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Fighting To Save Black
-Owned Land Since 1967 With Cooperatives
Update August 26, 2015

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ABOUT COOPERATIVES

Co-ops are the best people development
institutions you can have....

Ray Marshall 1992

ARTICLES ON COOPERATIVES

Impact of Cooperatives on the
United States Economy


How Successful Cooperative Economic
Models Can Work Wonderfully


Early History of Cooperatives
in
Black America
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How to Start a Cooperative and
Cooperative Marketing


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Voluntary and Open Membership

Cooperatives are voluntary organisations, open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.

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Democratic Member Control

Cooperatives are democratic organisations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting their policies and making decisions. Men and women serving as elected representatives are accountable to the membership. In primary co-operatives members have equal voting rights (one member, one vote) and co-operatives at other levels are also organised in a democratic manner.


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Member Economic
Participation

Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their cooperative. At least part of that capital is usually the common property of the cooperative. Members usually receive limited compensation, if any, on capital subscribed as a condition of membership. Members allocate surpluses for any or all of the following purposes: developing their co-operative, possibly by setting up reserves, part of which at least would be indivisible; benefiting members in proportion to their transactions with the co-operative; and supporting other activities approved by the membership.

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Autonomy and
Independence

Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organisations controlled by their members. If they enter into agreements with other organisations, including governments, or raise capital from external sources, they do so on terms that ensure democratic control by their members and maintain their cooperative autonomy.

Education, Training
and Independence

Cooperatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers, and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their cooperatives. They inform the general public - particularly young people and opinion leaders - about the nature and benefits of co-operation.

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Cooperation among Cooperatives

Cooperatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the co-operative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.


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Concern for Community

Cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies approved by their members.

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CELEBRATING 47 YEARS OF SERVING
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On-Going Issues

Research on Civil Rights &
Recommendations

Research: Disparity Studies

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack
on Civil Rights Policies

Lawsuits Against the USDA
Hispanic/Women Lawsuit Information

Pigford Lawsuit

Agriculture Policy and Information
Agriculture Policy News

Minority Farm Registry

VIDEO

Federation History
Hearing from Wendell Paris
Federation (2009)

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2015 Federation of Southern Cooperatives/
Land Assistance Fund
Annual Meeting
August 13-15

SLIDES SHOWS
August 13; August 14; August 15
VIDEOS BELOW

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CORNELIUS BLANDING
His first address as Executive Director
of the Federation/LAF

48th Anniversary in
Epes, Alabama
August 15, 2015

Click here for a transcript and below for the video.




Estelle Witherspoon Lifetime Achievement Award
Dinner Chair
Ambassador Andrew Young

GUEST SPEAKERS
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SPECIAL REMARKS
Robert Bonnie, Under-Secretary of USDA's Natural Resources & Environment


2015 Annual Report
Click here for the 2015 Annual Report

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