Congress 2021 blog edition
By Anurika Onyenso, Third Year General Management Major, University of Alberta, Augustana Campus.
The Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation “Racial Justice and Cooperatives” open event webcast featured a powerful presentation, organised around visual stories, by Jessica Gordon Nembhard, Professor of Community Justice and Social Economic Development, John Jay College.
Her presentation addressed ways cooperatives have been used to achieve economic democracy, racial justice and the challenges to achieving racial inclusion and racial justice in the cooperative movement in North America.
Nembhard began by detailing how North America has a history of colonialism including asset stripping, settler attitudes and the economic sabotage of Black co-ops. The White supremacists used financial sabotage to gain an excessive and unfair competition. This included and was not limited to: