Join us for an interactive conversation on how policy efforts to build worker power through worker-owned cooperatives support and are supported by the movements for organized labor, immigrant rights, gender justice, the movement to fight climate change, and the Movement for Black Lives. We will consider questions including:
☑️ How does the worker cooperative community’s policy advocacy support social justice and environmental stewardship?
☑️ How does policy advocacy help build a future in which labor is both worker-controlled and liberatory?
☑️ Now that the worker cooperative community has moved in from the margins and is effectively contesting for power, resources, and government support, what new opportunities and threats lie ahead?
☑️ There will also be space for your questions about the intersections of policy, worker cooperatives, and current social and environmental movements!
About the Hosts
Yassi Eskandari uses worker-owned cooperatives as a strategy to build a more fulfilling, equitable, and ecologically resilient economic system. She led the campaign that established groundbreaking worker cooperative development policies in the City of Berkeley and has advised countless advocates on how to establish similar programs. Yassi also convened and coordinates the statewide Worker Owned Recovery California (WORC) coalition, is co-chair of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives Policy & Advocacy Council, legal counsel to the law center's incubated renewable energy projects, and sits on the board of the Bay Area Network of Worker Cooperatives (NoBAWC).
Ricardo Samir Nuñez is a worker cooperative ecosystem development specialist supporting cultural practices, policies, organizations, and systemic changes that allow communities to build beyond the interlocking systems of imperialist white supremacist capitalist patriarchy. He is currently the Director of Economic Democracy at the Sustainable Economies Law Center where he co-coordinates educational programs, legal services, policy advocacy, and regional and national ecosystem development to restore human labor to right relationship with people and the planet. He is board president of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives and at-large board member at the California Center for Cooperative Development and the Southern California Focus on Cooperation. He is also becoming a lawyer without going to law school through California’s Law Office Study Program (likelincoln.org). Check out Ricardo's Favorite Cooperative Resources here!
Full Speaker List Forthcoming
We will have an ASL interpreter and a Spanish Language interpreter working at this event.
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