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Paul Glover started the Ithaca Health Alliance in 1997 because it was clear that Big Insurance would never permit Congress to enact universal coverage. For $100/YEAR, members of the Ithaca co-op were covered for 12 categories of common emergency, to specified maximum amounts, anywhere in the world. http://www.ithacahealth.org After several years, they built their own free clinic.

From Jai Jai Noire out on the west coast:

1- Overview of the May 18th NoBAWC meeting/celebration

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NSDaLUnxVU

2- Bernard Marszalek on why coops need to define ourselves

http://youtu.be/4UKK5lQ1lIY

3- Community Colleges & Coops- a brief conversation

...we think differently about carpenters than most do.  First of all, when we hire a carpenter, we’re not just hiring a carpenter –  we are hiring a future owner, someone we imagine will stay here and with whom we will share ownership in five years.

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David Brancaccio, Marketplace Morning Report

Gar Alperovitz is a political economist and historian. His new book, called "What Then Must We Do: Straight Talk About the Next American Revolution", details systemic changes for the economy. He says co-ops are key to the nation's recovery.

The co-operative economy in the UK has grown 20% since the recession began in 2008.  During the same period, the number of co-ops has grown 28% and the number of memberships 36%.

"Co-operative enterprises across the UK represent a homegrown economy, one which is providing enduring solutions to the economic and social challenges of today’s society.

by Jamilah King

Change — yes, maybe even the radical kind — may be on its way to Jackson, Miss. The predominately black town elected activist Chokwe Lumumba to be its new mayor, and he’s got an ambitious plan for economic revival.

From the Belfast Telegram:

Lumumba’s election is stunning, because he is openly and avowedly radical on social and economic issues in a way seldom seen in American politics.

Jonathan Kissam

Democracy. A little over ten years ago, I had come to New York City with a van-full of my fellow union members, to join tens or hundreds of thousands of people who had come to protest the impending war against Iraq. A young white man on a subway car, berating us, explained how democracy works: "People voted for Bush, now he gets to do what he wants. That’s democracy."

By John Clay

A new wave of cooperatives is emerging in the US, and a big part of the inspiration is coming from what might seem an unlikely source: the United Steelworkers International Union (USW), which describes itself as North America's largest industrial union, with 1.2 million active and retired members.

In 2009 the USW joined with Mondragon Inc. of Spain and Kent State University's Ohio Employee-Ownership Center (OEOC) to start a discussion on bringing the successful Mondragon model of employee-owned cooperatives to the US.

 

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