Gleanings

The lot doesn’t look like much: Short stacks of tires line a small rectangle of flattened cardboard boxes, all interspersed with bright green vines of invasive kudzu.

Last fall, Colombia native Luis Eduardo Lozano and four other immigrant day laborers, tired of the indignities of scant, irregular hours and wage theft from employers, formalized the PWA Handymen Cooperative in Philadelphia. Now the worker-owned LLC offers residential and commercial interior and exterior renovation services.

This book uses historical and anthropological examples to show that people have, in different ways and at different times, demonstrated mutual aid, self-organization, autonomy, and horizontal decision making—that anarchy works!

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Tucked into the omnibus National Defense Authorization Act signed by President Trump in August 2018 was language directing the U.S. Small Business Administration to help retiring owners sell their businesses to their employees, either as a worker cooperative or as an Employee Stock Ownership Plan.

“The cooperative provides long-term security for me and is meeting such a vital community need,” says Rosen. “I don’t need to be rich, but to go out for a slice of pie or buy a new outfit once in a while, that’s nice. We’re moving toward a livable wage now. I don’t worry as much.”

From August 21 to September 9, prisoners in 17 states went on strike to protest inhuman living and working conditions and to promote ten basic demands. Although the formal strike is over, some prisoners are being retaliated against and others are continuing to strike. We speak with Amani Sawari, a prisoner’s rights activist, about the strike, the demands and how we can all provide support to finally end legalized slavery in the United States.

 

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