Repaired Nations Events

Repaired Nations is here to cultivate cooperative power through black collective ownership of our businesses, housing, and land!Find all the events that Repaired Nations hosts to build cooperative power in black communities in the San Francisco East Bay! 

Sustainable Economies Law Center and Repaired Nations have joined forces to begin a concerted effort to bring cooperative resources to Black Communities, starting in East Oakland and Richmond, CARepaired Nations was created in 2018 as a container for Greg Jackson's Equal Justice Works fellowship, hosted by the Law Center. Greg embarked on a 2 year fellowship that focused on expanding the impact the Law Center has in African American communities, an explicit effort to be more equitable in the creation of cooperatives for the liberation and autonomy of frontline, marginalized communities. 

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  • Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 09:00 AM through October 18, 2019
    Ange Hill Hotel in Accra, Ghana

    Year of Return Exchange Trip: Ghana Conference

    Repaired Nations is excited to be coordinating a Year of Return Cooperatives Conference in Ghana happening in October 2019. If you would like to learn more about the Year of Return Cooperatives Conference in Ghana, and possibly attend the conference yourself, please continue reading or register below!

    Repaired Nations

    Tuesday, October 15 - RNCC - Agne Hill Hotel

     

    9:45 am - 11:15pm  -- PANEL: History of Ghana’s Cooperative Development

    Panel Speakers: Patrick Naab, Ghana Cooperatives Council           

    With a focus on Kwame Nkrumah and W.E.B.  DuBois. Jessica Gordon Nemhard’s Collective Courage provide an excellent Pan African framework for cooperative development.

     

    11:30am - 12:30 pm - Mazin Jamal, Holistic Underground

     

    Purpose

    To discover what success really means to me in a way that reflects who I truly am and doesn't leave anyone I care about behind. 

     

    Elements of success, applicable personally and collectively:

    1. Integrity: doing what I said I would do - honoring my promises to myself and others
    2. Consistency
    3. Clarity: awareness of what is most meaningful and essential in my life and purpose
    4. Focus: using my resources most efficiently.
    5. Ease: taking small sweet steps, and skillfully using the support available
    6. Grace: awareness of our blessings through gratitude. 

     

    12:30 pm --1:30 pm --Lunch 

     

    1:45 pm - 3:00 pm -- PANEL: Role of Ghanaian Women & Youth in Cooperative Development 

    • Panelists: Dr. Akosua Darkwah, Dr. Dzodzi Tsikata, University of Ghana Economics, 

     

    3:15 pm - 4:30 pm -- Unconference #2 - Cooperation Jackson

     

    Members of Cooperation Jackson in Jackson, Mississippi will present on the legacy of Slavery in Mississippi, particularly the ongoing inequities in labor and the economy. We will also share Cooperation Jackson’s work that promotes worker ownership through our current efforts to build a solidarity economy towards black self-determination and economic democracy.

     

    Cooperation Jackson believes that we can replace the current socio-economic system of exploitation, exclusion and the destruction of the environment with a proven democratic alternative. An alternative built on equity, cooperation, worker democracy, and environmental sustainability to provide meaningful living wage jobs, reduce racial inequities, and build community wealth.

     

    5:00 - 8:30 pm -- Happy Hour Dinner & Open Mic

    Hosted by Mandela Msani & Honey Gold Jasmine 

    Special Guest --

     

    Wednesday, October 16 - Pan African Solidarity Economy Network (PASEN) - Agne Hill Hotel

     

    9:00 - 10:30 am  -- Discussion: Opportunities and Challenges of Ghana Cooperative Development 

    Moderator: Ghanaian Colleague 

    • What is the current state of cooperatives in Ghana? Do they cohere around a set of values? What (political, cultural, economic) opportunities and constraints do they face? 
    • Ghanaian cooperative members (or economic justice workers) in the room share opportunities and constraints for Black coop development and expansion in the US

     

    10:45 - 11:45 pm -- Q&A - Existing Trade Incentives

    Moderator: Ghanaian Colleague 

     

    12:00 - 1:00 pm -- Lunch

     

    1:00 pm - 2:30 - What does a Pan African Solidarity Economy Network look like?

    Moderated by: Stacey Sutton, UIC Professor of Urban Planning

    Renee Hatcher, Thurgood Marshall School of Law

    • What values should this network keep?
    • What problems will the network solve?
    • What is the networks ultimate goal?

     

    3:00 - 5:00 pm  - Co-Visioning 

    Moderated by: Mazin Jamal, Holistic Underground

    • Groups Split Up 
    • Using the success framework from Day One, what are small concrete steps that Ghananians and African American can do to build the network?
      • For the next 12 months, what skills, resources, or expertise can you commit to the network?
    • Evision what the network can accomplish in 10years, create a timeline.




    5:00 pm - 9:30 pm --Dinner,  Networking & Guidelines share out

     

     

     

     

    If you would like to donate to support this vital conference, please make your tax-deductible contribution here!

     


    Repaired Nations

    (1) Forging Cooperative Connections between Ghana and the US.

    We are organizing a cultural exchange trip that is primarily focused on creating pathways for African Americans to reinvest in Ghana regeneratively, without perpetuating the problems of capitalism. Our cultural exchange invites East African, West African, and U.S. cooperatives to begin dialogue for a co-created equitable development policy for Ghanaian economic development, and beyond. Dialogue is the key to our trip, for only through dialogue can two distanced peoples begin to find synergies between themselves, and only through dialogue can new arrivals to Ghana know what Ghanaians want for Ghana and how to help steward this vision. In partnership with the Ghana Cooperatives Council, we will host a conference in Accra at the National History Museum where attendees will share knowledge and experience while co-creating  equitable development policy.

    Dialogue is the key to our trip; it is only through dialogue that two distanced peoples with shared roots can begin to find synergies between themselves, and only through dialogue can new arrivals to Africa know what Africans want for Africa and how to help steward their visions. Co-created equitable development policy can only be built upon discussion, exchange of ideas, and information. This conference will begin, re-establish, and strengthen economic relationships throughout the African Diaspora.

    (2) Equitable Cooperative Development Policy

    The growing American cohort is a group of cooperative-minded people seeking to learn how Ghanaians in particular, and Africans in general, structure their collective efforts, to offer our experience and expertise to local projects, and to engage critical conversation regarding international cooperative exchange of resources. Attendees will form relationships that bloom into

    1. Cultural content,
    2. Import/export agreements,
    3. Thought partnership, and
    4. Community-owned real estate development uniquely structured to prevent displacement.

    As global pressures from capital begin to move more and more Black residents from their homes, repatriating back to West Africa begins to make sense for the financial realities of many displaced people. We seek to build bridges now, and begin dialogue with Ghanaians to understand how capital pressures affect their lives and how an influx of cooperative effort from African Americans can increase their capacity to develop and co-own their own neighborhoods, instead of allowing outside capitalists to determine how neighborhoods are developed based solely on property ownership.

    Repaired Nations and Collective Courage

    (3) Coast to Culture Podcast

    Our podcast, Coast to Culture, will document how cultural exchange attendees are approaching the Year of Return. Each person will give regular updates on how planning for the trip, and participating in the Year of Return has affected them emotionally, financially, interpersonally, and spiritually. Exchange organizers will share knowledge and revelations  from their experience developing the exchange trip. Upon return to the Motherland, Coast to Culture hosts will interview experts in culture, law, business, and cooperative enterprises to help ground the audience in African cooperative business opportunities and how to prepare for international business between the U.S. and West Africa. We will forefront how welcoming Ghanaians are to cooperative business and how well African-Americans are received during the Year of Return.  All of our podcast segments seek to spark engagement with cooperatives about Ghana's open door policy for the African Diaspora.

    Repaired Nations

     

    Tentative Ghana Cooperative Exchange Itinerary

    October 11 - Arrival Flight

    October 12 - Arrive in Ghana

    October 13 - Introductions

    October 14 - Slave Castle Tour 

    October 15 - Cooperatives Conference

    October 16 - Pan African Solidarity Network

    October 17 - Collective Decision by Attendees

    October 18 - Collective Decision by Attendees

    October 19 - Departure Flight

  • Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 05:30 PM · $10.00 USD · 1 rsvp
    Online Session

    Cooperative Mastermind Session #1

    Co-op Principle #6: COOPERATION AMONG COOPERATIVES

    Co-ops believe working together is the best strategy to empower their members and build a stronger co-op economy.

     

    As a follow up to our most recent Think Outside the Boss Series, we are hosting Cooperative Mastermind Sessions on alternating months to provide cooperative minded people a place to connect with industry experts.

    Whether you are just starting out, or are looking to expand your cooperative, these mastermind sessions are designed to connect you with already existing networks and expertise. 

    Attend our Cooperative Mastermind sessions to learn from cooperative development professionals and worker owners in facilitated, break-out Q&A sessions.

     

    Attending Speakers

     

    Laura Smoot - Rye Financial and US Federation of Worker Cooperatives

    Laura Smoot is the Operations Manager for the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives, and believes that worker cooperatives are one of the most exciting tools we have for building a more just, more sustainable and more peaceful world. She has been working with cooperatives in Philadelphia, the Bay Area, and nationally in various capacities since 2012: cook, bookkeeper, education & outreach coordinator, meeting facilitator--and was an Administrative Coordinator of the Network of Bay Area Worker Cooperatives (NoBAWC) from 2015-2016. 

    Daniella Preisler, Home Green Home SF

    Daniela Preisler is from Chile and arrived in the United States in 2012. She is the mom of a 14-year old teenage daughter, whom she considers to the engine of her life. For the last three years she has been a part of the ecofriendly housecleaning cooperative, Home Green Home in San Francisco, where she is the general manager. She considers this experience as a big responsibility to herself, her Socias, the co-op community and Latinas! Another objective and value for Daniella is personal growth and development, and that of her fellow worker-owners. Most recently, she has completed half of her yearlong Cooperative Developer Fellowship with Prospera, received hands on professional development experience and is getting ready to be a Certified Community Coach and a co-op developer!


    Ricardo Nunez, Sustainable Economies Law Center

    Ricardo S. Nuñez is currently the Director of Economic Democracy at the Sustainable Economies Law Center where he co-coordinates educational programs, legal services, and policy advocacy to create pathways for grassroots economic development. He endeavors to co-create policies, structures, and institutions that empower communities to liberate themselves from systems of economic and social oppression. He is on the board of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives and the California Center for Cooperative Development. He is also becoming a lawyer without going to law school through California’s Law Office Study Program (likelincoln.org). Previously, Ricardo was a Rural Education Development specialist with the Peace Corps in Kasama, Zambia. Ricardo will be forever indebted to the strong, proud, and gracious women who introduced him to cooperative economics in the villages of Zambia. 

     

    Greg Jackson, Sustainable Economies Law Center & East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative

    Greg is an Equal Justice Works Fellow within the Center's Housing and Cooperatives programs. Greg assists the East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative as Partnership Director. His fellowship work is focused on educating Black residents in East Oakland through a book club and workshop series, laying the groundwork for sovereign grassroots economic development rooted in community ownership, resource sharing, and collective decision making. As a new attorney, Greg's focus areas include contracts, securities, & real estate.

     

     

    NO one turned away for lack of funds

     


    We would like to thank Village-Connect for co-hosting this workshop! We are excited to partner with Village connect to build the capacity of people to become more self-aware and self-directed, resulting in sustainable, positive transformation. Village connect has been in existence for over 20 years, instilling core values of communication, respect, love, and trust.

    REPAIRED NATIONS creates redress for historic trends of colonization and oppression through cooperative training and development for collective ownership. Initially, REPAIRED NATIONS focuses on building wealth in Black communities by giving youth the tools needed to remain rooted: access to land and access to capital. Bookclubs, Workshops, and Trainings will educate and inspire communities to engage in cooperative effort, while giving grounded, practical skills for collective ownership.

    Repaired Nations works to awaken the cooperative power of black communities.

    Please help us spread the wordCo-presented with the Repaired Nations and Village-Connect!

  • Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 09:00 AM · $25.00 USD
    TBD

    Think Outside the Boss: November 2019

    Why didn't we think of it sooner? Cooperatives!

    Think Outside the Boss

    Think Outside the Boss provides community members an introduction into the nuts and bolts of starting and running a cooperatively owned business. We go over legal issues in an accessible way to help you understand the relationships between cooperatives, employment, and community wealth-building. If you are an entrepreneur starting a business, an existing business owner thinking about succession plans, or an existing worker coop looking for a refresher, this training is for you! 

    Food and drinks provided!

    Think Outside the Boss Manual!

    Attorneys, law students, and experienced cooperative professionals will give short presentations on legal issues, governance structures, financing, cooperative conversion, and more -- including resources and information on:

      • What is a worker-owned business?
      • What are advantages of forming a cooperative business?
      • How do you spread ownership and control across a group of people?
      • What are the steps and tax benefits for selling your business to your employees?
      • How do you raise money for a cooperative?
      • What are the tax and accounting issues in a cooperative?
      • How does employment laws effect worker coops?

    Download Think Outside the Boss for free prior to the event here.

    The event will include breakout groups where you can dive deeper into cooperative conversions, speak with worker members, speak with cooperative attorneys, and more! 

    We would like to thank Village-Connect for sponsoring this workshop! We are excited to partner with Village connect to build the capacity of people to become more self-aware and self-directed, resulting in sustainable, positive transformation. Village connect has been in existence for over 20 years, instilling core values of communication, respect, love, and trust.

    REPAIRED NATIONS creates redress for historic trends of colonization and oppression through cooperative training and development for collective ownership. Initially, REPAIRED NATIONS focuses on building wealth in Black communities by giving youth the tools needed to remain rooted: access to land and access to capital. Bookclubs, Workshops, and Trainings will educate and inspire communities to engage in cooperative effort, while giving grounded, practical skills for collective ownership.

    Repaired Nations works to awaken the cooperative power of black communities.

    Please help us spread the wordCo-presented with the Repaired Nations and Village-Connect!

    We are looking for volunteers to support this workshop. If you are interested in attending and would like to volunteer, please email greg@theselc.org!

    No one turned away for lack of funds!

     

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