LUCI presents to the Central Coast Labor Council on the 3rd of November 2021

This month, the Los Angeles Union Cooperative Initiative (LUCI) continues a local labor union outreach program in Ventura County in collaboration with the Central Coast Labor Council by giving a presentation to the monthly delegates meeting on November 3rd 2021 at 6 PM. LUCI is bringing experts from around the country to educate local labor unions in a series of monthly workshops on topics that include the basics as well as everything you need to know about ESOPS, writing First Right of Refusal Language in contracts to facilitate worker buyouts of  transitioning businesses, funding sources for buyouts and incubations of new businesses, democratic decision making in a workplace, among others.
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Please sign new Downtown Crenshaw petition

DO IT AGAIN: take 2 min to go to sign the NEW petition and donate for Black LA.

They are trying to sell our 40 acres for the 4th time, your signature turns into another email to the sellers letting them know that we are not backing down. The work is long, but the repercussions will be also. Stand with us today for Black self-determination, for thriving and rooted communities in South LA, for safety, health, nourishment, and cooperativism.

Sign, donate, share, share, share, share…

Downtown Crenshaw and local residents are tired of all the gentrification that is displacing the community and refuses to sit back any longer. They have been attempting to buy the mall for a long time, but have been ignored. They have now stepped up to let those involved know that they will be very resourceful in ensuring that they will be included in these talks and be heard, even if this means that they have to go to the homes of all those who are dismissing and ignoring them.

#DowntownCrenshaw #40AcresAndAMall
#LIVWRK #AsherAbehsera
#FDT #Trump #JaredKushner #Kushner
#SageFuchs #KelseyHunter #CIM
#ProtectTheHood #CrenshawMall #OnlyTheHoodCanSaveTheHood
@mhdcd8 @hollyjmitchell @mrtempower @livwrk @ktla5news @nbcla @cbsla @abc7la @lasentinelnews @lafocusnews @laweekly @kcrw

In Solidarity,
Lisabeth Ryder


"Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed citizens to change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has." –Margaret Mead"

LUCI and LA Fed Collaborate on Worker Ownership Workshops in 2021

This month, the Los Angeles Union Cooperative Initiative (LUCI) begins a local labor union outreach program in Los Angeles County in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor by giving a presentation to the monthly delegates meeting on January 25th, 2021 at 7 PM. LUCI is bringing experts from around the country to educate local labor unions in a series of monthly workshops on topics that include the basics as well as everything you need to know about ESOPS, writing First Right of Refusal Language in contracts to facilitate worker buyouts of  transitioning businesses, funding sources for buyouts and incubations of new businesses, democratic decision making in a workplace, among others.
Register for the workshops here:

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Please sign up and donate to founding our non-profit WORCS

Please sign up and donate to founding our non-profit WORCS

WORCS was founded 10 years ago to help create worker cooperatives and the driving force behind a lot of cooperative efforts in Southern California. Our organization is small but it is growing!

Please sign up on our micro-donation page

We have a scale between $5/mo and $20/mo

The consistency on the donations will help us establish a financial track record that will allow us to qualify for grant monies and bank loans to help create more worker cooperatives and educate the public.

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We are in the middle of restructuring our organization as the interest and need for economic alternatives are reaching levels none of us collectively have ever seen in our own lifetimes. WORCS is organizing this effort out of pocket to increase the amount of democratically owned and operated enterprises existing in the American SouthWest.

Arizmendi Bakery:

We currently have a study group that is now in direct talks with the lead cooperative developer, Tim Huet, of the Arizmendi Cooperative which has 5 Bakeries, a construction cooperative, and a Cheese Board cooperative. We are making major headway with this effort to bring this awesome Bakery.

Seed Meetings:

We do seed meetings to different groups around Southern California to explain that worker cooperatives may be an option they never have considered. We most recently had a meeting with 20 workers and the owner of a Cabin Resort near Lake Arrowhead to convert the business into a worker cooperative and the workers are now forming an exploratory committee. This serves as a catalyst sometimes by just simply conveying ideas in a very simple and clear way.

Here are some examples of our work in the city of Santa Ana that is helping the worker cooperative movement. Santa Ana passed ordinanced to help worker cooperative development.

We also have similar work in Las Vegas we are currently retrieving from years past where we generated work that influenced city officials.


WORCS is forming a consortium with Social Tap Cooperative which is a worker cooperative based in the OC/Long Beach area. They have a season of episodes interviewing cooperatives around the United States. We are also in talks about getting a podcast going that talks about cooperatives and economic alternatives. There are also going to do some promotional videos.

We will have this website up in a limited capacity this month. This is an e-commerce website that will sell things sourced only from cooperatives, mainly worker cooperatives. We are waiting to see for things to get more logical(economically) but we have about ten worker cooperatives so far we are going to purchase ranging from board games, gardening equipment, coffee, tea, different nut butters, merchandise, and more. This will help exist cooperatives have a new outlet to sell their products

Please sign up on our micro-donation page

We have a scale between $5/mo and $20/mo

The consistency on the donations will help us establish a financial track record that will allow us to qualify for grant monies and bank loans to help create more worker cooperatives and educate the public.

In Solidarity,
Lisabeth Ryder


"Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed citizens to change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has." –Margaret Mead"


LUCI: Los Angeles Union Cooperative Initiative


The Los Angeles Union Cooperative Initiative recognizes and acknowledges the pain, anger, frustration, and horror provoked by historic racism and on-going attacks by the police on Black communities in the U.S. 

We stand in solidarity against the violence endured by Black people, particularly at the hands of law enforcement. We uphold the values of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility, and find strength in the union belief that “an injury to one is an injury to all.”  We uphold the the AFL-CIO’s constitution which states that no affiliate activities can be tolerated that “are consistently directed toward the achievement of the program or purposes of authoritarianism, totalitarianism, terrorism and other forces that suppress individual liberties and freedom of association and oppose the basic principles of free and democratic trade unionism.”

We will lead with our actions by seeking in all of our work to actively dismantle white supremacy and prioritize Black people and communities through this Council.  

We will take public stances against physical, psychological, and other forms of abuse, promote policies that address issues of racism, ally ourselves with labor organizations that take anti-racist positions on these issues, and confront labor organizations that do not.

We stand in solidarity with this statement of the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives (USFWC), and the Union Co-op Council of the USFWC,  and recognize our role and the role of labor in job and wealth creation for Black people through the worker co-op model.



Today, there must be action for justice.

To all Black people: we see you, we love you, and we stand in solidarity with you.

We stand with the massive protests across the country fighting against anti-Black racism and pushing to defund the police. We are proud of how many members raised their voices by joining in those protests. Ninety-nine years to the day after Black Wall Street in Tulsa, Oklahoma was burned to the ground, our outrage persists. We continue to be enraged by cycles of institutionalized racism in public health, in a system of food apartheid, in hostile public schools, and in militarized police all leading to the loss of Black lives. We continue to show up for one another in these and related struggles. Our communities are strengthened through cooperation when we fight systemic injustices as a multi-racial, multi-gendered movement.

The failure of our government to deliver justice is no surprise while those systems rest on violence, aggression, xenophobia, and anti-blackness. It is enraging that the President yet again calls for attacks on U.S. residents. These cycles cannot continue. We recognize the deep need for a just transition toward a people-centered, inclusive, cooperative economy that uplifts our Black communities instead of extracting wealth from them and tearing them apart. 

Cooperatives stabilize their communities – increasing economic impact, creating dignified jobs, increasing benefits and wages, and encouraging civic participation (Jessica Gordon-Nembhard, Collective Courage). We have the potential for broad-based impact because co-ops are everywhere. We recently heard from USFWC board member Hilary Johnson, who is based in Minneapolis, just a few blocks away from the uprisings this past week. Hilary shared how the local cooperative community has resourced efforts on the ground, like the Hub Bicycle Co-op, itself just half a block away from the 3rd Precinct and the center of actions there.

The USFWC joins movements demanding accountability, oversight, and democratic governance of law enforcement policies. We continue to uplift the Movement for Black Lives policy platform, amplified by the call from Color of Change to end the war on Black people by:

  1. Changing police ‘use of force’ policies.
  2. End ‘broken windows’ policing and stop unnecessary prosecution of low-level offenses.
  3. Establish effective civilian oversight boards with investigative and subpoena powers.
  4. Respond to mental health crises with healthcare, not policing responses.
  5. Require independent investigations in all cases where police kill or seriously injure people.
  6. End the profit motive in policing.
  7. Invest in healthy communities not policing
  8. Do away with unfair protections for officers in police union contracts and Law Enforcement Officers’ ‘Bills of Rights.’
  9. Increase transparency and accountability for officers with records of misconduct.

We know our community is diverse, and we call on non-Black members of our network to truly listen to the clear and persistent directives from Black people. Engage with the demands and calls to actions from Black-led organizations. Amplify their messages. Below are suggestions from among our wider network. They identify suggested bail fund donations, rebuilding through co-op advocacy, offers for virtual spaces to process and heal, and places for sharpening our political education and movement strategies:

Take Action & Learn More

We are witnessing the fall of a system that was built on the exploitation of Black bodies, indigenous land and indigenous bodies, and the continuous denial of basic human rights. The collapse of this system is touching us in a personal and collective way and is now coalescing in a global call to action. As we pass through this moment of grief and rage, we must unify efforts across movements because unleashing democracy– especially when powered by cooperative economics– leads us toward a future that is sustainable, inclusive, and based on principles of racial and economic justice.

In cooperation,

The U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives team


Pandemic Crash Shows Worker Co-ops Are More Resilient Than Traditional Business

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Pandemic Crash Shows Worker Co-ops Are More Resilient Than Traditional Business

A person walks past a closed business in Brooklyn on April 23, 2020, in New York City.A person walks past a closed business in Brooklyn on April 23, 2020, in New York City.SPENCER PLATT / GETTY IMAGES
BYBrian Van Slyke, TruthoutPUBLISHEDMay 8, 2020
While we have no way to know yet the full extent of the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, by all accounts it could be as bad — if not far worse — than the 2008 crash. In fact, in terms of unemployment alone, the numbers are already staggering: more than 33 million jobs have been lost so far in the U.S. during the coronavirus shutdowns, compared to the roughly 8.6 million lost in the Great Recession.

Following that crisis, many working people turned to the worker cooperative model as a way to build economic resiliency and stability for themselves. In the decade after 2008, the number of worker-owned cooperatives in the United States nearly doubled, increasing from 350 to 600. I know, because I am a member of one of those cooperatives that formed: The TESA Collective, which creates tools and games for social change.

A worker cooperative like ours is a business that is democratically owned and governed by the employees themselves, called worker-owners. Each worker owns one equal share in the business and has one vote in its governance structure. Essentially, it is democracy at work.

“It does the opposite of what a traditional firm does,” says Esteban Kelly, executive director of the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives, an organization supporting the worker cooperative movement, and of which the TESA Collective is a member. “Traditional firms, when times are good, they take that surplus, they distribute it to the investors or maybe pay off debt, but they don’t necessarily do a lot of bonus pay for rank-and-file or increase wages,” Kelly told Truthout. “When times are bad, they panic. And then maybe they get bailed out, maybe they declare bankruptcy … but it’s basically a model of austerity. They’re slashing jobs and benefits.”

Kelly explains that on the other hand, when worker-owned businesses are doing well, they share the benefits among worker-owners. This is most commonly achieved by increasing wages, expanding benefits, distributing dividends to the employees (instead of absentee stockowners) and reinvesting in their communities. But when business is tough, a worker cooperative equitably shares the burden. Instead of mass layoffs, the workers, who are the equal owners, strive to find collective solutions. Worker-owners might vote to take voluntary pay cuts so no one person loses their job, and worker committees might try to find new markets the cooperative can expand into.

Kelly says that because worker co-ops share the benefits in the good times and the burdens in the hard times, they are a more sustainable form of business. And the data agrees with him:

One 2019 study found that worker cooperatives in the United States survive through their first six to 10 years at a rate 7 percent higher than traditional small businesses. And in 2012, research revealed that in France and Spain, worker cooperatives “have been more resilient than conventional enterprises during the economic crisis” that followed the 2008 crash. Another study of businesses in Uruguay from 1997 – 2009 demonstrated that “the hazard of dissolution is 29% lower” for worker-managed firms. In fact, as documented by the Sustainable Economies Law Center, there is a growing body of evidence that shows across the world, cooperatives in general are a more resilient business model.

Cooperating Their Way Through Crisis

Resiliency does not equal immunity to a global pandemic and economic crisis, however, and worker co-ops have certainly felt the impact from the coronavirus outbreak.

“Whole segments of work have disappeared overnight,” says Ross Newport, a longtime worker-owner at Community Printers. Community Printers, a cooperative with 33 members, is an industrial-scale print and packaging shop, having been in business since 1977.

Still, how a worker co-op business responds to and absorbs its losses is decided through cooperative decision making, not passed down from owners and managers.

“We have not laid anyone off,” Newport reports. Community Printers, which has been deemed an essential business in California and remains open, has had to significantly restructure the shop to maintain social distancing. Half of the workers are voluntarily furloughed and receiving unemployment, all while the co-op continues to pay for their benefits.

Yet, in a worker cooperative, protecting the voices of members and their democratic structure is also key. Here too, cooperatives have found creative solutions during this unprecedented crisis.

“It is very difficult to make group decisions with everyone physically separated,” says Newport. So the decision-making processes of the co-op have evolved to match the needs of the current emergency, with members forming small groups that are entrusted to make decisions that the whole cooperative would normally make together.

“We have made it clear that as we come back together all the decisions that have been made by smaller groups can be reviewed. So far, it seems that people appreciate that the crisis requires new solutions.”

Allie Wilson Plasek, a worker-owner at the Mariposa Gardening and Design Cooperative, also said that their business quickly dried up when the pandemic came into full swing. But she believes the cooperative’s democratic ownership structure has been critical for its survival.

“Co-ownership has made this pandemic much easier to swallow as a small business,” Wilson Plasek says. “Based on skill-set, interest and experience, we have all sort of divided up what we can and should be working on. It makes it so employees have a stronger sense of well-being. If we were a sole proprietorship, I think someone would have burned out already with all the expectations of keeping the business afloat.”

This crisis has made clear that one of the strengths of a worker cooperative is not just the democratic ownership structure, but also the ability for workers to pool their collective knowledge and passion.

“Because there are so many of us, and we all deeply care about our studio’s mission and survival, we were all willing to make certain concessions,” says Catherine Murcek of Samamkāya, a yoga studio cooperative with 19 worker-owners. “We adjusted our pay scale so that it is similar but allows the studio to make a little bit more money…. Furthermore, many of us volunteered a lot of time to researching different options for moving forward through the crisis.”

Samamkāya had to quickly adapt to the new social distancing reality: the co-op moved its yoga sessions to online classes only and began working together to access emergency funds through cooperative support organizations, such as the $5,000 they received via the Disaster Recovery Fund grant offered by the Cooperative Development Foundation.

“I just have to say I am so appreciative of the fact that I have a vote in how the business is run,” Murcek says. “We were all able together to come up with a solution that was the best possible for both the worker owners and the survival of the business.”

Transforming Cooperatives to Meet New, Urgent Needs

The democratic ownership structure of cooperatives also allows them to collectively adapt to a changing world.

The worker-owners of Mariposa Gardening and Design Cooperative realized that while they couldn’t offer their normal landscaping services, several of their members were already skilled in growing food gardens. So they launched a new service to build and maintain food beds throughout the Bay Area, in anticipation of growing food uncertainty due to the stress COVID-19 has put on the food system. The purpose of these food gardens is to allow community members to have direct access to food. The co-op will offer to build food beds for customers outside of their homes or apartments, which Mariposa can maintain and harvest — or community members can do themselves.

Meanwhile, the workers at Community Printers have chosen to shift to a model where they are prioritizing work for essential services, manufacturing products that aid in the struggle against the pandemic. They have begun designing and printing large health education posters for freeway overpasses and the sides of busses. And they have also started to expand the type of materials they are producing, manufacturing hospital gowns as well as building partition walls for emergency facilities and homeless shelters.

Some cooperatives have even teamed up to shift their production models to meet aid and relief needs of other cooperatives. Cooperative Home Care Associates (CHCA), the largest worker cooperative in the United States with over 1,000 members, offers home care visits throughout New York City. But shortly after the pandemic struck, CHCA began running out of masks for its staff. Meanwhile, there was a national shortage of surgical masks, and price gouging was making purchasing them in bulk almost impossible.

That’s when CHCA came up with a creative solution: members reached out to another worker-owned cooperative they knew that was skilled in the textile industry. Opportunity Threads, which employs over 50 people and primarily immigrants, typically makes products like special order t-shirts. But by working with CHCA to refine their production line, the worker-owners of Opportunity Threads were able to begin manufacturing the surgical masks for CHCA’s home care workers — offering a desperately needed resource to protect the co-op’s staff and their clients.

Worker Cooperatives as a Path Forward

During a recent online teach-in, author and activist Naomi Klein brought attention to the potential of worker cooperatives as a pathway out of the looming economic crisis.

“As small businesses go into crisis, we need to be pushing for worker ownership. Rather than being shut down, every workplace should have the option for workers to turn it into a cooperative before it goes into bankruptcy,” Klein said.

Many in the worker cooperative movement are already moving quickly to lay the groundwork for such transitions. Matt Cropp, co-executive director of the Vermont Employee Ownership Center, says that many small business owners will likely just decide to close down rather than struggle to become a “re-start-up.”

“Staring down the prospect of 70+ hour weeks and going into debt to recapitalize, many will be giving serious consideration to simply liquidating and walking away,” Cropp told Truthout. “Worker co-op developers are working on how we might reach business owners with the worker co-op conversion idea.”

Converting traditional businesses to worker-ownership has been a growing trend for the worker co-op movement over the past few years, and it appears the coronavirus crisis will speed up the necessity of these efforts. Typically, this transition is achieved when owners sell their business to the employees, which gives owners a safe way to exit the company while allowing workers to keep (and democratize) their jobs.

On the national scale, the worker co-op federation is mobilizing and advocating for existing worker co-ops. Together with a coalition of other cooperative organizations, they successfully lobbied to have cooperatives included in the stimulus funding for small businesses. As a result, Samamkāya was able to be included in the first round of stimulus relief offered by the Small Business Administration, while Community Printers and Mariposa were approved in the second round of funding.

Perhaps most impressive, however, is how the worker co-op federation has been helping to repurpose cooperatives that are temporarily closed to aid in relief efforts.

“We’re trying to organize our members into rapid response co-ops,” says Kelly of the federation. “So taking workforces that are not viable during social distancing and repurposing them into some of the value chains that are needed, like more meal delivery co-ops.”

One of the best examples of the formation of rapid response cooperatives is the above story of CHCA and Opportunity Threads. But beyond that, others have emerged as well, such as Sustainergy, a green home improvement cooperative based in Cincinnati, which has pivoted some of their operations to grocery delivery services for the time being. This is in response to the fact that many people will not be looking to do home improvements while belts tighten, but an increasing number of community members need food brought to their doorsteps.

Worker cooperatives, business models based on mutual aid and solidarity, will likely once again see an explosion of interest and energy as this crisis wears on, just like they did after the 2008 crash. We are heading toward a period of great economic upheaval, and worker-ownership may be one of our most powerful tools in the immediate and long-term aftermath to build economic resiliency for everyday people.

Jessica Gordon Nembhard June 30, 2019 5:00 p.m.

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Jessica Gordon-Nembhard, author of Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice. Los Angeles June 30.

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Sunday • June 30, 2019
5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Mount Saint Mary’s University
Rose Hills Auditorium
10 Chester Place • Los Angeles, CA 90007
Join Us to Build
Cooperative Businesses with People
Returning HOME from Prison or Jail!
An Evening of knowledge sharing,
entertainment & networking
Jessica Gordon-Nembhard
Jessica Gordon-Nembhard is a political economist and professor of community justice and social economic development in the Africana Studies Department at John Jay College, City University of NY; and author of
Collective Courage: A History of African American
Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice.
The evening will include a dynamic program with Jessica Gordon-Nembhard, Cooperative Partners, Collective REMAKE, and entertainment followed by a reception with delicious treats and fun.
Mount Saint Mary’s University • Rose Hills Auditorium
10 Chester Place • Los Angeles, CA 90007
Doors Open: 4:30 p.m.
Network, buy RAFFLE TICKETS, Make ART,
and check out SILENT AUCTION Items.
Program Starts: 5:00 p.m.
Featured Speaker: Jessica Gordon-Nembhard, author of
Collective Courage: A History of African American
Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice*
Panel discussions with Collective REMAKE members
and Community Partners.
Entertainment: TBA
*Collective Courage: A History of African American
Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice
books will be available for purchase at the event
Reception: 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Silent Auction, Raffle, and ART Making
Refreshments to include lemonade, ice tea, beer, wine and treats.
Proceeds from this event will go to support
Collective REMAKE and participating partners.

Niki Okuk Represents LUCI at the Bioneers Conference

Worker Cooperatives were discussed by Gar Alperovitz as the Next System at the Bioneers Conference 20 OCT 2018

Why We Need A Next System

As ecological and economic justice movements hit the same hard limits of possibility, being realistic in our time in history means getting serious about what might have formerly been seen as impossible: actually replacing our broken corporate capitalist system. Gar Alperovitz, co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative and co-chair of its Next System Project, will show how we can begin to build together for the systemic change we need to save both democracy and the planet. As a political economist, author, former legislative director in the House and Senate, nonprofit innovator and scholar, Gar will share breakthrough models for community-based political-economic development and new institutions of community wealth ownership. He’ll highlight local, state and national policy approaches to community stability in the era of globalization that really work and can spread widely.

Gar Alperovitz

Co-Founder The Democracy Collaborative

Gar Alperovitz, Ph.D., President of the National Center for Economic and Security Alternatives, co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative and co-chair of the Next System Project, has had a distinguished career as a historian, political economist, professor, scholar, activist, policy expert, and government official. The author of many critically acclaimed books, including on atomic diplomacy, his articles are widely published in leading news outlets, and he has frequently testified before Congress.

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Niki Okuk

Niki Okuk, MBA, is the founder of Rco Tires, which has recycled more than 300 million pounds of rubber, diverting 70 million gallons of oil from landfills, making it one of California’s largest sustainability plants (it’s also one of its most progressive firms in its hiring and management practices). Okuk previously worked in Joseph Stiglitz’s office and in finance in Korea and Singapore.

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Kali Akuno

Kali Akuno, co-founder and Co-Director of Cooperation Jackson, served as the Director of Special Projects in the administration of the late, renowned progressive Jackson, Mississippi Mayor, Chokwe Lumumba, focusing on the development of eco-friendly and human rights-enhancing policies in the city. Kali also previously served as the Co-Director of the U.S. Human Rights Network and as Executive Director of the Peoples’ Hurricane Relief Fund (PHRF).

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Aaron Tanaka

Aaron Tanaka, founder and Director of the Boston-based Center for Economic Democracy, is a community organizer, grant-maker, impact investor, and a founding organizer of the Boston Ujima Project, which brings together neighbors, workers, business owners and investors to create a new community-controlled regional economy. He is an Echoing Green and BALLE Fellow, and co-chair of the national New Economy Coalition and the Asian American Resource Workshop.
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Ellen Brown

Ellen Brown, an attorney and leading public banking advocate, founder of the Public Banking Institute and Senior Fellow of the Democracy Collaborative, is the author of hundreds of articles and 12+ books, including the best-selling Web of Debt, The Public Bank Solution and the upcoming Banking on the People. She also co-hosts the "It’s Our Money" radio program on PRN.FM.

Workers Economy Encuentro- Nov. 8-10 in Mexico City

The Workers Economy network is a global network of unions, labor studies centers, cooperatives, activists, and other organizations focused on building worker control.

They convene periodic international and regional gatherings. The next one is a regional conference November 8-10th in Mexico City. Here is more information and the registration info:

It’s a great place to build international solidarity and meet comrades from across Latin America. Is anyone here planning on going?

The Co-op Cafe worker collective is sending a delegation to the conference next month, we’d love to connect with other folks from this network who are planning on attending.

Sick of Being Poor: The Deadly Impacts of Poverty


On Sept. 5, 2018, small-business owner Niki Okuk, who founded Compton, California-based RCO Tires in 2012, explored the way systemic class oppression operates to make and keep people poor, and how this can take its toll on bodies and minds. She recounted the daily challenges and obstacles her employees face in securing affordable housing, reliable transportation, fair treatment by law enforcement and more. Okuk also examined worker-owned cooperative businesses as one way to create greater justice and equity for working people.

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