This article is a summation of the advances and challenges we have encountered in our work over the last year and half, with a particular emphasis on developments in 2018. It focuses on what we learned from these developments and how we are applying these learnings to strengthen our practice and advance our work in 2019 and beyond.Read More
In These Times spoke with Kali Akuno, director of the CJA-affiliated Cooperation Jackson, a Mississippi-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.”
"Can the Working Class Change the World?", is the latest work by leftist author, Michael D. Yates. Yates is known by many for his bestselling work "Why Unions Matter". "Can the Working Class Change the World?" is published by Monthly Review Press and was released in the fall of 2018.
Mr. Yates gracoiusly discusses our work and vision as models of what members of the working class can do to to transform their lives and the world around him. We are humbled by the inclusion and doing everything within our power to be worthy of the includion. Check out this review of the book by Ian Angus, published in the Climate & Capitalism on November 13, 2018.Read More
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.Read More
"Cities accumulate capital, people, aspirations, and power. But, whose power? Whose aspirations? How can we find in the city a place of possibility?" These are the questions from Laura Flanders' opening statements at the Transnational Institute's convening on Transformative Cities in Amsterdam during July 2018.Read More
Civic and business leaders convened at California Governor Jerry Brown’s Global Climate Action Summit, but protestors decried their “false solutions” to the climate crisis.
Video footage from the Real News Network featuring activists from It Takes Roots Alliance Solidarity to Solutions action on Thursday, September 13th.Read More
Video of Cooperation Jackson's own brandon king and Monica Atkins at the Solidarity to Solutions or Sol 2 Sol action of the It Takes Roots Alliance in San Fransico, CA on Thursday, September 13, 2018.
The purpose of this rally was to combat the false solutions of the Global Climate Action Summit organized by California Governor Jerry Brown to promote Carbon Trading, and to present the world with real solutions being practiced and developed by frontline communities and people's throughout the world.Read More
New York Times article about the It Takes Roots Sol 2 Sol Demonstration at the Global Climate Action Summit in California, on Thursday, September 13, 2018. Article written by Somini Sengupta.Read More
REELNEWS Video Text: In Jackson, Mississippi, Cooperation Jackson are building a solidarity economy, anchored by a network of cooperatives and worker-owned, democratically self-managed enterprises. This visionary project not only continues the historic Afro-American struggle for land, but shows how we can all make a just transition to a zero carbon, zero waste economy ourselves.Read More
A panel conversation with Mary Hooks, Kali Akuno and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor.
The past decade has been marked by a resurgence of the Black Freedom Struggle. Mary Hooks of Southerners on New Ground, Kali Akuno of Cooperation Jackson, and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, author of From #Blacklivesmatter to Black Liberation and How We Get Free, will explore the emergence of new ideas – Freedom Dreams – of the world to be won. Moderated by Toussaint Losier, W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies. Presented by the UMass Amherst History Department Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series.Read More
Interview with Cooperation Jackson Executive Director, Kali Akuno, by Jaisal Noor at the Fearless Cities North American Regional Municipalist Summit.
Interview was taken July 28, 2018. Interview was posted on September 10, 2018.Read More
The 1st Ecosocialist International is an initiative that started in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. In Chavez's last 5 year plan there was a goal to save the planet using an "ecosocialist production model"; activists inspired by this vision from around the world then used this initiative to call for the 1st Ecosocialist International. The 1st Ecosocialist International Convergence was held in Venezuela in November 2017. Cooperation Jackson was one of many organizations from around the world to participate in this convergence, based on our promotion and practice of regenerative ecosocialist models of production, distribution, consumption, and recycling that ground our notion of Just Transition and Ecological Regeneration. Cooperation Jackson hosted a convergence of North American ecosocialist activists in April to help build an ecosocialist international on the continent. This video explains why this development is so important - and why you should get involved.Read More
An insightful and thought provoking review of Cooperation Jackson's 2017 publication, "Jackson Rising: The Struggle for Economic Democracy and Black Self-Determination in Jackson, MS", edited by Kali Akuno and Ajamu Nangwaya, by radical activist and intellectual, Max Aji.Read More
This episode of the Upstream podcast features our Director, Kali Akuno, discussing our ambitious initiative, modeled in many respects after Mondragon in the Basque Country, which is featured in the podcast, and notes our aim to eventually become the Mondragon of North America. It also situates Cooperation Jackson as part of the same trans-local organizing movement that inspired formations like Cooperation Richmond, Cooperation Buffalo, etc.Read More
How do citizens solve global problems with local solutions? Around the world people are finding local solutions to global problems. New citizens coalitions are winning municipal power from Barcelona and Madrid to Jackson, Mississippi; embracing the term ‘fearless’ to show their willingness to take on entrenched power.Read More