CHUM Presents: The Economics of Cooperatives


 CHUM Presents: The Economics of Cooperatives

Cooperative Housing University of Maryland is hosting a workshop and discussion on the economic of cooperatives, 7PM Friday, April 11th 2014 in the Nanticoke (Rm: 1238) of STAMP Student Union in College Park, Maryland. The workshop is being led by Jessica Gordon Nembhard (She’s CHUM President Susan’s mom!), an associate professor of community justice and social economic development in the Department of African-American Studies at John Jay College, CUNY. She is author of the book “Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice,” and she has conducted extensive research in the fields of race, economic inequality, and cooperative economics. This event is FREE and open to the public so everyone come join us in learning more about cooperative economics!

You can see the facebook page and RSVP for the event here!

You can read more about the Speaker Jessica Nembhard here:



Saul Landau Film Series: The Uncompromising Revolution (1988), Wednesday 6pm

This Landau film for the month of September looks at Fidel Castro’s nationalist revolution, 30 years after power was seized.

There’s something oddly fascinating about “The Uncompromising Revolution (1988)”, that looks at current-day, 30 years after Fidel Castro’s nationalist revolution. It shows the people, landscapes, large and small themes, to show the texture of Cuba after three decades of revolution. Weaving together archive footage, occasional flashbacks from earlier Landau pictures, recent personal interviews with Castro and scores of on-the-street and on-location interviews with women, professionals and workers. Landau tries to capture filmically what political scientists have tried to do empirically, that is, to understand Cuba 30 years after the revolution.

These screenings are free and open to the public but a suggested $5 donation will be appreciated. Popcorn and beverages will be provided. Please note: The location for any particular screening may vary. Please let us know you’re coming by clicking “Join” in the upper right of this page.

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When: Wednesday 9/26, 6:00pm- 8:00pm
Where: Instititute for Policy Studies, 1112 16th St. NW Suite 600, Washington DC

The Uncompromising Revolution cover

BloomScreen Presents: Maquilapolis: City of Factories, Tuesday 7pm

Maquilapolis: City of Factories (2006, 60 min), by Vicky Funari and Sergio de la Torre – Filmed in the Free Trade Zones in Tijuana, where filmmakers taught women workers – Carmen and Lourdes, to film their work and their lives, to document the labor violations, environmental devastation and urban chaos, they confront everyday.

Just over the border in Mexico is an area peppered with maquiladoras: massive sweatshops often owned by the world’s largest multinational corporations. Carmen and Lourdes work at maquiladora in Tijuana, where they confront labor violations, environmental devastation and urban chaos. In this lyrical documentary, the women reach beyond the daily struggle for survival to organize for change, taking on both the Mexican and U.S. governments and a major television manufacturer.

Following our screening, we’ll talk w/ some labor rights activists, and with Rachel Taber, labor activist and rep for union-made apparel maker Alta Gracia.

*Suggested Donation: $10 to support BloomBars. Free popcorn and refreshments provided.

BloomScreen Indie Film Night – is a weekly series of independent and foreign films, accompanied by discussions with filmmakers and other experts.

Volunteers wanted! Have a suggestion for a film? Know a local filmmaker who wants to screen their work? Want to lend a hand? Email with your ideas.

When: Tuesday 9/25, 7:00pm- 9:00pm
Where: Bloombars, 3222 11th St NW, Washington DC

Cafe Break: Legacies of Southern History: Power, Politics, and Latin@s in Arkansas, Wednesday 3:30pm

Why hasn’t Arkansas enacted punitive anti-immigrant legislation like those in Alabama or Arizona, especially when we consider that towns and cities that were 99 percent White in 1990 are now more than 30% Latina/o? Drawing on her recent ethnographic fieldwork and interviews with Latinas/os and immigrant allies, Guerrero addresses some of the legal, political, and labor struggles Latinas/os face as well as how alliances between religious figures, business leaders, and educational champions have carved out tenuous opportunities. More importantly, however, Guerrero explores power and politics in Arkansas and how the legacies of Southern history are shaping Latina/o Arkansans’ lives.

Perla M. Guerrero is Assistant Professor in the Department of American Studies and the first core faculty member in the U.S. Latina/o Studies Program at the University of Maryland, College Park. She received her Ph.D. in American Studies and Ethnicity from the University of Southern California in 2010. Her research and teaching interests lie comparative race and ethnicity, immigration, space and place, labor, and 20th century U.S. history. Guerrero has held a Latino Smithsonian Postdoctoral Fellow as well as Goldman Sachs Junior Fellow at the National Museum of American History. She is currently working on her book manuscript tentatively titled, “Latinas/os and Asians Remaking Arkansas: Race, Labor, Place, and Community” which explores how regional history and the labor sphere shaped social relations.

For more information about this event please contact the Latin American Studies Center at or by phone at 301-405-6459.

When: Wednesday 9/19, 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Where: 2120 Francis Scott Key (Merrill Room), UMD

tea cup with words “Cafe Break Series”

Vida y espacio en La Habana contemporanea- Cuban documentary presentation, Tuesday 12pm

This documentary deals with life in one of the “solares,” or public housing units, in Havana. These are typically old apartment buildings, or in this case, former slave quarters and horse stables, that over the years have been added onto and adapted for multi-family living quarters. The solares in Cuba are overcrowded, poor and in many instances violent places where many generations of the same families live practically stacked upon each other with very limited access to services or appliances that we associate with “modernity.”

Two young documentarians, studying at the highly selective Instituto Superior de Arte, produced a film that, while not directly and openly critical of the government, is quite critical of living conditions in Cuba – and they have been given permission by the Cuban government to come to Washington, DC, to show it. This film opens up a wider discussion with students about changes in Cuba; how conditions in Cuba compare with conditions in the other countries in Latin America and the Caribbean; U.S. relations with Cuba, and more!

Sponsored by AU/UMD Cuba program. Click here for more info!

Talk will be in Spanish.

When: Tuesday 9/17, 12:00pm-1:30pm
Where: 2120 Francis Scott Key (Merrill Room), UMD

Map of Cuba

Workshop: Is Politics Coming Back in Latin America in the Twenty-First Century? Friday 4pm

This event will conclude the Visiting Scholar series with Marcelo Cavarozzi, Professor, Universidad Nacional de San Martín, Argentina. The workshop will focus on the failure of contemporary democracies to reverse the trend toward growing inequality. Divergent political routes in the last decade; the fallacy of the left-right dichotomy.  Click here for more info.

When: Friday 9/14, 4:00pm- 6:00pm

Where: Art & Sociology Building, Room 2115, UMD

Map of Latin America