Panel Discussion: From the Basque Country to the Bay Area - A Cooperative Report Back

When & Where
La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Avenue (two blocks from Ashby BAR
Berkeley, CA 94705
June 18, 2014 - 6:30pm
510 654 4400


Join Food First for a conversation on global and local models of cooperative production as an alternative to the corporate, extractive economy. Panelists will discuss examples of alternative, community-based economies in the Basque Country and the Bay Area.

Food First sponsored a Food Sovereignty Tour to Basque country, hosted by EHNE-Bizkaia, the Basque Farmers Union. The delegation had the unique opportunity to learn how cooperative production, agriculture and food play key economic and social roles within Basque society by preserving important threatened traditions. The delegation included a visit to the world-renowned cooperative Mondragón, as well as several farming cooperatives.

Members of the delegation will report back on their experiences, joined by Bay Area leaders of the cooperative movement including the Network of Bay Area Worker Cooperatives (NoBAWC) and the Sustainable Economy Law Center (SELC).

Hank Herrera, Bay Area food justice activist and Basque Country delegation participant

Ricardo Nuñez, Sustainable Economies Law Center, coordinator of the Resilient Communities Legal Cafe, a program that provides direct legal support to individuals and groups creating new solutions for resilient economies in the East Bay.

Peter Ruddock, Bay Area food activist and Basque Country delegation participant

NoBAWC:  The Network of Bay Area Worker Cooperatives is a network of worker cooperatives dedicated to building workplace democracy in the San Francisco Bay Area