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WPFW 89.3FM LogoEconomic Update is a weekly nationally syndicated radio program produced by Democracy at Work and hosted by Richard D. Wolff. The program explores complex economic issues and empowers listeners with information to analyze their own financial situation as well as the economy at large. By focusing on the economic dimensions of everyday life—wages, jobs, taxes, debts, and profits—the program explores alternative ways to organize markets and government policies.

Economic Update with Richard D. Wolff began on a single Pacifica station in March 2011. Today, it is played on 80+ stations nationwide and available for video streaming on YouTube and Facebook.

Please join us at our next meetup on Wednesday, March 28th from 6:30-8pm at the West End Branch Library (2301 L St NW), in the WEE Conference Room. We will discuss outreach efforts to community organizations to organize support for… Read More

Please join us at our next meetup on Wednesday, March 14th from 6:30-8pm at Shaw Library in WTD Conference Room 2. At this meeting we will discuss the strategy for getting our legislation passed. Please RSVP on Facebook if you plan… Read More

Please join us at our next meetup on Wednesday, February 21st from 6:30-8pm at the West End Branch Library (2301 L St NW), in the WEE Conference Room. We will continue our discussion on the DC Co-op legislation and how… Read More

Please join us at our next meetup on Wednesday, February 7th from 6:30-8pm at the West End Branch Library (2301 L St NW). We will be debriefing after Dr. Wolff’s visit and continuing to plan for our 2018 activities…. Read More

For Immediate Release: Monday, January 29, 2018
Contact: Kevin Gustafson, Esq., 507-720-2984, dc@democracyatwork.info

Democracy @ Work DC Hosts Dr. Richard Wolff for Talk About Worker Cooperatives

The “world’s foremost Marxist economist” (NYT) will speak at St. Stephen & the Incarnation Episcopal Church on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 7:00 PM.

Washington, DC On Wednesday, January 31, the DC chapter of Democracy @ Work (D@W) will host Dr. Richard Wolff, who New York Times magazine named the “world’s foremost marxist economist,” for a wide-ranging talk about worker cooperatives and their role in the organization of a more democratic economic system.

Titled “Beyond the Capitalist Enterprise,” this talk will critically analyze the traditional hierarchical capitalist workplace, make the case for the cooperative alternative, and provide information about how to get involved at the local level in the movement towards cooperatives. The event is free to the public and will take place at St. Stephen & the Incarnation Episcopal Church at 7pm.

“Democratic representation is expected in civic life, but it’s conspicuously missing in the workplace, an institution where people spend the majority of their waking hours,” said Cinar Akcin, an organizer with D@W-DC. “We believe that worker cooperatives, through the introduction of democracy into peoples’ working lives, pave a path towards a more inclusive, just, and sustainable economy.”

Dr. Wolff is an internationally recognized expert of Marxist economics and worker cooperatives, having written many books on the subjects. He is Professor of Economics Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a current Visiting Professor at the New School University in New York City.

This event comes as momentum builds locally in the movement towards worker cooperatives. The city’s Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) holds a monthly stakeholders meeting to coordinate the activities of groups involved in the space, inspired by the successes of cooperative development pilot programs in places such as New York City and Madison, WI. ONE DC, a strong local advocacy group focused on racial inequality, has made the development of worker cooperatives a central issue in its recent organizing towards the construction of a Black Workers Center in Anacostia.

D@W-DC seeks to build on this momentum by engaging its volunteers in education, community outreach, and legislative advocacy towards the promotion of worker cooperatives. Its next public meeting will take place on February 7th, 2018 at The West End Library, located at 2301 L St NW, Washington, DC 20037.

About Dr. Richard Wolff: Dr. Wolff is Professor of Economics Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and current Visiting Professor at the New School University in New York City. He hosts Economic Update, a weekly hour-long radio show, and is regularly featured in television and print media. Dr. Wolff co-founded the journal Rethinking Marxism and his most recent book, Capitalism’s Crisis Deepens: Essays on the Global Economic Meltdown, was published in 2016.

About Democracy @ Work DC: As a community group dedicated to the promotion of worker cooperatives and democratic workplaces, Democracy at Work DC (D@W-DC) believes that the expansion of worker self-directed enterprises is crucial to the development of a stronger and more equitable economic system. The group advances its mission through education, advocacy, outreach, and political coordination with progressive organizations committed to economic justice. D@W-DC’s parent organization is the national 501(c)3 non-profit Democracy at Work (D@W), which began supporting the formation of local action groups such as D@W-DC in 2016. D@W-DC is staffed by volunteers who are active in progressive movements in the Washington DC area. Visit their website at democracyatworkdc.com.

Please join us at our next meetup on Wednesday, January 17th from 6:30-8pm at the West End Branch Library (2301 L St NW). This will be a planning session for 2018 and all the good things we will accomplish! RSVP… Read More

Please join d@w-DC as we host Professor Richard D. Wolff for an evening talk on January 31, 2018. All are welcome!

The topic for the evening’s talk will be Beyond the Capitalist Enterprise – The Movement for Worker Co-ops (And What You Can Do!).

Capitalism is failing around the world and what many of us are looking for is the solution, the fix, and a way forward. Join Dr. Richard Wolff , Professor of Economics Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and author of many books including Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism, to discuss how the movement for Worker Coops represents a way to build a more just and sustainable economy for the future.

WHEN
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 from 7pm – 8:30pm

WHERE
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
1525 Newton St, NW
Washington, DC 20010
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RSVP
This event is free to the public, however RSVPs are required.

Please join us at our next meetup on Wednesday, January 3rd from 6:30-8pm at West End Branch Library (2301 L St NW). Professor Wolff had to re-schedule his DC visit from January 5th to January 31st. We’re happy to… Read More

Dr. Richard Wolff will be here in January and we need to try to get a plan together for some accommodations and an event/host for Dr. Wolff. Let’s get together and come up with a plan. This can… Read More

Department of Small and Local Business Development – Open Stakeholders Meeting – November

DSLBD LogoThe DSLBD Innovation & Equitable Development Office is holding an open stakeholders meeting on the topic of business and worker cooperatives in the District of Columbia. This engagement builds on the local economy discussion held by the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development in Fall 2016.

Stakeholders are invited to help implement an action plan for supporting existing and new cooperatives in the District. Meetings are monthly through to at least December 2017.

November Cooperatives Stakeholders Meeting
Friday 11/17, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT
441 4th Street, NW, Suite 805S, Washington, DC 20020

Please join us at our next meetup on Wednesday, November 15th from 6:30-8pm at Shaw Library, in WTD Conference Room 2. We will discuss benefits of worker co-ops, hoping that this discussion will become the basis for our eventual… Read More