The Legacy and Current Growth of Black Cooperatives: An Interview with Jessica Gordon Nembhard

Photo of Mandela Foods Cooperative, courtesy of Jessica Gordon Nembhard.

For National Co-op Month, we present a three-part series from an interview with Jessica Gordon Nembhard. Read the first piece, Black Cooperative Economics During Enslavement, here and the second piece, on how the cooperatives were critical partners to struggles throughout African-American history, here.

When I first became interested in cooperative economics, everybody, Black and white, told me that Black people  just don’t engage in cooperative economics. But that didn’t seem right to me. So I started studying it, talking to people about it, and participating in the US co-op movement. I found there were hardly any Blacks involved, except when they were in agricultural cooperatives in the South. None of the mainstream co-op literature talked about Black co-ops, and yet I was sure that African-Americans must have been involved.


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East Bay Premiere of Resistencia: The Fight for the Aguan Valley

Other Worlds, Friends of the Earth and Food First are co-sponsoring a film screening of Resistencia: The Fight for the Aguan Valley. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz will introduce the program and Filmmaker Jesse Freeston will lead the post-film discussion.

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We Are All Indigenous and We Are Fighting for a Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry

The social and union movements from Mato Grosso do Sul, who got together last September 22nd , reaffirm their full support to indigenous peoples’ struggle for their rights, such as the battle to reclaim their territory and at least the chance of a fair and decent life. Once again, outraged, we denounce that in our Mato Grosso do Sul some of the farmers and their roughnecks have been working with some armed organizations and in less than a month they effected 12 (twelve) paramilitary attacks against Guarani Kaiowá, Tekohá Ñanderú Maragantú, Potrero Guasu, Guyra Kamby’I, Pyelito Kue and Kurupi. As a result of this war, Semião Vilhalva,  Guarani Kaiowá’s leader, was murdered and three Indians were shot. Many others were injured by some rubber bullets, while others were beaten up. 

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