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Springfield Grange Screens Film, Hosts Panel On Successful Cooperatives

Insightful experts with first-hand experience in cooperatives from Santa Cruz, Salinas and the Bay Area will participate in a community conversation in connection with the screening of documentary film "Shift Change" on Sunday, May 4 at 6 p.m. at the Springfield Grange.
 

The film and discussion part of the 2014 Reel Work Labor Film Festival. the event is FREE and open to the public. 

Donations are welcome. The Springfield Grange is located on 10 Werner Road, corner of Elkhorn and Werner Rds., in Pájaro. 

Shift Change is an engrossing documentary film about how secure, dignified jobs in employee-owned workplaces in the U.S. and Spain help stabilize, and grow, local economies. 

"We want to share this film and engage in a conversation about cooperatives because there is growing interest in thinking outside the box in terms of job creation and supporting the local economy," says Alan Hicks, president of the Springfield Grange.
  
The Grange is partnering with the Reel Work Labor Film Festival & El Pájaro Community Development Corporation to organize this community screening.
 
Expert panelist participating in the post-film discussion: 
  • Ross Newport, one of the original founders of Community Printers, the largest full color commercial printer in Santa Cruz County; 
  • Ken Dickerson, Executive Director of Ecological Farming Association; 
  • Obdulia Hernández, veteran of the Salinas Valley Cooperative Movement;  
  • Meche Sansores, Executive Director of WAGES (Women's Action to Gain Economic Security),  a successful worker-owned green business for low-income women based in San Francisco;
  • Steve Rice from the Arizmendi Association of Cooperatives in the Bay Area. Both WAGES and Arizmendi Bakeries are featured in the film.
 
Complete 2014 Reel Work schedule here: http://reelwork.org/schedule.htm.

 More information on the film Shift Change can be found here: http://shiftchange.org/

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