All Things Co-op: Federation of Southern Cooperatives with Terence Courtney

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In this episode of All Things Co-op, Cinar, Larry, and Kevin talk with Terence Courtney, the Director of Cooperative Development & Strategic Initiatives at the Federation of Southern Cooperatives, an organization focused on land retention, cooperative development, and advocacy for small black-owned farms in the Southern United States. Terence and the ATC guys discuss the unique history of black farming in the south, institutional and ideological barriers to growth, and what cooperative associations can mean for historically marginalized communities.

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About our guest: Terence Courtney began organizing with the Service Employees International Union to improve economic conditions for working people. He led union campaigns and later became the union’s State-wide Representative in Georgia. He’s co-founded and led coalitions such as Atlanta Jobs with Justice and the Atlanta Public Sector Alliance, a community group focused on the public sector. While working with the Black Alliance for Just Immigration, Terence organized both US-born and immigrants of African descent to educate and raise consciousness about immigrant rights and mass incarceration from a Black Diasporic perspective. He co-developed the Organization for Human Rights and Democracy and served as the Director of Organizing overseeing campaigns against school privatization, as well as its spin off project: Cooperative Atlanta. Terence currently serves as the Director of Cooperative Development & Strategic Initiatives for the Federation of Southern Cooperatives.

To Learn More: www.federation.coop

References:
- Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice by Jessica Gordon Nembhard: https://www.psupress.org/books/titles/978-0-271-06216-7.html


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