Co-ops unite! Friends help neighbors! The Dorchester Community Food Co-op will present at JP New Economy Transition‘s May 9 “Resilience Potluck,” which centers on workers cooperatives. Specifically, presentations at the potluck will address “What is a worker cooperative?” and “What are the advantages and challenges of the cooperative model?”
Come hear from those active in local worker cooperatives:
• Red Sun Press – a union and cooperative printer in Jamaica Plain
• Equal Exchange – a worker cooperative based in Massachusetts that sells coffee, tea, chocolate and other fair trade products
• Dorchester Community Food Co-Op – a new initiative to bring good jobs and healthy food to Dorchester through a hybrid worker-community owned cooperative
• Quilted – A worker owned web development company based in Boston and the Bay Area.
•Coop Power will now join the discussion as well! Co-op Power Boston Metro East will reduce our communities’ over reliance on fossil fuels and work for environmental justice by promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy, especially in low income communities and communities of color in the greater Boston area.
It all goes down at NATE Smith House, 155 Lamartine St, Jamaica Plain, MA, from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. on May 9. If you come by the potluck, please remember to bring your own plate and fork (there is a sink for washing). Check out the event on Facebook.
2012 is the International Year of the Coop and the National Worker Cooperative Conference is coming to Boston this year: http://conference2012.usworker.coop/
This workshop is part of a series of events leading up to the US Federation of Worker Cooperative’s National Conference.
Information on presenters:
Jenny Silverman has been involved in the Coop movement–both consumer coops and worker owned coops since 1975. Jenny worked in both production and on the management team of Red Sun Press for 22 years, and participated in the DAWN training program of the US Federation of Worker Owned Cooperatives. For the past 30 years Jenny has lived in Dorchester, and is a founder of the Dorchester Community Food Coop.
The Dorchester Community Food Co-op (DCFC) is an initiative to build a community and worker-owned cooperative market that provides economic opportunity and healthy, affordable food for the wide variety of residents of Dorchester and the surrounding neighborhoods. The DCFC will serve as a community space as well as a cultural and economic center, and will work to strengthen and build partnerships with existing and emerging businesses and community organizations.
Esther West, Equal Exchange
Ben Mauer, Quilted
Peter Brown,Red Sun Press
Olive and Alphonse Knight, Co-op Power Boston Metro East
Olive and Alphonse Knight, already strong supports of the Dorchester Community Food Co-op, will represent Co-op Power Boston Metro East, a new chapter of the initiative founded in Greenfield, MA. Olive is a media professional and high-powered communicator and marketer for faith communities.