Voices from the Cooperative Movement

Adrionna Fike 

Mandela Foods Co-op

Oakland, CA

Why do you prefer cooperatives/cooperation?
I prefer cooperatives because there are no limits to what we can do, working together, in full cooperation –  being of service to actual community needs.
What excites you most about your work right now?
I am most excited to encourage and support emerging and expanding coops – with my dollars and by sharing what I am learning through my cooperative experiences.
If you were playing Rise Up, what would your movement be?
My movement would be food justice – food justice that prioritized food access for those of us with the least: our homeless family, those with no income, those severely disabled without any or extremely little support.  A movement that requires healthy food businesses (like ours) to deliver its excess food to people in need. And if we don’t deliver upon excess, everyone loses. GAME OVER.
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