Cooperative organic ag

Vía Orgánica has developed a model that has enabled them to have a substantial impact in the region. Through establishing a restaurant, a store and a weekly street market, and sponsoring a series of classes and workshops, they’ve been able to hire 60 full-time staff and provide a decent living for more than 200 growers who are part of their …

Pueblo’s Electric Utility Commission

Pueblo, CO, Office of the Mayor,  Electric Utility Commission, Pueblo and area residents have indicated they are unhappy with the services they have received rom Black Hills Energy. The City resolves to take the steps necessary to determine the legal, financial, and operational feasibility of exercising its right in the year 2020 to provide electric utility service within the territorial …

Organizing home cleaners into worker-owned cooperatives

For domestic workers like home cleaners, having a job often does not guarantee bringing in enough wages to get by. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, home cleaners earn just around $11 per hour. Their schedules are often unpredictable, and they’re not offered benefits. And if they find jobs through a gig-economy platform like Handy, they likely have to give around 20% of what …

Community Land Trusts Are a Model for Reparations

By Laura Flanders, Truthout, July 2, 2019, https://truthout.org/articles/community-land-trusts-are-a-model-for-reparations/ This year has already seen more Democrats talking about reparations than ever, including several running for the presidency. Now, rather than writing checks to individuals, more and more people are talking about collective strategies for repair and reparation. Community land trusts, cooperatives and mutual housing associations, for example, might offer a way to transfer …

Public-Common Partnerships: Building New Circuits of Collective Ownership

Public-Common Partnerships: Building New Circuits of Collective Ownership on July 6, 2019 at the P2P Foundation  Download the PDF here Executive summary This report introduces a new institutional framework for a transformative socialist politics: the Public-Common Partnership (PCP). Whilst the era of new public-private partnerships in the UK has apparently come to an end, more than £199 billion of Public Private …

Green New Deal is a Model for Worker Power. The 108th Int’l Labor Conference Recognizes Co-ops as ‘Future of Work’. Co-ops building affordable housing on Pine Ridge.

The Green New Deal is More Than a Climate Plan, It’s a Model for Building Worker Power. At the heart of the Green New Deal is a recognition that shifting to clean energy could leave many behind. That’s why the plan protects workers’ right to organize, calls for universal health care, retirement security and union jobs at a living wage. …

Reduced consumption means more compact homes, closer together, with less driving and more sharing and repairing

Consumption emissions from goods, food, and services are huge — and politically explosive.By David Roberts@drvoxdavid@vox.com  Jul 1, 2019, 11:30am EDTSHARE What greenhouse gas emissions are you responsible for? That question is not as easy to answer as it might appear. Say you drive to the store, buy a soda, and drive home. Your car (unless you have an electric vehicle) spewed a …

Organizing is like building cooperatives

Excerpt: Break away from PowerPoint and surveys. Develop a 10-month project with the participants that allows them to explore those topics through their own project-based learning. Create milestones, practice interpersonal skills, have meetings with funders and lawyers, and have it all fit into a larger programmatic arc that will leave participants with experiences they can learn from and build upon. We Need …

What if Workers Owned Their Workplaces? The cooperative movement is showing that worker-owned businesses can not only survive, but thrive.

May 10, 2019  By Michelle Chen Can good values be good business, too? For generations, the cooperative movement has been answering with a resounding “Yes!” After a surge of entrepreneurial fervor following the 2007 economic collapse, cooperative ventures are even getting a nod from our divided government: In August, Congress passed the Main Street Employee Ownership Act. The measure aims to help …

City and other plans to facilitate worker ownership. Capitalism has failed immigrants. Can cooperatives do better?

The vast majority of the estimated 2.34 million boomer-owned businesses don’t have succession plans.  U.S. cities are now facing potentially dramatic shifts in their small-business landscapes. But Berkeley has a plan. The city’s Office of Economic Development has partnered with local organizations to set up a city-funded program, believed to be one of the first of its kind in the U.S., …