Everything Coop broadcast live from the Cincinnati Union Co-op Initiative’s (CUCI) 4th Biennial Union Co-op Symposium, Liberating our Futures Together: Building the Cooperative Ecosystem. Vernon interviews Roger Green, Organizer of Brooklyn’s Save Interfaith Coalition. Vernon and Roger discuss the construct he has been formulating to build community labor coalitions and unionized worker co-ops to address the rapid demise of health care institutions.
Roger Green is one of the key organizers behind Central Brooklyn’s “Save Interfaith Coalition.” The Coalition’s work has resulted in a multi-hospital network in underserved communities self-transforming into worker and union cooperatives facilitating, regenerative institutions.
Roger previously served in the NY State Assembly for over 25 years and was the campaign chair for Jesse Jackson’s Presidential campaigns. He also has been a distinguished president at Medgar Evers college, part of the CUNY (City University of New York) system, and is a strong supporter of economic democracy.
The international Union Co-op Symposium is a two-day conference that brings together over 250 practitioners, social entrepreneurs, labor organizers, co-op workers, community development practitioners, and people interested in practical tools on how to start and run union worker cooperatives. This year’s theme Liberating Our Futures Together: Building the Cooperative Ecosystem, built on the work of co-ops that have been present in this country for over 200 years, by using an international model from Mondragon, Spain.