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Nancy Folbre (UMass Amherst economist) on the economics of worker cooperatives
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A report from the recent Forum in Tokyo
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Organized by Just, Alternative, Sustainable Economics (JASEcon) in Oakland, CA, the Festival of Grassroots Economics brought people together to imagine an "economy for people and planet."
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Gar Alperovitz talks about the thousands of economic innovations that are rising up to challenge "dog-eat-dog capitalism."
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The Maker of "Capitalism: a Love Story" has some suggestions for action. They include, among other things, turning your workplace into a cooperative...
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Workers at an elder care home in Jefferson, Wisconsin are considering the conversion of their workplace to a worker-cooperative.
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Russian anarchist Peter Kropotkin's ideas about evolution and cooperation in nature are still cutting-edge and very relevant to efforts to build a solidarity economy
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Pedal People Cooperative, a worker-owned human-powered delivery and hauling service for the Northampton, Massachusetts area, is hiring part-time riders/co-owners for work beginning in December.

The application deadline is October 17. Please see http://www.pedalpeople.com/apply for details. 

 

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West Oakland welcomes co-op's healthy foods
from Carolyn Said of the San Francisco Chronicle

Eight local residents are worker-owners who make all the store's business decisions and perform all its functions - including cashiering, stocking shelves, cleaning, taking inventory and ordering.

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Organization Name: Interfaith Worker Justice
Website: www.iwj.org
Location: 1020 W Bryn Mawr, Chicago, IL
Job Post Date: 17 Sep 2009
Job Terms: Full Time
Salary: Depending on experience, between $35,000 and $45,000 annually.
Anticipated Start Date: As soon as possible
Title: Workers' Center Network Coordinator

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This year's Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy (July 31-August 2) offered a bicycle tour of a "People's History of Pittsburgh", led by Eric Boerer of Bike Pittsburgh.

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Evergreen Cooperative Laundry in Cleveland, Ohio
Worker coops in Cleveland to build wealth for inner-city residents

A group of Cleveland non-profits is backing a socially-conscious, eco-development in an inner-city neighborhood. They hope the environmentally-friendly workers cooperative will help build wealth for impoverished residents. Evergreen Laundry is the first of several cooperative ventures envisioned for the University Circle neighborhood.
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The US Social Forum is a movement-building process to build a powerful multi-racial, multi-sectoral, inter-generational, diverse, inclusive, internationalist movement that transforms this country and changes history. It will be happening June 22-26, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. The USSF is a large, mostly volunteer effort with stakeholders all across the country and several moving parts.
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Carl Davidson of the US Solidarity Economy Network, on The Daily Kos
Pittsburgh: Worker Coops Meet to Save the Rust Belt and the Rest of Us, Too
Worker and Community Coops Gather in Rust Belt’s Pittsburgh to Build Solidarity

Andrew McLeod's blog, Cooperate and No One Gets Hurt
The Rust Belt shines

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Factory in the Hands of Workers

Zanon belongs to the people: FASINPAT wins definitive expropriation
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What if money wasn't so fast and slippery?
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Pathways to democratic local economies
Awards Available for Youth Leaders
Fair work, fair wages, worker's control
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