Food

Author Craig Willse and organizer Imani Henry discuss housing, homelessness and the role of nonprofits in change-making (or not). Plus, an exclusive report from an upstate New York farm that's feeding people while fighting the school-to-prison pipeline. All that and Laura, inspired by Detroit's teachers, wonders when we’ll be ready for a grand national sick out.

 

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Margaret Bau: My name is Margaret Bau and today we are having a webinar in honor of Black History Month: The challenges and opportunities for cooperative development in African-American communities.

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In this video Marnie Thompson, Co-founder and Co-Managing Director of the Fund for Democratic Communities, talks about the origin of F4DC and how they are working to build a just economy.

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The Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance is pleased to present Capitalish.

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[Editor's note: this is the fourth installment of GEO founding-member Len Krimerman's new memoir. You can read the preface and introduction and the first two chapters here, here, and here. Look for chapter four next Monday.]

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[Editor's note: below are two brief interviews with worker-owners from two Little Rock, AR catering cooperatives: Solfood Catering and Box Populi.  Butterfly and Kenny discuss the innovative plans for their respective businesses, both of which aim to integrate food production, delivery and consumption in a sustainable, cooperative manner.  We'll have more interviews with worker-owners from the

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The 2014 Worker Coop Academy helped two existing worker cooperatives to improve their business practices. Mandela Foods Co-op streamlined produce ordering and display, while DIG co-op developed a business plan and mapped out improvements to their by-laws. New Economy, Solidarity Economy, economic development, business education.
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Originally published in the April, 2015 edition of the The Shuttle

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On some occasions, rare though they are, the slogan “Another world is possible,” becomes reality.
~Raul Zibechi

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Are the identities of activist and entrepreneur compatible? Judy Wicks is an entrepreneur and author who’s work has taken her from the Zapatistas in Mexico to neighborhood activism in Philadelphia. She co-founded the Free People's Store, which later became Urban Outfitters, and is the author of Good Morning Beautiful Business: the Unexpected Journey of an Activist Entrepreneur and Local Economy Pioneer. Also, activist and movement theorist Gopal Dayaneni takes us on a journey through critical economic analysis and how to resist capitalism.

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cross-posted from Shareable

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In this interview, Esteban Kelly of the AORTA Collective (Anti-Oppression Resource and Training Alliance) discusses the problems of exclusivity in food co-ops with Professor Andrew Zitcer of Drexel University.  Zitcer has recently published an article on the topic in journal Antipode:

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The first Small Business Administration (SBA) loan representative that I approached for a loan stopped answering my calls and emails when he learned that I belonged to a worker cooperative.  The federal agency designed to help small businesses succeed has a policy of lending to

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cross-posted from YES! Magazine

From kitchens that buy and sell locally grown food, to a waste co-op that will return compost to the land, new enterprises are building an integrated food network. It's about local people keeping the wealth of their land at home.

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[Editor's note:This is part three of Jim Johnson's interview with Ben Sandel of the CDS Consulting Co-op.  In this section, Ben discusses the recent explosive growth of food co-ops, cooperative responses to increased competition in the organic food market, and possible ways to expand food co-operatives beyond middle-class neighborhoods.  Parts one and two can be found here and

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[Editor's Note: In this section of our interview with Ben Sandel of the CDS Consulting Co-op, Jim Johnson asks how food co-ops can increase their share of the growing organic and local food markets.  Sandel suggests re-investment of profits along with a focus on growth, and points to Austin's Wheatsville Cooperative as a notable exemplar.  The need for new co-op finacial models, appropriate for urban and lower-income co-ops is also discussed.  You can read part one of the interview t

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[Editor's Note: This interview with Ben Sandel of CDS Consulting Co-op was recorded in November of 2013.  CDS provides consulting and resources for start-up food co-ops across the country.  Ben was also involved in starting the Friendly City Food Co-op in Harrisonburg VA.  Ben was interviewed by GEO Collective and Democracy At Work Network member, Jim Johnson.  Parts two and three of this intervie

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