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Seward Co-op’s Annual Owner Meeting

October 27, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us on Zoom on Tuesday, Oct. 27 for the Annual Co-op Owner Meeting, 6–8 p.m. At this year’s meeting, we will 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.

The 2020 annual meeting will feature Resmaa Menakem, the New York Times bestselling author and leading voice in today’s national conversation on racialized trauma. Resmaa will join local activists Mankwe Ndosi, and Sophia Benrud with panel facilitation by LaDonna Sanders Redmond in a discussion around the co-op’s role in the movement for abolition, racial justice and liberation in our communities. Our lens will be focused on the centuries-old cooperative and abolition movements.

Minneapolis-based vocal artist Van Nixon will perform. We will also share the results of the board of directors’ election and announce SEED recipients for 2021, including the Community Choice SEED results.

About the panelists
Resmaa Menakem is the New York Times bestselling author of My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies, and is a leading voice in today’s national conversation on racialized trauma. He is a visionary Justice Leadership coach, organizational strategist and master trainer. Resmaa created Cultural Somatics, which utilizes the body and resilience as mechanisms for growth.
As a therapist and trauma specialist, Resmaa Menakem dedicates his expertise to coaching people through civil unrest, organizational change, and community building. He helps communities examine and begin to heal the trauma of racialization, and coaches them on how to do the embodied work to gain the cultural maturity to lead and build community within themselves and within

Mankwe Ndosi is musicmaker, performer, educator and culture weaver focused on sound, story, and expanding the vocabulary of singing. She seeks to infuse creative practice back into the worlds of healing, sustainable economic development, education, and new village community building.

Sophia Benrud is a Black multiracial queer community organizer, postpartum doula, and chef. Sophia is the environmental justice organizer and cofounder of Black Visions Collective, a Black-led, Queer- and Trans-centering non-profit organization committed to Black liberation. Sophia is a co-founder of Divine Natural Ancestry, a project that supports community through tools, supplies and knowledge for growing food in BIPOC communities. Sophia is committed to transforming the current movement by centering communities directly impacted by climate and environmental, food, and healing justice, while building stronger movements to break down systemic violence.

Van Nixon is a talented vocalist and musician with experience performing solo and in bands, specializing in Reggae. Van Nixon’s performance style welcomes the audience to feel a part of his musical experience. His friendly and playful spirit provides a fun and entertaining event every time.

Please RSVP in advance. You will receive an email from Eventbrite that contains a Zoom link to join the meeting. Please ensure you are able to receive emails from Eventbrite here*. Emails with the Zoom info will be sent the day and the hour prior to the meeting.


Note about accessibility: There will be a form to request any accommodations (i.e. interpretation services) when you RSVP.

We strongly encourage attendees log in a few minutes before 6:00pm on Tuesday 10/27 to ensure they are able to connect. Your camera and microphone will be off during the meeting. You will be able to access the chat feature. During the event, a limited number of co-op staff may be able to assist with basic troubleshooting. Please raise your hand and a staff person will reach out to you via chat. There may be a delay depending on how many attendees are in need of troubleshooting support.

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October 27, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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