To Boycott or Not?

To Boycott or Not?

Food Co-ops have a history of supporting product boycotts as a way to encourage social justice in the food system. But as they grow, co-ops can become more hesitant to endanger relationships with major suppliers and remove popular products. PCC Natural Markets, the largest natural food cooperative in the US, has been facing picketers for several months after refusing to honor the boycott of Driscoll’s berries...

Twin Cities Co-ops Again Consider Merger

Twin Cities Co-ops Again Consider Merger

Three Twin Cities food co-ops are considering merging into one, evoking memories of the last big proposed co-op consolidation in town.  In 1993, five co-ops (The Wedge, Seward, Mississippi Market, Lakewinds, and River Market) considered a merger that would have created a single co-op with 4000 members (huge at the time)...

CO-OP WARRIORS SEEK RECONCILIATION AND UNDERSTANDING

CO-OP WARRIORS SEEK RECONCILIATION AND UNDERSTANDING

On Saturday, February 13, Roberta and Lynette Malles will be presenting “Co-op Warriors Honored: Revisiting the Co-op Wars of 1975-76,” a free workshop that seeks to better understand the Co-op Wars and to heal the wounds and broken relationships that persist from the conflict...

Bringing Youth Into Leadership from the Local to the International

Bringing Youth Into Leadership from the Local to the International

Making Radical Roots, we’ve focused on the vibrant youth culture that created the natural food co-ops in the 1970s, but also wanted to know how youth are involved in co-ops today. Luckily, we know Emily Lippold Cheney, who has dedicated herself to engaging young people in cooperatives from the very local level to the biggest international stages.

Standing Tall for Co-ops

Standing Tall for Co-ops

One name we kept hearing and reading while doing research for Radical Roots was Kris Olsen. Kris was a dedicated co-op activist who popped up all over our story: befriending Moe Burton while helping out the Bryant-Central Co-op, being physically thrown out of Seward Co-op by the CO (they needed a bunch of guys - Kris was very tall!)...

One Question Online Quiz: What Generational Archetype are You?

One Question Online Quiz: What Generational Archetype are You?

A couple of Washington, D.C., policy-writers developed new careers for themselves in the early 1990s when they published a book outlining a repeating cycle of American history and generational archetypes since 1584 (GENERATIONS: The History of America’s Future).  William Strauss and Neil Howe argued that there are four generational archetypes that recur based on the cycle of history they are born into...

1973: The Year of the Pheonix

1973: The Year of the Pheonix

While the 1960s are generally thought of as the political awakening of the Baby Boomer generation, the 1970s weren’t exactly a historical snooze.  Many of the people who started the Twin Cities food co-ops had been involved in 60s activism, and they continued this work, either within the co-ops or alongside them.  But organic and local were not the powerhouse bywords then that they are today...

Echoes of the Co-op Wars in the Occupy Movement

Echoes of the Co-op Wars in the Occupy Movement

In this interview for Radical Roots from 2013, ex-Cooperative Organization (CO) member Lynette Malles reflects on the divisions within the Twin Cities Occupy movement that resemble those in the early co-op movement, and how Occupy Homes flirted with the techniques that did so much damage when practiced by the CO...