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



News & Media

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“It’s Eco-Socialism or Death”

Jacobin Magazine interviews Cooperation Jackson leader Kali Akuno on the Green New Deal, the need for mass civil disobedience, and the necessity of building an internationalist movement for eco-socialism.

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Kali Akuno picture from stir to action

Kali Akuno picture from stir to action

Cooperation Jackson Executive Director, Kali Akuno, speaks with Jonathan Gordon-Farleigh, with the UK based organization, Stir to Action, about Cooperation Jackson, the Jackson-Kush Plan, and the struggle to build solidarity economy and economic democracy in Jackson, Mississippi.

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Cooperation Jackson staff at our end of the year retreat and planning session for 2019

Cooperation Jackson staff at our end of the year retreat and planning session for 2019

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:

  1. Cooperative Updates

  2. Highlights of exchanges, skill shares, and events locally, nationally and internationally

  3. Key media coverage of our work

  4. What's next

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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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Announcements

photo of the new Plaza we are purchasing, which we aim to name the “ida b. Wells Plaza” in her Honor

photo of the new Plaza we are purchasing, which we aim to name the “ida b. Wells Plaza” in her Honor

Holding the Fortification Line and Building New Foundations

Support our ongoing fundraising drive to help Cooperation Jackson advance two critical development projects

First and foremost, we would like to thank everyone who supported our end of the year fundraising drive. Our objective was to raise $300,000 to support our two main interconnected projects for 2019: a) expanding our Community Land Trust (CLT) with the purchase and first stage development of the Ida B. Wells Plaza and b) initiating the development of our Ewing Street Eco-Village Pilot Project, which entails regenerating the land with a permaculture based landscaping redesign and the installation of our first digitally fabricated housing and communal facilities.

Thanks to the generosity of hundreds of supporters, we were able to raise over $270,000 during the end of the year fundraising drive. This was a major success in our view, as it enables us to advance the first critical phase of our drive to Hold the Fortification Line and play a critical role in the bottom up redevelopment of West Jackson. To be more specific, we are now completing the process of purchasing the plaza and will be kickstarting our landscaping operations on the Ewing Street Eco-Village Pilot Project in March.

With the groundwork to secure the Fortification Line thankfully in our rearview mirror, we are now preparing to execute the second phase of this development, which will commence in the fall of 2019. The basic outlines of the second phase entail:

  • Turning the Grocery unit of the plaza into a multipurpose space that will house a) a hydroponic and aquaponic growing operation, b) a cafe and catering operation, c) a venue to host local artisans and d) a venue to host weekly and/or monthly farmers markets and swap meets.

  • Installing the first digitally fabricated structures on Ewing Street and renovating the 2 existing structures on the block currently in our CLT holdings to make them fully inhabitable.

In order to execute the second phase of this plan, we are going to have to raise an estimated $500,000. We plan on doing this through an ongoing fundraising drive to elicit as many personal donations as possible to raise this amount. But, we are also opening ourselves up to take in personal investments and our first loans to meet this challenge.

We welcome the challenge and plan on wasting no time in taking it on. To this end, we are commencing our solicitation drive now to start raising the necessary funds. We encourage everyone who supports the development of the commons, community-centered development, regenerative production and economic democracy to join us in this effort. Please give as generously as you can and encourage your family, friends, colleagues, comrades and fellow cooperators to do the same.

You can make a tax deductible donation online at https://cooperationjackson.org/donate/. You can also donate via check or money order made out to Cooperation Jackson and mail it to Cooperation Jackson at P.O. Box 1932, Jackson, MS 39215.

We also encourage everyone to monitor our progress and hold us accountable by joining our mailing list to receive monthly updates and ask us questions. You can also follow our progress on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CooperationJackson or on Twitter at @CooperationJXN.

This is a info graphic from the open Building Institute that we will be utilizing as the guide for our the housing units that are going to be constructed by our community production cooperative as part of our ewing street eco-village pilot project.

This is a info graphic from the open Building Institute that we will be utilizing as the guide for our the housing units that are going to be constructed by our community production cooperative as part of our ewing street eco-village pilot project.

 

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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Events

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February 2019 Movie Night

Saturday, February 23, 2019

In honor of Afrikan History Month Cooperation Jackson presents Deacons for Defense. This 2003 feature film dramatizes the contributions of the legendary Deacons for Defense and Justice, which formed in Bogalusa, Louisiana in 1964. The Deacons for Defense and Justice spread to form over 20 chapters in Mississippi and Alabama, before fading from public view in the late 60’s and early 70’s. We will be honoring their particular contributions towards our struggle for self-determination, self-reliance and self-respect.

Event Starts at 6 pm

Food and Snacks available

Kuwasi Balagoon Center for Economic Democracy and Sustainable Development 939 W. Capitol Street, Jackson, MS

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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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