Building a solidarity economy in Jackson, Mississippi, anchored by a network of cooperatives and other worker-owned, democratically self-managed enterprises.
News & Media
CounterPunch Radio - Episode 60
Interview with Kali Akuno of Cooperation Jackson
Election news making you ill? CounterPunch Radio has your antidote to the Clinton-Trump poison as Eric sits down with activist and organizer Kali Akuno to discuss the exciting movement to create people power in Jackson, Mississippi.
Akuno, an organizer with the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, discusses the ongoing Cooperation Jackson, a community-led initiative to transform Jackson, Mississippi and, ultimately, the entire country.
Kali explains the origins of Cooperation Jackson and how the movement envisions its future, as well as detailing what the last few years have taught the community.
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.
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.
“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...
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.
“Agrarian Revolution & Rebel City: MST and Barcelona Report Back”
Thursday, January 12th, 2017
6pm - 8pm
Lumumba Center 939 W. Capitol St.
Jackson MS 39203
International solidarity and exchange are central components of the principles and program of Cooperation Jackson. On Thursday, January 12th we will be doing a critical report back on two recent international exchanges several of our members have engaged in.
In October, one of the core anchors of Freedom Farms Cooperative, Andrew Jerome Campbell, went to Brazil to study political economy and organizing with the MST - Movimento dos Trabalhadores Sem Terra.
From December 11th - 18th, Kali Akuno, brandon king, Sacajawea Hall, Rukia Lumumba and Chokwe Antar Lumumba went to Barcelona, Spain to study the intersections between radical governance, participatory democracy, solidarity economics, and digital fabrication being experimented with in Barcelona. Join Us!
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.