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Cooperatives and the Black Community

An interview with Gregory Jackson

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October 5, 2020
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In part one of this six-part series, we spoke with Gregory Jackson of Repaired Nations. Repaired Nations' mission is to educate, organize and empower low income Black youth in the Bay Area to launch cooperative enterprises.

More about Greg:

Greg is a native of Oakland with deep family roots who feels fortunate to live within blocks of his family that now spans three generations. He is deeply committed to achieving economic equity in the East Bay through collective ownership and democratic decision-making. Recognizing the many social problems rooted in the unequal distribution of wealth and decision-making power, Greg focused his law school research on international cooperatives. During his internship with Sustainable Economies Law Center he created a pilot program for youth-led cooperative development. As a 2018 Equal Justice Works Legal Fellow, Greg aims to increase collective decision-making and cooperative-ownership in East Oakland. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy from San Diego State University, and a J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law.

Greg envisions a cooperative corridor in East Oakland where the historically disadvantaged are given autonomy to self-determine the development of their neighborhoods. Greg knows that youth are the future, and believes the stewards of today must learn to co-create with the inheritants of tomorrow. Greg also serves on the Steering Committee of the Oakland Climate Action Coalition and mentors at Youth Impact Hub. Greg enjoys art, travel, and meaningful conversation in his free time.

Follow more of Greg's work here:
Repaired Nations Website:
Repaired Nations Instagram: @repaired.nations

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Natalie Williams

I am working on posting the websites. both dot org and dot com. I want to set up a worker's cooperative in the CornHill Neighborhood of Utica, NY. Building connector hubs for Geodesic Domes - different sizes; out of metal. The structures can be used as shelters or greenhouses; and can serve many other functions. 25 foot diameter is my standard; but they can be both smaller and bigger. The plastic models are cartable, and are stronger than a tent. Write back. Natalie

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