Building a solidarity economy in Jackson, Mississippi, anchored by a network of cooperatives and other worker-owned, democratically self-managed enterprises.



News & Media

The State of Mississippi's white leadership has launched a series of very reactionary legislative bills to strip 90% Black Jackson of control over its airport and water system, two of its major sources of local income and revenue. In addition legislature has passed a number of measures denying rights to LGBTQIGNC people. What is in motion here is a Klan-like ride back to white supremacy along with an assertion of Black self-determination.

‘Capitol Complex’ District Would Fund (Parts of) Jackson

By Tim Summers, Jr.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 9:44 a.m. CST

JACKSON — Several parts of Jackson will benefit financially if a pair of bills the Mississippi Senate passed last week survives and becomes law. If successful, a new Capitol Complex Improvement District project would help fund development of a large section of downtown, as well as the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson State University, Fondren and Belhaven.

Sen. David Blount, D-Jackson, explained in a phone interview Tuesday that the project would be funded out of tax dollars from the state's share of the sales tax revenue from the city. "The City of Jackson is going to get the same money it has always got. But the additional money which comes out of the state's share is going into this special fund for infrastructure around state property," he said.

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Mission & Purpose

The broad mission of Cooperation Jackson is to advance the development of economic democracy in Jackson, Mississippi, by building a solidarity economy anchored by a network of cooperatives and other types of worker owned and democratically self-managed enterprises.

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Announcements

COmmonBound Conference Keynote Speakers

COmmonBound Conference Keynote Speakers

Cooperation Jackson's Co-Director Kali Akuno selected as one of the keynote speakers for CommonBound 2016.

Cooperation Jackson's very own Co-Founder and Co-Director, Kali Akuno has been selected as a keynote speaker for this year's convening taking place July 8-10 in Buffalo, NY.

CommonBound will bring together hundreds of leaders and organizations from across North America for an international conference on visionary strategies for achieving deep systemic change. Participants will share insights and stories, build relationships, highlight achievements, and chart a shared path toward a society that puts people and planet first. Participants will include a cross-section of community leaders, thinkers, and practitioners from around the world, including the New Economy Coalition’s 140-plus member organizations from throughout the US and Canada.

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Our Story

Cooperation Jackson is the realization of a vision decades in the making. Our roots lay deep within the struggle for democratic rights, economic justice, and self-determination, particularly for Afrikan people in the Deep South, and for dignity and equality for all workers.

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Events

On June 16, 1966 in Greenwood, Mississippi, Student Non-violent coordinating committee (SNCC) chair, kwame ture (then known as Stokely carmichael), addressed a crowd of youthful demonstrators and the media covering the militant "march against Fear", and forcefully re-echoed our millennial and generational demand for "black Power"

On June 16, 1966 in Greenwood, Mississippi, Student Non-violent coordinating committee (SNCC) chair, kwame ture (then known as Stokely carmichael), addressed a crowd of youthful demonstrators and the media covering the militant "march against Fear", and forcefully re-echoed our millennial and generational demand for "black Power"

Black Power, Black Lives, and Pan Africanism: Honoring the Legacy and Building for a Self-Determining Future Conference

Thursday, June 16th thru Sunday, June 19th, 2016

Chokwe Lumumba Center
939 W. Capitol St. Jackson, MS 39203

This Black Power, Black Lives and Pan-Africanism Conference seeks to examine the historic origins and development of the struggle for Black Power and the Black Power slogan emanating from it, and critically analyze the contributions of the individuals, organizations and entities that dedicated themselves to its pursuit (past and present). It will also examine how the current generation and Black Lives Movement is seeking to attain Black Power and Pan-Africanism; and what must be done ideologically, politically and programmatically to build and seize them. Read more.

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Our Principles

Cooperation Jackson has 13 Core Principles, which were crafted by adapting aspects from the basic principles of the Mondragón Cooperative Corporation in the Basque country of Spain, and the International Cooperative Alliance’s cooperative identity, values and principles. 

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