This week Synergy Airwaves talks to Adrionna Fike, co-owner of Mandela Foods Cooperative, a local grocer in West Oakland. Adrionna is a devoted cooperation leader and supports building a conscious and active movement not just in West Oakland, but in cities everywhere. As many of us come together this Thursday for what some call the National Day of Mourning, and in the wake of an unfathomably fascist u.s. Presidential election, Adrionna offers important proof that the movements for racial, food and economic justice are alive and growing. From Standing Rock to Ferguson, from Chicago to Oakland, the people are uprising for what they believe in, and it’s for that reason we are especially excited to lift up a conversation about doing things a better way.
An important note:
If you’re participating in a shared meal this week, we encourage you to think beyond the story popularly told. We also encourage you to shop your local grocer co-op for your meal this week and beyond. If you aren’t in an area with a co-op grocer yet, start one yourself, starting with some of the resources you find here! If you have limited access to nutritious food, try to volunteer with your local community garden, or talk to your local foods cooperative or farmer about community food share programs you might not know about.
We hope this episode gives you some food for thought. Enjoy the show!
In This Episode, We Talked About…
CCC (California Cooperative Corporation):
A description of business entity options including the CCC is explained in the Co-op Law resource library, an awesome (and free!) online resource published by our friends at the Sustainable Economies Law Center. The library also includes a cornucopia of other useful things like legal q&a, financing questions and examples of co-op sectors.
From the website:
“In California, in order to use the word “cooperative” in its business name, a cooperative must be incorporated under the California Consumer Cooperative Corporation Law. Therefore, if you want to include the word “cooperative” in your business name, you should incorporate as a cooperative corporation.”
Principle 6 and the Rochdale Principles:
Principle 6, Cooperation among Cooperatives, is one in 7 Rochdale Principles written by the Rochdale Pioneers in 1844. These principles continue to be the foundation for worker owned cooperative businesses around the world today. Principle 6 states that although co-ops are individual autonomous businesses, they vow to work together to strengthen a greater co-op movement.
Further Resources on Mandela Foods Cooperative:
A short video by The California Cypher Culture
A feature from The Mandela Marketplace
More onWest Oakland as a food desert by our friends at People’s Grocery
A 2015 article from our friends at Next City featuring Adrionna
Co-ops and co-op things featured on the show:
Red Bay Coffee
More on The Freedom Farmers Market
Berkeley Student Food Collective
Living in the Next Economy
The Sustainable Economies Law Center
The L.A. Co-op Lab
Tim Huet’s Cooperative Manifesto
Arizmendi Association of Cooperatives
Rainbow Grocery Cooperative
Rise Up Game by TESA Collective
“Sweet Drank” by Tori Roze and the Hot Mess
“The BizzBoxx” by The Impossebulls
“Elvish Presto” by Twin Musicom (*Elvish Presto by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution licence)