Rainbow Grocery is proud to support the development of worker-owned cooperatives in the Bay Area through our Cooperative Grant Program. By supporting these groups, we are supporting the movement to create democratic worker-ownership and living-wage jobs in our community.
Ubuntu Coffee Cooperative is a small coffee roaster located in Emeryville California. They buy all of their coffee beans exclusively from Cooperative Coffees Inc. a green bean importing cooperative that represents partner farming cooperatives in coffee growing regions around the world and member coffee roasters in North America and Canada. Ubuntu Coffee Cooperative grew out of a desire to play a role in bringing to market the finest organic, fair trade coffee while creating a work environment that respects the rights and dignity of all who work to produce it.
The Worker Coop Academy will assist worker cooperatives that provide good jobs for low- to moderate-income workers. The Academy will be held in the East Bay beginning in September 2014; applications are now being accepted.
Participants will be teams of 3-4 people that fit in one of the following categories:
Startup: Founders of new worker cooperatives
Expand: Members of existing worker coops that seek to grow.
Convert: Owners and employees looking to transition to worker ownership.
Develop: Staff of nonprofits or other organizations that are developing worker coops
For more information and to apply, see http://www.theselc.org/worker_coop_academy_apply
WAGES (Women’s Action to Gain Economic Security) is launching its 6th cooperative which will produce and sell sustainably sourced paletas (Mexican popsicles). For 15 years, WAGES has worked with low-income immigrant Latinas to launch green business cooperatives. Currently, WAGES supports five thriving cooperatives of more than 95 women, all of whom are worker-owners. Learn more about the new Paleta Cooperative here.
Adobe Books and Arts Cooperative is a multidisciplinary hub for local arts and culture in the Mission for over 25 years and began the process of converting to a worker-cooperative in 2012. As a new cooperative, Adobe strives to provide valuable literature, engaging art exhibits, local music and literary performance, as well as be a gathering space for the Mission community. Find out more information about Adobe Books and Arts Cooperative here.