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Molly Moody, Montana Organizing Project Director
Molly Moody, of Northwest Federation of Community Organizations, adds, "People are either deciding to put food on the table or paying for health care, and people shouldn't be put in those situations."
Organizations releasing the report are asking lawmakers to step up, and suggest several solutions, including a federal jobs creation program that could potentially create 2.5 million jobs nationwide. Many believe the Jobs Summit held on Thursday at the White House is a step in the right direction. Moody explains, "A community investment jobs program would reduce unemployment faster than any other mechanism available to the government.
" There is a committee in town working to address health care -- getting legislators to put caps on profits, a gal by the name of Molly Moody with the Northwest Federation of Community Organizations has published a report dealing with Putting People Above Profits, which indicates that in the health care industry, this industry is allowed (Blue Cross as a prime example) to have a profit margin of about 600% while the insured struggle and sometimes go bankrupt to pay the bills.
History » Missoula Community Food Co-op
Molly Moody, community organizer for the NMCDC, shepherded the co-op/kitchen through its initial years of organizing, research, and business planning.
The work of the NMCDC staff on this project was funded largely by multi-year grants from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and the USDA Community Food Solutions. All told, the NMCDC has invested more than $230,000 toward development of Missoula's first food cooperative.
In 2003, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development contributed $10,000 to pursue the project and the NMCDC hired Molly Moody, in a part time position, to head the effort.
After Rae's departure, Molly continued as both a staff member of the NMCDC and its liaison to CFAC. Kate and Tessa worked closely with Molly on all these related food projects. Molly Moody got some early legal advice on co-op incorporation from a firm recommended by Jan Tusick of Mission Mountain Cooperative Development Center and then some additional advice from a local attorney at Worden Thane and Haines, Peter Dayton. Molly consulted a specialist lawyer in the start up of cooperatives in Vermont, Laddie Lushin and also Jim Kaze from the Montana Cooperative Development Center, both of whom helped guide her through a co-op's complex incorporation process. Molly Moody, while in the NMCDC's employ, spent much time over her tenure investigating co-op models and researching the comparative operations of co-ops across the country. Molly was the first to propose the Park Slope model for our consideration. A point of conjecture at the time was whether the Park Slope model could perform as successfully in the much less densely populated city of Missoula. (In 2000, the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn had a population of more than 62,000 persons.) Molly was responsible for seeing through the co-op's legal work and incorporation as only the third consumer food cooperative in the State of Montana. Molly also spearheaded the outstanding federal appropriations request for the remodel of the Burns Street Building.