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Cooperation Texas Co-op 101

January 29th, 2014


What:  Cooperation Texas Co-op 101 Workshop

When:  Thursday, February 6, 2014

What time:  6:30-8:30 PM

Where:  5604 Manor Road, Austin, TX 78723

Join us at Cooperation Texas as we unveil our updated Co-op 101 Workshop!  We’ll also be talking about our exciting plans for 2014 and ways for you to get involved!  Email info@cooperationtexas.coop if you have any questions!  Check out the Facebook event here!

Economic Crisis and Cooperative Solutions with Gar Alperovitz

January 7th, 2014


Re-posted from Third Coast Activist Resource Center.

Date: January 24, 2014, Time: 7:00 pm  to  9:00 pm

Gar Alperovitz, a leading scholar and activist in the movement to build a new economy, will speak on “The Quietly Deepening Political and Economic Crisis: Possibilities for an America beyond Corporate Capitalism” on Friday, January 24, at 7 p.m. at University United Methodist Church. He also will participate in a conference on local efforts to build that new economy on the morning of Saturday, January 25, at the “5604 Manor” community center.

Cooperatives, social enterprises, public banks and other new structures provide a new vision for the next economy. Alperovitz, the Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland, will explain how this work, especially the various forms of cooperative ownership, is helping to lay the groundwork for important new directions in the coming era that will see major political and economic changes.

Alperovitz’s latest book is What Then Must We Do?: Straight Talk about the Next American Revolution, in which he argues for a new-economy movement that can democratize the ownership of wealth, strengthen communities in diverse ways, and be governed by policies and institutions sophisticated enough to manage a large-scale, powerful economy.

He is also the author of America Beyond Capitalism: Reclaiming Our Wealth, Our Liberty, and Our Democracy, which diagnoses the long-term structural crisis of the American economic and political system, and Unjust Deserts: Wealth and Equality in the Knowledge Economy (with Lew Daly), Making a Place For Community (with Thad Williamson and David Imbroscio), Rebuilding America (with Jeff Faux), Atomic Diplomacy and The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb.

Alperovitz is a founding principal of the University of Maryland-based Democracy Collaborative, a research institution developing practical, policy-focused, and systematic paths towards ecologically sustainable, community-oriented change and the democratization of wealth.

The Saturday morning gathering will begin at 8:30 am with coffee and a light breakfast. The first panel at 9:15 am, “Worker Cooperatives 101,” will feature Cooperation Texas staff and worker/owners on the basics of worker cooperatives. The second panel at 10:45 am will feature Alperovitz in conversation with Don Baylor (the Senior Policy Analyst on Economic Opportunity for the Center for Public Policy Priorities) on “The Way Forward,” discussing challenges and opportunities in building the new economy.

The events are sponsored by the University United Methodist Church and Cooperation Texas, an Austin-based non-profit committed to the creation of sustainable jobs through the development, support and promotion of worker-owned cooperatives.

More information online or contact Robert Jensen, rjensen@austin.utexas.edu.

Location (Friday): University United Methodist Church, 2409 Guadalupe St., Austin, 78705 (free parking available; see map at http://www.uumc.org/?q=node/76)

Location (Saturday): 5604 Manor, 5604 Manor Road, Austin, 78723

Join Red Rabbit for a Customer Appreciation Holiday Party!

December 10th, 2013

RedRabbitGingerBreadManDonutJoin Red Rabbit Cooperative Bakery at their trailer on Friday, December 13th for their Customer Appreciation Holiday Party to celebrate…YOU! Enjoy a variety of tasty vegan treats, free beer from Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery, and enter a raffle for Red Rabbit prizes: an opportunity to rock the new Red Rabbit T-shirt! Each donut purchase gets a raffle ticket. The drawing is at 7pm and you must be in attendance for a chance to win the following:

First Prize:
Red Rabbit Tote bag with a gift certificate for 1/2 dozen donuts!

Second Prize:
Gift Certificate for 1 dozen donuts

Third Prize:
One Red Rabbit T-shirt in the size of your choosing

In other words: Vegan donutsFree beerPrizes. Worker cooperatives.  See you on Friday!


The Story of Solutions

October 9th, 2013

Austin Co-op Fair

October 2nd, 2013


When: Saturday, October 26, 12-5pm

Where: 5604 Manor Rd.

Join us to celebrate the unique benefits that cooperatives bring to their members and communities!

In honor of Co-op Month, we are hosting a cooperative fair at 5604 Manor Rd. Meet members from local cooperatives, become a member of a local cooperative, and enjoy some food, music, beer from local co-ops, and a silent auction filled with cooperatively-made goodies from around the US.

Admission is free and kids are welcome. See y’all at the fair!

Local cooperatives in attendance include: