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Saturday, July 9 • 9:30am - 10:45am
Combatting Economic Violence in Baltimore and DC: Black Workers Centers and Cooperatives as Tools for Liberation in the New Economy

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The death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore shined a light on the connections between police terror and economic violence - both direct byproducts of structural racism. In this session, we'll explore the development of Black workers centers and worker-owned cooperatives in Baltimore and DC as responses to economic violence. We'll discuss the roots of economic inequity in these two cities and the process of creating local workers centers and a national network through the National Black Worker Center Project. We’ll also explore the (re)emergence of cooperatives as a tool for survival and community-control. Participants will walk away with strategies for connecting Black labor to the new economy.


Jennifer Bryant

Jennifer Bryant is a community organizer and emerging cooperative developer with Cooperation DC. Cooperation DC is a project of ONE DC, a long-time grassroots community organizing group based in the District. Building on ONE DC's mission of creating and preserving racial and economic equity, Cooperation DC's mission is to expand opportunities for dignified employment and democratic ownership in low-income communities of color through the... Read More →

Dorcas Gilmore

Dorcas R. Gilmore is a racial and economic justice advocate. She is an attorney and consultant working with nonprofit organizations and small businesses on racial and economic equity, organizational development, and leadership development. Currently, Dorcas is a Visiting Practitioner in Residence in the Community & Economic Development Law Clinic at American University Washington College of Law. She is a co-founder of Baltimore Activating... Read More →

Saturday July 9, 2016 9:30am - 10:45am
Rockwell Hall 304

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