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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There Are No Shortcuts: Cooperation Jackson’s Kali Akuno on Solidarity, Economic Democracy, and Organizing for the Long Term

By Alexis Stephens / PolicyLink

As grassroots groups and community advocates across the country brace for increasingly anti-democratic and authoritarian opposition, organizers in the South bring a wealth of wisdom and experience dealing with such challenges.

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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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Renter Nation Series 2017
Ep. 1: Building A Rebel City in Jackson, MS

Join organizers from Homes For All & Right To The City member Cooperation Jackson and the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement in Jackson to learn about the powerful struggle for economic democracy and self-determination in Jackson, Mississippi.

Organizers will discuss the Jackson Kush-Plan and share insights and lessons from the initiative to build a base of autonomous power in Mississippi concentrated in Jackson and the eastern Black Belt portions of the state that can serve as a catalyst for the attainment of Black self-determination and the democratic transformation of the economy.

In particular, organizers will highlight lessons from 2 components of the plan: building independent political power and launching Cooperation Jackson as a vehicle to build a solidarity economy.

How are local residents building economic democracy, including collective land ownership models, devoid of institutional or electoral political power? What could shift when and if people’s movements won influence over municipal policies and power?

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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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Social Justice, Economic Democracy & Human Rights:
Building A Better Jackson for All

Tuesday April 4th, 2017
6pm - 9pm
Lumumba Center 939 W. Capitol St.
Jackson MS 39203

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, economic sovereignty and 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.

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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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