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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  • Monday, June 17, 2019 at 06:00 PM
    Acta Non Verba Lounge in Oakland, CA

    East Oakland Cooperative Book Club - Collective Courage

    Join us on a Collective Inquiry into Collective Courage at Acta Non Verba

    We will honor the cultures whose ancestors relied on oral histories and education; comprehension and intelligence go deeper than Eurocentric Training. We tap into the organic intellectual streak present in communities often not included in Eurocentric, institutional learning environments. We bridge two spaces: (1) the natural learned expertise and expertise of underrepresented communities and (2) the bodies of literature they may otherwise not engage as sources of information. We cross the divide between education and soul activation. We translate solutions into a medium that is expertise, but is often overlooked because of value propositions. We gather to show people the power inherent in themselves, and facilitate community reflections that evidences greatness and deep knowledge.

    If you are an African American entrepreneur starting a business, an existing business owner thinking about succession plans and you have Black workers, or an existing worker coop with black worker-members looking for a refresher, this book club is for you!

    >>> RSVP HERE!

    Food and drinks provided! 

    Think Outside the Boss for the Black Community

     

    This event is being sponsored by the San Francisco Foundation through partnership with Repaired Nations.

    Thank you!

  • Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 06:00 PM
    Acta Non Verba Lounge in Oakland, CA

    Think Outside the Boss: East Oakland Part Three

    Intro to Securities Law & How Money Flows through a Cooperative

    Cooperative Workshops for the Black Community

    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 African American entrepreneur starting a business, an existing business owner thinking about succession plans and you have Black workers, or an existing worker coop with black worker-members looking for a refresher, this training is for you! >>> RSVP BELOW!

    We'll be presenting sections of Think Outside the Boss over multiple sessions over the next few months. Our third teach-in will cover:

    • What laws do you have to understand before raising money for your cooperative?

    • What is a security and why should you care?

    • What are alternative ways of funding the growth and operations of your cooperative?

    • How does money flow through a cooperative business?

    • What are the tax and accounting issues in a cooperative?

    In collaboration with the Repaired Nations and Acta Non Verba, we are providing regular teach-ins that go through our legal guide for starting and operating worker cooperatives, Think Outside the Boss

    Food and drinks provided!

    Think Outside the Boss for the Black Community

    Attorneys, artists, law students, and experienced cooperative professionals will give short presentations on legal issues, governance structures, financing, cooperative conversion, and more! At the event, we will have bound copies of the Think Outside the Boss manual for paying attendees! You can also download it for free prior to the event here

    This event is being sponsored by the San Francisco Foundation, Cooperation Richmond and Repaired Nations.

    Thank you!

  • Monday, July 01, 2019 at 06:00 PM

    Richmond Cooperative Book Club - Collective Courage

    Join us on a Collective Inquiry into Collective Courage at West Contra Costa Youth Services

    We will honor the cultures whose ancestors relied on oral histories and education; comprehension and intelligence go deeper than Eurocentric Training. We tap into the organic intellectual streak present in communities often not included in Eurocentric, institutional learning environments. We bridge two spaces: (1) the natural learned expertise and expertise of underrepresented communities and (2) the bodies of literature they may otherwise not engage as sources of information. We cross the divide between education and soul activation. We translate solutions into a medium that is expertise, but is often overlooked because of value propositions. We gather to show people the power inherent in themselves, and facilitate community reflections that evidences greatness and deep knowledge.

    If you are an African American entrepreneur starting a business, an existing business owner thinking about succession plans and you have Black workers, or an existing worker coop with black worker-members looking for a refresher, this book club is for you!

    >>> RSVP HERE!

    Food and drinks provided! 

    Think Outside the Boss for the Black Community

     

    Hosted in Partnership with Cooperation Richmond

    This event is being sponsored by the San Francisco Foundation through partnership with Repaired Nations.

    Thank you!

  • Friday, October 11, 2019 at 09:00 AM through October 14, 2019
    University of Ghana, Legon in Accra, Ghana

    Year of Return Exchange Trip: Ghana Conference

    (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.

     

    Please email greg(at)theselc.org to reserve space on the trip, then making your deposit here.

     

    (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.

     

    (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.

    Please email greg(at)theselc.org to reserve space on the trip, then making your deposit here.

     

    Tentative Exchange Itinerary

    October 11 - Arrival Flight

    October 12 - Dinner & Artist Exchange

    October 13 - Slave Castle Tour 

    October 14 - Un-Conference

    October 15 - Collective Decision by Attendees

    October 16 - Collective Decision by Attendees

    October 17 - Collective Decision by Attendees

    October 18 - Closing Exchange Reception

    October 19 - Departure Flight

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