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

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How Cooperation Jackson Works: An Interview with Ajamu Nangwaya, Ph.D. and Kali Akuno

Ajamu Nangwaya, Ph.D. and Kali Akuno, co-authors of Jackson Rising: The Struggle for Economic Democracy and Self-Determination in Jackson Mississippi, are interviewed by host Chuck Mertz on the radio show "This Is Hell!", WNUR 89.3FM Chicago. This is Episode 976: "From the Wreck Age", broadcast October 28th.

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Brandon King at Cooperation Jackson’s Freedom Farms.

Brandon King at Cooperation Jackson’s Freedom Farms.

The Socialist Experiment: 
A new-society vision in Jackson, Mississippi

Oxford American • September 5, 2017

By Katie Gilbert

Chokwe Antar Lumumba won ten thousand more votes in the primary than his father had. His 55 percent support in the Democratic primary meant there was no need for a runoff in a Jackson mayoral race for the first time in twelve years. In the general election the next month, he secured 93 percent of voters’ support.

Around the country, pockets of attention snapped toward this decisive win of the young mayoral candidate running on a plan to establish a society with socialist roots in the Deep South. 

Antar made headlines in Jackson and in a smattering of national publications by declaring that his administration would make the capital of Mississippi “the most radical city on the planet.” 

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Build and Fight: The Program and Strategy of Cooperation Jackson

Atlanta Black Star • May 21, 2017

The fundamental program and strategy of Cooperation Jackson is anchored in the vision and macro-strategy of the Jackson-Kush Planformulated by the New Afrikan People’s Organization (NAPO) and the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM) between 2004 and 2010, to advance the development of the New Afrikan Independence Movement and hasten the socialist transformation of the territories currently claimed by the United States settler-colonial state.

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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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Jackson Rising: The Struggle for Economic Democracy and Black Self-Determination in Jackson, Mississippi is a chronicle of one of the most dynamic experiments in radical social transformation in the United States. The book documents the ongoing organizing and institution building of the political forces concentrated in Jackson, Mississippi dedicated to advancing the Jackson-Kush Plan.  

Jackson Rising documents the history of this movement, its contributions towards the radical transformation of the United States, and its political implications for social movements throughout the United States, the global South and the world. 

All proceeds from book sales support Cooperation Jackson's general fund. 


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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Cooperation Jackson and the Jackson Human Rights Institute announce the following dates for the upcoming Human Rights/Transiton Assemblies in 2018 (times and locations to be announced):

Wards 3, 5, & Parts of 7: January 20th
Wards 1, 2, & Parts of 7: March 24th
Wards 4, 6, & Parts of 7: May 19th

Human Rights/Transition Assemblies are vehicles of community education and participatory democracy designed to promote and advance the Jackson-Kush Plan.

They will foster community engagement in the ongoing work to achieve the city of Jackson's adoption of human rights budgeting practices, promote our economic and social rights, build a cooperative economy, and institute a sustainability program to create green jobs, defend our communities from environmental racism, and fight climate change.

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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