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Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative
Economic Thought and Practice
Jessica Gordon Nembhard, economist, author, Prof. of Community Justice and Social Economic Development in the Dept. of Africana Studies at John Jay College
Jessica Gordon Nembhard s research and policy analyses connect community- based economic development with community-based approaches to justice. Her
multi-dimensional research now fills a particularly glaring gap in our understanding of the significance of the African American cooperative movement in the U.S., one of the largest in the world. She explores the practice of community economics; cooperative economics and
worker ownership and liberates our imagination for better ways to organize
our economic lives
Immigrant Cleaning Women Themselves Start Worker-Owned Green
Cleaning Coop Pa lante
Members of Pa lante Forward Green Cleaning
Make the Road a community organization that seeks to empower Latino and working class communities just celebrated the opening of Pa lante Green Cleaning. Pa lante s fifteen cleaning women, now worker-owners with the assistance of Make the Road joined together to solve the common issues they faced as workers in the cleaning industry, such as the starvation wages, job insecurity, and poor health and safety conditions. Now they have become the city s 25th worker cooperative business and are part of a growing coop movement that is proving how workplace democracy can address issues of income disparity, create quality jobs and support local economic development.
produced by Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg
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