NCBA CLUSA is thrilled to welcome U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) and Councilmember Helen Rosenthal of New York City’s 6th District to the 2017 Cooperative IMPACT Conference lineup.
It’s not too late to be part of this pivotal conversation! Register now and join us from October 4 – 6 in Alexandria, Virginia.
Rep. Pingree—who serves Maine’s 1st District and is a member of NCBA CLUSA’s Congressional Cooperative Business Caucus—will speak during our Legislative Breakfast from 8 – 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 5, sponsored by CHS, Inc.
A farmer and small business owner turned state senator, in 2008 Rep. Pingree was elected to Congress from Maine’s 1st Congressional District. She currently sits on the House Appropriations Committee, serving on the Subcommittee on Agriculture and the Subcommittee on Interior and the Environment.
An advocate in Congress for reforming federal policy to better support the diverse range of American agriculture—including sustainable, organic and locally focused farming—many of Rep. Pingree’s provisions were part of the 2014 Farm Bill.
Councilmember Rosenthal, who represents New York City’s Upper West Side and recently won reelection, is a leading voice for people with disabilities and on issues of affordable housing, green energy and civic engagement. She will join our Thursday afternoon panel with mayors and city leaders, “Harnessing Co-ops for Local Impact.”
Elected to City Council in 2013, Councilmember Rosenthal is a strong advocate for worker cooperatives. In 2015, she co-sponsored a bill requiring the Department of Small Business Services to report on how it engages with and supports cooperative enterprise. The bill came shortly after New York City invested $1.2 million the development of worker cooperatives citywide.
“We live in a world where CEOs live in luxury and their workers depend on food stamps to get groceries,” Rosenthal said in a 2015 press release. “It doesn’t have to be this way. Worker co-operatives treat every worker equally, with good wages, stable hours, and an equal share of the business. Worker co-operatives can help lift people from dead-end jobs into the middle class.”
Learn more about Councilmember Rosenthal, Rep. Pingree and our other IMPACT 2017 speakers here.