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



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volunteers at the Black August Community Arts Festival - August 2019

volunteers at the Black August Community Arts Festival - August 2019

Building a Solidarity Economy in Jackson, MS

Good short article about our work. However, we share it with one clarification. We, Cooperation Jackson, were not largely responsible for the election of the current administration in Jackson, many of our members were part of the broad coalition that helped the administration get elected. This is critical for everyone to note and learn from in regards to understanding municipal politics and power.

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Surveying the imari obadele center for community production, one of the commercial spaces of the fannie lou hamer community land trust

Surveying the imari obadele center for community production, one of the commercial spaces of the fannie lou hamer community land trust

The Growth of the Global CLT Movement: CLT’s in Mississippi

A new piece on Community Land Trusts and their importance in Mississippi and beyond. One critical thing to note however, our Fannie Lou Hamer Community Land Trust currently has close to 50 lots and several commercial properties, including the Balagoon Center, the Obadele Center, and the Ida B. Wells Plaza. Resource willing we will continue to expand and grow the CLT in the effort to defeat gentrification and displacement encroaching on West Jackson.

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a transition of beauty

Tranformative Cities Award: Highlighting Cooperation Jackson’s Transition City Initiative

Cooperation Jackson is proud to be nominated to part of the Transnational Institutes (TNI) Transformative Cities Award. The final awards will announced in December in the Netherlands.

We do offer a few clarifications as to what is reported in their write up: 1) we are not currently organizing broad people’s assemblies in Jackson, b) we are currently only providing housing at 3 of our land trust units, and c) the construction of our eco-village is going to take several years.

We have made some great strides over the past 5 years, but we still have a long, long way to go to realize our full potential and accomplish all our aims and objectives.

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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

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Cooperation Jackson participating in Repaired Nations: Cooperative Conference in Ghana

Cooperation Jackson is participating in the Year of Return Exchange Trip to Accra, Ghana for the Repaired Nations Cooperative Conference. The Mississippi delegation includes members Monica Atkins, Bridgeet Olugbala, Endesha Juakali, Sacajawea Hall and Kevin Matory who will travel to Ghana in October with an intergenerational collective of Black cooperative entrepreneurs, artist, and activist to take part in a creative collaboration, cultural and ancestral connections, engage in critical conversation regarding international cooperative exchange of resources and an Unconference that will draft an equitable development policy.

Please consider donating to help us reach our goal to raise $6,000 to cover 50% of the trip’s cost.

Cooperation Jackson is participating in the Year of Return Exchange Trip to Accra, Ghana for the Repaired Nations Cooperative Conference. The Mississippi delegation includes members Monica AtkinsBridgeet OlugbalaEndesha JuakaliSacajawea Hall and Kevin Matory who will travel to Ghana in October with an intergenerational collective of Black cooperative entrepreneurs, artist, and activist to take part in a creative collaboration, cultural and ancestral connections, engage in critical conversation regarding international cooperative exchange of resources and an Unconference that will draft an equitable development policy.

Our delegation will present at the Unconference on the legacy of Slavery in Mississippi, particularly the ongoing inequities in labor and the economy. We will also share Cooperation Jackson’s work that promotes worker ownership through our current efforts to build a solidarity economy towards black self-determination and economic democracy.

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Black August Community Arts Festival - Call to Artists

Cooperation Jackson will be hosting its second Community Arts Festival on aug 17th - 18th. We are issuing a call for artists to commission their services. Artist will be paid a stipend of $1200 to contribute to beautifying the Ida B Wells Plaza (formally the West Park Plaza) on the corner of Capital and Monument Streets in West Jackson. 

Each artist will receive half of the stipend up front and the rest upon full completion of the mural. The canvas  areas extends to about 12x90 to 12x65 feet. 

Artists must submit artwork that  aligns with the theme of the event. The theme is BLACK RESISTANCE and SELF DETERMINATION!!  

If an artist does not have a piece that fits the theme. Then they must submit an audition piece that has been done within the past year and demonstrates the ability to professionally compose a completed painted piece. Artist will have until Aug 17th to Sept 17th to finalize their work.  ALL AUDITION PIECES MUST BE SENT TO THE FOLLOWING THREE JUDGES BY JULY 22, 2019 : kaliakuno@gmail.com, broshambe@yahoo.com, obsidiancomics2016@gmail.com

All serious inquiries will need to send the following:

3  HI-Res 1080p images of you work.  

A small 75 word essay including your bio and how your work fits the festival theme

Artist must put "Audition Piece" in the subject line.   

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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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Events

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Bioneers 2019

Cooperation Jackson is honored to be part of Bioneers 2019. We will be represented by our Executive Director, Kali Akuno. Kali will present a keynote address and speak on several panels throughout the conference.

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Worldviews create worlds. Our civilizational crossroads reflects a crisis of consciousness. Everything's going to change, and the only question is how.

For our 30th conference, "Seeding the Field: Growing Transformative Solutions," we've assembled a visionary program reflecting decades of transformative solutions and trail-blazing pathways that this growing community has so brilliantly developed.

An idea whose time has come is unstoppable. Please join with us to help realize 30 years of transformative solutions and make the Revolution from the Heart of Nature and the Human Heart. October 18-20, San Rafael, CA.

Keynote Address:

Kali Akuno Keynote Address: Making the Transition from Extraction to Regeneration

October 20th | 9:50 am to 10:15 am

Panel Presentations:

Round Table—Beyond Capitalism and Socialism: Inventing the Regenerative Economy

October 20th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm

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The Response: How Puerto Ricans are Restoring Power to the People

In the wake of Hurricane Maria, a quiet revolution has been percolating on the island of Puerto Rico. What began as an impromptu community kitchen meant to help feed survivors in the town of Caguas quickly grew into an island-wide network of mutual aid centers (Centros de Apoyo Mutuo) with the ultimate goal to restore power — both electric and civic — to the people.This film was made by our comrades and fellow cooperators at Sharable.

Join us Saturday, October 26th at 6 pm at the Kuwasi Balagoon Center for Economic Democracy and Sustainable Development located at 939 W. Capitol Street, Jackson, MS.

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member meeting about the ewing Street Ecovillage in may 2019.

member meeting about the ewing Street Ecovillage in may 2019.

Open House

Join us Saturday, September 7th from 2 to 4 pm at the Balagoon Center located at 939 W. Capitol Street, Jackson, MS.

Learn more about Cooperation Jackson, cooperatives, the solidarity economy and our overall work and program and how you can join us.

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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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