Have you registered for our introductory Workshop on Racism and Anti-Racism?

Help us build more inclusive and accountable grassroots organizations on Saturday, January 29, 2011 from 11am to 5pm

This workshop will provide an introductory process for participants to explore and deepen their understanding of systemic racism and to begin to investigate ways to more effectively dismantle racism within their institutions. This event is free and open to the public.

Specifically, participants will:

  • Explore common language and definitions to understand the continuing issue of racism throughout our country;
  • Understand racism as a systemic issue, and not simply an issue of individual attitudes and actions;
  • Explore approaches to dismantling racism that can provide the foundation for enduring solutions that lead to true racial healing, equity, and justice.
Learn more and register in advance at our website...

KCH is hiring!

Position Open: Part-time Executive Director
 
Do you get excited about building community infrastructure and revitalizing neighborhoods? Enjoy cultivating leadership and embracing innovation? See the value in democratic process? Can you bring creative problem solving to the table?
 
Kalamazoo Collective Housing (KCH) is seeking a Part-time Executive Director to serve in an entrepreneurial leadership role as the organization grows. KCH provides nonprofit, sustainable housing; empowers people to create democratic cooperatives; and strengthens our community through shared resources and education. It is a 501(c)3 organization.

See the full job posting at our website...

Views from elsewhere: Fixing the free market

How co-ops—businesses in which the employees are also the owners of the company—merge economic growth with social goals.



In Quezon City, a new approach to funding funerals is just one way the Inner City Development Cooperative is bringing fresh life to this impoverished neighborhood of Manila, the capital of the Philippines.

The Inner City Development Cooperative (ICDC) offers microcredit loans, training in business skills and financial literacy, health care support, emergency programs and other services to urban squatter communities like the one in Quezon City. ICDC’s membership is comprised of more than 3,000 “urban settlers” who live in scavenged metal shacks with dirt floors built with materials gathered from nearby garbage dumps.

Eufrecina De Jesus, ICDC’s founder and director, says the cooperative model—in which the employees are also the owners of a company—is the only solution for combining the power of business with the social goal of solidarity. And ICDC’s low-cost memorial service is one way the co-op has been making a big difference.

Read more at Ode Magazine...

HAPPY NEW YEAR

We wish you the best in 2011!

UPCOMING EVENTS

January 12
A Witness for Peace on the U.S./Mexico Border
Peter Dougherty will speak about
Michigan Peace Teams' nonviolent presence in response to border violence increasing in Juarez, Mexico.
7:30pm, Peace House - 321 Phelps, Kalamazoo

January 29
KCH Anti-Racism Workshop
Join us in exploring how to cultivate democratic insitutions that dismantle racism. Advance registration required!

February 16
Discerning God's Call

Sharon Froom will speak about her calling to to teach leaders in Rwanda and Kenya how they might contribute to national healing.
7:30pm, Peace House - 321 Phelps, Kalamazoo


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Kalamazoo Collective Housing
www.kalamazoo.coop

2101 Wilbur Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49006

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