"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.

Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has"

Margaret Mead, Anthropologist
(used with permission)

"If you don't like the news .... go out and make some of your own !!"

Wes "Scoop" Nisker, Newscaster


Government is a slow and tedious process. While it often includes citizen and neighborhood involvement, non-governmental, private organizations have created movements and interesting groups which can create positive change in our cities and towns.

I am fascinated by the way groups are created and how they influence public decision making. This blog merely recognizes them and forwards the description of these groups from their own websites.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Black Coffee Co-op

Location: Seattle, WA

Website: www.blackcoffeecoop.com

Black Coffee is a worker’s cooperative, café, community space & infoshop in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. Black Coffee serves specialty coffee & tea, vegan food & pastries, and delicious beer & wine. In addition, the Black Coffee Co-op hosts all sort of community events, maintains a small public library, and has a selection of independently produced literature.

The collective began to form near the beginning of 2012, and began construction on its space in October 2012.

We are located at 501 E. Pine St, the corner of Pine & Summit. We are open weekdays from 7am to midnight, and weekends 8am to midnight. We accept event and meeting reservations.

Black Coffee Coop is committed to a non-hierarchical structure of work & a not-for-profit model of commerce. In creating the Black Coffee Cooperative, the individuals that currently comprise it hope to create a number of beneficial tools, for example:

- Physical space for culture and community, from fundraisers to film screenings, book fairs to belly dancing, skill-shares to silk-screening. Black Coffee will be a hub for events, meetings, or just drinking a brew with comrades.

- A non-hierarchical workplace, where we learn to truly work together, and share the fruits of our work equally.

- "Safer-space,” for those who don’t feel safe or welcome in most public spaces. This means we actively attempt to keep the space free of prejudice. This also means we are always open to learning how to become more safe and welcoming.

> A new info-shop and mini-library.

> Delicious vegetarian & vegan grub + coffee & tea + beer.

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