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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Why we need a farmer-led food movement

Kate Aronoff                              August 21, 2014

Long Island seaweed and shellfish farmer Bren Smith warned parents in a recent New York Times Sunday Review not to let their children go into farming. Farmers, he claims, ironically struggle to put food on their own tables as industrial agriculture, millionaire “hobby farmers” and well-intentioned non-profit farms crowd out independent growers in an increasingly oligarchic food industry.

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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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Cooperation Jackson is seeking your support in the launching one of our first major initiatives: Our Sustainable Communities Initiative, which entails establishing a Community Land Trust (CLT), Housing Cooperative, and Community Development Corporation (CDC).

Over the course of the next two years we intend on establishing this network of interlocking and interdependent institutions that will help stabilize rents... 

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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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Community Wealth Building Town Hall Meeting

Town Hall Meeting to discuss the Democracy Collaborative's Community Wealth Building strategy and explore potential opportunities to effectively employ it in Jackson.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm         Location: Tentative

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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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