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Dear Colleague,

“Something important is happening in Cleveland.” That was the theme of the community event that inaugurated the opening of the Evergreen Cooperative Laundry on October 21st – a worker-owned commercial-scale “green” business based in the Glenville neighborhood, one of the most severely disinvested areas in Cleveland.

More than 300 participants – including leaders of the city’s major anchor institutions, business, and government representatives, and community development practitioners and neighborhood residents – heard Mayor Frank Jackson call the laundry, “a model for how we can put our people back to work and rebuild our community.”

The Evergreen Laundry is the first in a network of worker cooperatives that is being launched in the city. Next up: Ohio Cooperative Solar and Green City Growers. For more background on the Evergreen Cooperative Initiative:

View the 5-minute Evergreen video and meet the worker owners of the Evergreen Cooperative Laundry.
Read the article that appeared on the front page of the business section of the Cleveland Plain Dealer
Learn more about the Evergreen Initiative through The Cleveland Foundation’s newest publication.
Listen to this six-minute radio broadcast by journalist Daniel Denvir.
For the past two years, The Democracy Collaborative has been privileged to work with our partners in Ohio – including The Cleveland Foundation, ShoreBank Enterprise Cleveland, Towards Employment, and the Ohio Employee Ownership Center at Kent State University – to develop and implement a community wealth building strategy. All of us are committed to making the Evergreen Cooperative Initiative a pioneering and innovative model of job creation, wealth building, and sustainability.

We look forward to continuing to update you in the coming months and years. If you would like to explore how the Evergreen strategy might be adapted to your community’s needs, please feel free to be in communication with us.

As always, we have added dozens of new links, articles, reports, and other materials to the site. Look for this symbol *NEW* to find the most recent additions. And don't forget to view our regularly updated C-W Blog.

Ted Howard
Executive Director, The Democracy Collaborative


JimB Sunday, November 29, 2009 at 8:23:00 PM CST  

At first blush this looks like "Mondragon Lipstick" on a secular NGO grant funded and government pig; hardly the spirit in which Mondragon was founded. This appears less about building virtue and community more about furthering the green Kool-Aid drinking agenda of the current administration.

Besorge Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at 9:53:00 AM CST thoughts exactly, but with greater flavor JimB.

Tom Laney Friday, December 4, 2009 at 1:11:00 PM CST  

People going to work is a good thing, no matter the lipstick. Amazing how much easier it is to be good with a job.

Tom Laney Friday, January 1, 2010 at 6:59:00 AM CST

Even the CP likes the USWA/MCC agreement!

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