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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‘Capitol Complex’ District Would Fund (Parts of) Jackson
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.
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.
“Countering the Confederate ‘Spring’: the Assault on Black Political Power in Jackson, MS”
By Kali Akuno
The racist and utterly reactionary Republican legislative majorities that dominate the South are on an aggressive march this legislative session. From Texas to Florida, Arkansas to Virginia, and all the states in-between, they are employing cut-throat strategies and tactics to pass a package of regressive, exploitative and outright anti-human legislation drawn up by the likes of ALEC (the American Legislative Exchange Council) and other right-wing think tanks. They are attacking the right to vote, Black voting districts, the right to education, access to housing, workers rights to organize themselves, wage protections, alternative energy plans, marriage equality, and the list goes on.
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.
Join the Jackson May Day Alliance for May Day 2016
Sunday, May 1st 2pm-4pm
Lumumba Center 939 W. Capitol St.
The May Day Alliance is looking to foster greater communion and unity amongst workers in the metropolitan Jackson area by bringing rank and file workers together to break bread, tell their stories, and celebrate our individual and collective accomplishments. So, for Jackson May Day 2016 we are hosting an award celebration and workers communion at one of the newest houses of labor in Jackson, the Chokwe Lumumba Center for Economic Democracy and Development, which is the operational home of Cooperation Jackson, which an emerging network of worker-owned and self-managed cooperatives.
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.