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.
Calendar of Events
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Jackson Just Transition Plan
Advocacy to new Jackson Administration to support workers rights
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.
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.
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.
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).
"#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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Join us Saturday, November 19th and learn more about the Community Production Initiative (CPI). Learn about how to become a member of this cooperative, what membership will entail, and what we aim to build through this initiative to serve our community and make Jackson a Fab City.
Join Cooperation Jackson for the fourth and final Film Night in honor of Black August. This film is a dramatic re-enactment of the life and struggles of George Jackson, Jonathan Jackson, Angela Davis and the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense in the late 1960's and early 1970's, culminating with the assassination of George Jackson on August 21, 1971.
The third film in our series documents the struggle to create the first full free and independent republic in the Western Hemisphere. The Haitian Revolution started in August 1791 at a ceremony at Bois Caiman lead by Cecile Fatiman and Dutty Boukman.
The second Film Night in honor of Black August is made by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and documents its Hip Hop Project. It started in the late 1990's, to raise awareness about the struggle of New Afrikan Political Prisoners, Prisoners of War, and Political Exiles and support the campaigns to free them.
The Friendshipment Caravan is a 27 year old project that educates people in the US about the detrimental impact hat the US lockade of Cuba has on the Cuban people. They are conscientious objectors of th economic blockade and travel ban against Cuba. Every year they organize these caravans, collecting aid to bring to Cuba, and educating people here in the US about the blockade. This year they will be focusing our attention on educating people about where US policy toward Cuba stands at this point. What changes in policy have been made and what more can be done before the end of the Obama administration. Their caravan will be traveling throughout the US between and the east coast route is going to be passing through Jackson on.
Nzila Afrobeat Project is a musical group from Caracas, Venezuela. Nzila specializes in Afrobeat, Funk, Jazz, Acid Jazz and New Wave. Nzila Afrobeat Project is being sponsored by the Consulate of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in New Orleans as part of its People to People engagement programs focusing on the International Decade of People for African Descent.
Please join Cooperation Jackson and the New Orleans Consulate of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela for a night of fun, cultural exchange, and edutainment.
Black Power, Black Lives & Pan-Africanism Conference:
Honoring the Legacy & Building for a Self-Determining Future.
50 years ago, a slogan, idea and movement was resurrected and reincarnated in Mississippi that would forever change the political landscape in the United States and the African World. On June 16, 1966 in Greenwood, Mississippi, Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) Chair, Kwame Ture (then known as Stokely Carmichael), addressed a crowd of youthful demonstrators and the media covering the militant “March Against Fear”, and forcefully re-echoed our millennial and generational demand for “Black Power”.
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Cinco de Mayo represents Mexican resistance to foreign intervention struggle against imperialism. We salute the work of our comrades as we prepare to heighten our own.
Join us for a private party celebrating Cinco de Mayo on Saturday, May 7th at 8:00pm until...
DJs Eddie James & leon grey plus spoken word
The Chokwe Lumumba Center for Economic Democracy and Development
939 W. Capitol St.
Jackson, MS 39203
For further information, call (601)383-5564
On May 14, 1948, as Zionist leader David Ben Gurion was proclaiming a Jewish state in Palestine, his troops drove out the inhabitants of the ancient Palestinian town of al-Zeeb. 18-year-old Mariam Fathalla was one of them. She and her young husband fled to Lebanon. By year’s end the 4,000-year-old community had been leveled. More than half of all Palestinians were killed or expelled and more than half the cities, towns and villages disappeared, a crime that Palestinians call al-Nakba (the Catastrophe).
A conversation with Ms. Nigar Duru, Democratic Party of Peoples congress member and Chairwoman of Antalya Woman Solidarity and Consultancy Association
Ms. Duru will share her insights on this struggle in Turkey, and address the strengths and challenges facing this inspiring movement.
FUNDI: THE STORY OF ELLA BAKER reveals the instrumental role that Ella Baker played in shaping the civil rights movement. Ms. Baker was affectionately known as the Fundi, a Swahili word for a person who passes skills from one generation to another
This month's film night will feature three important documentaries;
Freedom Bound (a 27 minute documentary about Mississippi SNCC's voter registration drive in 1963)
We'll Never Turn Back (a short document about Mississippi SNCC and COFO in 1963)
Deacons for Defense (Armed Resistance and the Civil Rights Movement)
Join members of Cooperation Jackson's "Freedom Road from Jackson to Paris" delegation for a report back on their trip to Paris, France for COP21, the United Nations climate change negotiations, and the global climate justice convergence. Come hear about their experiences and reflections and discuss the importance of the climate change agreement and our efforts to construct a "new" sustainable Jackson via our developing Jackson Just Transition Plan.
Suggested $5 donation to support delegation expenses.