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Cooperatives as a Better Community Service

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Featuring Sara Vicari, Around the World.Coop and guests

There’ a healthier outcome when people take pride in ownership. And that’s exactly what’s been going on in the cooperative movement.

But there are many misunderstandings. So much information about the cooperative movement. During this special presentation, we will be discovering case scenarios of various cooperatives. We’re going to take you on a journey of discovery, from idea to initiation, from implementation to obstacle, to inspire and empower the very best in each and everyone of us to make the difference in your community through the lens of cooperation.

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Sara Vicari, Aroundtheworld.coop

Sara Vicari, PhD, is a socio-economic researcher, expert on qualitative and participatory methods, passionate about cooperatives and their role in sustainable human development. She has built her expertise working with primary cooperatives, apex organizations, international institutions and academia.

In 2019, together with Andrea Mancori, videomaker, they founded aroundtheworld.coop, and in partnership with the International Co-operative Alliance, they travelled across the five continents documenting and telling stories of innovative cooperatives. All the videos are available here:

Since 2019 Sara has also been a Postdoc Research fellow at the Department of Economics of Roma Tre University in Rome, Italy.

Among her passions, Sara loves writing. “Tana Libera Tutte!” is her first novel that is about sisterhood, empathy and collective action (in Italian – edited by Doithuman). Sara fluently speaks Italian, English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Mahasin Munir

Mahasin is an energetic, charismatic, multi-dimensional performer and entrepreneur originally from Chicago with long time roots in Oakland, CA. After seventeen years of experience working in a cooperative, Mahasin recently retired as part owner of Arizmendi Bakery in Oakland, Ca. When she is not on the big screen, you can find her creating healing mixtures with her essential oil business, Mahasinscents and taking her beloved dog, Coconut on long adventures. You can see some of Mahasins’s most current work in Bay Areas’ only queer series, Dyke Central, where she plays the ultra-suave DJ Sol, and as “Lola” in the Netflix series, Sense8 (directed by the Wachowski siblings).

Cathy Goldsmith, Member of The Cheese Board Collective: 1995-2020

The Cheese Board Collective is a 100% worker owned cooperative in Berkeley Ca. Established
as a cheese shop and bakery in 1971, we expanded to include a pizzeria in 1983. In the 90’s we began a project to seed new cooperatives based on our recipes and on our model of governance. This project eventually became the foundation for the Arizmendi Association of Cooperatives.
After cooking for several years in Bay Area restaurants, in 1995, I joined the Cheese Board Collective, and now I have recently retired. While at The Cheese Board I wore many hats:
baker, cheese monger, mentor, barista, community liaison, HR agent, owner, manager and worker. The ethos of shared governance and the value of equal voices created an environment where creativity and imagination was nurtured and supported. I was lucky to work on many projects outside of our day to day routine. We published a cookbook: The Cheese Board
Collective Works, I helped develop and maintain our website, helped plan the first parklet in Berkeley, created new bakery products, participated in planning the physical expansion of our store, and helped coordinate the installation of a new deck oven. One of my great joys of working at the Cheese Board, was being able to pursue an idea, and then working with my coworkers to bring that vision to reality.

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Communities Take a Stand for The Rights of Nature

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Creating Human-Like Civil Rights of Nature Laws in your Community

“Let the River Run: Creating Rights of Nature Laws in your Community”

Featuring Thomas Linzey, Senior Attorney for the Center for Democratic and Environmental Rights (CDER), former Executive Director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF).

Humanity stands at the brink of global environmental collapse. Our environmental protection laws more often protect the very corporations that they are supposed to regulate, rather than our rivers, forests, mountains, and other ecosystems.

A global movement is starting to change that. Using indigenous value systems to create legally enforceable rights for nature, cities, towns, and counties across the United States are creating laws which recognize the rights of nature.

This short primer from the Center for Democratic and Environmental Rights (www.centerforenvironmentalrights.org) describes the philosophy and underpinnings of the rights of nature movement that has emerged in the United States and beyond. This session will include a segment on how to design and adopt “rights of nature” laws in your own community.

But right now, people within the community rights movement aren’t waiting for power brokers to fix the system. They’re beginning to envision a new sustainability constitution by adopting new laws at the local level that are forcing those ideas upward into the state and national ones. In doing so, they are directly challenging the basic operating system of this country—one which currently elevates corporate “rights” above the rights of people, nature, and their communities—and changing it into one which recognizes a right to local, community self-government that cannot be overridden by corporations, or by governments wielded by corporate interests.

Thomas Linzey serves as Senior Counsel for the Center for Democratic and Environmental Rights (CDER), an organization committed to globally advancing environmental rights. He is the co-founder of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), and is widely recognized as the founder of the contemporary “community rights” movement which has resulted in the adoption of several hundred municipal laws across the United States. He also sits on the Board of Advisors of the New Earth Foundation.

Linzey is a cum laude graduate of Widener Law School and a three-time recipient of the law school’s public interest law award. He has been a finalist for the Ford Foundation’s Leadership for a Changing World Award, and is a recipient of the Pennsylvania Farmers Union’s Golden Triangle Legislative Award. He is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, and he is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, the Third, Fourth, Eighth, and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeals, and the U.S. District Court for the Western and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania.

He is a co-founder of the Daniel Pennock Democracy School – which has been taught in twenty-four states across the country and which has graduated over 5,000 lawyers, activists, and municipal officials – which assists groups to create new community campaigns which elevate the rights of those communities over rights claimed by corporations. Linzey is the author of Be The Change: How to Get What You Want in Your Community (Gibbs-Smith 2009), the author of On Community Civil Disobedience in the Name of Sustainability (PM Press 2016), the co-author of We the People: Stories from the Community Rights Movement in the United States (PM Press 2016), has served as a co-host of Democracy Matters, a public affairs radio show broadcast from KYRS in Spokane, Washington and syndicated on ten other stations, was featured in Leonardo DiCaprio and Tree Media’s film 11th Hour and We the People 2.0 (Official Selection of the Seattle International Film Festival), assisted the Ecuadorian constitutional assembly in 2008 to adopt the world’s first constitution recognizing the independently enforceable rights of ecosystems, and is a frequent lecturer at conferences across the country.

His work has been featured in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Mother Jones, the Nation magazine, he was named, in 2007, as one of Forbes’ magazines’ “Top Ten Revolutionaries,” and, in 2018, Linzey was named as one of the top 400 environmentalists of the last 200 years in the two volume encyclopedia, American Environmental Leaders (3rd Ed. Grey House Publishing 2018). He is currently working on a new book, “Modern American Democracy (and other fairy tales)” (forthcoming Spring, 2021). Linzey currently resides in Spokane, Washington.

 

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Excuse Me, But What is in that “Food” I’m Eating?

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How to survive the Industrial Food System

Surviving the Industrial Food System: How to Take back Your Health: Kristin Lawless, Author “Formerly Known as Food”

If you think buying organic is protecting you, you’re wrong. Our food―even what we’re told is good for us―has changed for the worse in the past 100 years, its nutritional content deteriorating due to industrial farming and its composition altered due to the addition of thousands of chemicals from pesticides to packaging. We simply no longer know what we’re eating.

In Formerly Known as Food, Kristin Lawless argues that, because of the degradation of our diet, our bodies are literally changing from the inside out. The billion-dollar food industry is reshaping our food preferences, altering our brains, changing the composition of our microbiota, and even affecting the expression of our genes. Lawless chronicles how this is happening and what it means for our bodies, health, and survival.

An independent journalist and nutrition expert, Lawless is emerging as the voice of a new generation of food thinkers. After years of “eat this, not that” advice from doctors, journalists, and food

 

faddists, she offers something completely different. Lawless presents a comprehensive explanation of the problem―going beyond nutrition to issues of food choice, class, race, and gender―and provides a sound and simple philosophy of eating, which she calls “The Whole Egg Theory.”

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Kristin Lawless

KRISTIN LAWLESS is the author of Formerly Known As Food: How the Industrial Food System Is Changing Our Minds, Bodies, and Culture, which won the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature in 2019. Her journalism and columns have appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Newsweek, and VICE. Lawless is also a Certified Nutrition Educator and lives with her husband and son in California.

 

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Healthy Soil for Healthy, Nutritious Food and Healthy Climate

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Did you know that most of the food that we eat is not coming from healthy soil? Healthy soil and healthy elements creates healthy food with healthy nutrients.

Big big chemical corporations, in collusion with big media, politicians and other decision makers, have created the illusion that we can pour chemicals and pesticides on our lands and lawns and think that it’s good for us.

This illusion of a beautiful world through chemistry has led to the destruction of most of our lands, our seas, climate change (actually, it’s climate catastrophe) and yet, there is a way out.

This conversation clearly reveals what we can all do to make the difference to reverse course and reclaim both planetary and personal health. About Dr. Elaine Ingham

Dr. Ingham discovered the soil food web nearly 4 decades ago and has been pioneering research ever since. Widely recognized as the world’s foremost soil biologist, she’s passionate about empowering ordinary people to bring the soils in their community back to life.

Dr. Elaine’s™ Soil Food Web Approach has been used to successfully restore the ecological functions of soils on six continents. The courses offered by Dr. Elaine’s™ Soil Food Web School have been designed for people with no relevant experience – making them accessible to individuals who wish to retrain and to begin a meaningful and impactful career in an area that will help to secure the survival of humans and other species.

B.A., Biology and Chemistry, St. Olaf College
M.S., Microbiology, Texas A&M University
Ph.D., Microbiology, Colorado State University

 

 

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