Final week to support Democracy Brewing! *Secret Perk just for you!* 🍻


We’re in the homestretch of our Democracy Brewing IndieGogo campaign: Help Ferment Rebellion!

50d0cdb6-d76d-47a5-bdb0-e14d32df41e6.jpgWe’ve got a final perk for YOU, our backers!

Be one of the cool kids and get this super awesome Democracy Brewing t-shirt for making an additional gift of just $25 between now and Saturday, August 20th. Here’s the link.

Plus, we’re continuing the referral perk. If you refer a backer who gives at least $10 we’re going to throw an extra Democracy Brewing pint glass your way. (Okay, we won’t throw it, we don’t want it to break).

  • Important: to count as a referrer, you must promote our campaign with Indiegogo’s share tools while logged into your Indiegogo account.

Thank you so much for helping us get this far. Please take the extra step to help us finish strong!

In solidarity,

James Razsa & Jason Taggart
Democracy Brewing Co-Founders

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NASCO Institute 2016 – Request for Proposals – Save the Date

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NASCO Institute Banquet

Save the Date: NASCO Institute 2016

Over 400 participants will converge on Ann Arbor, Michigan from November 11th through 13th, 2016 to share ideas, learn new skills, and look at issues affecting the cooperative movement worldwide.

Since 1977, NASCO’s Cooperative Education & Training Institute has been widely recognized as one of the most important training and networking opportunities available to members, directors, staff and managers of group-equity cooperatives.

The annual NASCO Institute is always a one-of-a-kind opportunity to network with hundreds of cooperative leaders and employers, to caucus about pressing issues, and to work on building an inclusive and accessible cooperative movement.

Conference registration and scholarship applications will open on September 1st. If you have any questions about NASCO Institute, please contact Morgan Crawford at

NASCO Institute Workshop

Apply to Lead a NASCO Institute Session

NASCO is inviting proposals for presentations at this year’s Institute. The deadline to submit proposals is Friday, August 19, 2016. Proposals will be evaluated on a rolling basis, so apply early! Final programming decisions will be made by the end of August.

This is a great opportunity to share your knowledge and sharpen your skills as a cooperative educator. Also, presenters are eligible for conference travel and registration compensation!

To apply, and for more information, please see our website.

Conference Theme: Cooperative Resilience

As the wealth gap continues to grow and our systems of production and consumption are increasingly revealed to be unsustainable, people around the world are building alternative structures to a degrading and dehumanizing economy.

Cooperatives are robust and resilient organizations that succeed in times of crisis. Rather than prioritizing shareholder profits, they are driven by the needs and desires of their member-owners. As they provide necessary goods and services, they can provide hope that a just and sustainable economic system rooted in democracy and solidarity is possible.

In service of their members, cooperatives provide dignified jobs and business ownership to undocumented and low-income people, create access to healthy food in communities that have been neglected by grocery corporations, keep money local by providing communities with strong financial services and access to capital, unite small farmers banding together to sell their goods at market, and drive away the predatory landlord by providing affordable resident-controlled housing.

This year’s Institute focuses on the innovative and resilient nature of cooperatives, and how these qualities are essential to adapt in a changing world as we build the next economic systems.

Ed Whitfield

Keynote: Changing the World in a World that is Changing

As we see social alienation, economic crisis, international contention, and the growing social movements in response to it all, many of us are moved to try to change the world. But, to state the obvious, the world is not just sitting there waiting for us to change it. In fact, the world is changing every day and we cannot stop it. The challenge, then, is how can we change a world that is already in motion.

In his keynote presentation, Ed Whitfield will explore how we go about changing the world for the better, recognizing the motion and counter-motion all around us. In particular, Ed will talk about how the access to tools and resources is the key to the power to direct change along the path we care about, toward a wholesome, equitable, sustainable and just world.

Ed Whitfield is a social critic, writer, and community activist who has lived in Greensboro, North Carolina since 1970. He is co-founder and co-managing director of the Fund for Democratic Communities (F4DC).

Originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, Ed’s political activism started with attending Little Rock Central High School and beginning to do anti-war work as a teenager. Ed retired after 30 years in industry before becoming involved with philanthropy. He now speaks and writes on issues of cooperatives and economic development while continuing to be interested in issues of war and peace, as well as education and social responses to racism. Ed serves on the boards of the New Economy Coalition and The Working World.

While he spends much of his time practicing bass guitar, Ed can often be found playing jazz or blues flute along with singer-songwriters and bands in Greensboro and wherever he goes in the world. He recently won the “Plays the Most Instruments” award at Greensboro’s long-running Open Mic night.



Copyright 2016, North American Students of Cooperation, All rights reserved.

The North American Students of Cooperation (NASCO) Family of associations organizes and educates affordable group equity co-ops and their members for the purpose of promoting a community oriented cooperative movement.

Our mailing address is:
330 S. Wells St
Suite 618-F
Chicago, IL 60606

Join us for the Worker Ownership Loan Fund Party on Friday!

Kick off the conference with live performances from Yosimar Reyes as well as worker-owners! There will be music, dancing, bowling, arcade games and YOU! Transportation and a light dinner will be provided.

rvolcy if you are interested.
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Democracy at Work Institute1904 Franklin St., Suite 400
Oakland, CA 94612


Conference Scholarship Applications DUE MAY 2 // La fecha límite para solicitar una beca es el 2 de Mayo


Hi Members ~ Friendly reminder that….

REGISTRATION is OPEN for the 2016 Worker Coop National Conference and early-bird price is available through May 15. Also, SCHOLARSHIP and WORK TRADER applications are due Monday, May 2.

**Member Registration Discount**
Take advantage of being a USFWC member with the $100 registration discount ($220 instead of $320)! Enter MMBR016 into the promo field before proceeding to checkout.

**Dorm Housing Costs**
Single is $109 per night per person
Double is $47 per night per person

**Workshops and more detailed schedule coming soon**
We will be hosting pre-conference sessions, local tours, and a kick-off party on Friday July 29, followed by two full days of quality workshops and amazing speakers.

**Sponsorship Opportunities Available**
We are still recruiting conference sponsors! Learn more

Can’t wait to see you in Austin!

– – – – – – – – – – – – – –

Saludos miembros,

Les recuerdo amablemente que…
Inscripción para la Conferencia Nacional de Cooperativas de Trabajadores ya está abierta ~ y el precio subirá después del día 15 de Mayo. La solicitud de Becay la solicitud de
Intercambio de trabajo
tienen que ser entregadas antes del 2 de Mayo.

Descuento de Inscripción para Miembros

Una ventaja de ser un miembro de USFWC es que puede recibir un descuento en la inscripción de $100 ($220 en vez de $320)! En la línea del formulario donde dice ‘Promo’ escriba MMBR016 antes de seguir al proceso de compra para que se aplique el descuento.



Precios de Alojamiento

Ocupación sencilla vale $109

Ocupación doble vale $47

Muy pronto estarán disponibles
tanto la
lista de t
alleres como el horario completo

Van a haber sesiones antes de la conferencia, tours locales, una fiesta para empezar la conferencia el viernes 29 de Julio, seguido por dos días completos de talleres de calidad y presentadores increíbles.

Oportunidades de patrocinio están disponibles

¡Todavía estamos buscando patrocinadores! Aprenda más

Nos vemos en Austin!

~ Amy


Amy Johnson, Co-Executive Director
US Federation of Worker Cooperatives

1904 Franklin Street, St. 400

Oakland, CA 94612

415.392.7277 x2


1Worker:1Vote Union Co-op Newsletter

Congratulations to two union co-ops making news recently!

Workers OK first contract, making Wedge first union co-op in Minnesota – “Workers at the Wedge voted Tuesday [April 5th] to ratify their first union contract, making the Minneapolis grocer the state’s first unionized co-op.

“Wedge Community Co-op workers voted last November to join United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1189, seeking higher wages, an equitable process for dealing with management and a voice in decisions that affect the co-op’s culture and working environment.

“In negotiations described by Local 1189 as ‘fairly smooth,’ Wedge workers made real progress on those issues. Read the article from the Union Advocate.”

In March, Green Taxi Co-op received authority to operate the newest Taxi Co-Op in Colorado – that’s 800 new owner drivers! And, congrats to those at the CWA Local 7777 who played a big role in helping organize these worker owners! Read more about Green Taxi Co-op in Yes! Magazine.

Upcoming Events

April 8-10: North American Forum on the Social Solidarity Economy Forum, Detroit, MI

April 14-15: Activating Markets for Social Change, Los Angeles, CA

April 22: The Cooperative Economy: Building a Sustainable Future, Cincinnati, OH

June 6: Good Jobs, Green Jobs 2016, Cleveland, OH

July 8-10: CommonBound 2016, Buffalo, NY

Visit our Events Calendar to see where we’ll be speaking and visiting! If you’d like to invite us to an event, please send us a note.

Co-op Conference in Santa Barbara: Register Today: WestCo, April 15-17

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WestCo | April 15-17, 2016 | Santa Barbara, CA

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WestCo, an annual conference for members of cooperatives in the Western United States and Canada, will be held this year in Santa Barbara, CA from April 15th through 17th.

WestCo is a space for local cooperators to build community, attend educational workshops and social events, and celebrate their common interests and experiences. This year’s conference is organized by members of the Santa Barbara Student Housing Cooperative.

The conference schedule , logistical information, and a rideshare board are online. Confirmed workshops include:

  • Foundational Facilitation Skills
  • Recycling, Composting, and Environmental Stewardship
  • Vegan Cooking
  • Sustainable Home Gardens
  • Intersectionality and Interfaith

Registration is $20 per person and covers housing and four meals. Register online by April 10th to secure housing.

We look forward to seeing you in Santa Barbara!


Friday April 15
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Welcome and Registration
8:00 PM – 12:00 AM – Pizza Party and Bonfire

Saturday, April 16
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM – Registration and Breakfast
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM – Morning Yoga
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM – Tour of SBSHC Co-ops
11:45 AM – 12:45 PM – Lunch (on your own)
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM – Course Block 1
2:45 PM – 4:15 PM – Course Block 2
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM – Course Block 3
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Dinner
7:15 PM – 8:00 PM – Sunset Beach Stroll
9:00 PM – 12:00 AM – Party

Sunday, April 17
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM – Brunch
11:45 AM -1:15 PM – Workshop
1:15 PM – 1:30 PM – Farewells

Register Online
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Founded in 1976, the Santa Barbara Student Housing Co-op (SBSHC) provides low rent co-op housing for nearly 100 students, staff, and faculty of the University of California at Santa Barbara. SBSHC strives to engage in continuous educational programs that further the principles of cooperation through mutual, self-help living at a minimal cost.
Copyright 2016, North American Students of Cooperation, All rights reserved.

The North American Students of Cooperation (NASCO) Family of associations organizes and educates affordable group equity co-ops and their members for the purpose of promoting a community oriented cooperative movement.

Our mailing address is:
330 S. Wells St
Suite 618-F
Chicago, IL 60606


CUBA: Socialism, Cooperatives and Building a Solidarity Economy

The Center for Global Justice
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Cuba: Socialism, Cooperatives, and Building a Solidarity Economy
June 19 to July 2, 2016
Dear fellow co-op practitioner,

Cuba is going co-op! This is to invite you to observe first-hand Cuba’s bold shift from a state-directed economy to one that envisions cooperatives and the solidarity economy at its center. To bring Northamerican co-op members – and others interested in workplace democracy – into direct dialogue with Cuban counterparts leading this change, the Center for Global Justice offers a two-week study-tour from June 19 to July 2, 2016.

The first week features on-site meetings with leading co-ops, the second, debates with co-op members, researchers and leading Cuban thinkers. Among topics: whether independent co-ops dilute or deepen Cuba’s socialism; co-op responses to new waves of tourists; everyday adjustments to the changes; their impact on evolving US-Cuban relations, and opportunities and risks of bringing co-ops into the center of an economy.

The Center for Global Justice, devoted to "research and learning for a better world," has long been visiting Cuban cooperatives. We are confident Northamerican co-ops that encourage members to join this study-tour will not be disappointed. See the Call below and/or check

Contact us at cuba

Please note that registration for "Cuba: Socialism, Cooperatives & Building a Solidarity Economy" ends April 15. We urge you to inquire ASAP.

This ice-breaking encounter between the two movements is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for all who support workplace democracy. Don’t miss it!

Yours in cooperation,
Bob Stone
Secretary, Center for Global Justice

Cuba: Socialism, Cooperatives & Building a Solidarity Economy

Download Call in.pdf file: CLICK HERE

The Center for Global Justice • 42 Calzada de la Luz • San Miguel de Allende • GTO • 37700

Register Today for the Worker Cooperative National Conference!


Every two years we come together for one weekend, to build a new economy based on shared ownership and real democracy. Our keynote this year is from the organization Define American, Jose Antonio Vargas, and we are thrilled to announce that registration is live!

Who should come?
The Worker Cooperative National Conference is for coop members, developers, technical assistance providers, lenders, social movement partners, and interested community members. It’s a great opportunity for your coop or organization to orient new folks to our community and learn from successful cooperatives.

What will happen?
We will have workshops and speakers, tours, parties and special intensive sessions. Our conferences are a little bit legendary.

You will build skills and share knowledge to strengthen your worker cooperative. You will develop strategy and collaborate to build our movement. You will make friends with worker-owners, make plans with coop developers, and make common cause with community allies. Learn, teach, grow, brainstorm, scheme, laugh, dance, and leave inspired!

We have early bird prices and a 15% discount available for group registrations of four or more individuals from the same company. Scholarships and a community rate are available on a limited basis.

Buy Now
Interested in having your name in lights as a sponsor? Contact Roodline Volcy at rvolcy for packages designed to meet your needs and budget.
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We are accepting workshop proposals for the Worker Cooperative National Conference in Austin, Texas!

Submit your workshop proposals today!

We are accepting workshop proposals for the Worker Cooperative National Conference in Austin, Texas! All proposals are due by 5pm PST on Monday, March 14th.

From July 29th – July 31st, hundreds of worker cooperatives will join together to build a new economy based on shared ownership and real democracy. And we want you to add your voice. Propose a workshop and show us your most creative ideas in content and presentation.

What’s important to your workplace or organization? To the movement (locally and beyond?) To the sector(s) you operate in? What do we need to act on? What skills can you share to grow the democratic ownership movement across boundaries?

Our priority areas for this year include research, conversions, and building local capacity and campaigns. Wow us with your insight and excitement.

Submit your workshop proposal today!