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We’re hitting the streets!

March 4th, 2013

We’re very excited to report that we at Cooperation Texas have been out and about, spreading the message about cooperatives all over Austin (and beyond)!

First of all, our friends at United for a Fair Economy released their 2013 State of the Dream report in late January.  Cooperation Texas was given the opportunity to contribute some thoughts on how cooperatives can help bridge the racial wealth divide.

We’ve been visiting and having dinner at the ICC (Intercooperative Council) housing co-ops here in Austin.  It’s been exciting to meet the folks who live at ICC co-ops and learn how they got interested in cooperative living.  We also take advantage of the visits to brainstorm about different possibilities for more cooperation among cooperatives here in Austin!

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Worker-owner Maria Muñoz of Dahlia Green Cleaning Services talks about the experiences she’s had working at a cooperative.

Also, along with Dahlia Green Cleaning Services, we’ve done presentations to talk about the worker-owners’ experiences.  Worker-owner Eva Marroquin did one such presentation for the East Austin Rotary Club and worker-owner Maria Muñoz presented for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

Community presentations are an important part of our work here at Cooperation Texas.  We get to tell people about our work and how excited we are about building cooperative economies!  But perhaps more importantly, we get to hear from the communities around us about their histories with cooperatives and cooperation.  We believe that cooperative economies look different everywhere depending on who lives in the communities that are creating them, and what the needs of those communities are.  Learning about the ever-changing context of cooperation in Austin is key to our work.

Are you interested in learning more about worker-cooperatives from Cooperation Texas or one of the cooperatives that we work with?  We’d love to talk to you or present to your organization, school, or faith community!  Please email us at info@cooperationtexas.coop!

 

 

 

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Meet Maria Muñoz: Worker-Owner at Dahlia Green Cleaning Services

December 5th, 2012

Originally from Guanajuato, Mexico, Maria is a mother of three and one of the founding members of Dahlia Green Cleaning Services.  Maria gained early experience in small business management as a teenager, helping her mom who managed a corner store in Mexico.  When she arrived in Austin over eight years ago, Maria began working with a local family as a domestic worker, taking care of housecleaning and other services.  Unsatisfied with the pay and lack of control over her work schedule and working conditions, Maria joined Brenda Jimenez, Cyndi Jimenez and Eva Marroquin to take our Cooperative Business Institute start up course and launch the first worker-owned green cleaning cooperative Texas.

As a member of Dahlia, Maria has begun to build a new life for herself and her family.  Unlike her previous work experience, Maria now has a voice over decisions that affect her and her workplace.  Unlike her previous work experience, Maria is now earning a living wage and has more control over her schedule.  Dahlia has also provided Maria with a range of opportunities for personal and professional growth.  In addition to housecleaning, she also serves as the Treasurer on Dahlia’s Board of Directors and is responsible for bookkeeping and payroll.  As the co-op grows, Maria looks forward to providing similar opportunities to future members.  On what she likes best about cooperatives, Maria says, “Everyone wins together.  There isn’t just one person who creates wealth for themselves.  All the benefits and profits are divided equally for everyone.”

Where can I get Red Rabbit baked goods?

October 15th, 2012
Whenever we talk about Red Rabbit Cooperative Bakery — the first worker-owned vegan bakery in Austin, and one of the first graduates from our Cooperative Business Institute start up course — people always ask, “where can I try their baked goods?” From humble beginnings in a few places around town, Red Rabbit goodies can now be found in coffee shops and grocery stores around the City of Austin, and their famous vegan donuts are also available for special order Thursday through Monday.  Do you have a wedding, birthday or special event coming up? Do you want to surprise a friend with a dozen delicious vegan donuts? Fill out an order form today! And, if you have a hankering for a vegan donut, a loaf of olive bread, brownies or an apple fritter, you can find Red Rabbit baked goods at the following locations:
  • Wheatsville Food Co-op (Thursday – Monday)
  • Monkey Wrench Books (Sundays)
  • In.gredients (Friday – Sunday)
  • Wet Whistle (days vary)
  • Bouldin Creek Cafe (Cinnamon Rolls on Sunday)
  • SFC Downtown Farmers Market (Saturdays)
  • Austin Java City Hall (Fridays and Sundays)
  • Flipnotics (Saturday & Sunday)
  • Genuine Joe Coffee House (Friday – Sunday)
  • Houndstooth Coffee (Saturday & Sunday)
  • Summermoon Coffee (Sunday)
  • Vintage Heart Coffee (days vary)
  • Brian’s Brew (Monday & Thursday)
 Indulge your sweet tooth today and support a new economy!

Together: How Cooperatives Show Resilience to the Crisis

October 5th, 2012