Turning Challenges into CO-Opportunities
Collective REMAKE presents a
Cooperative Education & Development Saturday Workshop Series
February 16 - April 27, 2019
Free and Open to the Public • Please let us know you are coming. contactus@collectiveremake.com
Join Us February 16
for Workshop #1:

Introduction & History
of Cooperatives and Solidarity Economies
in Diverse Communities
Photos shown are from Collective REMAKE's Seminar Series, "Fire the Boss" held at Southwest College, July 2018
Top, Yvonne Yen Li, Bottom Left, Paul Ahern, Bottom Right, Collective Remake members and participants in interactive activity.
Saturday, February 16, 2019 • 1- 4pm
Community Healing and Trauma Prevention Center
MLK Center for Public Health
11833 Wilmington Ave • Los Angeles, CA 90059
Mary Sutton and Collective REMAKE members will provide an Introduction to Cooperatives and the Cooperative Principles. Paul Ahern, Los Angeles Union Coop Initiative, will explore the linkages Labor Unions and Worker Cooperatives in the U.S. share dating back to the 1800’s. Yvonne Yen Liu with the Solidarity Research Center will present a workshop Mapping Our Futures and Past , which delves into the history and relevance of cooperatives and solidarity economics in our lives. This workshop is intended for people interested in shifting and transforming economics and governance in their communities. The curriculum is based on modules by the Highlander Center.
Paul Ahrens has spent most of his adult life working in and around the motion picture/television production industry in Los Angeles. As a Property Master Paul worked on: feature films; TV comedy and drama shows; commercials; and music videos. Paul worked 12 years as a full-time paid staffer for the largest L.A.-specific local of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE). Paul co-founded the Los Angeles Union Cooperative Initiative (LUCI), which develops and supports worker-owned and directed cooperative enterprises, with an emphasis on union worker cooperatives. Paul’s friends think he is strange because his hobby is Labor History.

Yvonne Yen Liu has played at being many things in her life. Her first job was at an ice cream shop in Flushing, New York at 13. She shared the night shift with a colleague. To pass the time, they would make sundaes–such as marshmallow-covered pecan and strawberry cheesecake with fudge sprinkles–for the other to eat. To this day, Yvonne detests ice cream. Today, Yvonne is the Director of Fellowship and Network Engagement for BALLE. She is also the co-founder and research director of  Solidarity Research Center , a worker self-directed nonprofit that advances solidarity economies for workers of color and subaltern populations. In addition, Yvonne teaches in the sociology department at California State University, Los Angeles. She serves on the boards of the  US Solidarity Economy Network and  Data Commons Cooperative , and the steering committee of the  California Asset Building Coalition . Yvonne is the 2018 Activist-in-Residence Fellow at the  UCLA Asian American Studies Center . Yvonne has over fifteen years of experience supporting racial justice and social impact organizations with quantitative and qualitative research. She is passionate about telling stories through words, images, or data to shift hearts, minds, and guts. Her writing has been featured in  The Nation Colorlines , and  In These Times . Yvonne has a B.A. in cultural anthropology from Columbia University and a M.A. in sociology from the CUNY Graduate Center, where she pursued a PhD. Although a native of New York City, she and the city have parted ways. She is based in Los Angeles, California where the sun smiles down on her every day.

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:

  • February 23, 2019 • 1 - 4pm • Practicing Democracy, Wellness & Caring Inside Cooperative Businesses

  • March 2, 2019 • 1 - 4pm • A Just Transition: This presentation was created by Movement Generation and will be facilitated by Mariana Mendoza, MA Urban Sustainability
"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)
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
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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