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



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Building post-capitalist futures: Report from the Transnational Institute Fellows Meeting

Over several sunny days in June 2018, a diverse group of 60 activists and researchers from 30 countries convened for a multi-day meeting to discuss the collective building of post-capitalist futures. The meeting provided the opportunity for a rich exchange of perspectives and experiences, as well as deep discussion and debate. The goal of the meeting was not to achieve consensus both an impossible and unnecessary endeavor but rather to stimulate mutual learning, challenge one another and advance analyses. Cooperation Jackson was honored to participate and contribute to this dialogue and report.

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Transition Network: Cooperation Jackson Interview

This article is an interview with Sacajawea Hall and Kali Akuno by Kevin Buckland, a noted climate justice activist based Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain). The interview was conducted in Barcelona in June 2018.  

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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.”


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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 Cooperation Jackson Members Cleaning Out COmmunity production center this past fall

photo of Cooperation Jackson Members Cleaning Out COmmunity production center this past fall

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 members and volunteers sowing seeds at a kazi mob hosted by freedom farms cooperative

Cooperation jackson members and volunteers sowing seeds at a kazi mob hosted by freedom farms cooperative


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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Art House / Tech House

The Imari Obadele Center for Community Production hosts its first Open House. "Art House/Tech House: (Buy) Black Art in a Black Tech Space", hosted by the Community Production Cooperative (CPC) and Cooperation Jackson.

Featuring DJ Akili and artists Bro Shambe, Monique Atkins, Melanie John, Kwame Braxton, Lorenzo Gayden, Chuck Vett, Rahleecoh, Tony Davenport, Krystal Jackson, Nia Jackson, and more. 

Free Entry (Donations Accepted). Food and Refreshments will be served. 

Friday, December 7, 2018

Event Starts at 7 pm

Imari Obadele Center for Community Production 922 W. Capitol Street, Jackson, MS

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Cooperation Jackson NYC Fundraiser @ Verso Books

The funds generated at this fundraiser will help us purchase the Ida B. Wells Plaza and the Development of our Ewing Street Eco-Village Initiative. We are looking to raise $150,000 for this initiative by the end of 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 demonstration 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. 

Monday, December 3, 2018

Verso Books - Doors Open at 6:30 pm

20 Jay Street, Suite 1010 Brooklyn, NY

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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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