Occupy the Workplace: A Film Series on Worker-Owned Cooperatives

As the Occupy Wall Street movement has steadily grown into a global uprising against a corporate-dominated economy, many are wondering how we can begin to build an economy...

As the Occupy Wall Street movement has steadily grown into a global uprising against a corporate-dominated economy, many are wondering how we can begin to build an economy rooted in social justice.  Join the Center for Political Education, members of Arizmendi Bakery & Panaderia, and PODER (People Organizing to Demand Environmental & Economic Rights) for a film and discussion series exploring the past, present and future of worker-owned cooperative experiences, from the Mission District to Mondragón, Spain.   This will be an ongoing monthly film series.  Arizmendi’s cooperatively produced pastries and pizza will be available at the screenings. 

 

October 25thCooperativism in the US

 

“Beyond the Bottom Line”  A 30 minute documentary about a little known twist on the American Dream – businesses in which workers own the stock, reap the profits and decide for themselves how the company runs.   

 

“Democracy in the Workplace”  In this half hour video, the worker-owners of three Bay Area businesses show what it’s like to work collectively and deal with problems in a truly democratic way. These businesses are managed solely by their employees.  

 

November 15thCooperativism after Crisis

*Screening at Arizmendi Bakery: 1268 Valencia Street, San Francisco

 

“The Take”  A documentary film by Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein about how workers in Argentina are taking over the factories abandoned by their owners after their country is devastated by economic crisis. 

 

December (DATE TBA): Cooperativism Gone Big

 

“The Mondragon Experiment”  A BBC Docmentary from the 1980s about the origins and growth of the Basque cooperative corporation, including a short history of the Rochdale cooperatives that inspired the Don José María Arizmendiarrieta.  

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