Join us tomorrow (3/6) for a radical Black Co-op History lesson with Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard. Live from the largest worker co-op in the US, the Bronx's own Cooperative Home Associates. RSVP to https://www.facebook.com/events/268179190011580/
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In honor of Valentine's Day we're kicking off our hunt for the next wave of cooperative entrepreneurs with a fun game of Co-opoly & chocolate fondue. Come out to tonight's Valentine's Day game night: CO-OPOLY IS FOR LOVERS. We'll have chocolate fondue on tap all night.
Got kids? Bring 'em. We'll have fun play time & kiddie yoga happening for the little ones too.
It's a new year and we're relaunching our fundraising drive to give you a new opportunity to transform lives and the economy. Thank you to all that have donated over the past few months. If you haven't donated yet, now's your chance.
The Spring session of our cooperative business boot camp, the Coop Academy, is starting up in just a few weeks. Help make this one even more exceptional than the others. Donate today.
Our fundraising deadline is midnight tonight. If you've been putting off making a donation to Green Worker Cooperatives, now is the time to do it.
Help us build a cooperative movement from the bottom up. Last weekend's Big Bronx Sancochazo was an amazing success. We fed about 150 people, held workshops, made our own hoola hops, danced, did yoga, painted faces, and cooked and cooked and cooked. And it was all done collectively with donated time, food, and materials.
Help us continue to spread the word about cooperatives.
We've got so much activity happening its ridiculous.
Last week we started our Jr Coop Academy, a year-long class at Bronx Compass High School where we'll be working with 15 young people to start a student-owned and run apparel design & manufacturing cooperative. And this Saturday is our #BigBronxSancochazo, the South Bronx remix of the children's story Stone Soup. We'll be making sancocho (a popular Latina American & Caribbean stew) for about 200 people. Join us and bring a dish, an ingredient, or a talent to share.
For those of you that have donated, THANK YOU!
For those of you that haven't, you've still got a few days left to help us meet our goal. DONATE TODAY. We can definitely do this.
Our flyers, bookmarks & postcards are in! And they're beautiful. Thank you to those of you that already donated for making it possible for us to get these. They're a big help to our outreach efforts. There's still more to print and materials to get for some incredible events we're organizing, including the Big Bronx Sancochazo (Sat., Sept 28th). If you haven't donated yet, do it now. It only takes a few seconds and would mean so much to us. Donate now.
If you're anywhere near the Bronx today, join us tonight from for a game of Co-opoly (6:30-8:30pm), the fun game that puts a cooperative spin on Monopoly, Charades, Pictionary, and Taboo. Wondering who's going to watch the kids? Bring them. We'll have some cooperative storytime for the wee little ones.
For more details visit https://www.facebook.com/events/155787017947357/
This is just one of the many game nights, info sessions, film screenings, festivals, and more that we've got lined up in the weeks and months ahead. Your donation right now will make sure that we have all of the materials we need to make these fun & educational events a success. Donate today.
Your donation gets us closer to our $5,000 goal and will help us do the outreach work needed to recruit participants for our next Coop Academy.
Yesterday Green Worker Cooperatives led a co-op info session for 40 young people at Youth Ministries for Peace & Justice in the Bronx. Today you can catch us at the screening of the worker co-op film Shift Change (6-9pm) where we'll be participating in the post-film discussion. If you're interested in joining us tonight, visit www.facebook.com/events/629940380374304/
The momentum is building folks. A big thanks to our wonderful donors who've pitched in so far. Your donations are helping us spread the word about cooperatives. We've got two Co-op 101 info sessions for young people plus a Co-opoly game night scheduled within the next 14 days. And just moments ago GritTV uploaded a great video profiling Green Worker Cooperatives and our Coop Academy.
We're gearing up for an incredible fall season with lots of activity. Yesterday we had a great planning meeting for the Sept 28th Big Bronx Sancochazo, a celebration of community & cooperation where everyone contributes, inspired by the Story of Stone Soup. In three weeks we're hosting a Co-opoly Game Night (8/21 @ Betances Community Center, 6:30pm). We're forming a network of groups in the Bronx that want to support more cooperatives and already have on board: Mothers On the Move, The Point Community Development Corp., Youth Ministries for Peace & Justice, and Cooperative Home Care Associates. And we're in the process of lining up workshops left and right over the next few months to spread the word about cooperatives.
Help us make this fall the season to remember for the cooperative movement. Donate today if you haven't yet. And spread the word!
Our team just returned from Philadelphia where we participated in the Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy, a biannual conference of worker cooperatives. I had the pleasure of sharing a panel with the Center for Family Life and the Democracy Collaborative and having an honest conversation about the successes and challenges of our cooperative development models. I left feeling energized about our approach and even more committed to organizing a movement for a democratic economy. And on top of that, our Coop Academy Coordinator, Jackie, got elected to the board of the conference planning group, the Eastern Coordinating Council. We're proud of her and eager to see the next worker co-op conference happen here in NYC.
Everyone deserves the opportunity to get out of the rat race
to live their dreams,
to have a say,
to experience democracy, even at work.
To be a contribution.
Green Worker Cooperatives is making it possible right now for some to do just that. We want you to donate to make it possible for many more.
Worker cooperatives, businesses that are owned and controlled by their workers, are a powerful way to create work that empowers people, businesses that are accountable to their communities, and wealth that stays in the neighborhood. It's also a great way for people with limited income to pool together their resources and start a business. Green Worker Cooperatives transforms lives and communities by supporting passionate people with great ideas to start worker co-ops.
People like Karen, Telesh, and Ana, co-founders of Caracol Interpreters Cooperative, who make information accessible to all by providing interpretation and translation services for nonprofit organizations.
People like Maricruz, Alexandra, and Janvieve, co-founders of Ginger Moon, who help new moms and their babies stay healthy by providing nutritious personal chef services for new moms who are often too overwhelmed with caring for their new baby to spend much time cooking.
Or people like Victor and Harold, teenage co-founders of P.O.L.I.D.O, an eco-friendly skateboard design cooperative.
Green Worker Cooperatives has worked with these and others to launch their businesses cooperatively and green.
But most people don't even know that shared ownership and management is possible. And that's the first step.
Help Green Worker Cooperatives spread the message that cooperatives are possible. And help us do it where the need is great...in the streets, parks, living rooms, community centers, community colleges, and houses of worship of the Bronx.
We're undertaking an aggressive outreach campaign over this Summer and Fall to promote worker cooperatives and recruit at least six teams of aspiring cooperative entrepreneurs from the Bronx to register for the Spring session of the Coop Academy. The Coop Academy is our intensive 5-month green business boot camp for cooperatives. YES! magazine called
We're from the Bronx, a place long neglected politically and economically, with high incidences of all the wrong statistics, yet home to resilient people who create their own solutions. We're not waiting for the future. We're creating it.
Join us in creating a cooperative future by donating today.
I only wish I could give more. Times are tough financially, but I make my humble contribution with gratitude, knowing that a price cannot be put to the value of your work. It was a blessing to witness Greenworker grow from the outside in my time living with you. And I look forward to watching it continue to grow through years of continued collaboration.
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