Immigrant Single Mothers Start a Tamale Cooperative

As has been increasingly the case on the website Grassroots Economic Organizing, here is another article that challenges the myth that worker cooperatives are only for middle class people. While inspiring, we thought there should be more information explaining how the division of labor was set up, how they agree on what the pay scale will be, etc.. These types of problems that people face and the solutions they find are always instructive.

At home in her kitchen, Elideth prepares tamales. She wraps both the masa paste and the chicken and mole sauce in a corn husk and then steams it.

Photo by Martin Do Nascimento

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About Bruce Lerro

Bruce Lerro has taught for 25 years as an adjunct college professor of psychology at Golden Gate University, Dominican University and Diablo Valley College. He has applied a Vygotskian socio-historical perspective to his five books: "From Earth-Spirits to Sky-Gods: the Socio-ecological Origins of Monotheism, Individualism and Hyper-Abstract Reasoning", "Power in Eden: The Emergence of Gender Hierarchies in the Ancient World" (co-authored with Christopher Chase-Dunn), "Social Change: Globalization from the Stone Age to the Present", "Lucifer's Labyrinth: Individualism, Hyper-Abstract Thinking and the Process of Becoming Civilized", and "The Magickal Enchantment of Materialism: Why Marxists Need Neopaganism". He is also a representational artist specializing in pen-and-ink drawings. Bruce is a libertarian communist and lives in Olympia, WA.

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