We have to make sure the "Green New Deal" doesn't become Green Capitalism

We have to make sure the "Green New Deal" doesn't become Green Capitalism

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.”


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Building post-capitalist futures: Report from the Transnational Institutes Fellowship Meeting

Building post-capitalist futures: Report from the Transnational Institutes Fellowship 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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Can the Working Class Change the World? Book Review

Can the Working Class Change the World? Book Review

"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.

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brandon king and Monica Atkins at Sol 2 Sol Rally September 13, 2018

brandon king and Monica Atkins at Sol 2 Sol Rally September 13, 2018

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.

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Cooperation Jackson: Building a Solidarity Economy REELNEWS Video

Cooperation Jackson: Building a Solidarity Economy REELNEWS Video

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.

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Reawakening the Black Radical Imagination

Reawakening the Black Radical Imagination

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.

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" target="_blank">Resist and Build, a Dialogue with the US Solidarity Economy Network (US SEN)

Resist and Build, a Dialogue with the US Solidarity Economy Network (US SEN)

Resist and Build, Fight and Build, Oppose and Propose, Resist and Insist – whatever the wording, there is great convergence about the need to connect these dimensions. Even if the lines are a bit blurry, we can broadly distinguish between resist work that seeks to fight back against an oppressive, unjust and unsustainable social/economic system, and the build work of the solidarity economy that seeks to build ‘another world’ beyond capitalism to one that puts people and planet, equity, justice and sustainability front and center. Resistance without knowing where you’re going is likely to lead only to reform of the current system. Building a solidarity economy without being grounded in grassroots organizing runs the risk of losing touch with the struggle that impels the need for a solidarity economy in the first place.

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The 1st Ecosocialist International: What it is and why you should join.

The 1st Ecosocialist International: What it is and why you should join.

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.

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Worker Cooperatives - Islands within a Sea of Capitalism

Worker Cooperatives - Islands within a Sea of Capitalism

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.

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