Tag Archives: Cooperatives

Care Before Profit: Organizing for Community-Led Healthcare

Care Before Profit: Organizing for Community-Led Healthcare
The question when it comes to Interfaith, according to NYSNA organizer Eliza Carboni, is, “How do we get decisions about our healthcare needs out of bankruptcy court and into the hands of the community?” The hospital, which has been in bankruptcy court since 2012, has nearly closed several times—most recently this winter—before the state agreed to release some $25 million in funds to keep it open through March as bankruptcy proceedings ... Read more

How Co-ops Helped Produce Foot Soldiers for Civil Rights

How Co-ops Helped Produce Foot Soldiers for Civil Rights
Southern pews and pulpits weren’t the only source of people power during the long civil rights movement. So, too, were cooperative economic enterprises. These worker or consumer-owned alternatives to U.S. capitalism helped train and produce civil rights leaders from A. Philip Randolph to Ella Baker and Fannie Lou Hamer to sitting congressman John Lewis (D-Ga.). That historical link, between the civil rights fight and alternative economic ... Read more

A Call to Develop a Worker Cooperative Sector in New York City

A Call to Develop a Worker Cooperative Sector in New York City
Worker cooperatives are democratic, worker-owned, worker-managed businesses. Worker co-ops have the potential to address many of the immoral and inefficient shortcomings of capitalist workplaces. In worker cooperatives, democratic worker-owners own and manage their own enterprises so they are highly motivated to create successful businesses in which the work is fulfilling, sustainable and meets the economic needs of both the worker-owners ... Read more

Housing Coops and Housing Trust Funds Control Cost of Housing

Housing Coops and Housing Trust Funds Control Cost of Housing
Homeownership increases social mobility and acts as a buffer against falling into poverty. For example, as an inheritance, a home can improve the economic outlook for future generations. Homes also have strong symbolic value as a key component of the American Dream. For these reasons, increasing access to homeownership is an important tool in the fight against inequality in America. Federal policies like thehome mortgage interest deduction ... Read more

Our Harvest [Union] Co-op

Our Harvest [Union] Co-op
February 17th, 2014 - You are invited to a presentation on UFCW Local 75’s (Cincinnati) project, the Our Harvest [Union] Co-op, at 6:00pm, next Monday night, February 17th, at Busboys and Poets on 5th and K Street, NW. The presentation is part of the restaurant’s monthly Bread & Roses labor program. Read more

What Would You Do If You Had Political Power?

What Would You Do If You Had Political Power?
We're continuing our series of interviews with Gar Alperovitz about what's next. What might a new economy look like? And in this segment of the interview we're going to ask Gar a question which we're going to be trying to answer over the next few years: what would you do if you ran Baltimore? What would you do if you ran Maryland? Read more

The Promise and Limitations of Worker Co-ops

The Promise and Limitations of Worker Co-ops
Well, in spite of all its success, Mondragon did not transform Spanish society, economy, or politics. And then, more recently, the Fagor division, which does electronics, washing machines, and dishwashers and such, essentially has gone bankrupt because they couldn't compete with cheaper Chinese products in the collapsing Spanish economy and such. So talk about, you know, what we can learn from Mondragon as a positive, but also the limits of ... Read more