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Join us for the first of many reading groups hosted by Democracy At Work DC. Join D@W members where we discuss Richard Wolff’s article “Capitalism Is The Reason Your Employer Is Screwing You Over“. This should be a lively and educational discussion!

Please RSVP to let us know that you can come. We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, October 1st, 6:00-8:00pm
Cleveland Park Library
CPK Conference Room
3310 Connecticut Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20008

You’re invited to a special presentation on the cooperative economy in Cuba. With 5,000 worker-owned businesses already in operation, cooperatives have achieved a prominent role in Cuba’s socialist economy and are expected to continue to grow.

Camila Pineiro, an expert and consultant on the solidarity economy and cooperatives in Cuba, will examine how the cooperative sector has evolved and the role cooperatives are playing in shaping Cuban society.

Please RSVP to let us know that you can come. We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, May 8th, 6:30-8:00pm
Cleveland Park Library
Lower Level Meeting Room 2
3310 Connecticut Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20008

Camila began her consultancy work at the Center for the Study of the Cuban Economy at the University of Havana. She has researched and published extensively about economic democracy and alternative economic institutions. Camila completed her Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Havana, with a specialization in the social and economic performance of new non-agricultural cooperatives. Currently, she is a cooperative development consultant at Keystone Development Center and a Research Fellow at the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies at American University.

Join Democracy at Work DC to discuss and explore ways in which worker coops and socialist movements can work together to promote freedom, cooperation, and economic justice.

Worker coops promote cooperation and freedom of workers, but may fail because worker coops are not united in exercising political power. Socialism stresses political power as a way to build a free and just society, but may fail to build a democratic economy where workers are free to make production choices.

Please RSVP to let us know that you can come. We hope to see you there!

Monday, April 22nd, 6:30-8:00pm
Shaw Neighborhood Library in the “WTD” Meeting Room
1630 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Can worker cooperatives compete with big business? Without a doubt! Founded in 1956, Mondragon is now a multi-million dollar federation of worker coops employing more than 80,000 people globally. You’re invited to a unique opportunity to learn from their success!

Tickets to this special event are not required, but RSVPs are appreciated.

Michael Peck, the North American Delegate for MONDRAGON Corporation, will be speaking about:

  • how Mondragon got its start
  • how it achieved spectacular growth
  • the emerging 1Worker1Vote movement in the US

Monday, December 10th, 6:30-8:00pm
Shaw Neighborhood Library in the “WTD” Meeting Room
1630 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

As we move towards creating employee-owned businesses in our own communities, there is much to be learned from the Mondragon experience.

Michael Alden Peck is a co-founder/executive director of the 1worker1vote movement, a NY-registered 501c3 dedicated to supporting hybrid worker ownership enterprises, inspired by the Mondragon cooperative ecosystem. Michael has served as Mondragon’s first and only USA delegate since 1999. He is also an executive committee board member of the American Sustainable Business Council, a Blue Green Alliance corporate advisory board member, and founder of the MAPA Group—a mission-driven, business development consultancy.

Elon Exposed: How Tesla & SpaceX Thrive off Taxpayer Dollars

Check out one of d@w-DC’s members on RT America’s broadcast! Anya Parampil reports on billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s recent comments that he supports President Trump’s decision to create a “Space Force” branch of the military. Anya explains that while many of us associate the Space Force with military expansion, Musk likely sees the initiative as an opportunity to win government contracts, breaking down how his SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity companies thrive off taxpayer money. Kevin Gustafson, organizer with Democracy at Work DC, joins In Question to trace the source of Musk’s wealth and discuss the poor working conditions faced by many of his employees.

One of d@w-DC’s member explores the idea that if democracy is an ideal that is worth aspiring to, than the workplace would be the first place where it should be allowed. Worker cooperatives offer an antidote to the ills of to today’s economic systems.

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Free Film Screening – Oct 29

What if working together for the good of all was the most common business model? We’re hosting a FREE screening of A New Economy, a 2016 documentary film that explores the worker cooperative model through the stories of seven businesses striving to put people over profits.

Tickets to this free movie are not required, but RSVPs are appreciated.

Monday, October 29th, 6:30-8:30pm
West End Library in the “WEE” Meeting Room
2301 L ST NW, Washington, DC 20037

Please join us to see what a new economy can look like. A short discussion of the film will follow the screening. Enjoy the trailer!

Join d@w-DC this Sunday as we present our organization at the August Metro D.C. Democratic Socialists of America meeting! We look forward to seeing you there! Metro DC DSA Monthly General Body Meeting Sunday, Aug 19, 2018, 3:00… Read More

How should co-ops should respond to the next financial crisis? One of d@w-DC’s members discusses lessons learned from the 2008 recession. “My attention was recently drawn to the headline of a column written by Steven Perlestein in the July 29, 2018 Washington Post: The Junk Debt That Tanked the Economy? It’s Back in a Big Way.” Read More

Please join us Wednesday, April 25th, for a discussion of the D@W Worker Coop Legislation with community activists dedicated to the creation of coops in DC. We will convene at Shaw Library in WTD Conference Room 2 from 6:30-8pm.
Please join us at our next meetup on Wednesday, April 11th from 6:30-8pm at the West End Branch Library (2301 L St NW), in the WEE Conference Room. We will continue to discuss outreach efforts to community organizations to organize… Read More