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Green Worker Cooperatives Receives Award from Simon Bolivar Foundation

Bronx, New York  – Green Worker Cooperatives is pleased to announce it has received a $35,000.00 grant from the Simon Bolivar Foundation. These funds will support the Bronx Social Programs of the Simon Bolivar Foundation for 2013-2014.

Green Worker Cooperatives publicly received recognition for its work in the community at an award ceremony that took place at the Bronx Zoo on Thursday September 18th of the current year.  

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Press Release: Worker Owned Cooperatives: A step toward Climate Justice in the Bronx

September 17, 2014
For Immediate Release
Contact: Janvieve Williams Comrie

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As the world prepares for the United Nations Climate Summit to take place this month, Green Worker Cooperatives and community-based organizations throughout the Bronx have formed #BronxClimateJustice  in order to draw attention to the impact of climate change on communities in the borough and organize a Bronx rally and march to Harlem that will then join with the People‘s Climate March to take place on September 21st.  

The South Bronx has been one of the many communities in the United States that has been a dumping ground for polluting industries and infrastructure, from waste to dirty energy to massive truck-based distribution centers.  It is a place with little access to quality food, education and health care, to trees, green parks, and public spaces.  

Green Worker Cooperatives takes a holistic approach to business development, and supports the creation of worker-owned businesses that not only benefits worker-owners financially but also contributes to the community’s health and the broader environment. We believe that your work should not kill you, your community, or the earth and incubate worker cooperatives as an alternative to the polluting industries that are encouraged to set up operations in the borough.

“Getting serious about climate change means embracing worker cooperatives, because at the end of the day, it’s all about accountability. When businesses are owned by their workers, there’s built-in accountability and respect for the community they’re in. You don’t have to legislate concern for community among cooperatives. It’s in their DNA. People just don’t gas their own neighborhoods.” says Omar Freilla, coordinator at Green Worker Cooperatives.

Green Worker Cooperatives will be participating in a #BronxClimateJustice rally at 9am Saturday September 21st at La Finca del Sur (138th St & Grand Concourse) which will then march to Harlem and head from there to the People’s Climate March.  

A report back of this important effort, the march and moving forward steps will take place on Saturday September 27th at Brook Park from 2:30 to 4:00pm. Brook Park is located between 140th and 141st Streets at the corner of Brook Avenue in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the South, South Bronx.


Green Worker Cooperatives is a South-Bronx based organization dedicated to incubating worker-owned green businesses in order to build a strong local economy rooted in democracy and environmental justice.




Interested in Starting a Worker Owned Cooperative Events

New Paradigms in Econ Development: Cooperatives & Shared Resources
Center for Bronx Nonprofits
11:30-1:00pm on Thursday September 25th
Hostos Community College
500 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10451

10 Steps to Starting a Worker Cooperative
Small Business Services
5:30-7:30 on Tuesday September 30th 
Upper Manhattan Business Solutions Center, 361 West 125th Street, 2nd Floor 

10 Steps to Starting a Worker Cooperative
Small Business Services
5:30-7:30 on Tuesday October 6th
BX Business Solutions Center, 400 East Fordham Road, 7th flr (entrance on Webster Ave) 



Green Worker Cooperatives partners with Caracol Interpreters Coooperative

Green Worker Cooperatives has proudly partnered with Caracol Interpreters Cooperative for their Fall 2014 Coop Academy.

Caracol Interpreters Cooperative, are proud Coop Academy Graduates (Spring 2012).  Caracol provides both interpretation and translation services (U.S. English — Latin American Spanish); coordination of interpretation and/or translation for meetings and events; and consulting services for organizations wishing to expand their multilingual capacity. 

“It is important that Green Worker Cooperatives continues to build professional relationships with worker owned cooperatives such as Caracol. It strenghtens the worker owned cooperative movement in NYC and we can count on professional, dedicated and outstanding service that puts participants needs as their priority.” said Thomas Assefa, Coop Academy Coordinator for Green Worker Cooperatives.

To find out more about Caracol Interpreters, visit their facebook page

To find out more about Coop Academy, click here.


The Big Bronx Sancochazo!: Saturday September 27th @ Brook Park

Second year strong!!! come out on September 27th! to enjoy the biggest largest sancocho in NYC!!! This year with guest Food Network Chef Luis Ortega! 

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The Sancochazo is organized by Green Worker Cooperatives, and our goal is to provide an opportunity for the community to come together, learn and get involved in the cooperative movement in NYC.

The story of Stone Soup, which most of us read as children, captures the essence of the impact of community effort, that by working together, with everyone contributing what they can, a greater good can be achieved. Similar to that story, the Stone Soup Event will challenge community partners –cooperatives, social justice organizations, restaurants, and the community‐ to come together and get energized.

So join us, bring an ingredient for the soup, share a skill with the community but more than anything, have fun!!!

Sweet Water Yoga Sweetwater Yoga & Fitness Workshop
Bronx Children’s Museum activities
Mahina Movement
Bronx Climate Justice Climate March Report Back
Food Network TV Chef Luis Fernando

And much more!!!

Make sure you come out, bring a dish, a talent!