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A mix of grey- and pastel-toned buildings on San Rafael Street in central Habana stand in stark testimony to part of the effects of a cruel U.S. embargo on life in Cuba.  I was standing on the street looking for a textile co-op.

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At the age of 19, Roberto Luis Rodriguez Rosario was serving a 125-year prison sentence in Puerto Rico.  The experience was devastating.  

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Tall luxury condominiums, new restaurants, coffee shops, and health food stores now punctuate most of the neighborhoods in the District of Columbia, bringing (what some consider) prosperity the likes of which the one-time "Chocolate City" has never before witnessed.

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A District of Columbia former treasurer, who was an economic empowerment and cultural leader working to fund and inspire cooperative and community development, was found dead on September 20th after being missing for a week.

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[Editor's Note: this is the second of a two part series by Ajowa Ifateyo on the history of the USFWC.  You can read part one here.]

2008 CONFERENCE GOES TO HELP OUT IN NEW ORLEANS

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Before the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperative’s 10th anniversary conference in Chicago, GEO asked some co-op veterans to talk about what they thought the USFWC had achieved in its first 10 years.

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The first time that I met Frank Lindenfeld in person, he astounded me.  We were meeting at a member’s home in upstate New York.  Frank and I had been on GEO conference calls, but that meeting in 2002 or 2003 was our first face-to-face.  Frank sat next to me and turned his full attention on me.  He was genuinely interested in who I was as a person.  I don’t even remember the questions he asked me –- probably some of the usual questions one asks when you meet someone for the first time, but I left from my encounter with him feeling a gentleness and loving

What would the world be like had America truly learned about Griffin's identification unconscious white racism and had acted even in individual ways on his belief that there is no "other"?
The question of race in the Occupy Movement has been addressed by a few folks.  Here's Tim Wise's take.
40,000 moved their accounts on Bank Transfer Day, but leading up to that, 650,000 moved after Bank of America and other banks announced planned debit card fees.

Equal Exchange of W. Bridgewater, MA, the worker cooperative which initiated fair trade with coffee farmers more than 20 years ago and one of the worker cooperative movement's oldest and more successful democratic organizations released a statement Oct. 27, 2011 "strongly" supporting, and urging others to support Occupy Wall Street. 

http://smallfarmersbigchange.coop/2011/10/27/equal-exchange-stands-with-occupy-wall-street/ 

Publicly-owned banks were instrumental in funding Germany’s “economic miracle” after the devastation of World War II. Although the German public banks have been targeted in the last decade for takedown by their private competitors, the model remains a viable alternative to the private profiteering being protested on Wall Street today.
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Baltimore's rich cooperative heritage dates back a couple hundred years to a shoemakers union that opened its own factory in 1794, according to John Curl, cooperative historian and author of For All The People:  Uncovering the Hidden History of Cooperation, Cooperative Movements, and Communalism in America.

African Americans and the working class in general has always have always had a tough time under capitalism, which operates off our backs.  But the economic exploitation reached a new level when the predominantly white middle class, which tended to benefit from this oppressive arrangement, also started to get knocked off their feet. Award winning producer of Capitalism:  A Love Story Michael Moore lays out a very interesting history and encourages people to take action.

by Michael Moore

The International Business Times reported Monday May 30, 2011 that Utah and other U.S. states are preparing to use gold as tender (money) and institute a monetary system that would survive a crash of the dollar.

Jose Luis Lafuente, Mondragon's Corporate Management Model specialist 

 

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Dr. Isabel Uribe 

Ever since I first learned about Mondragon cooperatives in Dr. Christina Clamp's graduate class at Southern New Hampshire University, I have been fascinated with what black people might do with the lessons from the Mondragon experience. 

 

Dr. Jon Altuna, Mondragon's chief innovator 

Ideas and the mentality, they promote areas indispensable for the progress of our cooperatives as are the buildings and machinery. 

--Jose Maria Arizmendiarrieta in the book, Reflections·

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