Apr 272011

When workers run their own factories, banks and schools: A report on the Mondragan Coops

For the past 50 years, an organized network of over 120 factories and more than 100,000 workers has been growing in Spain’s Basque Country. It has allowed workers to develop their own bank, schools and research centers. Called the Mondragon Coops, they are unique in that they are owned and controlled by the workers themselves—one worker, one share, one vote. They are also unique in they obtain credit from their own worker-owned bank and skills from their own university. They are thriving and growing and have a lot to teach us on the possibilities of radical change in hard times.

Head on out to the downtown library at 7:00 P.M. onTuesday, May 10 for a free talk on Mondragan and other worker-cooperatives by Carl Davidson, a national co-chair of the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, member of Steelworker Associetes, and writer for Beaver County Blue. Davidson currently resides in Aliquippa, his hometown in Western, PA.

Next PFLAG meeting Wednesday May 4

Drop on by Joespeh Beth’s on Wednesday, May 4 for the next meeting of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays). Meeting is from 6:30-8:30 in Jo-Beth’s Gallery. There will be a screening of “You should meet my,” a comedy about a conservative Southern mom who is horrified to discover her only son is gay. Determined that he won’t go through life alone, she sets out to find him the perfect husband.

On Saturday May 14 at Shilito Park Shelter #2, PFLAG will host a cookout from 11:30 A.M.-2:30 P.M. Bring your disc golf and bocce.