Cleveland, a fractured city, an apt place for GOP convention
As the city of Cleveland, Ohio garners attention from the presence of the 2016 Republican National Convention, AP journalist John Seewer takes the opportunity to look into how the budding Evergreen Cooperatives in Cleveland are paving a path toward equity and worker-ownership with their three anchor-based social enterprises:
Funded by civic leaders, foundations and local institutions, the laundry is part of a wider mission to stabilize east side neighborhoods by creating jobs. Built inside a former torpedo factory, it employs about 40 people, most of whom have done time in prison, and operates as a worker-owned cooperative. The employees can use their wages to buy a piece of the company and get a split of the profits.