Social Justice, Economic Democracy and Human Rights: Building a Better Jackson for All
Mississippi possesses some of the greatest racial disparities in the United States. Despite the many gains of the Freedom Struggles of the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s, Blacks in the state of Mississippi have one of the lowest per-capita incomes of any population in the country, some of the greatest health disparities, and suffer some of the most egregious incarceration rates in the world.
This conference will address the underlining roots of racial inequality and inequity in Jackson and the state of Mississippi - namely the lack of self-determination and economic sovereignty. This conference will discuss how a people-centered human framework, grounded in the promotion of Economic, Social, and Cultural rights can be used to alleviate injustices through the promotion of grassroots organizing, participatory democracy, and a solidarity economy.
1. To educate the general public about the relationship between cooperative economic models, practices, and systems and human rights and the human rights framework.
2. To educate the general public about the Human Rights Institute and its mission to create a Human Rights Charter and Commission for the City of Jackson.
3. To document human rights abuses in Jackson and throughout the state of Mississippi to use for ICERD and ICCPR advocacy.
4. To strengthen international advocacy for economic, social and cultural rights through international bodies like International Labor Organization (ILO) and the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
Social Justice, Economic Democracy and Human Rights: Building a Better Jackson for All
"#RememberTheirNames: Excavating the Black Female Victims of Police Terror” — a discussion with freelance journalist Thandisizwe Chimurenga, author of No Doubt: The Murder(s) of Oscar Grant, about the deliberate invisibility of Black women in the struggle around police terror. Chimurenga uses the case of Oscar Grant — subject of the 2013 film Fruitvale Station — to show the ways in which the "playbook" of white supremacist state-sanctioned violence targets Black men and women nationally."
Thandisizwe Chimurenga is a freelance journalist based in Los Angeles, CA. She has written for New America Media; the Los Angeles Watts Times, Sentinel and Wave newspapers; the Final Call; Black Agenda Report; Ebony; CounterPunch, Truth-Out and Daily Kos.
Thandisizwe contributed to Fertile Ground: Memories and Visions (Runagate Press, 1996); UCLA’s Amerasia Journal in tribute to Japanese American activist Yuri Kochiyama (Vol. 40, #3, 2014); Killing Trayvons: An Anthology of American Violence (CounterPunch Books, 2014); Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? (Haymarket Books, 2016); Black Lives Matter: Lifespan Perspectives (IndoAmerican Books, 2017) and the following forthcoming titles: Hands Up, Don’t Shoot: Collected Essays /Stories on the Racialization of Murder; Why Don't The Poor Rise Up?, and the Black Power Encyclopedia.
Join us for a night of edutainment in honor of Women’s Liberation Month. We will be viewing films about 3 Women Leaders who advanced the Black Liberation Movement and helped transform the world: Ella Baker, Fanie Lou Hamer, and Assata Shakur.
The films will be followed by a discussion about the ongoing struggle for Women's Liberation and Intersectionality, focusing on how do we collectively address and overcome the challenges hindering the liberation of women.
Cooperation Jackson recently installed some solar panels on the Lumumba Center. This is the first step in making the Lumumba Center and all of the facilities and projects that Cooperation Jackson initiates carbon neutral and waste free. This directive is the cornerstone of our Sustainable Communities Initiative (SCI).
Come join us for a day of celebration, education, food and edutainment to learn more about solar energy, community energy production, and community production. Let's discuss what we can do collectively to make Jackson a solar city, a sustainable city, a future city, a rebel city!
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. Join us for a report back on these trips and exchanges and collectively think through how what was experienced and strengthen our work here in Jackson.
On Thursday, October 15th we will be showing various portions of the “What We Want, What We Believe” documentary that highlight the work of the “Serve the People” programs of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. We will also have a discussion on what we can learn from and apply to the development of our cooperative work here in Jackson.
Join us Saturday, November 19th and learn more about the Community Production Initiative (CPI). Learn about how to become a member of this cooperative, what membership will entail, and what we aim to build through this initiative to serve our community and make Jackson a Fab City.
Join Cooperation Jackson for the fourth and final Film Night in honor of Black August. This film is a dramatic re-enactment of the life and struggles of George Jackson, Jonathan Jackson, Angela Davis and the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense in the late 1960's and early 1970's, culminating with the assassination of George Jackson on August 21, 1971.
The third film in our series documents the struggle to create the first full free and independent republic in the Western Hemisphere. The Haitian Revolution started in August 1791 at a ceremony at Bois Caiman lead by Cecile Fatiman and Dutty Boukman.
The second Film Night in honor of Black August is made by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and documents its Hip Hop Project. It started in the late 1990's, to raise awareness about the struggle of New Afrikan Political Prisoners, Prisoners of War, and Political Exiles and support the campaigns to free them.
The Friendshipment Caravan is a 27 year old project that educates people in the US about the detrimental impact hat the US lockade of Cuba has on the Cuban people. They are conscientious objectors of th economic blockade and travel ban against Cuba. Every year they organize these caravans, collecting aid to bring to Cuba, and educating people here in the US about the blockade. This year they will be focusing our attention on educating people about where US policy toward Cuba stands at this point. What changes in policy have been made and what more can be done before the end of the Obama administration. Their caravan will be traveling throughout the US between and the east coast route is going to be passing through Jackson on.
Nzila Afrobeat Project is a musical group from Caracas, Venezuela. Nzila specializes in Afrobeat, Funk, Jazz, Acid Jazz and New Wave. Nzila Afrobeat Project is being sponsored by the Consulate of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in New Orleans as part of its People to People engagement programs focusing on the International Decade of People for African Descent.
Please join Cooperation Jackson and the New Orleans Consulate of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela for a night of fun, cultural exchange, and edutainment.
Black Power, Black Lives & Pan-Africanism Conference:
Honoring the Legacy & Building for a Self-Determining Future.
50 years ago, a slogan, idea and movement was resurrected and reincarnated in Mississippi that would forever change the political landscape in the United States and the African World. On June 16, 1966 in Greenwood, Mississippi, Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) Chair, Kwame Ture (then known as Stokely Carmichael), addressed a crowd of youthful demonstrators and the media covering the militant “March Against Fear”, and forcefully re-echoed our millennial and generational demand for “Black Power”.
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Every third Thursday, we host a film night to celebrate Black history, revolutionary history, and current issues our community faces. The films range from documentaries to fiction.
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.
Join us for a private party celebrating Cinco de Mayo on Saturday, May 7th at 8:00pm until...
DJs Eddie James & leon grey plus spoken word
The Chokwe Lumumba Center for Economic Democracy and Development
939 W. Capitol St.
Jackson, MS 39203
For further information, call (601)383-5564
Join us Sunday, May 1st 2016 at the Chokwe Lumumba Center to advance the cause of worker democracy and social liberation.
On May 14, 1948, as Zionist leader David Ben Gurion was proclaiming a Jewish state in Palestine, his troops drove out the inhabitants of the ancient Palestinian town of al-Zeeb. 18-year-old Mariam Fathalla was one of them. She and her young husband fled to Lebanon. By year’s end the 4,000-year-old community had been leveled. More than half of all Palestinians were killed or expelled and more than half the cities, towns and villages disappeared, a crime that Palestinians call al-Nakba (the Catastrophe).
A conversation with Ms. Nigar Duru, Democratic Party of Peoples congress member and Chairwoman of Antalya Woman Solidarity and Consultancy Association
Ms. Duru will share her insights on this struggle in Turkey, and address the strengths and challenges facing this inspiring movement.
FUNDI: THE STORY OF ELLA BAKER reveals the instrumental role that Ella Baker played in shaping the civil rights movement. Ms. Baker was affectionately known as the Fundi, a Swahili word for a person who passes skills from one generation to another
This month's film night will feature three important documentaries;
Freedom Bound (a 27 minute documentary about Mississippi SNCC's voter registration drive in 1963)
We'll Never Turn Back (a short document about Mississippi SNCC and COFO in 1963)
Deacons for Defense (Armed Resistance and the Civil Rights Movement)
Join members of Cooperation Jackson's "Freedom Road from Jackson to Paris" delegation for a report back on their trip to Paris, France for COP21, the United Nations climate change negotiations, and the global climate justice convergence. Come hear about their experiences and reflections and discuss the importance of the climate change agreement and our efforts to construct a "new" sustainable Jackson via our developing Jackson Just Transition Plan.
Suggested $5 donation to support delegation expenses.
The United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent is undertaking a fact-finding mission in Jackson and other parts of Mississippi January 22nd – 24th.
In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of this critical work and its contribution towards the liberation of African people and all humanity, Cooperation Jackson is hosting its first Thursday Night Film showing in his honor on January 28th, 2016 at 6 pm at the Chokwe Lumumba Center located at 939 W. Capitol Streeet, Jackson, MS 39203. We are asking for a $5 donation for the film showing.
We will be showing a documentary film on "Amilcar Cabral", from the "African Leaders" series featuring Cabral and Frantz Fanon.
Bring in 2016 with the Arts and Culture cooperative, Resonant Revolution Co-Op, at the Lumumba Center. Food, Fun, and BYOB.
An Assembly for Africans and the African Diaspora confronting the ravages of colonialism, neo-colonialism, imperialist aggression and climate change to discuss the solutions for self-determination, reparations, climate justice and a just transition.
This discussion focuses on Cooperation Jackson's efforts to challenge climate change and capitalism by building a local, cooperative-based regenerative economy and a sustainable city in Jackson, MS.
This discussion focuses on creating programmatic links between the International Decade and the social movements for Climate Justice and Reparations for people of African descent.
The United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent (WGEPAD) will be coming to Jackson in January 2016 to promote the International Decade of People of African Descent and engage in a fact-finding mission.
Please join us for the first Host Planning Committee meeting to plan their itinerary so they can learn all they can about the conditions of people of African descent in our community and state.
This is a special membership meeting to discuss the "Freedom Road Jackson to Paris" contingent to the COP21 Climate Change Negotiations with the Grassroots Global Justice Alliances, "It Takes Roots to Weather the Storm" delegation. The primary focus of the meeting will be the aims and objectives of the contingent and the draft "Jackson Just Transition Plan".