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Catalyzing worker co-ops & the solidarity economy

Racial Justice

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May 27, 2014

Black Co-ops Were A Method of Economic Survival

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Jessica Gordon-Nembhard talks about her research into the history of African-American co-ops.

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September 12, 2022

The Genius of Ella Jo Baker

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Ella Baker is well-regarded as a giant in the Civil Rights Movement, known for her unique participatory grassroots organizing style and also for her ability to galvanize young people to bring a militancy in the struggle to end segregation. But Baker is less known for her innovative organizing prowess before the 1960s – forming a network of self-help cooperatives to bring economic relief to black people during the Depression.Ella Baker is well-regarded as a giant in the Civil Rights Movement, known for her unique participatory grassroots organizing style and also for her ability to galvanize young people to bring a militancy in the struggle to end segregation. But Baker is less known for her innovative organizing prowess before the 1960s – forming a network of self-help cooperatives to bring economic relief to black people during the Depression.

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September 1, 2022

African Heritage Food Co-op

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The African Heritage Food Co-op (AHFC)  was formed so that Black communities in Western New York State, including Niagara Falls and Buffalo, can take ownership of their food system, create jobs and use resources to improve the health and well-being of residents.

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August 22, 2022

How the Ghana Susu System Helps the African Diaspora

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Canadian members of the African diaspora make use of traditional forms of group savings, known as susu, to overcome financial and cultural exclusion in the mainstream system. 

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August 11, 2022

Sociocracy and the Solidarity Economy

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The Community Purchasing Alliance is advancing the solidarity economy with the power of cooperative purchasing, shifting $17.9M to minority business enterprise (MBE) since 2017.

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August 1, 2022

The History of African American Cooperative Eco-Systems

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In this session, Jessica Gordon-Nembhard will discuss the history of African American mutual aid and cooperative economics, Black cooperative economic thought, the most prolific periods in the US African American Cooperative movement, and contemporary and previous examples of worker-owned cooperatives, lessons learned, and the way forward.

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May 19, 2022

Rotating Savings and Credit Associations

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A Rotating Savings and Credit Association (ROSCA) is a group of individuals who act as an alternative financial institution. Each person contributes money towards a common fund, and the funds rotate through members at regular intervals. The member who borrows the funds will eventually repay their portion back into the association so the next member can withdraw their share.

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April 25, 2022

Mumbet's Freedom Farm

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Mumbet’s Freedom Farm is a Black and Brown-led cooperative farm located at the base of a mountain in Sheffield, Massachusetts. In this episode I speak with worker-owner DeeArah Wright about their journey from the city towards collective rural land stewardship.

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April 18, 2022

Black Women in Co-op Movement & CDF's “Unsung Heroes Project”

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Jessica Gordon-Nembhard, Ph.D., Professor at John Jay College, and economic social justice advocate discusses her research on Black women in the U.S. co-op movement, and the Cooperative Development Fund's "Unsung Heroes Project."

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March 24, 2022

Cooperative Finance in Haiti and Grenada

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A report on the widespread use of formal and informal financial cooperatives by the people of Haiti and Grenada.