Coops & Anti Oppression – People’s Coop

Check out People’s Coop in Portland, Oregon and how they incorporate anti-oppression and diversity on their website. Text is copied below too. I like that it is given its own menu item on the left side menu.

Diversity and Anti-Oppression Work Group

Diversity and Anti-Oppression Statements

The Co-op and Diversity and Anti-Oppression Committee are using the following document/s to guide us in this important work.

People’s Food Co-op is committed to further integrating the principles of Diversity and Anti-oppression at the co-op. The Co-management has a committee dedicated to this important work so that we may facilitate these values on an operational level. As part of that work the Co-op has also adopted the following statements guiding our work in this area.
Diversity Committee Mission:

To support the Co-op’s strategic plan to increase diversity by developing and advising the Co-op on policy, systems and procedures to create an environment that fosters diversity, combats oppression and addresses issues of privilege in the Co-op.
Diversity Statement:

People’s Food Cooperative appreciates and welcomes all people with their unique and diverse experiences. Our doors are open, and members of the community are accepted at whatever level of participation suits their needs. We strive to make participation accessible to anyone interested.
Anti-Oppression Statement:

People’s Food Cooperative recognizes that issues of privilege and oppression exist in society, both socially and institutionally. We are committed to actively identifying these issues within the Co-op and embracing diversity. Through education and advocacy, we work to create safe and accessible space that values and builds tolerance and acceptance for all. We encourage customers with needs or concerns that are not being met to ask a staff member for support.
Hate-Free Zone:

People’s Food Co-op property is a Hate-Free Zone. We are committed to preserving an environment that honors the diversity of our community. Violence and harassment of any kind based on one’s age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, race, national origin, mental or physical ability will not be tolerated. Violence or threat of violence based on the above discriminations will be treated as hate crimes and reported to the police immediately. Involving the police will hopefully improve the options for the individual against which the violence was directed. While we prefer to avoid involving the police in most instances, when violence arises and one or more individual’s safety is at risk, this is the best option we have.

If you are interested in providing feedback about how we can make the Co-op welcoming to a more diverse community please feel free to send input to info@peoples.coops


US Unemployment Now Down to Where African-American Unemployment Was, Pre-Recession

via Jacob Kart

US Unemployment Now Down to Where African-American Unemployment Was, Pre-Recession

There’s been a lot of expectation management over the recent news that the U.S. unemployment rate has dropped from 8.7 percent to 8.5 percent. Alan Krueger noted that “[i]t is critical that we continue the economic policies that are helping us to dig our way out of the deep hole that was caused by the recession that began at the end of 2007.” Many economists expect unemployment to increase if the economy picks up, because people who have drifted out of the labor force will start looking for work again, raising the unemployment rate. And as everyone recognizes, there’s still a terrible amount of suffering with unemployment as high as 8.5 percent — wasted capacity, wasted opportunities, and mass misery. Though things may be looking up, they are still quite painful.

One interesting thing to note is that the number in between 8.7 percent and 8.5 percent, a threshold the country just crossed, was the average unemployment rate for African Americans going into the recession. The rate from 2006-2007 for African American men and women over 16 was 8.6 percent. Let’s chart that out (click through for larger image):

Total African American unemployment is currently at 15.8 percent and has been hovering around 16 percent for three years now. All the other major employment health indicators are down as well. For instance, the employment-to-population ratio is down to 51 percent from 60 percent in 2001. Nearly half of all African Americans aren’t working.

The economy is terrible for all Americans right now and we desperately need action to both expand the economy and repeal attempts to contract it. But it is worth remembering that the unemployment misery all Americans are experiencing right now is equal to what it was like during the best two years of the 21st century for African Americans.

Melissa Harris-Perry on The Colbert Report

via Olaitan Valerie


“Melissa Harris-Perry examines four major stereotypes commonly ascribed to African American women.” Author of Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America

Melissa Harris Perry on the Colbert Report

“Jezebel’s sexual lasciviousness, Mammy’s devotion, and Sapphire’s outspoken anger—these are among the most persistent stereotypes that black women encounter in contemporary American life. Hurtful and dishonest, such representations force African American women to navigate a virtual crooked room that shames them and shapes their experiences as citizens. Many respond by assuming a mantle of strength that may convince others, and even themselves, that they do not need help. But as a result, the unique political issues of black women are often ignored and marginalized.

In this groundbreaking book, Melissa V. Harris-Perry uses multiple methods of inquiry, including literary analysis, political theory, focus groups, surveys, and experimental research, to understand more deeply black women’s political and emotional responses to pervasive negative race and gender images. Not a traditional political science work concerned with office-seeking, voting, or ideology, Sister Citizen instead explores how African American women understand themselves as citizens and what they expect from political organizing. Harris-Perry shows that the shared struggle to preserve an authentic self and secure recognition as a citizen links together black women in America, from the anonymous survivors of Hurricane Katrina to the current First Lady of the United States. (20110314)”