Introduction to Cooperatives & the Cooperative Principles and Values – Sat., March 30, 2019 plus “The Legal Aspects of Starting a Co-op” on April 6, both events from 1 to 4pm in South Los Angeles

Come get an overview, meet other like-minded friends, and learn about upcoming opportunities.      Both workshops will be held at the Community Healing and Trauma Prevention Center • MLK Center for Public Health 11833 Wilmington Ave • Los Angeles, CA 90059 Location: Right off the Green Line Metro Stop, Willowbrook/Rosa Parks. 

Sponsored by Collective Remake.   

Niki Okuk founded Rco Tires in 2012. Between 2012 and 2018 RCO recycled more than 300 million pounds of rubber, diverting 70 million gallons of oil from landfills with 16 employees, making it one of southern California’s largest sustainability plants. Rco created alternative uses for trash tires, turning them into new products. Okuk believe in holding up progressive hiring and management practices, to provide jobs for local black and Latino residents who struggle to find employment because of past criminal convictions or legal status.

Okuk grew up in Los Angeles and majored in economics at Columbia University. After working in development with the office of Joseph Stiglitz and working in finance in Korea and Singapore, Okuk completed her MBA with Nanyang University in Singapore, including a sustainability certificate at Sloan School of Business at MIT.

Collective REMAKE: Art, Business, Education, Jobs, News, People, and Recycling for Sustainability is a unique social enterprise—in Los Angeles County—designed to support the creation of worker-owned businesses and other kinds of cooperatives with people who have been incarcerated and other individuals who are marginalized socially and economically due to race, sex, class, gender identity, age or ability.

A worker cooperative is a for-profit business that is owned and managed by the people that work there. Workers come together to meet common financial, social and cultural needs for themselves, their community and future generations.

There are not enough economic opportunities for people in South Los Angeles, especially for people when they come home from prison or jail. The lack of housing, job opportunities, and services make re-entry extremely difficult. Worker cooperatives are a real option for people who historically experience life-long discrimination in the workforce as the workers are their own boss and they decide the hiring criteria.

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