This October, we are joining co-operatives and credit unions across the United States in celebrating Co-op Month. For 2020, the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA) has identified “Co-ops Commit: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion” as the theme for the month, celebrating how co-operatives are people working together to build more just, resilient, and inclusive communities.
“Our vision for a more inclusive economy is one of shared prosperity and well-being, of empowering people to work together to build a better future for themselves and their families,” said Erbin Crowell, Neighboring Food Co-op Association executive director. “And as cooperatives, we have to acknowledge that this vision cannot be achieved without also confronting the racism, inequality, and injustice in our society and its institutions.”
“We are part of and have been supported by a long tradition of people from all walks of life, including people of color and marginalized communities who have used cooperatives as a strategy for shared economic and civic advancement in the face of great odds and opposition,” said Doug O’Brien, president and CEO of NCBA CLUSA. “In this moment, it is our responsibility to shine a light on their legacy and ensure that we are achieving our nation’s promise of justice and equality.”
Locally, Monadnock Food Co-op plans to honor this month by:
- Highlighting cooperatively owned vendors at our store and online,
- Donating $300 to the Howard Bower Fund,
- Offering a Round It Up Drive for the Monadnock Cooperative Community Fund,
- Honoring the 2020 Co-operator of the Year at our Annual Meeting on October 23.