Join SELC, the Network of Bay Area Worker Cooperatives, the Democracy at Work Institute, Arizmendi Association of Cooperatives, and more as we advocate for the passage of the Berkeley City Council Resolution "Supporting Worker Cooperatives" and calling for the creation of a City ordinance that promotes the development of worker coops! This may sound familiar to an earlier call to action to support a Berkeley resolution... which is because it was on the city council's consent calendar in December! But, one council member had "concerns", pushing it 2016.
This is the next step in showing Berkeley's City Council that our communities demand economic development that empowers and creates resilient communities! Click here for more information on Berkeley City Council's agenda for the evening of December 15th, including the resolution Supporting Worker Cooperatives by Councilmember Arreguin.
SELC has been creating a city ordinance for the promotion of worker cooperatives. Berkeley's council won't fund policies prioritizing cooperative development unless they see community support. Help the Bay Area build on the momentum that is sweeping the country as New York, NY, Austin, TX, Minneapolis, MN, Rochester, NY, Oakland, CA and other city governments prioritize the development of inclusive, humane, and cooperative economies!
What to expect: The City Council meeting begins at 7:00pm, but our item is 27th on the agenda for the evening, which means we don't know when the item will come up in the evening. UGH! The Resolution is on the "Action Calendar," which means that up to 10 people wishing to speak in support of the resolution may speak for two minutes. Also, speakers are permitted to yield their time to one other speaker! The agenda is here.
What you can do:
- Send a letter of support to the city council! Find the template here for download that you can easily personalize and send to the email address at the top of the letter.
- Please do this by Monday, February 8th, if possible!
- Come to the meeting! (RSVP BELOW!)
Speak for two minutes at the meeting about why you support the resolution (The resolution language can be seen here)
- Please let Sara Stephens (firstname.lastname@example.org) know if you're willing to speak so she can coordinate! It would be especially powerful to have Berkeley coop members share about your experience working in a coop and why you support this resolution.
- If you don't want to speak, you can stand next to a speaker to show your support
- Bring signs in support (signs WITHOUT posts are allowed)
- Forward this email to anyone else who would be willing to write a letter and/or come to the council meeting, or who would just be interested to know this is happening!
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