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Co-ops are experiencing a resurgence like the one that took place during the Great Depression (see clip from movie). To succeed, we would be wise to learn the lessons of the past while we work to create communities that bring out the best in all of us.
By Lindsay Yellen
BOOK REVIEW: The Accidental American: Immigration and Citizenship in the Age of Globalization By Sen, Rinku with Mamdouh, Fekkak
By Benjamin Shepard
Originally published in WorkingUSA, Sept., 2010
In the days after September 11, 2001, a panic-ridden city rounded up the usual suspects. Those not here legally were looked at with suspicion. A pizza delivery guy in my neighborhood who had come from Egypt and lived here for two decades was arrested, taken away from his family to be questioned. Undocumented immigrants were detained, many without access to lawyers or information about the charges against them. Although the legal principal of habeas corpus has been around since the Magna Carta of 1215, the U.S. government saw fit to do away with it after 9/11.
By Wayne Roberts
With Labor Day just a few weeks away and badly in need of an event to celebrate, an historic agreement was signed on August 24. Written in legalese, the statement commits Sodexo, a gigantic global food service company employing some 500,000 workers to partner with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), a tiny organization of some 4000 members, to respond to "consumer demand for sustainable food" and to join forces to "improve farm worker wages and working conditions" in the pivotal tomato fields of Immokalee, Florida.
This agreement binds Sodexo in the U.S.
Immigrant Farm Workers and the Agricultural Justice Project: Developing New Collaborative Models of Empowerment
By Richard Mandelbaum
CATA – Comité de Apoyo a los Trabajadores Agrícolas
Someone looking at for the first time at the agricultural system in the US, in particular the crops dependent on hand-harvesting such as most fruit and vegetable production, would see a system that is starkly racially divided - with the overwhelming majority of owner-operators being white and the overwhelming majority of field workers being people of color. 99% of the nation's migrant farmworkers belong to racial and ethnic minorities, the vast majority immigrants - with those from Mexico representing the largest share.
From the Agricultural Justice Project Steering Committee
After a dozen years in community-based participatory development, the Agricultural Justice Project is launching its Food Justice certification program nation-wide. Coinciding with this launch is the publication of the revised AJP standards that set the domestic fair trade and fair labor bar for farms, handlers/processors, food retailers and restaurants (see www.agriculturaljusticeproject.org).
By Zoe Brent
The Cuban government has consciously incorporated worker cooperatives into its revolutionary project. This is not a discussion about the Cuban politics, as cooperativism can't be confined by socialism. Rather, Cuba shows us very simply that if a government decides to support the development of worker-led coops, they can thrive.
By Madeleine Key
The Arizmendi Association of Cooperatives is one of the most successful cooperative franchises in the Bay Area. Drawing its name from the last name of the founder of the famous Mondragón Cooperative in Basque country, Arizmendi has become an institution of good food and good jobs.