Co-op Weekly – Video: Panel identifies cooperatives as social justice tools

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Ellis Car, left, moderates a panel discussion with Jessica Gordon Nembhard, Cornelius Blanding, LaKeisha Wolf and Alex Serrano at the National Press Club on February 13. Video: Panel identifies cooperatives as social justice tools

At a panel discussion at the National Press Club Monday, NCBA CLUSA hosted academics, co-op leaders, activists and entrepreneurs to offer a unique perspective on the Black experience in the U.S.—that co-ops not only should be, but have historically been a social justice tool.

Moderated by Ellis Carr, president and CEO of Capital Impact Partners, the panel included Cornelius Blanding, executive director of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund; Jessica Gordon Nembhard, professor of Community Justice and Social Economic Development in the Department of Africana Studies at John Jay College, City University of New York and author of Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice; Alex Serrano, vice president of Strategic Development for NCBA CLUSA; and LaKeisha Wolf, executive director of the Ujamaa Collective.

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