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

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There Are No Shortcuts: Cooperation Jackson’s Kali Akuno on Solidarity, Economic Democracy, and Organizing for the Long Term

By Alexis Stephens / PolicyLink

As grassroots groups and community advocates across the country brace for increasingly anti-democratic and authoritarian opposition, organizers in the South bring a wealth of wisdom and experience dealing with such challenges.

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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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Here's How We Prepare to Be Ungovernable in 2017

A conversation with
Kali Akuno, organizer with Cooperation Jackson and the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement.

By Sarah Lazare / AlterNet
January 1, 2017.

“We cannot and should not legitimize the transfer of authority to a right-wing populist who has neo-fascist orientations,” Kali Akuno told AlterNet over the phone. “We shouldn’t legitimize that rule in any form or fashion. We need to build a program of being ungovernable.”

As the co-director of the Mississippi-based group Cooperation Jackson and an organizer with the nationwide Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Akuno is one of countless people across the country working diligently to build a platform sturdy enough to confront Trump’s America...

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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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Solar Party

Saturday, February 25th, 2017
2pm - 5pm
Lumumba Center 939 W. Capitol St.
Jackson MS 39203

Cooperation Jackson recently installed some solar panels on the Lumumba Center. This is the first step in making the Lumumba Center and all of the facilities and projects that Cooperation Jackson initiates carbon neutral and waste free. This directive is the cornerstone of our Sustainable Communities Initiative (SCI). 

Come join us for a day of celebration, education, food and edutainment to learn more about solar energy, community energy production, and community production. Let's discuss what we can do collectively to make Jackson a solar city, a sustainable city, a future city, a rebel city! Join Us!

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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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