Central Texas Food Bank
"...It is through that organization's Cooperative Business Institute, an incubator program for workers interested in starting their own cooperative, that Red Rabbit got its cooperative education – not to mention a crash course in the basics of starting a business, from feasibility studies to writing a business plan to marketing strategies. To him, worker cooperatives are the antidote to the failure of capitalism..."
"...Austin's first housing co-ops were formed during the Depression, and by the Seventies, they had become an integral part of campus-area culture. In 1977, the co-op community hosted a national cooperatives conference, and afterward, members of the different local co-ops wanted to keep meeting and maintain momentum..."
"...If the term and concept "worker-owned cooperatives" sounds unfamiliar to you, that should be about to change...."
"...So how do cooperatives benefit communities? From their beginnings in the 17th century, cooperatives have been set up to protect the interests of the less powerful members of society – workers, consumers, farmers, and producers. Rather than being owned by a single individual or distant shareholders, cooperatives are owned by their customers and employees..."
"... As a co-op member and legislator representing the PEC's Johnson City headquarters and a large part of its service area, Rep. Rose will testify about legislation to stop the abuses at PEC and prevent them in the future at this and other electric cooperatives across Texas...."
"...10] and the Co-op itself sadly fail to recognize the fundamental purpose of cooperative food stores. At their core, cooperatives are not about being "counter-cultural" or making political stands through food..."
"...Want to see democracy in action?? Really in action? Well, the recent fallout from the national election ain't where it's at. No, the best place to find true, fine democracy in action these days is in the struggle and survival of the world's cooperatives. And it stands to reason that one of the world's largest manifestation of the principles of cooperation, the Internet, offers a virtual cornucopia of resources regarding the state and well-being of modern cooperatives (co-ops)...."
"..."It's like a chamber of commerce, except we're focused on cooperatives as opposed to general business activity," says Brian Donovan, a former cooperative housing administrator who was named the ACBA's executive director in September. The ACBA will be a clearinghouse of resources for those who want to start or expand co-ops in Central Texas..."
"...We’re independent coffee roasting businesses, but we’ve come to a kind of alliance through importing. We work with farming cooperatives around the world, which differs from the so-called “direct trade” in that we typically work with cooperative groups, not single-farm sources..."
"...Explaining Fair Trade in digestible pieces, in a pleasant environment, is the goal of the American Friends Service Committee and its annual Women and Fair Trade Craft Sale and Cultural Event. Now in its sixth year, the fair features handmade pottery, jewelry, clothing, and textiles by eight artisan cooperatives, including Jolom Mayaetik, a 300-member, women-run cooperative founded in 1996 and featuring work from the Highlands region of Chiapas in southern Mexico..."
"...The Chronicle spoke to Omar Freilla of New York's Green Worker Cooperatives on Sept. 28, in anticipation of his Oct..."
"... Want to make a dent in your holiday shopping this weekend while supporting fair trade and learning about the impact globalization has on people in other countries? The American Friends Service Committee's Women and Fair Trade Craft Sale is Saturday and Sunday from 10am-7pm at the Copa Bar & Grill, 217 Congress. Representatives of eight cooperatives of women from Mexico, Guatemala, and Palestine, will sell handmade crafts toys, pottery, jewelry, clothing, textiles, etc..."
"...Drawing on the theory that there's strength in numbers, 11 Hill Country cities and electric cooperatives are demanding big changes from their power supplier -- the Lower Colorado River Authority -- and for once, it seems, the indomitable utility isn't holding all the cards...."
"...In 1988, Drug Enforcement Agency administrative law judge Francis Young concluded that "marijuana is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man." Since 1996, 10 states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and most recently Maryland) have legalized state medical-marijuana programs -- with a consequent backlash from the federal government. According to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, since the Bush administration took office federal drug enforcement officials have acted against more than 35 medicinal-marijuana patients, cooperatives, and providers in California alone...."
"...The idea of retail competition is that Texas households would be able to choose their electricity provider as they choose their long-distance company. But making that concept a reality means more than just a new logo on your electric bill. The state's electric industry has traditionally worked as a "vertical" structure wherein 27 large utilities, cooperatives, and river authorities produce most of their own generation, and, along with 131 other smaller utilities, own all of their transmission lines, and control distribution of power throughout the state..."
"...Burger Showdown to Benefit Chef Cooperatives May 24, San Antonio, www.homegrowncheftv.com/events..."
"...Last year, Humphrey, Newman, and Altenberg founded Readily Apparent Media, a locally based production company "dedicated to bringing important topics to light." Positioning themselves in interchangeable roles as one another's producers and crew, the principals operate with the strongly idealistic mutualism of several other renowned production cooperatives: think Borderline Films (Martha Marcy May Marlene) with aspirations toward Joshua Oppenheimer's Final Cut for Real (The Act of Killing)...."
"...• Meters Made: Austin Energy is embarking on a seven-year replacement project of residential meters, via (Item 30) a $29 million, 84-month contract with Texas Electric Cooperatives. Price tags that size, whatever the subject, tend to raise eyebrows and querulousness on the dais...."
"...• Another long-term contract (7 years, $29 million) with Texas Electric Cooperatives for Austin Energy's residential electric meters (getting increasingly smart). Questions about the meters and the money might well arise...."
"...Fully worker-owned cooperatives, however, are rarer. Hamje had chops as head brewer of Black Star Co-op, but it took him and friends John Stecker, Michael Olfers, Dariush Griffin, and Robbie Barber four years to envision and research the project..."