There were many things we were tempted to write about. We wanted to explain everything; obviously impossible in several paragraphs or pages. What seems most important to express here is what we are trying to do. And the essence of that is trying to become whole human beings.
From our individual and collective experience, not from some book, we realized that the first step in this process was the unconscious or conscious awareness that life, not merely survival, is based on people working/playing together, struggling together for and against things, choosing together how to work/play, how to fight. It is in this fight, this struggle against the destruction and degradation of personality, of people as creatures with emotions, of whole races, of women, of the working class, that we glimpse what it is to be really human, to be really free. Continue reading “Rebel Bakers Collective, San Diego, CA”
Below is the introductory page for Uprisings Baking Collective, Berkeley, CA
Uprisings Baking Collective is a worker-run whole grain bakery located in Berkeley. Established in 1975, Uprisings produces naturally baked goods made with organic whole grain flours, fresh fruits and vegetables, and never with white or brown sugar. The fifteen workers here turn out over 2,000 loaves of bread each week plus thousands of cookies and hundreds of pounds of granola every week. We deliver our baked goods all over Berkeley, and at our storefront sell a variety of baked goods and groceries at the lowest prices around.
There is no boss here–all decisions are made by the workers. Conflicts are solved co-operatively, and major decisions are made at regular workers’ meetings. All workers participate in most aspects of the bakery — from sales and baking, to clean-up and bookkeeping. We emphasize the development of each worker to their fullest potential. Continue reading “Uprisings Baking Collective, Berkeley, CA”
For years Uprisings Baking Collective added a second label to our loaves: The first label was your typical bread label–name of bread, ingredients, etc. But when local organizations needed publicity, Uprisings came to the assistance by slipping “talking bread labels” in with the loaves. Below are a selection of labels that where duplicated in the book.