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UCSD Co-ops & Collectives Alumni Presents

in collaboration with the UC San Diego Alumni Association annual Alumni Homecoming Weekend


In Celebration of the 40th Anniversaries of the Che Cafe and the General Store Co-op, 1980 – 2020.

Workshops/Presentations at the Che Cafe, Noon – 4 pm. Free.
Reunion Dinner at the Che Cafe, 5 pm – 9 pm. Free.

Free Parking on Campus on Saturday.

Workshops/Presentations at the Che Cafe, Noon – 4 pm

An analysis of the current science and the political organizing models to confront the crisis ahead
Presented by Chris Burnett.
Chris is a UCSD alumnus, where he was a member of the Che Cafe Collective, the Food Coop and the Germinal. He is host of Indymedia On Air, a weekly radio show on Pacifica’s KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles and was an early organizer in the Indymedia global network. Chris received his Chemistry/Earth Science degree and worked at Scripps Institution of Oceanography for a number of years doing research in paleoceanography. He was UCSD’s first bargaining representative for UPTE-CWA Local 9119, the union that represents technical workers in the UC system. He can be reached at .
Presented by Mark Burdett and Sydney Young from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)
EFF is an independent member-supported non-profit working to protect online privacy for nearly thirty years, and Surveillance Self-Defense is EFF’s expert guide to protecting you and your friends from online spying. Sydney and Mark, based out of EFF’s headquarters in San Francisco, will discuss how online surveillance works, walk through some threats to your digital devices at trouble spots like the US/Mexico border, and offer a quick overview on how to use EFF’s picks of the best, most secure applications for activists to communicate and organize. Read more at
CO-OPS IN THE ‘HOOD: Co-ops as a Tool for Oppressed Communities to Build Power in Today’s Global Economy
Presented by Steve Dubb, Ph.D.
Steve hails from UCSD, where he was a member of the Groundwork Books Collective between 1989 and 1998, engaged in a wide range of movement activity, and received his political science doctorate in 1996. Since leaving UCSD, Steve has authored, co-authored and edited numerous reports and books; participated in and facilitated learning cohorts; designed community-building strategies; and helped build the field of community wealth building. All told, Steve has worked with co-ops and nonprofits for over two decades, including twelve years at The Democracy Collaborative and three years as executive director of NASCO (North American Students of Cooperation). For the past two years, Steve has been a senior editor at Nonprofit Quarterly (NPQ), where he writes and edits regularly, and directs NPQ’s economic justice program, including its biweekly Economy Remix column.

Reunion Dinner at the Che Cafe, 5 pm – 9 pm

Recognition of Our Co-ops & Collectives Co-founders
Some History of the Che Cafe Collective and the General Store Cooperative
Vegan Dinner
Music and Mingling



Dear UCSD Co-ops & Collectives Alumni, and Friends,

Please save the date and come if you can! Saturday, October 19, 2019 at the Che Cafe.

If you are one of the co-founders of any of the co-ops & collectives, or if you are in contact with any of them, please let us know. We hope to invite and see as many of the co-founders at the event as possible. We still need contact information for many of the co-founders!

Your Reunion Committee

UCSD Co-ops & Collectives Alumni? We Are:
The Print Co-op ● The Computer Co-op ● People’s Voice ● The Solana Beach People’s Food Co-op ● Ocean Beach People’s Food Co-op ● The Radical Coalition ● The Changing Times Bookstore Collective ● The Committee for World Democracy – Political Film Series ● The Lumumba-Zapata (Third) College General Assembly (1969-72) ● Alternative Visions Collective ● Voz Fronteriza ● Germinal ● The Collective Voice ● The Daycare Center Parents’ Co-op ● The Bike Co-op ● Prensa Popular ● Rebel Bakers ● The Torrey Farms Co-op ● Ujima ● The Recycling Co-op ● The Student Cooperative/Student Cooperative Union ● The Women’s Resource Center collective ● The Indicator/Crazy Times/North Star/New Indicator Collective ● The Food Co-op ● Groundwork Books Collective ● The General Store Co-op ● The Che Cafe Collective                                       and other groups.