Collective Avenue Coffee is a pop-up stand that provides specialty coffee, lattes and teas in a variety of locations. We are a worker-owned cooperative that pops up anywhere we are called upon in the community from Zumba classes, to polling venues, to festivals and more. Additionally, we host local events like our monthly Last Fridays.
Our mission is to become the first worker-owned cooperative coffee shop in Los Angeles county that focuses on providing teens and young adults a space to enjoy quality coffee and express themselves through music, art and civic engagement.
Mary Sutton recently completed her M.A. in Urban Sustainability at Antioch University Los Angeles with a focus on incarceration. For her final capstone project she has designed Collective REMAKE: Art, Business, Education, News, People & Recycling for Sustainability. Collective REMAKE will support the creation of worker cooperatives with people who are disenfranchised by incarceration.
Working out of the offices of The Fair Chance Project (http://fairchanceproject.com/), of which Sutton is a Board Member of, Sutton is incubating their first worker co-op, Recycling for Jobs, and hosting workshops on worker co-operatives for the re-entry community.
Democracy at Work is a national non-profit 501(c)3 that advocates for worker cooperatives and democratic workplaces as a key path to a stronger, democratic economic system. Based on the book Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism by Richard D. Wolff, we envision a future where workers at every level of their offices, stores, and factories have a voice in the direction of their enterprise and its impact within their community and society at large.
D@W began supporting local action groups such as Democracy at Work - Los Angeles in 2016.
Dr. Pop is a popular education website that helps people become better story-tellers and strategic thinkers. We do this by telling stories ourselves, explaining complicated things in simple ways, and showing how and why we did it. Along the way we focus on how the economy, urban planning, and democracy work; provide living examples of how they can work better; and offer tools for organizers, educators, students, activists, and all manner of curious people who are interested in change.
Check out the presentation co-founder Gilda Haas gave at a D@W-LA monthly meeting at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1Rq7SJdN8M
The mission of the Foundation for Economic Democracy is to help create democratically governed community projects and worker owned businesses where workers, their families and their communities can all live and thrive with dignity.
Check out the presentation founder Alfredo Carlos gave at a D@W-LA monthly meeting at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLO2e6AlqKk
The goal of the Los Angeles Co-op Lab is to create a collaborative opportunity where people who are interested in learning about and starting a worker-owned business can create, experiment and test ideas. The Lab will support the development of conceptual and practical tools as well as facilitate conversations to aid the growth of worker cooperatives. Through these conversations and points of outreach, the Lab will identify opportunities for new co-ops (whether start-ups or business conversions), and draw upon our extensive network of local and national business experts to provide support and value for these emerging cooperatives.
Los Angeles Union Cooperative Initiative (LUCI) is a worker cooperative incubator and developer based out of Los Angeles. Our primary goal is to help facilitate the development of a new worker owned economy in Los Angeles through business development, conversion of existing businesses, incubation of start-ups, outreach, education, grant writing, research, networking, legislation, lobbying, training and counseling for worker self-directed enterprise development.
The goal of Los Angeles Union Cooperative Initiative (LUCI) is to create social and economic justice and worker dignity through the creation of good, sustainable jobs in viable businesses that are accountable to both its workers and their communities.
Check out the presentation they gave at a D@W-LA monthly meeting at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxsIv19EWe0