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The Combat Paper Project is an initiative created by veteran Drew Cameron, who explains, “Coming home from war is a difficult thing. … A new language must be developed in order to express the magnitude and variety of the [experience]. Hand papermaking is the language of Combat Paper.

A documentary on the work of the Women's Awareness Center, Nepal (WACN).

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Since the first community supported agriculture program was established in western Massachusetts in the 1980s, the concept of buying food directly from local farms has taken off. There are now thousands of CSAs across the country.

Over the past decade, the Riverwest neighborhood has incubated a handful of small but exemplary cooperatives. People's Books (804 E. Center St.) converted from a sole proprietorship to a consumer-owned cooperative in 2007. In addition to selling books, it is home to an after-school program for neighborhood kids. The Riverwest Co-op & Cafe (801 E.

Earlier this month, the small city of Somerset, Kentucky drew national attention when it opened a municipally-owned and -operated fuel center in an effort to drive down gas prices for local residents.

Whatever its form, worker ownership should appeal to both liberals and conservatives for very different reasons. For liberals, worker ownership is a way for workers to increase their earnings while dispersing ownership in companies and possibly inch toward some semblance of economic democracy.

The village shop is a cornerstone of rural communities – but they are closing at the rate of 400 a year. Thankfully, the co-op movement is filling the gap, in the form of the village-owned store. There are now more than 300  in operation, compared to 27 just 20 years ago – but how do these small community co-ops engage such a small membership?

GRITtv has teamed up with TESA (the Toolbox for Education & Social Action) to make a short "how-to" video for people curious about co-ops. Own the Change: Building Economic Democracy One Worker Co-Op At a Time is the exciting result of that work!

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Compared to the second quarter of 2013, membership declined at 54% of the nation’s credit unions in the second quarter of this year, according to the NCUA.

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