From accessing health care and building skills within worker cooperatives to attracting capital investment and exploring cities’ plans to rebuild using worker ownership, our sessions were designed to push boundaries and create the just economy we envision.
Day 1 Keynote: Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis
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Day 1 at the Worker Co-op Conference features a keynote conversation on recovering from crisis with award-winning journalists Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis. Moderated by USFWC Executive Director Esteban Kelly, our first featured conversation highlights visions of just and equitable workplaces at a moment when worker ownership has become a mainstream feature of plans to rebuild our economy amidst unprecedented and escalating challenges.
About our keynote speakers
Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, columnist, documentary filmmaker and author ofthe New York Times and international bestsellers No Logo, The Shock Doctrine, This Changes Everything, No Is Not Enough and On Fire. Her writing has appeared in newspapers and magazines around the world and she is Senior Correspondent for The Intercept. Klein is the inaugural Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair in Media, Culture, and Feminist Studies at Rutgers University and cofounder of the climate justice organization The Leap (TheLeap.org)
Avi Lewis is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, journalist, and lecturer in Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University. His 25-year journalism career has spanned local news reporting to hosting and producing a variety of current affairs shows for television networks worldwide, to directing theatrically released documentaries, This Changes Everything and The Take, that premiered in festivals like TIFF and the Venice Biennale. In 2017, he co-founded and is now Strategic Director of The Leap – an organization launched to upend our collective response to the crises of climate, inequality and racism.
A Worker-Led Green New Deal
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A Green New Deal can only succeed if it is both dramatic in scale and led from below. It must also center workers and communities of color. How? Right now, the usual discourse artificially siloes these two constituencies; trade unions are understood as the representatives of labor, and racial justice groups are understood as the representatives of disadvantaged communities. As a result, the usual discourse leaves out the power and potential of the worker cooperative movement. By dramatically scaling up the green worker co-op movement, through a mix of thoughtful policy and grassroots organizing, we could expand and deepen our concepts of climate work, while finding ways to invest in communities of color that build wealth without extraction or displacement. This panel will explore the ways that worker co-ops are already combining labor and community forces in creative, consequential ways. And it will debate what needs to be done to scale up this sector in order to build a truly just Green New Deal.
- Ruby Quintana - Amicus Solar Cooperative
- Christina Gosnell - Catalyst Cooperative
- Rafael Gil Ortiz - Technicians for Sustainability
- John Abrams - South Mountain Company
- Daniel Aldana Cohen - Moderator - Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania