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Interested in democratic workplaces? Check out our complete coverage from The Real News’ Jaisal Noor of how worker cooperatives rose to meet the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the third part of TRNN’s series exploring how co-ops survived the pandemic, Jaisal Noor speaks to worker-owners at Red Emma’s, one of Baltimore oldest co-ops, and Joe Squared, which reopened as a co-op after closing in March 2020, about how the cooperative model informed their pandemic response. We also look at how loan funds support co-ops and helped them survive a pandemic that wiped out some 100,000 small businesses across the U.S.

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Jaisal is currently the Democracy Initiative Manager at the Solutions Journalism Network and is a former TRNN host, producer, and reporter. He mainly grew up in the Baltimore area and studied modern history at the University of Maryland, College Park. Before joining TRNN, he contributed print, radio, and TV reports to Free Speech Radio News, Democracy Now! and The Indypendent. Jaisal's mother has taught in the Baltimore City Public School system for the past 25 years. Follow him on Twitter @jaisalnoor.