Turning Challenges into Co-opportunities

Collective REMAKE presents a
Cooperative Education & Development Workshop Series

Saturdays • February 16 - April 27, 2019
Free and Open to the Public • Please let us know you are coming. contactus@collectiveremake.com
Next Workshop
March 2, 2019
Just Transition Framework
presented by Mariana Mendoza

Visiting Cooperative: Collective Avenue Coffee
Photos shown are from Collective REMAKE's Workshops Series held at the Fair Chance Project, Summer 2017.

A Just Transition Framework presented Mariana Mendoza and Yuki Kidokoro

Upper left photo: Kateri from visiting coop, Collective Avenue Coffee
Community Healing and Trauma Prevention Center
MLK Center for Public Health
11833 Wilmington Ave • Los Angeles, CA 90059
We are eager to change the current extractive, violent system we live in into a regenerative one that can sustain, nourish, and heal everyone. But how do we get there? This workshop will be based on a Just Transition framework developed by Movement Generation , which offers five pillars of the economy to better understand the dominant economy and spark ideas of strategies we can implement to transition from an extractive economy to a regenerative one in a just way. "Transition is inevitable, justice is not."

"A Just Transition requires us to build a visionary economy for life in a way that is very different than the economy we are in now. Constructing this visionary economy calls for strategies that  democratize,   decentralize  and  diversify  economic activity while we  damper down  consumption, and  (re)distribute  resources and power. This presentation Is for folks interested in building collective vision and action towards Ecological Justice that does not separate humans from nature, or social equity from ecological integrity." (Movement Generation)

"We use our diverse talents and passions to serve our hometown of Lynwood, CA, a small inner city Southeast of Los Angeles. Our goal is to become the first worker owned cooperative coffee shop in Los Angeles county that focuses on providing teens and young adults a space to enjoy quality coffee and express themselves through music, art, and civic engagement. Starting as a humble pop up making pour overs at BALAM restaurant, we have transformed by growing our offerings and hosting community events, such as our monthly Last Fridays at BALAM, which hosts local musicians, teens’ artwork, open mic, and more."

Collective REMAKE is offering a series of TEN exciting interactive workshops to all who are interested in building and/or supporting the development of cooperative businesses with people in communities that are economically disenfranchised. We are specifically focussed on demonstrating that cooperative businesses, owned and run democratically by the workers, can create dignified and sustainable work opportunities for people returning home from prison or jail. Cooperatives working together can provide a local economy that allows people to take control and contribute to the health and wellness of their families and their community.
Upcoming Workshops Include:

  • March 9, 2019 • 1 - 4pm • Creating a Vision for Your Cooperative Through Business Modeling. Facilitated by Karen Ochoa from the LA Coop LAB.

  • March 16, • 1 - 4 pm • An Introduction to Cooperative Business Budget and Finance, and How to Write a Business Plan.

All workshops will be held at the
Community Healing and Trauma Prevention Center • MLK Center for Public Health
11833 Wilmington Ave • Los Angeles, CA 90059
Location: Right off the Green Line Metro Stop, Willowbrook/Rosa Parks .
PARKING . Don't be fooled, the parking lot in front of the building is closed so it may look like there is no-one there. We will post signs. There is parking lot directly across the street on Bandera just south of E. 118th St. Go West on E. 118th and left on Bandera. Parking is on the right.

Mariana Mendoza
Born and raised in Mexico City, currently living in Los Angeles, Mariana brings experience in community and youth organizing, grassroots project development, corporate research, narrative strategy, curriculum development, and facilitation. For the last years she has been mostly involved in migrant rights, racial justice, just transition, ideological change, and self-determination organizing. She is an Affiliate Faculty in the Urban Sustainability MA at Antioch University and trainer at Center for Story-based Strategy. Mariana deeply believes in the power of utopian imagination and in the collective determination of communities. When she is not organizing, studying, or eating with friends, she is usually climbing rocks.

Collective REMAKE : Art, Business, Education, Jobs, News, People, and Recycling for Sustainability  is a unique social enterprise—in Los Angeles County—designed to support the creation of worker-owned businesses and other kinds of cooperatives with people who have been incarcerated and other individuals who are marginalized socially and economically due to race, sex, class, gender identity, age or ability.

A worker cooperative is a for-profit business that is owned and managed by the people that work there. Workers come together to meet common financial, social and cultural needs for themselves, their community and future generations. There are not enough economic opportunities for people in South Los Angeles, especially for people when they come home from prison or jail. The lack of housing, job opportunities, and services make re-entry extremely difficult. Worker cooperatives are a real option for people who historically experience life-long discrimination in the workforce as the workers are their own boss and they decide the hiring criteria. 
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