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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The Global Movement Against Gentrification

An article written by Steve Early in Counterpunch Magazine focusing on the continuing development of the left-oriented Municipalist Movement and the growing Fearless Cities Movement being lead by Barcelona En Comu. Cooperation Jackson is an affiliate of the Fearless Cities Movement and featured in this article.

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Cooperation Jackson at Schumacher College in Darington, Tontes, UK

Cooperation Jackson at Schumacher College in Darington, Tontes, UK

A Cross-Atlantic Plan to Break Capital’s Control

An article in Jacobin Magazine focusing on efforts to democratize the economy by the Bernie Sanders campaign and the Labor Party in the United Kingdom under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn.

Written by Peter Gowan and Mathew Lawrence

“Bernie Sanders’s plan for worker-owned funds isn’t just notable because it could lead us toward a democratized, sustainable, socialist economy. It’s also the product of a growing collaboration between the Left in the United States and the United Kingdom.” - From Jacobin Magazine

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Kali Akuno and Sacajawea Hall at stir to action Training May 2019

Kali Akuno and Sacajawea Hall at stir to action Training May 2019

The Alternative Economy for People of Color in Jackson, MS

An article from the Independent, a United Kingdom based left newspaper, from June 1st, 2019. The article is based on an interview conducted in Dorset, England in late May 2019 during the Stir To Action training conducted by Kali Akuno and Sacajawea Hall.

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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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June 2019 Movie Night: The Spook Who Sat by the Door

Join us Saturday, June 29th at 6 pm to watch and discuss the legendary, underground film based on the classic novel of Sam Greenlee, “The Spook who sat by the Door”. “The Spook” was major source of inspiration for the social movements of the 1960’s and 70’s and retains a great deal of insight even today. Join us for a discussion about its merits, implications, and strategies following the film. The film will be shown at the Balagoon Center located at 939 W. Capitol Street, Jackson, MS 39203. Snacks and Drinks will be served.

 If there are any questions please contact us at cooperationjackson@gmail.com or call 601.355.7224.

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Ewing Street Eco-Village Pilot Project: Design Options with Spitzer School of Architecture Students

 Cooperation Jackson is working towards the goal of creating a new type of eco village that has emerged from a perspective that looks at Land, Housing, and the Economy in an interconnected way. In the effort to create a new eco village model we have partnered with the Spitzer School of Architecture from the City University of New York to explore the utilization of modular urban housing that is socially sustainable and ecologically responsible on our Ewing Street Eco Village Pilot Project. Per our request students from the Spitzer School have explored various modular housing designs in discussion and collaboration with our Community Production Cooperative.

 Students from the Spitzer School will be joining us on Monday, April 22nd and Tuesday, April 23rd to directly explore our Ewing Street community land trust plots and to present their work for review and discussion with our staff, members, and the West Jackson community at large.

 Join us Monday, April 22nd and Tuesday, April 23rd at 6 pm to review and discuss the design work of the Spitzer Architecture students. The presentations will be at our Balagoon Center located at 939 W. Capitol Street, Jackson, MS 39203. Snacks and Drinks will be served.

 If there are any questions please contact us at cooperationjackson@gmail.com or call 601.355.7224.

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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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