Seward Community Co-op joins cooperatives across the United States this October in celebrating National Co-op Month! The overarching goal of the cooperative movement is to create a cooperative economy comprised of businesses that exist to serve the needs of the people who use them. As a cooperative community, we aspire not only to serve owners’ mutual needs, but also to demonstrate that it is possible to cultivate a healthier and more equitable society. This years’ National Co-op Month theme is “Co-ops Commit: Diversity, Inclusion and Equity.”
Seward Co-op has an exciting month of activities planned for October. Seward Co-op’s diversity, equity and inclusion journey began seven years ago when we announced our intention to build the Friendship store in the Bryant neighborhood, a historically Black community. One way our co-op has continued to demonstrate a commitment to equity and inclusion is by inviting community members into conversations around equity and the food system at our annual meetings. These conversations are just one way of understanding how our community-owned cooperative can become anti-racist.
We invite community members, co-op owners, and staff to join us in celebration of our cooperative identity, build on our equity foundation, and begin to discuss what liberation looks like in community and how Seward Co-op and its owners can play a role.