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Photo Series: Advocate. Reflect. Vote. (2019)

By Mark Willis

Dayton has been hard hit by grocery store closures in low income areas. Instead of begging the big companies to stay, the community took the lead and is building a worker owned, community controlled co-op grocery store. These photos are from the Annual Membership Meeting. Upon proof of membership, each person receives a green and red card. Throughout the evening, various options are debated then put to a vote of the members. Decisions aren’t made in New York by looking at a spread sheet, they are made in a community center looking at the neighborhood. The Hall Hunger Initiative proudly supports Co-op Dayton, the lead organization bringing a community run grocery to the people. We’re not building a grocery store, we’re building a movement! By downloading this image, you agree to use the photo within the context that it was taken. You also agree to never use it for commercial purposes. The image always belongs to the original photographer and should be attributed to the photographer and Center for a Livable Future Food Policy Networks Photo Contest. Image credit: Mark Willis; CLF Food Policy Networks Photo Contest, 2019