The University of Iowa

*Remaking the Economy: Organizing and Wealth Building in Communities of Color
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NPQ’s latest webinar in our Remaking the Economy series looks at the intersection of community organizing and wealth building in Black, Indigenous, and people of color communities.

This webinar looks at efforts to organize and build wealth in three specific communities in the United States: the border town of El Paso, Texas; a worker co-op organizing group in Cincinnati that has also supported similar efforts in California and Mississippi; and community-based business development in Indian Country among Minnesota tribes.

Leading this discussion are our three expert panelists:

  • Lorena Andrade is the director of La Mujer Obrera in El Paso, Texas, a group started by Chicana activists in 1981. The nonprofit operates two small social enterprises, while also organizing for environmental justice in the 6,000-resident Chamizal border neighborhood.
  • Pamela Standing is cofounder and director of the Minnesota Indigenous Business Alliance, which supports Native businesses across the state, including a “Buy Native campaign,” as well as training co-op developers on how to work in tribal communities.
  • Ellen Vera directs co-op organizing at Co-op Cincy in Cincinnati, Ohio. In her role, she has not just worked to organize co-ops in Cincinnati, but has supported worker co-op organizing across the country, including in Jackson, Mississippi and Santa Ana, California.
Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 1:00pm
88 Broad Street
Boston, MA 02110
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