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Catalyzing worker co-ops & the solidarity economy

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Megan McGee volunteers with several Mutual Aid projects in NYC.

Aaron Vansintjan is a PhD Candidate at Birkbeck, University of London. He researches and writes about food, gentrification, cities, and politics. He is a co-editor of Uneven Earth.

Ebony Gustave is the founder of website Cooperative Journal.

Solidarity Chicago is a group of solidarity economy activists that formed in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

black & brown is a London based production company headed by Cassie Quarless & Usayd Younis. We are bringing challenging and exciting films that centre people of colour to mass audiences. black & brown’s first feature documentary Generation Revolution was released in UK cinemas in November 2016 and the company is currently developing a slate of new projects.

Novara Media is an independent media organisation addressing the issues that are set to define the 21st century, from a crisis of capitalism to racism and climate change. Within that context our goal is a simple one: to tell stories and provide analysis shaped by the political uncertainties of the age, elevating critical perspectives you’re unlikely to find elsewhere.

We broadcast our podcast #TyskySour live every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8pm as well as additional shows during times of national crisis and on special occasions. We also release video essays, documentaries and opinion pieces from our contributing editors Aaron Bastani, Ash Sarkar and from leading academics, activists and commentators.

Mike Miller’s background includes the early student movement at UC Berkeley, field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (1962-end of 1966), directorship of a Saul Alinsky community organizing project (1967-68), and a number of subsequent organizing projects. His articles on labor and community organizing and politics have appeared in The Ark, Berkeley Journal of Sociology, Christianity & Crisis, Class Matters, COMM.org, Communique for New Politics, CounterPunch, Dissent, Farmworker Documentation Project, Generations, Grassroots Economic Organizing, International Journal of Urban & Regional Research, Just Economics, the liberal democrat, The Movement, New Conversations, New Labor Forum,Organizing, Organize Training Center Publications, The Organizer, Poverty & Race Reports, Race, Poverty & The Environment, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner, Social Policy, Socialist Review, Shelterforce, Stansbury Forum, Sun Reporter and Working U.S.A.

He is author of Community Organizing: A Brief Introduction (Euclid Avenue Press/Milwaukee) and A Community Organizer’s Tale: People and Power in San Francisco (Heyday Books), co-author of The People Fight Back (Organize Training Center/San Francisco), and co-editor of the recently published People Power: The Organizing Tradition of Saul Alinsky (Vanderbilt University Press). He adapted and abbreviated for publication Rachel B. Reinhard’s PhD dissertation The Politics of Change…The Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party: A case study of the Rise and Fall of Insurgency, and is currently writing An Organizer's Life: Behind the Slogan. (Euclid Avenue Press/Milwaukee).

He lectures, mentors and leads workshops in community organizing, and has taught community organizing, urban politics or political science at major universities, including University of California, Stanford, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Notre Dame (Catholic Committee on Urban Ministry), San Francisco State, Hayward State and Lone Mountain College.

He has consulted with labor, religious, broad-based community, interest and identity organizations.

He directs ORGANIZE Training Center at www.organizetrainingcenter.org. You can reach Mike at mikeotcmiller@gmail.com.

Ruby Irene Pratka is a freelance wordsmith based in Montreal... for now. She speaks English, French, Russian, and some Haitian Creole. Her work has taken her around her adoptive province

Owen Kelly grew up in Birkenhead, worked in Brixton, and now lives in Helsinki. He has worked in physical theatre and as a community artist, cultural consultant, computer trainer and web designer.

He served for five years as a member of the board of Pixelache, a digital “arts” collective, and continues as an active member. He currently works as principal lecturer in online media at Arcada, a university of applied science in Helsinki.

Gordon Edgar loves cheese and worker-owned co-ops, and has been combining both of these infatuations as the cheese buyer for San Francisco’s Rainbow Grocery Cooperative since 1994. Edgar has been a judge at numerous national cheese competitions, a board member for the California Artisan Cheese Guild, and has had a blog since 2002, which can be found at www.gordonzola.net. His latest book, Cheddar: A Journey to the Heart of America’s Most Iconic Cheese investigates America’s relationship with cheddar, why we love it, and the effect that cheese has had on the American food system. Edgar’s cheese memoir, Cheesemonger: A Life on the Wedge was published in 2010.