(photo credit: B’SHUTAF COOPERATIVE)
Several passersby appeared to wonder what was going on at the capital’s Clal Center last Thursday, as over 400 people of varying ages danced to music and enjoyed refreshments until well past midnight. The gathering, which took place on the first story of the huge downtown building, marked the opening of a new cooperative shop called B’Shutaf. By the end of the party, it had about 15 new members.Cooperatives are not new to this city. The first cooperative was established about 20 years ago in the Katamonim neighborhood by a group of activists with two goals: to reduce the price of essential products, and to raise women’s awareness of social justice. For various reasons, it didn’t last long, but the idea of consumers organizing in groups to obtain bargain prices for certain products has long been on the minds of several local activists.
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