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Joint Co-op Presentation and Potluck, May 9 (Yum!)

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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.

A subsequent discussion will examine what it would look like to develop worker cooperatives in our communities. What community issues could co-ops address?

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, Dorchester Community Food Co-op
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

Worker-owner Esther West is a Community Sales Representative, Exchange Time Coordinator, and former Education Committee Co-Chair at Equal Exchange, a 100% Fair Trade worker-owned co-operative that was the first to bring fairly traded coffee to the United States in 1986.  She is also on the Eastern Coordinating Council for the Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy and a past co-faciliator, was recently a trainer with the Green Workers Co-op Academy, and illustrated cartoons for Co-opoly.

Ben Mauer, Quilted

Ben Mauer is a founder and co-owner of Quilted. Quilted is a worker-owned, cooperatively-managed company stitching together technology and social change. With offices in Berkeley, California and Boston, Massachusetts, they provide strategic consulting, graphic design, web development, as well as game design and development services to progressive arts, education, and non-profit organizations. Ben is also on the board of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives.

Peter Brown, Red Sun Press

Peter Brown works at Red Sun Press, a cooperatively-managed printing and graphic design shop in Jamaica Plain. The mission of Red Sun Press is to provide a full service print shop that supports the movement for political and social change.

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.

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One thought on “Joint Co-op Presentation and Potluck, May 9 (Yum!)

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