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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.

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Jennifer Bryant

Co-Founder, SouthEats
In 2016, Jennifer partnered with two of her East of the River neighbors, Joelle Robinson and Xavier Brown, to apply for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leaders Program. They were one of 40 teams from across the United States selected for the inaugural cohort... 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... Read More →

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