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Session 5: Sunday June 30th, 12:30pm - 2:30pm
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In the late 1880s in the South, thousands of Black workers advocated and organized for worker-owned cooperatives. The Knights of Labor was met with violent repression culminating in the Thibideau Massacre of 1887. Today we have the opportunity and potential for another such upsurge.


Tim Schermerhorn is a retired train operator and member of TWU Local 100. A rank and file organizer, Tim was a founding member of the Hell on Wheels newsletter and the New Directions Caucus. He now works with Democracy at Work New York and is on the board of Labor Notes.

Alicia is a former member of the Caucus of Rank and File educators and the Chicago Teachers Union AFT Local 2.

Kali Akuno is a co-founder and co-director of Cooperation Jackson.

Kali served as the Director of Special Projects and External Funding in the Mayoral Administration of the late Chokwe Lumumba of Jackson, MS. His focus in this role was supporting cooperative development, the introduction...

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