The Challenge of Achieving Racial Equity


Co-ops can’t be racist, right? Our first principle is about open membership, and we believe in and practice democracy. But what happens when co-ops exist in racist societies? How do we recognize the ways that our co-ops perpetuate institutional racism and engage in racist micro-aggressions and exclusion? Co-op Hall of Fame 2016 inductee Jessica Gordon-Nembhard, Ph.D., addresses these questions and discusses historic as well as current challenges to achieving racial equity in the U.S. co-op movement.

Keynote speaker: Jessica Gordon Nembhard, Professor, Community Justice and Social Economic Development, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York

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