The U.S. post office on Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. is a bastion on its Harlem block. Entrenched beside a pawnshop, a cash-for-gold business, and a commercial bank many in the neighborhood are unable to use, the facility is essentially a fortress.

In 1921, the Olympia Veneer Company became the first worker-owned cooperative to produce plywood. By the early 1950s, nearly all of the plywood produced in the United States was manufactured by worker-owned cooperatives. Today, however, worker-owned cooperatives seem few and far between.

Editor's note: While this 2010 piece from The American Catholic misses the mark in many ways, it does contain a few solid critiques and considerations for worker co-operatives.  The author adopts many of the standard capitalist criticisms of worker ownership--criticisms we would do well, as cooperators, to formulate cogent responses to, both rhetorical and practical.

The Right to the City (RTC), an activist housing justice alliance, has broadened its agenda to include advocating for community land trusts (CLTs) and other permanently affordable housing arrangements.

WHEELS Women Mechanics Collective seeks a Part Time Director to provide the following:


Talking about governance problems at the Co-operative Group, our friend and fellow co-operator Sion Whellens, of worker co-operative Calverts Design & Print, said “co-operative culture eats co-operative governance for breakfast!”


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