Summer of Our Power: Southern PMA for a Just Transition

Registration, Logistics, and Program Information


Registration is $50 per person and covers onsite meals.

Local day-by-day rate are as follows

·      Friday, June 26th $15

·      Saturday, June 27th $30

·      Sunday, June 28th $10

Program Outline

June 26, 2015 5 – 9 pm
Dinner 5 – 6 pm 
Introduction/Welcome 6 – 6:30 pm

Open Plenary 6:30 – 8 pm “What is a Just Transition? And how do we bring it about?” Presenters Include:

o   Jesus “Chucho” Garcia, Venezuelan Consul General – New Orleans

o   Ed Whitfield, Fund for Democratic Communities and Southern Grassroots Economies Project

o   Monique Harden, Advocates for Environmental Human Rights

o   Diana Lopez, Southwest Workers Union, Climate Justice Alliance

o   Brandon King, Cooperation Jackson, Our Power Campaign, and Southern Grassroots Economies Project

Edutainment/Culture 8 pm 

June 27, 2015 8 am – 9 pm
Breakfast 8 – 9 am 
Workshop Session 9 – 11 am

·      Areas/Sectors

o   Economic Democracy and System Change

o   Energy Democracy and System Change

o   Gender and System Change

o   Youth and System Change

o   Workers and System Change

o   Indigenous and Oppressed People’s and System Change

Break 11 – 11:30 am 
1st Breakout Session 11:30 am – 1:30 pm Visioning System Change
Lunch 1:30 – 3 pm 
2nd Breakout Session 3 – 5 pm Demand and Program Development 
Break 5 – 5:30 pm 
Day Synthesis Session 5:30 – 6:30 pm 
Dinner 6:30 – 8 pm 
Entertainment 8:00 pm (@ the Yellow Scarf 714 Harris Street, Jackson, MS 39202

June 28, 2015 8 am – 1 pm 
Breakfast 8 – 9 am 
Final Breakout Session 9 – 11 am Action Development and Coordination 
Synthesis, Next Steps and Close-Out 11 am – 12:30 pm 
Closing Lunch 12:30 pm 


Venue: Chokwe Lumumba Center for Economic Democracy and Development located at 939 West Capitol Street, Jackson, MS 39203.

Accommodations: We recommend the following hotels.

·      Sleep Inn and Suites 

·      Hilton Garden Inn 

·      Jackson Marriott 

·      Hampton Inn and Suites

Please note that there is another major conference occurring in Jackson this weekend, COMIC-CON, which is expecting several thousand people and is starting to occupy most of the cities hotel space. So, please make your reservations immediately!

*Housing is also available at Jackson State University. However, payments have to be made upfront and accommodations are gender based. The rate is $35 per bed in a shared room. All guests planning on staying in the dorms have to pay Cooperation Jackson upfront with registration. Total registration for individuals staying in the dorms is $120 ($70 for 2 nights in the dorm – Friday and Saturday with Sunday checkout).

Food/Meals: We will be providing breakfast snacks, lunch, and dinner to all registered participants (please note that we will base our food prep counts by registration figures amassed by Sunday, June 21st). Vegetarian/Vegan options will be available on a limited basis. 

Transportation: Cooperation Jackson will provide limited transportation to and from the hotels. However, visitors should come prepared to make their own travel arrangements given the limitations with public transportation in the city. We recommend that groups rent your own rental cars and rent them early.

Weather/Insects: We strongly encourage people to bring light rain jackets as there are still sub-tropical downpours in late June and portions of our program will be outside. We also encourage people to bring mosquito repellent, as they are extremely rampant this year due to the extraordinary amount of rain we have received this year


Spanish translation and limited translation equipment will be available for Spanish speakers. Please note however, that the event will be English dominant. We apologize for the inconvenience, but the struggle for linguistic democracy continues.