The Worker Co-op Conference is the only national convening dedicated to worker ownership and workplace democracy. This year, it will be held online on September 10th and 11th and registration is FREE. You can get more information at http://conference.coop.
Madison Cooperative Development Coalition (MCDC) has made a video version of their popular Co-ops 101 presentation. You can view it here.
Madison Worker Cooperatives (MadWorC) and the Madison Cooperative Development Coalition (MCDC) grieve the murder of George Floyd, the latest in a very long string of victims of state violence against people of color. This is also one more example of the effects of the systemic and institutional racism that have been part of this nation’s history from the very first days of European colonization. Black lives matter, and they must be safe, free, and prosperous.
We call for demilitarizing the police, along with meaningful community oversight of the police and greater personal liability (including criminal culpability) for officers who fail to provide equal protection.
MadWorC and MCDC believe that racial and economic inequalities are long-term problems that require long-term solutions, so we also seek to reduce the disparities that keep communities of color vulnerable to ongoing violations of their civil and human rights. We do not offer gifts or thoughts and prayers, but solidarity and shared purpose. The best way to dismantle structural racism is to build a new and better structure founded on equal participation.
Both MadWorC and MCDC want to see more Black-owned businesses in and around Madison, and in particular, more Black-owned worker cooperatives. There is a strong history of Black-owned cooperatives in the US, a legacy that we believe can and should continue. (For details, read Collective Courage, by Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhardt.) We are prepared to provide active and ongoing support to groups that are interested in starting them, and in the case of MCDC, can even provide grants to help cover start-up costs. We view Black business ownership as a path to community wealth-building and self-determination.
From the earliest days, cooperatives have been a source of stability and empowerment for the marginalized. Our principles say that prosperity must be shared, not hoarded. They also tell us that democracy is fundamental to justice, both in the workplace and in society. Yet another thing they tell us is that we must always show concern for community, especially in times like these. We call on cooperators in Madison to redouble our efforts to embody these cooperative principles, to stand with all who have suffered racist violence and oppression in their grief and anger, and to lift up their voices.
MadWorC is hosting our a Virtual Hug & Chug – a chance to reconnect during COVID-19 and meet MadWorC’s 1st employee.
All Worker Owners and Coop Professionals are invited to the social event online on Thursday, May 14th at 7PM.
Details in the flyer posted above – please join us!
Connection info is below…
Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
You can also dial in using your phone.
+1 (786) 535-3211
Access Code: 249-658-021
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MadWorC is hosting our first ever “Regional Rendezvous” – a collaboration of neighboring cooperators and organizations with similar missions and visions.
“Creating and supporting a thriving network of democratically run businesses through worker ownership.”
Along with our groups in Madison, organizations from; Chicago, Milwaukee, Stevens Point and St Paul will pull together to learn how we can support each other and make the Midwest even more successful in the Worker Cooperative movement.
The schedule is listed in the flyer posted above – please join us!
The RSVP link is:
If you have any RSVP questions please email Esther West at: