Listen now (65 mins) | Ralph welcomes the CEO of the National Cooperative Bank, Casey Fannon to discuss his bank’s work serving cooperatives and other member-owned organizations. The NCB helps finance affordable housing, healthy food, renewable energy, small businesses, community-driven health care, and non-profit organizations and generally advises cooperatives around the country on how to build and grow. Plus, Ralph talks a little more about the Trump indictments and responds to some of your feedback.
I don’t know about the US but the best way for Latin American countries to stop violence and actually obtain healthy, democratic communities is to disassociate from all American politicians. Don’t allow them to come and make nice with their friendly smiles, fake compassion and hypocritical gesture. Especially the so-called progressives who vote for and condone violence in foreign countries whether through direct intervention or by proxy. Who think the security state apparatchiks are their friends. Who delude themselves into thinking Nancy Pelosi is “Mama Bear.”
It isn’t only the repugnant Republicans that are dangerous, it’s also all Democrats that pretend they are looking out for the people’s best interests. They are more dangerous. They raise expectations and hope. They are the backstabbers. Continuously promising progress for ordinary people but always failing to deliver. You know, like Bernie Sanders aka Mr Revolution or Barack Obama aka Mr Hope and Change. Where the hell are the Eleanor Roosevelts, the Cynthia McKinneys, the Ralph Naders? The ones that have the backbone to withstand the smears and oppression? Right now the only ones I can see with a national profile are Dr. Cornel West, Dr. Jill Stein, and Kshama Sawant. I thought Katie Porter or Robert Kennedy Jr were possibilities but they are too entrenched in the Democratic Party. If there are others I would like to know about them.
I've banked w/credit unions for decades, because they're nonprofit consumer cooperatives. I've also owned/shopped at consumer food cooperatives for decades - I even worked for one nearly a decade. One of the largest draws to my current/final home was the fact that we are home to our state's largest food co-op, which reflects this community's priorities, properly focused on providing authentic security. Our food co-op has a vibrant working-owner program, which plays a significant role in owner engagement.
This is the first year Mountain Health Coop health insurance was available through the Affordable Care Act in Wyoming. Previously, the only option was Blue Cross Blue Shield (BXBS).
The Coop covers bloodwork as a preventative cost. BXBS does not. I've been astounded that people have had to pay for bloodwork out of pocket because, like a mammogram, it's a key way to tell if something needs to be addressed BEFORE it becomes a major problem/expense.
The Coop also reimburses $100 toward dental if you don't have dental insurance. BXBS does not. This coop covers Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. I hope that people will use it.
Okay. What have I been so careless to ignore? Since it’s obvious, maybe I just missed it. You tell me.