Given the current political climate, we intend to center the experiences of people whose rights are most threatened by the current administration. As we move forward, we will need to tackle strategic concerns around immigration, policing and criminal justice, health care, climate justice, cyber security, and more as they impact our workplaces and communities. This year’s conference theme of “Resist and Transform” focuses on the potential for worker cooperatives to be a tool for both resistance in these volatile times as well as a building block for transforming our economy and society. The theme will challenge conference participants to engage in a dialogue around the current political climate as well as how worker-owned businesses can successfully plan for future growth both within and across sectors, utilize partnerships and connections to build skills and reach new communities, and collectively continue to strengthen the movement locally and beyond.  We’ll share inspiring stories–along with the obstacles–of how this is happening in our region and elsewhere in the country or abroad.