Dear Colleagues, CMRC Members, Supporters and Friends,

These are trying times in our country. Our communities are fraying as these norms of pervasive violence become further entrenched, whether through mass shootings like the heart-shattering massacres in Highland Park and Uvalde or chronic violence that stems from lack of economic opportunities in Chicago and so many other cities around the country, for so many decades. This current societal paradigm with thick, deep roots in racism and political corruption unfortunately seems to be expanding its reach through the retraction of our rights in which women and many other marginalized groups fear for our futures and our children's futures. Dark times indeed.

The good news is that we are not stuck in this dark place confined by the lesser elements of our society. So many are already working on the solutions that will serve and improve the lives of the most of us. I'm proud that the we at Manufacturing Renaissance continue to do our small part. We are here to advance inclusive sustainable development anchored in manufacturing. In short, we believe: Inclusion x Manufacturing = Thriving Communities and Economies.

Thank you to the many partners, participants, funders, employees, board members, volunteers, CMRC members and supporters who join us in this passion to pursue our mission. If you are not yet involved, join us in this work! I'm excited to share the following updates below with more details on our website blog.

Career Pathway Services:
  1. Success Story: Two Brothers On Their Way!
  2. Manufacturing Connect: Participants Hopeful as They Finish the Program
  3. Young Manufacturers Association: Next Training Starting Soon!
Building an Inclusive Manufacturing Ecosystem:
  1. Update on the Resolution Introduced in Chicago's City Council
  2. Rest in Peace, Pastor Donald Meeks, 1st Choice Outreach Ministries
  3. Latest Ministers for Manufacturing Update
  4. Spotlight on Economic Democracy as a Strategy for Inclusive Development
  5. Chicagoland Manufacturing Renaissance Council (CMRC) Member Updates
  6. Recent Articles and Reports on Inclusive Manufacturing and Development
Thank You to Those Who Make Us Possible:
  1. Welcome to New MR Board Member John Scheflow
  2. Thank you to MR's Latest Funders

Erica Swinney Staley
Executive Director
773-278-5418 x20
Success Story: Two Brothers On Their Way!
Kevin and William both completed our last YMA Training and worked with DeeDee Jones, MR's Industry Coordinator, to find good jobs. They both applied to Novolex Duro Bag in Alsip, IL, but only Kevin was called back for an interview. Kevin relies on William, who owns a car, for transportation. Kevin's interview went well but he was concerned about not being able to get to work if his brother ended up getting a job somewhere else. DeeDee advised Kevin to let the company know about his situation and let them know that William also completed the same YMA training. The company asked Kevin to go get his brother for an interview and both were made offers to start as Machine Operators making $19.21/hour on the 2nd Shift. Both brothers have already completed their first 30 days on the job which they are very happy with.
From left to right William Hankins and Kevin Davis.
Manufacturing Connect: Participants Hopeful as They Finish the Program
As the school year ends this year, participants in the Renaissance’s 12-week Manufacturing Connect program had a milestone to celebrate – the successful completion of this nationally recognized career pathways program.
Twenty-one students from 11 different high schools who completed the technical training course participated in an in-person event on May 18 at Daley College. Eighteen students also earned a nationally recognized industry credential from the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS). Students had the opportunity to tour the Daley College Manufacturing Technology and Engineering Center, be presented with their certificates, and announce what they plan to do after graduation.
“We are very proud of our graduates, who are working to incorporate what they’ve learned for career-track jobs in the manufacturing sector,” said Erica Staley, executive director of Manufacturing Renaissance. We asked a few participants to share their perspective about their experience in the program, which teaches key skills that young people will need to succeed in the manufacturing sector. Read more here.
Young Manufacturers Association Next Training Starting Soon!
Recruiting Young Adults for Paid Training & Job Placement
Help us get the word out! Recruiting great candidates for our next YMA Training cohort. The program starts on August 8! 10-12 weeks of paid training, work experience and manufacturing career readiness support! Open to young adults 18-24 from west and south sides of Chicago, and the south suburbs of Chicago. Contact DeeDee Jones for more information - 773-278-5418 x21; djones@mfgren.org.
UPDATE - Resolution Introduced in Chicago's City Council to Endorse the Manufacturing Reinvestment Corporation Act
On March 23, 2022, Alderman Michael Rodriguez, Ward 22submitted a resolution to endorse the Manufacturing Corporation Reinvestment Act (HR5124).  In short, we want Chicago to take the steps needed to dramatically expand the community engagement, programs and supports that get more low-income, Black, Latinx and other people and youth of color willing and able to pursue and persist in manufacturing/STEM related career pathways that lead to high-quality lives and wealth creation opportunities.

The original plan was for this resolution to be heard in a joint committee session between Workforce Development and Education and Child Development. Due to the recent departure of the Chair of the Education and Child Development Committee, setting the date for the hearing on the resolution has been delayed. We are working closely with Ald. Rodriguez's office towards getting the hearing date scheduled.

In the meantime we continue to engage our network and work to build awareness and public support for this resolution. As of the first week of July, we are close to 100 endorsers for this resolution, 37 individuals and 51 organizations and businesses, all representing manufacturers, social and workforce service agencies, churches, community leaders and community-based organizations - a powerful alliance! Help us get this number to 150! Sign on today, or contact David Robinson, drobinson@mfgren.org, 773-278-5418 x 19, for more information. Read more here.
Rest in Peace
Pastor Donald Meeks
1st Choice Outreach Ministries
The Chicago Manufacturing Renaissance Council (CMRC) network shares our profound condolences with the family, friends, and community of Pastor Donald Meeks of 1st Choice Outreach Ministries and Trustee of the Village of Matteson, IL. Pastor Meeks passed away on July 4. Pastor Meeks was a Co-chair of the Ministers for Manufacturing committee of the CMRC. He participated in the most recent meeting of the committee on June 21st at Daley College in Chicago. Read more here about what we captured in a recent interview that reflects his great concern, insights, and commitment to youth and improving our communities.
Looking Forward: Latest Ministers for Manufacturing Meeting Update
The faith community in the region continues to support manufacturing as a tool for social inclusion and sustainable community development through the Ministers for Manufacturing committee of the Chicagoland Manufacturing Renaissance Council (CMRC). On June 21, the committee and stakeholders met at the state-of-the-art Manufacturing Technology & Engineering Center (MTEC) at Daley College. The meeting provided an opportunity for Daley College, which is led by President Dr. Janine E. Janosky and David Girzadas, Dean of Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing, to share information about the Center and its role in preparing students for jobs in the manufacturing sector. Kari Williams from the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) shared information on their south side training and support center. Ministers for Manufacturing leaders are committed to planning next steps for more policy engagement at the local, regional, state and federal levels.

Spotlight on Economic Democracy as a
Strategy for Inclusive Development
Since the early 1980s, Manufacturing Renaissance has been inspired by and a student of worker ownership models, recognizing their potential for expanding wealth creation opportunities for communities that have traditionally been excluded from business ownership and wealth creation, especially in the manufacturing sector. Over the years MR has provided leadership in efforts to raise awareness of the importance of worker ownership, and support its development in Chicago. MR continues to take advantage of every opportunity and strategic partnership to keep learning and finding ways to make local connections between international best practices and our work anchored in the Chicagoland region. Most recently:
  • On May 17th, Erica Staley was one of 20 Chicago leaders asked to join the City of Chicago's Community Wealth Building (CWB) Advisory Council. The CWB Advisory Council is convened through the Mayor's Office of Equity and Racial Justice to guide the development of the pilot project to expand shared ownership models in Chicago.
  • On June 13th, MR visited with Ibon Zugasti, the Managing Director of Propektiker—a cooperative consulting firm in Mondragon. We took him on a tour of the history of our work in manufacturing on the West Side of Chicago and then had a substantial meeting at the Chicago Teachers Union offices. We have committed to some next steps towards expanding an active network of practitioners operating at the intersection of manufacturing and economic democracy. More to come!
Photo credit Michael Moriarty, Chicago Teachers Union Foundation. From left to right: David Robinson, Rev. Anthony Haynes, Dan Swinney, Erica Staley, Ibon Zugasti.
Welcome New CMRC Member!
Congratulations to Judge Rev. Timothy W. Wright III, Recently Elected to 5th Subcircuit District Court in Chicago!
A hearty congratulations to our colleague, newly elected Judge Rev. Timothy W. Wright III. A regular advisor to MR local and national efforts, Judge Wright earned a landslide victory in his race to fill a vacated seat in the 5th subcircuit district in the City of Chicago in recent Illinois elections. Judge Wright has an impressive history of policy leadership, community advocacy, and innovative disruption on behalf of the underrepresented.  In addition to his legal work, Wright was involved in politics in the 1980s and 1990s. He was the director of intergovernmental affairs and commissioner of economic development for the City of Chicago under mayors Harold Washington and Eugene Sawyer, a domestic policy advisor for President Bill Clinton, and chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush.  
IMEC Monthly Events
The Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center has regular technical assistance forums and workshops for manufacturers in Illinois. Upcoming events will cover women in IL manufacturing interested in enhancing finance skills, and building talent pipelines. Read more here.
Worth a Read - Worth a Listen

Podcast: The Manufacturing Report Discusses how community colleges are collaborating to expand racial equity in manufacturing.

European ESOP: The Main Structural Features and Pilot Implementation in Slovenia David Ellerman is a leading theoretician in the field of employee ownership. David was one of the first to introduce Mondragon to activists in the US and was a founder of the Industrial Cooperative Association. David currently lives in Slovenia and has founded the Institute for Economic Democracy.

Welcome to MR's Board of Directors: John Scheflow!
John Scheflow, who recently joined the Board of Directors of Manufacturing Renaissance, has had a wide-ranging career as an attorney as well as a variety of personal experiences and memories that connect him to the Renaissance. “I saw in Manufacturing Renaissance the opportunity to put my professional skills to use,” he says. “I think their approach is something I’ve always liked in that it seems like it’s simultaneously about identifying a problem and proposing a solution. It’s about building up programs that benefit communities.”

His family’s roots also suggest a strong connection to the world of manufacturing. “My mom’s side of the family were immigrants from Russia. My grandpa worked at Chrysler. They were able to come to Detroit and work for a car manufacturer, and receive a pension.” “My grandpa was certainly a refugee,” Scheflow adds. “He was one of those people who fled Stalin during the war. It was a very tough life.” His memory of that story reinforces something he learned early on about work, opportunities, and manufacturing. “The trades or manufacturing don’t have to be a second option,” he says. “For a lot of people, it’s a better fit...” Read more here.
Thank You to MR's Latest Funders!
Contributing writer for MR's newsletter: Dan Baron, dan@danbaron.com
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