Building a Solidarity Economy: Lessons from Jackson, Mississippi
Nov
5
7:00 PM19:00

Building a Solidarity Economy: Lessons from Jackson, Mississippi

A PUBLIC PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION 

MODERATED BY: ADRIAN HAREWOOD 


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5th & 7:15 PM 

MCNABB COMMUNITY CENTRE - 180 Percy Street, Ottawa

Kali Akuno is a co-founder and co-director of Cooperation Jackson and lead editor of Jackson Rising: The Struggle for Economic Democracy and Black Self-Determination in Jackson Mississippi. (Daraja Press 2017). Kali served as the Director of Special Projects and External Funding in the Mayoral Administration of the late Chokwe Lumumba of Jackson, MS. His focus in this role was supporting cooperative development, the introduction of eco-friendly and carbon reduction methods of operation, and the promotion of human rights and international relations for the city. Kali also served as the Co-Director of the US Human Rights Network, the Executive Director of the Peoples' Hurricane Relief Fund (PHRF) based in New Orleans, Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. And was a co-founder of the School of Social Justice and Community Development (SSJCD), a public school serving the academic needs of low-income African American and Latino communities in Oakland, California.


Event Sponsored by Daraja Press, Post-growth and the Solidarity Economy Ottawa (PGSEO), and La Pêche Coalition for a Green New Deal.


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The Response: How Puerto Ricans are bringing power to the people
Oct
26
6:00 PM18:00

The Response: How Puerto Ricans are bringing 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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Live from Field Station 5 - Podcast Recording and International Exchange
Oct
25
11:30 AM11:30

Live from Field Station 5 - Podcast Recording and International Exchange

Join us Friday, October 25th and Saturday, October 26th for an international exchange and podcast recording.

Friday, October 25 - Tour and Discussion

4 pm Tour of Cooperation Jackson

6 pm Panel Discussion and Recording

We will be joined by scholar Abbey Odunalmi to discuss the dangers of privatized water and related activism within Jackson, MS.

Music provided by DJ Leon Grey, Food provided by Kwame Braxton

Saturday, October 26th - Film Screening of “Wade in the Water/So Glad I Got a Good Religion” with The Response

Wade in the Water/So Glad I Got a Good Religion is a short film set to the storytelling sounds of gospel and the blues, it skips and jumps across a flurry of original and found footage, historical photographs, and personal narratives reflecting on the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927.

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Bioneers 2019: Kali Akuno will be representing Cooperation Jackson
Oct
18
to Oct 20

Bioneers 2019: Kali Akuno will be representing Cooperation Jackson

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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Black August Community Arts Festival
Aug
17
to Aug 18

Black August Community Arts Festival

Cooperation Jackson Presents “The Black August” Community Arts Festival

Theme: Black Resistance and Self-Determination

Where: Ida B. Wells Plaza 1128 West Capitol Street, Jackson, MS 39203

When:

Saturday, August 17th 10 am - 10 pm

Sunday, August 18th 12pm-6pm

 

Cooperation Jackson is proud to announce that we will be hosting our second Community Arts Festival this year, the Black August Community Arts Festival in honor of Black August. Black August is a month of commemoration and resistance for people of African descent.

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June 2019 Film Night: The Spook Who Sat by the Door
Jun
29
6:00 PM18:00

June 2019 Film Night: The Spook Who Sat by the Door

June 2019 Movie Night: The Spook Who Sat by the Door

Join us Saturday, June 29th at 6 pm to watch and discuss the legendary, underground film based on the classic novel of Sam Greenlee, “The Spook who sat by the Door”. “The Spook” was major source of inspiration for the social movements of the 1960’s and 70’s and retains a great deal of insight even today. Join us for a discussion about its merits, implications, and strategies following the film. The film will be shown at the Balagoon Center located at 939 W. Capitol Street, Jackson, MS 39203. Snacks and Drinks will be served.

 If there are any questions please contact us at cooperationjackson@gmail.com or call 601.355.7224.

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Ewing Street Eco-Village Pilot Project: Design Options with Spitzer School of Architecture Students
Apr
22
6:00 PM18:00

Ewing Street Eco-Village Pilot Project: Design Options with Spitzer School of Architecture Students

Ewing Street Eco-Village Pilot Project: Design Options with Spitzer School of Architecture Students

Cooperation Jackson is working towards the goal of creating a new type of eco village that has emerged from a perspective that looks at Land, Housing, and the Economy in an interconnected way. In the effort to create a new eco village model we have partnered with the Spitzer School of Architecture from the City University of New York to explore the utilization of modular urban housing that is socially sustainable and ecologically responsible on our Ewing Street Eco Village Pilot Project. Per our request students from the Spitzer School have explored various modular housing designs in discussion and collaboration with our Community Production Cooperative.

 

Students from the Spitzer School will be joining us on Monday, April 22nd and Tuesday, April 23rd to directly explore our Ewing Street community land trust plots and to present their work for review and discussion with our staff, members, and the West Jackson community at large.

 Join us Monday, April 22nd and Tuesday, April 23rd at 6 pm to review and discuss the design work of the Spitzer Architecture students. The presentations will be at our Balagoon Center located at 939 W. Capitol Street, Jackson, MS 39203. Snacks and Drinks will be served.

 

If there are any questions please contact us at cooperationjackson@gmail.com or call 601.355.7224.



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7 Days Community Arts Festival Film Festival
Apr
15
6:00 PM18:00

7 Days Community Arts Festival Film Festival

Join us Monday, April 15th through Thursday, April 18th for the 7 Days Community Arts Festival Film Festival. The selection of films focuses on the profound contributions of African people in the 20th and 21st centuries towards the development mass culture within the United States and the world. We particularly focus on the contributions of people of African descent from the state of Mississippi and how they blessed the world.

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March Movie Night - Killer of Sheep
Mar
23
6:00 PM18:00

March Movie Night - Killer of Sheep

Join us to view this underground classic, Killer of Sheep, filmed in the Watts area of Los Angeles, CA circa 1971 and 1972, with a limited release in 1978.

The film is set in the Watts and centers on a slaughterhouse worker who must suspend his emotions to continue working at a job he finds repugnant, and then he finds he has little sensitivity for the family he works so hard to support.

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February Movie Night - Deacons of Defense
Feb
10
10:00 PM22:00

February Movie Night - Deacons of Defense

February 2019 Movie Night

Saturday, February 23, 2019

In honor of Afrikan History Month Cooperation Jackson presents Deacons for Defense. This 2003 feature film dramatizes the contributions of the legendary Deacons for Defense and Justice, which formed in Bogalusa, Louisiana in 1964. The Deacons for Defense and Justice spread to form over 20 chapters in Mississippi and Alabama, before fading from public view in the late 60’s and early 70’s. We will be honoring their particular contributions towards our struggle for self-determination, self-reliance and self-respect.

Event Starts at 6 pm

Food and Snacks available

Kuwasi Balagoon Center for Economic Democracy and Sustainable Development 939 W. Capitol Street, Jackson, MS

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Art House / Tech House #2
Feb
8
7:00 PM19:00

Art House / Tech House #2

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

Free Food and Drink with a Live DJ and Live Performances.

Friday, February 8th, 2019

Event Starts at 7 pm

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

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January 2019 Movie Night
Jan
26
6:00 PM18:00

January 2019 Movie Night

Cooperation Jackson presents our first Movie Night for 2018. We will be showing “Detroit”, which is a harrowing tell of racial injustice in Detroit in the midst of the urban rebellion of 1967.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Event Starts at 6 pm

Food and Snacks available

Kuwasi Balagoon Center for Economic Democracy and Sustainable Development 939 W. Capitol Street, Jackson, MS

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Cooperation Jackson NYC Fundraiser @ Verso Books
Nov
21
5:00 PM17:00

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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Art House / Tech House CPC Open House
Nov
21
5:00 PM17:00

Art House / Tech House CPC Open 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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Resist and Build: A US Solidarity Economy Network Webinar on the struggle in Jackson, MS
Jul
31
11:00 AM11:00

Resist and Build: A US Solidarity Economy Network Webinar on the struggle in Jackson, MS

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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Fearless Cities North American Municipalist Summit
Jul
27
to Jul 29

Fearless Cities North American Municipalist Summit

The Fearless Cities North American Municipalist Summit is one of the first North America convergences of its kind. This three-day gathering from Friday, July 27th through Sunday, July 29th, 2018 in New York City at the NYU 20 Cooper Square will bring together organizers from growing municipalist movements in Canada, Mexico and the United States to explore the wide range of experiments taking place inside and outside the ballot box to build participatory democratic platforms, defeat the right, reconstruct the commons, democratize the economy, queering and feminizing politics, and transforming society.

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Just Transition Forum Welcoming Social
Feb
25
4:00 PM16:00

Just Transition Forum Welcoming Social

  • 939 West Capitol Street Jackson, MS, 39203 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join Cooperation Jackson on Sunday, February 25th, from 4 to 7 pm at 939 W. Capitol Street, Jackson, MS as we welcome the national and international activists that will be attending the Just Transition Forum and share our collective thoughts, ideas, proposals, and plans together.

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Human Rights Budgeting Training
Sep
22
to Sep 24

Human Rights Budgeting Training

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Join the Jackson Human Rights Institute (JHRI) Friday, Septemer 22nd through Sunday, September 24th for a training on Human Rights Budgeting. 

The aim of this training is to build a grassroots campaign that will compel the City of Jackson to adopt the application of Human Rights Budgeting as the principle means through which it determines the allocation of public resources and goods. 

The Human Rights Budgeting campaign is part of our larger initiative to make Jackson a Human Rights City, anchored by a Human Rights Charter and a Human Rights Commission, as well as Human Rights Budgeting. 

The Human Rights City Campaign is part of Cooperation Jackson's larger Just Transition Plan Initiative, the aim of which is to make Jackson a Transition City rooted in a) Cooperative Economics and Social Solidarity, b) Climate and Ecological Sustainability, c) Human Rights, and d) Digital Fabrication and Community Production. 

Please join us in this training to learn the fundamentals of what Human Rights Budgeting is, how it works, how to share this information with the community and how we can utilze it to help address the social issues that confront the municipality and the city as a whole. 

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Black August 2017 Film Night
Aug
31
6:00 PM18:00

Black August 2017 Film Night

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Join Cooperation Jackson on Thursday, August 31st for Black August 2017 Film Night and Pot Luck/BBQ. This year we are going to showing the following films:

1. George Jackson: Releasing the Dragon
2. The Murder of Fred Hampton

Black August is a commemoration of the resistance of our ancestors. The practice of Black August calls for us to remember our political prisoners, prisoners of war, and political exiles. It also calls for us to fortify our mind, body, and spirits with via fasting, collective study and reflection, and physical exercise throughout the month of August.

Admission is free and open to the public.
 

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Jul
15
10:00 AM10:00

Jackson Just Transition Planning Meeting

We urge everyone in Jackson to labor with us and liberate workers in our state by supporting the Jackson Just Transition Policy Reform Plan! Through the plan we seek to increase employment opportunities by making Jackson a 0% emission and 0% waste city, build union membership, push for participatory budgeting processes, train workers to be organizers/activist, and push for collective bargaining! Now it’s time to discuss and implement! Join us Saturday July 15th, 2017 from 10:00am-12:00pm at the Chokwe Lumumba Center at 939 W. Capitol! Please invite members and organizations you think might be interested in joining this conversation! 

This meeting is being called for and organized by Cooperation Jackson, the May Day Alliance, and the Climate Justice Alliance. 

For more information on Cooperation Jackson please see www.cooperationjackson.org or visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CooperationJackson/

The May Day Alliance is an initiative of Cooperation Jackson to develop and advance the “Union-Coop” model of working class organization, and has held 3 consecutive years of educational activities with various unions in Jackson around International Workers or May Day. 

For more information on the Climate Justice Alliance please see http://www.ourpowercampaign.org/cja/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/OurPowerCampaign/

Now, what is a “Just Transition”? What does it mean? And where does it come from? The concept and term originally comes from radical forces in the energy sector of the labor movement in the 1980’s, who were struggling to make sure that workers who were being thrown out of a rapidly changing industry were retrained and repositioned in new industries by the government and the corporations they labored for and enriched. However, the since the 1980’s, the term has grown and expanded to focus on comprehensive change systems change, particularly away from our present economies dependence on petro-chemicals and the systems of exploitation, extraction, and repression that underlie our world order. For more information on the overall Just Transition Framework, we invite you to read the Just Transition Principles crafted by the Climate Justice Alliance. These principles were crafted through years of interactive dialogue, strategic alignment, and consensus building within the Alliance, which includes Cooperation Jackson. You and find the principles here https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxqkHpiiFq_eWk9QR1JwNFRDSndzZEVwRmtWZkZFcXdWWTBn/view

Building on this framework, Cooperation Jackson worked over a year to draft the “Jackson Just Transition Plan”. It was prepared in part to guide Cooperation Jackson’s local transformative work, particularly about how our labor interacts with our ecology, but also to set a stage for how the organization would interact with the global climate justice movement at the United Nations Paris Climate Change negotiations in the fall of 2015. We view the Jackson Just Transition Plan as an ongoing work in progress. Comments, concerns and principled addition are welcomed. We also encourage as many local organizations and individuals to sign onto the plan and help us advance its adoption and implementation here in Jackson from the ground up. To read and review the plan, please see the attachment below. 

We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday, July 15th at 10 am at the Lumumba Center located 939 W. Capitol Street, Jackson, MS 39203. If there are any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at CooperationJackson@gmail.com or contact Monica Atkins directly at monica.e.atkins@gmail.com. 

We will also have conferencing capabilities for those who aren’t local, but hope you will do your best to be in attendance to better connect with everyone in the room! 

REGISTER HERE: https://goo.gl/forms/59qLxn80JYCVBVg22 

Here are the main topics we will discuss and begin to develop plans on! Bring your thinking CAPS!

May Day Alliance Initiatives
Furloughs/Human Rights Budgeting Training
Workers Assembly
Jackson Just Transition Plan
Advocacy to new Jackson Administration to support workers rights

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 3 Years and Growing: CJ Family and Community Celebration Day
May
6
2:00 PM14:00

3 Years and Growing: CJ Family and Community Celebration Day

Join Cooperation Jackson Saturday, May 6th at 2 pm at the Chokwe Lumumba Center for Economic Democracy and Development at 939 W. Capitol Street, Jackson, MS for our 3 year anniversary birthday party. 

Our birthday party will be a family and community fun day that will include music, food, kid games and activities, and community. This event is co-sponsored by MomsRising.org

Join us! Don't miss it.

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May Day 2017: The Future of Work and Building Worker Power
Apr
30
2:00 PM14:00

May Day 2017: The Future of Work and Building Worker Power

May Day 2016

May Day 2016

Join Cooperation Jackson and the May Day Collective Sunday, April 30th at 2 pm for a Strategic Discussion about the "Future of Work and Building Worker Power" in honor of May Day 2017. 

The "Future of Work and Building Worker Power" discussion will center on the Union-Cooperative proposal developed by the May Day Collective and the need to organize Workers Assembly's as a platform for organizing and fighting back against the exploitation and oppression of working people in Jackson, Mississippi.

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Social Justice, Economic Democracy & Human Rights
Apr
4
6:00 PM18:00

Social Justice, Economic Democracy & Human Rights

Social Justice, Economic Democracy and Human Rights: Building a Better Jackson for All

Mississippi possesses some of the greatest racial disparities in the United States. Despite the many gains of the Freedom Struggles of the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s, Blacks in the state of Mississippi have one of the lowest per-capita incomes of any population in the country, some of the greatest health disparities, and suffer some of the most egregious incarceration rates in the world.

This conference will address the underlining roots of racial inequality and inequity in Jackson and the state of Mississippi - namely the lack of self-determination and economic sovereignty. This conference will discuss how a people-centered human framework, grounded in the promotion of Economic, Social, and Cultural rights can be used to alleviate injustices through the promotion of grassroots organizing, participatory democracy, and a solidarity economy.

Goals
1. To educate the general public about the relationship between cooperative economic models, practices, and systems and human rights and the human rights framework. 
2. To educate the general public about the Human Rights Institute and its mission to create a Human Rights Charter and Commission for the City of Jackson. 
3. To document human rights abuses in Jackson and throughout the state of Mississippi to use for ICERD and ICCPR advocacy.
4. To strengthen international advocacy for economic, social and cultural rights through international bodies like International Labor Organization (ILO) and the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

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RememberTheirNames: Black Female Victims of Police Terror
Mar
31
6:00 PM18:00

RememberTheirNames: Black Female Victims of Police Terror

"#RememberTheirNames: Excavating the Black Female Victims of Police Terror” — a discussion with freelance journalist Thandisizwe Chimurenga, author of No Doubt: The Murder(s) of Oscar Grant, about the deliberate invisibility of Black women in the struggle around police terror. Chimurenga uses the case of Oscar Grant — subject of the 2013 film Fruitvale Station — to show the ways in which the "playbook" of white supremacist state-sanctioned violence targets Black men and women nationally."

Thandisizwe Chimurenga is a freelance journalist based in Los Angeles, CA. She has written for New America Media; the Los Angeles Watts Times, Sentinel and Wave newspapers; the Final Call; Black Agenda Report; Ebony; CounterPunch, Truth-Out and Daily Kos.

Thandisizwe contributed to Fertile Ground: Memories and Visions (Runagate Press, 1996); UCLA’s Amerasia Journal in tribute to Japanese American activist Yuri Kochiyama (Vol. 40, #3, 2014); Killing Trayvons: An Anthology of American Violence (CounterPunch Books, 2014); Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? (Haymarket Books, 2016); Black Lives Matter: Lifespan Perspectives (IndoAmerican Books, 2017) and the following forthcoming titles: Hands Up, Don’t Shoot: Collected Essays /Stories on the Racialization of Murder; Why Don't The Poor Rise Up?, and the Black Power Encyclopedia.

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Women's Liberation Month Film Night
Mar
30
6:00 PM18:00

Women's Liberation Month Film Night

Join us for a night of edutainment in honor of Women’s Liberation Month. We will be viewing films about 3 Women Leaders who advanced the Black Liberation Movement and helped transform the world: Ella Baker, Fanie Lou Hamer, and Assata Shakur. 

The films will be followed by a discussion about the ongoing struggle for Women's Liberation and Intersectionality, focusing on how do we collectively address and overcome the challenges hindering the liberation of women.

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Solar Party
Feb
25
2:00 PM14:00

Solar Party

Cooperation Jackson recently installed some solar panels on the Lumumba Center. This is the first step in making the Lumumba Center and all of the facilities and projects that Cooperation Jackson initiates carbon neutral and waste free. This directive is the cornerstone of our Sustainable Communities Initiative (SCI). 

Come join us for a day of celebration, education, food and edutainment to learn more about solar energy, community energy production, and community production. Let's discuss what we can do collectively to make Jackson a solar city, a sustainable city, a future city, a rebel city!

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Agrarian Revolution and Rebel City: MST and Barcelona Report Back
Jan
8
4:30 PM16:30

Agrarian Revolution and Rebel City: MST and Barcelona Report Back

International solidarity and exchange are central components of the principles and program of Cooperation Jackson. On Thursday, January 12th we will be doing a critical report back on two recent international exchanges several of our members have engaged in. Join us for a report back on these trips and exchanges and collectively think through how what was experienced and strengthen our work here in Jackson.

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"What We Want, What We Believe: The Black Panther Party"
Nov
4
6:00 PM18:00

"What We Want, What We Believe: The Black Panther Party"

On Thursday, October 15th we will be showing various portions of the “What We Want, What We Believe” documentary that highlight the work of the “Serve the People” programs of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. We will also have a discussion on what we can learn from and apply to the development of our cooperative work here in Jackson.

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