Monday, November 2, 2009

Co-Op Valley! Event at Food For Thought

Title of Event: Co-op Valley! The Worker Co-operative Movement in the Connecticut River Valley
When: Tuesday, November 3, 2009 7:00 PM
Location: Food for Thought Books Collective
A Book Presentation & Fundraiser
with old-time music by Sweaty Buttons

Are you looking for a dose of economic hopefulness and good news? Come learn about the growing critical mass of worker co-ops in our region and globally, as described in the forthcoming book, CO-OP VALLEY! THE WORKER CO-OPERATIVE MOVEMENT IN THE CONNECTICUT RIVER VALLEY.

Written by a five-person team of researchers and members of the Valley Alliance of Worker Coops (VAWC) (the authors are Janelle Cornwell, Julie Graham, Michael Johnson, Adam Trott, and Karen Werner), CO-OP VALLEY! describes the past and present of the worker co-operative movement while spotlighting existing Valley Co-ops. The book also includes steps for building a fair trade cooperative economy, drawing on the inspiring examples of Mondragon, Quebec, and the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy.

To raise funds for the book's production, we will be selling advance purchases at the event. CO-OP VALLEY! is an engaging read, a strategic tool, and a movement builder -integral to VAWC's mission, which is to serve as a development organization for worker co-operatives in our region, growing new co-ops, providing technical know-how, and helping to build a vibrant democratic and co-operative economy.

Sweaty Buttons, an old-time band made up of members of the local worker co-op Pedal People, will play its unique blend of melancholy and toe-tapping tunes.

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