Next Meetup

Worker Coop Meeting w/Michael Peck (Mondragon/CUCI)
***ORA's Committee on Worker Cooperatives is focused on building a more just, inclusive, and democratic society by expanding the share of worker-owned and -operated cooperative enterprises within the local, regional, and state economy. We believe that worker cooperatives are an underutilized and important tool for ensuring equitable community development. We are working to raise awareness of this indispensable community wealth building model and encourage our elected officials to focus some of Arlington's economic development efforts on fostering the creation of cooperatives - particularly within the neighborhoods of the country that are experiencing the greatest economic hardships.*** At our next meeting, we will be talking with Michael Peck, co-founder & executive director of the 1worker1vote movement (www.1worker1vote.org; https://www.facebook.com/1worker1vote), a NY-registered 501c3 dedicated to co-launching and co-scaling profitable hybrid worker ownership enterprises and projects with local stakeholders, inspired by sixty plus years of the Mondragon cooperative ecosystem experience. As movement co-founders, the Cincinnati Union Cooperative Initiative (http://www.cincinnatiunioncoop.org) operates as the prototyping “living lab” for the 1worker1vote movement while CUNY Law School’s Community Economic Development Clinic (http://www.law.cuny.edu/academics/clinics/ced.html) leads 1worker1vote’s pedagogic and alliance structuring work. Michael has served as Mondragon’s first and only USA delegate (Mondragon fields four global delegates) since 1999 (www.mondragon-corporation.com), and is also a board member of the American Sustainable Business Council (www.asbcouncil.org) with over 250,000 triple bottom-line (people, planet, profit) business members, a Blue Green Alliance corporate advisory board member since its founding in September 2006 (www.bluegreenalliance.org), and founded the MAPA Group mission-driven, business development consultancy in 1994 (www.mapagroup.net). Michael also played an important part in lobbying for the recently passed Main Street Employee Ownership Act of 2018 (S 2786 and HR 5236), which makes employee-owned businesses eligible for Small Business Administration (SBA) section 7(a) loans for the first time: https://nonprofitquarterly.org/2018/08/14/employee-owned-businesses-sba-loans/ If you plan to attend, we encourage you to read the following the articles from Michael's 1Worker:1Vote site: http://1worker1vote.org/reimagining-humans-back-workplace-equation-2017-report-card/ http://1worker1vote.org/cooperatives-unionize-unions-cooperativize/

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Welcome to Our Revolution Arlington!

Please go to our website (https://ourrevolutionarlington.us/) and sign up for an account (https://ourrevolutionarlington.us/memberships/applications/or-arlington-members/) to become a formal member.

Please join our Facebook group at Our Revolution Arlington and "like" our main FB page (https://www.facebook.com/orarlington).

Our Revolution Arlington (ORA) is an official local chapter of the national group Our Revolution, which is working to unify the millions of people who got involved over the course of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign in support of progressive causes. ORA seeks to galvanize and organize Arlington residents of all walks of life to fight for a bold progressive agenda that will transform our community into a more democratic, just, and sustainable place.

While ORA's members were inspired by the policies espoused by Bernie Sanders during his presidential campaign and fully supports the national Our Revolution organization’s platform (https://ourrevolution.com/issues/), ORA is equally inspired by Bernie Sanders' accomplishments as mayor of Burlington and seeks to implement here in Arlington many of his innovative progressive policies from that time, such as the use of worker cooperatives for democratic economic development, the creation of a community land trust to preserve affordable housing and home ownership opportunities for the working class, a publicly-owned energy utility operating 100% on renewables, and a publicly-owned broadband network.

To that end, at the state and local level, ORA seeks to implement the Community Wealth Building Program (https://democracycollaborative.org/sites/clone.community-wealth.org/files/downloads/CitiesBuildingCommunityWealth-Web.pdf), which is a systems approach to economic development that creates an inclusive, sustainable economy built on locally rooted and broadly held ownership. For more details please visit our website (https://ourrevolutionarlington.us/) and see our issues pages.

Our Revolution Arlington is an independent group with no formal ties to any political party. We are willing to work with any party, candidate, elected official, activist group, etc. that shares our values and supports our positions on core issues. Please join us and help shape and implement our agenda.

ORA currently holds general meetings the second Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at Summer's Restaurant in Courthouse.

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