This excerpt is from Truth-out this month. Bellingham is mentioned in this short video.
“Since the economic collapse of 2008, most Americans have come to agree that the dominant economic system favors the powerful. Meanwhile, organizers have been steadily making gains and putting decision-making power back in the hands of those who work on Main Street. Through this work and a proven track record of lifting local economies, worker cooperatives have gained wider acceptance in recent years. Cities like Austin, Madison and New York have committed funds to support their development. Other municipalities have also advanced comprehensive economic development visions that make heavy use of the worker co-op model.
Own the Change documents these successes and the hard work it took to realize them. It unpacks how worker cooperatives have come to be an engine of economic justice and delivers a guide to making change a reality in your city.”