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Co-ops and People of Color

Every community has its own story, opportunities and challenges when organizing a food co-op. This is no exception in communities of color that have suffered the most from disinvestment and extractive economic practices. Listen to lessons learned by organizers in Flint, Michigan and Dorchester,... Learn more
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Although African-Americans have a long history of utilizing co-ops as a way to galvanize wealth in the face of systemic exclusion from the mainstream economy, the food co-op movement in the U.S. is overwhelmingly white. This session will examine the ongoing efforts to develop the Detroit People’s... Learn more
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Is your start up group or food co-op leadership mostly white folks despite your best efforts to embody the cooperative values of equality, equity and solidarity? Are you interested in why that might be and ways to support your co-op in becoming more diverse, inclusive and equitable? Come join this... Learn more
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Gem City Market organizers share will their progress towards a multi-stakeholder, conventional grocery cooperative in Dayton, Ohio. They are planning their co-op in a very low income, predominantly African American community and will share about their successful membership drive (and its pitfalls... Learn more
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Audience: People of color: those who are experiencing racial stress from working in collaboration with white people, or who want to connect more deeply with other people of color working to promote co-operatives. Description: Are you a person of color? Working with white people on co-operative... Learn more
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As a community leader and co-founder of an “Up & Coming” urban food cooperative, Pastor Reggie Flynn, founder of the North Flint Food Co-op, has learned there are key strategies, approaches, and practices that have been effective in convincing community leaders to collaborate in embracing the... Learn more
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Seward Community Co-op located in Minneapolis, MN has roughly 18,000 owners with annuals sales of $44 million. In 2015, it opened its second location known as the Friendship Store. Raynardo Williams, Operations, will discuss how him and his team created a store culture where “Everyone is Welcomed... Learn more
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Audience: People of color: those who are experiencing racial stress from working in collaboration with white people, or who want to connect more deeply with other people of color working to promote co-operatives. Description: Are you a person of color? Working with white people on co-operative... Learn more
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Low-income urban communities and, in particular, communities of color have often faced discrimination and bias when seeking financing for business ventures. This panel of co-op lenders will discuss how they are working with startup projects in historically underserved communities. Find out how your... Learn more
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Understanding the position of the people is central to how the North Flint Food Market (NFFM), a startup food co-op in Flint, MI, has met and exceeded their ownership growth goals. Connecting effectively to the pillars of your community, building relationships with trusted names and entities,... Learn more
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