Instituto de Educación Popular del Sur de California (IDEPSCA)

Based in Los Angeles, IDEPSCA aims to organize and educate immigrants concerned with solving problems in their own communities.  Its wide range of programs include an initiative to help immigrants develop worker-owned cooperatives.  In 2005, it helped launch the first of such enterprises, Magic Cleaners, whose worker-owners clean homes and small businesses using non-toxic, eco-friendly products.  More recently, it helped organize the Native Green Landscaping and Gardening Cooperative, which employs immigrants who complete a green gardening training course and receive a certificate in sustainable landscaping from the City of Los Angeles.

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