Immigrants form worker cooperatives amid gentrification in Santa Ana
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Immigrants form worker cooperatives amid gentrification in Santa Ana

Immigrants form worker cooperatives amid gentrification in Santa Ana

Members of the Cooperativa Tierra y Dignidad co-op in Santa Ana meet recently to discuss upcoming jobs and the process of incorporation.

 (Helen Zhao / Los Angeles Times)
Immigrants form worker cooperatives amid gentrification in Santa Ana

Cooperativa Tierra y Dignidad member Abel Ruiz, left, and a friend work on a community garden in Santa Ana where they plan to harvest vegetables.

 (Helen Zhao / Los Angeles Times)
Immigrants form worker cooperatives amid gentrification in Santa Ana

Apolonio Cortes, left, and Abel Ruiz sell vegetables at a market several Latino immigrant co-ops hold every month in Santa Ana.

 (Helen Zhao / Los Angeles Times)
Immigrants form worker cooperatives amid gentrification in Santa Ana

The women of the co-op Manos Unidas Creando Arte right, sell handcrafted jewelry and bags at the monthly market.

 (Helen Zhao / Los Angeles Times)
Immigrants form worker cooperatives amid gentrification in Santa Ana

The Santa Ana co-ops hold their market at El Centro Cultural de Mexico.

 (Helen Zhao / Los Angeles Times)
Immigrants form worker cooperatives amid gentrification in Santa Ana

Worker-owners of Cooperativa Tierra y Dignidad catered a quinceañera in Santa Ana in April.

 (Helen Zhao / Los Angeles Times)
Immigrants form worker cooperatives amid gentrification in Santa Ana

Cooperativa Tierra y Dignidad’s Carlos Melendez serves a young guest at the quinceañera.

 (Helen Zhao / Los Angeles Times)
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