Trump, Capitalism’s Crisis, and a New Way Forward

Provoking economist, Richard Wolff, returns to Los Angeles to discuss the divisive crisis of capitalism under President Donald Trump and to outline better solutions.

What: Richard Wolff — Trump, Capitalism’s Crisis, and a New Way Forward
When: Monday, April 23, 2018 • 7 p.m.
Where: Occidental College, 1600 Campus Road, Choi Auditorium, LA
Admission: General Admission $25 • Seniors $12.50 • Free/Oxy ID
RSVP: Here

Author most recently of Capitalism’s Crisis Deepens: Essays on the Global Economic Meltdown and Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism, Wolff will discuss how US capitalism’s instability and deepening inequality since the 1970s has destroyed its “middle class,” overturned its old politics (Trump), and sharply divided its culture.

“Basic social change is underway,” he says. “There is a new way forward if we stop denying capitalism’s decline as the problem we must solve.”

Sponsors: Democracy@Work • LA Progressive
Occidental College Office of Community Engagement

Email: dick_and_sharon • 213.434.4643

A solution for an economy in crisis—Worker Co-ops

We are standing at a pivotal time for the political and economic future of the country, but rather than continue with business-as-usual, it’s time we look for solutions. Worker cooperatives provide an answer to many of country’s issues. As businesses owned and governed by their employees, co-ops represent an opportunity to build good jobs, strengthen the community, and empower workers.

But you already know this.

It’s time we ask: how do we scale the co-op movement? How has the movement grown and where are we going? How do they fit into the larger fight against economic inequality?

In a webinar event co-hosted by the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives, the Democracy at Work Institute, the New Economy Coalition, and the Democracy Collaborative, you’ll learn about:

  • The worker co-op movement’s development over the last few years,

  • Newly-released data on successes and growth in employee ownership,

  • How the worker cooperative movement is raising money for the people and by the people, and

  • Exciting policy developments in the last year.

Join us for “Worker Co-ops — A Solution for an Economy in Crisis” Monday, November 20th at 2:00 pm EST.

Moderated by John Duda, Director of Communications for the Democracy Collaborative, this interview-style event will go beyond theory basics and into the tangible, rapidly growing efforts to grow worker cooperatives across the United States.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Esteban Kelly, US Federation of Worker Cooperatives

  • Kate Khatib, The Working World National Peer Network

  • John O’Neill, American Sustainable Business Council

  • Molly Hemstreet, Opportunity Threads

The Jackson Rising Book is Out!

New book on the struggle in Jackson, MS, where grassroots activists have adopted a cooperative economy agenda, among other efforts. Please note that book authors are scheduling speaking events.

Greetings Everyone,

First, want to thank you all for your support of our efforts.

Second, we wanted to let you know that the “Jackson Rising: The Struggle for Economic Democracy and Black Self-Determination in Jackson, MS” is finally out. You can purchase copies at the following sources:
1. Cooperation Jackson
2. Daraja Press
3. Amazon

For everyone BCC’d here who was asked and who already wrote a review for Amazon, please submit your review ASAP. This will help with the placement of the book on Amazon and ultimately help with book sales, which in this case is critical, cause the proceeds from the sale of the book are being used to finance our ongoing work. For those on this list who have not written a review, want to strongly encourage you to write and submit one to support the cause.

If there is anyone here who would like help us with promotions in general, or with setting up speaking events, radio shows, etc., please contact me directly at this email KaliAkuno. Just to note, either myself or someone else from Cooperation Jackson can be available for radio interviews starting the 16th of October. We will be available for events, TV shows, etc., in November. So, please spread the word, and if you would like to organize an interview or event yourself, hit us up!!!

Enjoy the Book. And thank you for all your support!!

Help fund RCO Tires through micro loans at Kiva
A loan helps us purchase a used forklift to increase our production and efficiency. This way we can recycle more tires, make more products, and hire more people.

Niki’s story

My mother, and her mother before her, started their own small businesses, auto-repair & hairdressing shops, here in Los Angeles – I come from a strong line of women entrepreneurs and community activists. After school I worked in corporate positions but always knew I wanted to build businesses to impact my community: a brick-and-mortar business, with an environmental mission, that created good blue collar jobs for my friends and neighbors. We knew from the start that we would ban the box, unionize our shop, and offer a decent and dignified workplace. Our next mission is to leave the company to the incredible people who have built it — Rco will become a 100% worker owned cooperative, offering its staff the opportunity to fire the boss (thats me) and own their own jobs.

Invitation to study group and some free videos on cooperatives

If you are interested in joining a study group on worker cooperatives, please fill out the google doc form below:

Below are some interesting films that will be streaming for free over the next couple of weeks. Today is the last day for the first two, so check them out. Hope at least some of us can take advantage of this offer.

Many of us have become accustomed to starting our day with a dread of what terrible news that day might bring. But now, suddenly, we feel heartened to see so many of our fellow US Americans stepping forward to demand and build a society that is more equal, just and sustainable. The pandemic, economic crisis and increasingly visible violence against African Americans and other people of color have exposed long existing fault lines in our society, and pressure is building to correct them. There is widespread public discussion about emerging from the current crisis with a revitalized commitment to global justice, respect for the freedom and dignity of all people, and a sustainable environment.

To contribute to that discussion, Moving Images, in collaboration with our distributor Bullfrog Films, is offering free on-line viewing of several of our films that show living examples of people who are building the kind of world we want to see. Two films will be available each week at this site, password: M0V1@nG

Beyond those specific dates, go to for streaming, screening events, or purchase options. For more about Moving Images visit,,

Enjoy the films! Please forward this to friends and allies.In solidarity, Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin, Moving Images producers, and the Moving Images board

Week 1, July 9 through 15: Neighborhood organizing in Detroit, and World Social Forum for global justice

We Are Not Ghosts [2012] – 52 min. Fifty years ago Detroit was booming, with two million hard working people living the American Dream. Then the auto industry fell on hard times and so did Detroit. Many people moved away. Whole neighborhoods turned into wastelands. But some have a vision for a new Detroit, as a human scaled city in a post industrial world. And with urban farms, peace zones, and spoken word poets, they are starting to make it real. Langston Hughes, Greater Reading, Awaken! Film Festivals. Brussels Academy Amsterdam, Free Speech TV broadcast.

Another World is Possible [2002]24 min. In 2002, 51,000 people from 131 countries gathered for the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Called in response to the elite gathering of the World Economic Forum, this week of workshops, panel discussions, and high-spirited demonstrations was inspirational for those attending. “What we’ve been doing all week here is telling each other rumors, about creative and brave resistance, telling each other stories, that are true stories….” – Naomi Klein. Hazel Wolf Environmental, Peace & Human Security, Planet in Focus, Vermont International, Columbus bronze, Global Visions, Prix Leonardo gold, Green Reel, Tunisia, US Social Forum festivals. Broadcast WYBE Philadelphia and Telesur.

Week 2, July 16 through 22: Democratic workplaces benefit worker owners and local communities

SHIFT CHANGE [2012] – 70 min. Employee ownership offers a real solution for workers and communities to have secure dignified work in democratic workplaces. Shift Change highlights worker-owned enterprises in North America and the remarkable Mondragon cooperatives in the Basque region of northern Spain. PBS, WORLD Channel broadcasts 2014-17.

WEconomics: Italy [2016] – 19 min. The Emilia-Romagna region in northern Italy has one of the highest concentrations of cooperative businesses in the developed world , and this film highlights what a cooperative economy and society have to offer.

Week 3, July 23 through 29: Resistance to Trump-like politics, and building a more sustainable food system

Don’t Give Up Your Voice [2018] – 40 min. Widespread and creative resistance to a Trump-like president in Argentina – in organized labor, at worker coops, street protests, theater and music – led to his overwhelming defeat in his re-election bid in 2019. Canadian International Labour and Workers Unite Film Festivals.

GOOD FOOD[2008] – 57 min. Pacific Northwest family farmers, plus the businesses and markets that feature their products, show that it is possible to increase the supply of healthy, local, sustainably grown food. Seattle International Film Festival, broadcast PBS.

Jessica Gordon Nembhard June 30, 2019 5:00 p.m.

Please help!

Please broadcast this event on all of your channels.
Jessica Gordon-Nembhard, author of Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice. Los Angeles June 30.

More digital fliers and postcards on
Thank you in advance for your solidarity,
In Solidarity,
Lisabeth Ryder

Join Collective REMAKE for an Evening with Jessica Gordon-Nembhard and Cooperative Partners
Sun, Jun 30, 2019 5:00 PM PST
Mount Saint Mary’s University, Rose Hills Auditorium, Los Angeles
Sunday • June 30, 2019
5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Mount Saint Mary’s University
Rose Hills Auditorium
10 Chester Place • Los Angeles, CA 90007

Join Us to Build
Cooperative Businesses with People
Returning HOME from Prison or Jail!

An Evening of knowledge sharing,
entertainment & networking

Purchase Tickets, Make a Donation,
or Become a Sponsor on Eventbrite


Jessica Gordon-Nembhard
Jessica Gordon-Nembhard is a political economist and professor of community justice and social economic development in the Africana Studies Department at John Jay College, City University of NY; and author of
Collective Courage: A History of African American
Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice.

The evening will include a dynamic program with Jessica Gordon-Nembhard, Cooperative Partners, Collective REMAKE, and entertainment followed by a reception with delicious treats and fun.

Mount Saint Mary’s University • Rose Hills Auditorium
10 Chester Place • Los Angeles, CA 90007

Doors Open: 4:30 p.m.
Network, buy RAFFLE TICKETS, Make ART,
and check out SILENT AUCTION Items.

Program Starts: 5:00 p.m.
Featured Speaker: Jessica Gordon-Nembhard, author of
Collective Courage: A History of African American
Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice*
Panel discussions with Collective REMAKE members
and Community Partners.

Entertainment: TBA

*Collective Courage: A History of African American
Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice
books will be available for purchase at the event

Reception: 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Silent Auction, Raffle, and ART Making
Refreshments to include lemonade, ice tea, beer, wine and treats.

Proceeds from this event will go to support
Collective REMAKE and participating partners.

More details to come!

Collective REMAKE: Art, Business, Education, Jobs, News, People, and Recycling
for Sustainability is a unique social enterprise—in Los Angeles County—designed to support the creation of worker-owned businesses and other kinds of cooperatives with people who have been incarcerated and other individuals who are marginalized socially and economically due to race, sex, class, gender identity, age or ability.

A worker cooperative is a for-profit business that is owned and managed by the people that work there. Workers come together to meet common financial, social and cultural needs for themselves, their community and future generations. There are not enough economic opportunities for people in South Los Angeles, especially for people when they come home from prison or jail. The lack of housing, job opportunities, and services make re-entry extremely difficult. Worker cooperatives are a real option for people who historically experience life-long discrimination in the workforce as the workers are their own boss and they decide the hiring criteria.

Your Donation is Tax Deductible #83-0769986
Collective Remake

You’re Invited! Unions and Cooperatives Working Together: A Strategic Dialogue Workshop – September 14

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Please join us at our upcoming event Unions and Cooperatives Working Together: A Strategic Dialogue
on​ ​
14, 2018

It’s an opportunity for unions leaders, staff, and worker-owned cooperatives to come together and collaborate, learn and share best practices among the co-op community. For more information see
the attached flyer below

You won’t want to miss this!

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This is another way to build power within our movement. We need it now more than ever.

Look forward to seeing you and your members at this important event.


In solidarity,

Karla Salazar

L.A. Union Cooperative Initiative (LUCI)

Planning Committee Member

P.S. Please feel free to forward the email to others. Thank you!

Karla Salazar
Email: karlasalazar1


Co-op Apt. Mgr Job Opening at L.A. Eco-Village plus Upcoming Events

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Job Announcement: Resident Co-op Manager Position
at Los Angeles Eco-Village

Please spread the word. If you know someone interested in applying, please refer them to job description, requirements and other desired qualifications here: