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Prospects for a Workers Co-operative Economy in Massachusetts

Prospects for a Workers Co-operative Economy in Massachusetts, with State Rep. Paul Mark, Emily Kawano, and Fred Rose

Sponsored by Wellspring Cooperative Corporation

When: Thursday, April 11, 7 pm

Where: Odyssey Bookshop, 9 College St (Routes 116 and 47, in the Village Commons), South Hadley

Wellspring is a community-based cooperative development organization with a mission to create a network of worker-owned companies in Springfield that will provide on-the-job training, employment, and wealth creation opportunities for low income and unemployed residents. Wellspring leverages the purchasing power of “anchor institutions” – such as government, colleges, and hospitals – that are anchored in the city, not playing the global capital game.  So far, Wellspring’s co-ops are the Wellspring Upholstery Cooperative, an upholstery shop; the Old Window Workshop, a women-owned window restoration company; Wellspring Harvest, an innovative, hydroponic urban greenhouse producing year round, high quality produce; and Jumping Jack Hoops which sells handmade hula hoops and gives fitness and therapy workshops.