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

Sustainable Communities Initiative


The Sustainable Communities Initiative (SCI) will build an “Eco-village” in Jackson, composed of a Housing complex and a Cooperative Business Complex that will be situated on our Community Land Trust (CLT) and developed by our Community Development Corporation (CDC). The objective of SCI is to create dozens of living wage “green jobs” in Jackson and long-term affordable housing for the working peoples of the community that will defend them against displacement and gentrification.

News & Media

Chokwe Lumumba Center Opens with Ferguson Talk

By R.L. Nave November 20, 2014 

Nine months after Chokwe Lumumba's death while serving as Jackson mayor, a community center has opened and been named in his honor. Cooperation Jackson, an organization formed after Lumumba's death to promote the late mayor's vision of a grassroots solidarity economy, purchased the building at 939 West Capitol St. that formerly housed a daycare center.

Last night, the Chokwe Lumumba Center for Economic Democracy and Development opened to the public with its first public event: a town hall meeting about protests in Ferguson, Mo., sparked by the police killing of 18-year-old Mike Brown in August.

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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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The Chokwe Lumumba Center for Economic Democracy and Development

We are excited to announce our new Center. It will serve as the base for Cooperation Jackson. We are excited to have a space open to the community with education & trainings, meeting space, and health & wellness. It will be home for many initiatives including Nubia's Place café and lounge space and Freedom Farms Cooperative.

Help us raise money to develop the Center including rewiring the building, putting in new floors, painting the interior and exterior of the building, purchasing and installing solar panels.


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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Town Hall Mtg-The Fire Next Time: Ferguson and the Myth of a Post-Racial America

Join us for this important Town Hall Meeting.

The uprising in Ferguson against systematic police violence and murder of Black people has played a pivotal role in shattering the “myth of a post-racial America.” 

What does this deepening police state in the United States mean for the future of Blacks and Latinos? 

Location: Lumumba Center for Economic Democracy and Development 939 W Capitol St, Jackson, MS 39203

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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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