the building consequences and dangers, we activists need to get educated and to express ourselves to define ourselves vigorously, and ultimately educate others.  As NYPIRG has organized a fuel buyers' group for windpower, Obama worked in community organizing, and ACORN actually reported the frauds the Republicans have tried to smear them with, God needs us to recognize the value of each person which can make them receptive to the Truth of democratic education, economics, and politics.

An awareness of progressive activity in the financial industry can help build the movement as a whole and help people become less dependent, and more independent of the destructive premises of the mainstream corporate economy.

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