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Sunday, July 10 • 11:15am - 12:30pm
Grassroots Community Economic Development For Racial Justice: The Community as Developer/Accessing Capital and Markets as Cultural Practice

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This will be two part presentation, where the “Community as Developer” will be explored by the Fund for Democratic Communities, and “Accessing Capital and Markets as a Cultural Practice” will be presented by WEDI. The Fund for Democratic Communities will discuss their work with cooperative business development in Greensboro, NC, focused on making the community its own developer.  WEDI will discuss its micro-finance and incubation work as a reimagining of prevailing commercial and banking fundamentals as an act of culture. The goal is to share specific successes within the context of common success strategies, which invites the ideas and imagination of participants. The sought outcome is a collective conversation around the possibilities of real economic change.


Sohnie Black

Sohnie brings with her a lifelong passion for justice and community organizing. At the Fund for Democratic Communities she focuses on food access, democratic ownership of natural resources, and ecological sustainability. Sohnie is deeply involved in the Renaissance Community Co-op... Read More →

Michelle Holler

Michelle is a Buffalo native and serves as the West Side Bazaar’s Program Manager. Ask Michelle about the West Side Bazaar, she will tell you she loves the mission behind it. One of Michelle’s greatest passions is exploring other cultures. She has traveled to 17 different countries... Read More →

John McKeone

John is a native of Buffalo, NY and currently serves as WEDI’s Economic Development Director. When asked about why he chose to work for WEDI, he said that instead of sitting around complaining about economic injustice he would rather go out and do something about it. This statement... Read More →
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Dave Reed

Organizer, Fund for Democratic Communities
Dave is a community and cooperative organizer at the Fund for Democratic Communities. He is particularly interested in issues of democratic governance, technology development and use, worker-owned cooperatives, and community ownership of resources. His social justice work has included... Read More →

Sunday July 10, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm EDT
Rockwell Hall 302