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‘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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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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Co-Director Kali akuno of cooperation jackson has been named to the 2016 balle local economy fellowship 

Co-Director Kali akuno of cooperation jackson has been named to the 2016 balle local economy fellowship 

National Business Alliance Names 36 Leaders Transforming Local Economies

Kali Akuno of Cooperation Jackson Awarded Local Economy Fellowship, Joins North American Leadership Network

Oakland, CA – Thirty-six leaders representing innovative community and economic development solutions in 29 U.S. and Canadian cities have been selected to the Business Alliance for Local Living Economy’s (BALLE) fourth cohort of Local Economy Fellows.
These are leaders with fierce love for their communities – a love that they’re each putting to work in ways that bring equity, opportunity, capital, and support to small local businesses and the diverse populations in every community they serve.

Locally, Kali Akuno, Co-Director of Cooperation Jackson, was named to the fellowship. Kali leads and incubates a network of worker cooperatives, a land trust, and housing co-ops fighting to create economic democracy and solidarity.

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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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Join us for a private party celebrating Cinco de Mayo

Saturday, May 7th 8pm-until

Lumumba Center 939 W. Capitol St.

Cinco de Mayo represents Mexican resistance to foreign intervention struggle against imperialism.

We salute the work of our comrades as we prepare to heighten our own.

With DJs Eddie James & leon grey plus spoken word

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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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