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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By Peter Moskowitz / The Nation

On November 9, people across the left woke up and wondered, “What do I do now? Under total Republican control, how does one fight for progressive change?”

Kali Akuno, the co-founder of Cooperation Jackson, a workers’ cooperative in Jackson, Mississippi, has been grappling with that question for years, and believes his organization provides a good model for progressives who still want to effect change under President Trump. When Donald Trump was elected, Akuno felt like he could tell the rest of the country: “Welcome to Mississippi.”

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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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Walking Together:
A NYC Fundraiser for Cooperation Jackson

Sunday June 4th 2017

6pm - 9pm EST

Verso Books
Verso Loft 20 Jay Street, Suite 1010

Two of Cooperation Jackson's members and cofounders, Kali Akuno and Sacajawea Hall will be in attendance to share their perspectives and experiences. They will be joined by Shellyne Rodriguez from Take Back the Bronx, and others. 

Following the panel there will be a reception to celebrate the primary victory of Chokwe Antar Lumumba and support the ongoing work of Cooperation Jackson.

Our goal is to raise a minimum of $5,000 for the general operations of the organization. However, we aim to raise $50,000 (if not more) to further develop our emerging Center for Community Production, which will specialize in 3D print manufacturing and digital fabrication. 

Join us and spread the word. We are asking for a $10 to $20 door donation (no one will be turned away due to lack of funds). Beverages will be available for donation.

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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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Jackson Just Transition Planning Meeting

                Saturday July 15th 2017

10am - 12pm

Lumumba Center 939 W. Capital St. 

We urge everyone in Jackson to labor with us and liberate workers in our state by supporting the Jackson Just Transition Policy Reform Plan! Through the plan we seek to increase employment opportunities by making Jackson a 0% emission and 0% waste city, build union membership, push for participatory budgeting processes, train workers to be organizers/activist, and push for collective bargaining. Now it’s time to discuss and implement. Please invite members and organizations you think might be interested in joining this conversation!

This meeting is being called for and organized by Cooperation Jackson, the May Day Alliance, and the Climate Justice Alliance.

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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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