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Catalyzing worker co-ops & the solidarity economy

Building Black Cooperatives

A Solution for Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

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October 21, 2016
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[Editor's note: below are two videos that, while separated by over 50 years in time, share a common theme.  First, Ed Whitfield of the Fund for Democratic Communities and Renaissance Community Co-op, dicusses cooperative economics in the context of reparations for historical and on-going racial injustice.  Then, in priceless archival footage, Father Albert McKnight from Lafayette, LA discusses the founding and operation of the Southern Consumers' Co-op, their impressive growth, and the many obstacles these Black cooperators had to overcome in building a better life for themselves.]


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Ed Whitfield is a musician, writer, and raconteur in Greensboro, North Carolina. He is co-directer of the Fund for Democratic Communities where he is working to build more democratically-based collaborative economic structures.







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