Building a solidarity economy in Jackson, Mississippi, anchored by a network of cooperatives and worker-owned, democratically self-managed enterprises.
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2018 Year in Review
As we close out 2018, join us for a short walk back in time to celebrate a productive year for Cooperation Jackson. Our fourth year was a very trying time of challenges, transitions and reorganization. We are growing stronger and more determined from our experiences and we are looking forward to 2019. Check out:
Highlights of exchanges, skill shares, and events locally, nationally and internationally
Key media coverage of our work
Economic Update: Dialogue with Richard Wolff and Kali Akuno
Check out this dialogue with economist Richard Wolff and our own Kali Akuno, recorded on Monday, December 3rd, 2018.
"Look, nobody's coming to save us. What can we do ourselves with the resources and the skills that we have to transform our own situation? ... We do see ourselves as on a project of trying to build socialism from the bottom up, and worker coops being a vehicle to do that based upon their democratic nature..."
This interview was released on Economic Update, which is a project of Democracy @ Work, on Tuesday, December 18, 2018
We have to make sure that the “Green New Deal” doesn’t become Green Capitalism
In These Times spoke with Kali Akuno, director of the CJA-affiliated Cooperation Jackson, a Missisippi-based group that aims to build a “solidarity economy” that is “anchored by a network of cooperatives and worker-owned, democratically self-managed enterprises.” According to Akuno, movements must defend the best components of the GND, while challenging–and offering alternatives to–the capitalist logic embedded in some of its proposals. “While this is still in the drafting phase,” he argues, “let’s get it as near perfect as we possibly can.”
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.
Help us Hold the Fortification Line:
Support our fundraising drive to help West Jackson move from Defense to Offense by supporting Cooperation Jackson’s two critical development projects
Our first task is to match a $15,000 challenge grant. We aim to exceed this match by December 24th! We can do it with your help. Donate today.
All the funds raised will help us purchase the Ida B. Wells Plaza and the Development of our Ewing Street Eco-Village Pilot Project. We are looking to raise $100,000 for this initiative by the end of December 2018.
The purchase of the Ida B. Wells Plaza would be a major expansion of our Community Land Trust (CLT). The Plaza is currently a shopping center in West Jackson named the "West Park Shopping Center", which we aim to rename in memory of Mississippi native and cooperator, Ida B. Wells. The plaza will eventually be home to a cooperative grocery store and a number of community centered retail businesses.
The Ewing Street EcoVillage pilot project is a combined effort of our Community Land Trust, emerging Community Production Cooperative Community Production Cooperative, Freedom Farms, and the Green Team. This project centers around the production of digitally fabricated houses and support structures utilizing sustainable and recycled materials.
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.
January 2019 Movie Night
Cooperation Jackson presents our first Movie Night for 2018. We will be showing “Detroit”, which is a harrowing tell of racial injustice in Detroit in the midst of the urban rebellion of 1967.
Saturday, January 26, 2019
Event Starts at 6 pm
Food and Snacks available
Kuwasi Balagoon Center for Economic Democracy and Sustainable Development 939 W. Capitol Street, Jackson, MS
Art House/Tech House #2
The Imari Obadele Center for Community Production hosts its second Open House. "Art House/Tech House: (Buy) Black Art in a Black Tech Space", hosted by the Community Production Cooperative (CPC) and Cooperation Jackson.
Free Food and Drink with a Live DJ and Live Performances.
Friday, February 8th, 2019
Event Starts at 7 pm
Imari Obadele Center for Community Production 922 W. Capitol Street, Jackson, MS
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.