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Art capture of kali’s presentation on the “Science Fact, Science Fiction”: Artists for a Green New Deal call organized by the u.s. department of arts and culture on August 22, 2019

Art capture of kali’s presentation on the “Science Fact, Science Fiction”: Artists for a Green New Deal call organized by the u.s. department of arts and culture on August 22, 2019

This zoom call was organized by the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture and was held on Thursday, August 22, 2019.

Science Facts, Science Fictions

What will happen if we don’t take action on climate change? The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report presents different visions of the future depending on the action and policies that we take. These visions range from an equitable utopia to a fascist dystopia. Join us to learn about the science behind climate change predictions, and to hear stories of creative leaders who imagine with their hands, creating the best case scenarios for a just climate future through their visions and community work. 

Our conversation on how artists and cultural workers can get involved with a Green New Deal continued with Ananda Lee Tan, Demetrius Johnson, Kali Akuno, and Carrie Schneider discussing the visionary roles that BIPOC (black, indigenous, and people of color) and artists play in the movement for climate justice. We were inspired by your enthusiasm, and the steps that you have taken since our last call to inspire your communities towards action.

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Noname: Rapper, poet, ecosocialist

Noname: Rapper, poet, ecosocialist

How EcoSocialist rapper Noname uses her platform for good

Checkout this post about rapper, poet, and activist Noname promoting Cooperation Jackson, cooperative enterprise, and the development of the solidarity economy and economic democracy as a transition towards ecosocialism.

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Cooperation jackson at the Solidarity to Solutions action in SF in September 2018.

Cooperation jackson at the Solidarity to Solutions action in SF in September 2018.

Think Globally, Act Locally?

Progressive, locally rooted movements have long proven their ability to influence wider social and political trends, whether by force of example, concerted political pressure, or active resistance to centralized power.

We print this with this caveat: This is good article and an orientation we wholeheartedly agree with. But, a few corrections need to be made to this article for the historical record. Cooperation Jackson did not start the Jackson People's Assembly, nor have we run candidates in Jackson. This was done by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and executed largely through the People's Assembly Task Force. As part and parcel of the struggle to execute the Jackson-Kush Plan, Cooperation Jackson did start the Human Rights Institute and has conducted Human Rights Budgeting Assemblies. But, we have to give credit where credit is due so the history is clear and concise.

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The Black August Community Arts Festival

Local news coverage from WJTV Channel 12 on the Black August Community Arts Festival. The interview was held on Sunday, August 18th with Sacajawea “Saki” Hall at the Ida B. Wells Plaza, which is a part of the Fannie Lou Hamer Community Land Trust.

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Mission & Purpose

The broad mission of Cooperation Jackson is to advance the development of economic democracy in Jackson, Mississippi, by building a solidarity economy anchored by a network of cooperatives and other types of worker owned and democratically self-managed enterprises.

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Black August Community Arts Festival - Call to Artists

Cooperation Jackson will be hosting its second Community Arts Festival on aug 17th - 18th. We are issuing a call for artists to commission their services. Artist will be paid a stipend of $1200 to contribute to beautifying the Ida B Wells Plaza (formally the West Park Plaza) on the corner of Capital and Monument Streets in West Jackson. 

Each artist will receive half of the stipend up front and the rest upon full completion of the mural. The canvas  areas extends to about 12x90 to 12x65 feet. 

Artists must submit artwork that  aligns with the theme of the event. The theme is BLACK RESISTANCE and SELF DETERMINATION!!  

If an artist does not have a piece that fits the theme. Then they must submit an audition piece that has been done within the past year and demonstrates the ability to professionally compose a completed painted piece. Artist will have until Aug 17th to Sept 17th to finalize their work.  ALL AUDITION PIECES MUST BE SENT TO THE FOLLOWING THREE JUDGES BY JULY 22, 2019 :,,

All serious inquiries will need to send the following:

3  HI-Res 1080p images of you work.  

A small 75 word essay including your bio and how your work fits the festival theme

Artist must put "Audition Piece" in the subject line.   

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Our Story

Cooperation Jackson is the realization of a vision decades in the making. Our roots lay deep within the struggle for democratic rights, economic justice, and self-determination, particularly for Afrikan people in the Deep South, and for dignity and equality for all workers.

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member meeting about the ewing Street Ecovillage in may 2019.

member meeting about the ewing Street Ecovillage in may 2019.

Open House

Join us Saturday, September 7th from 2 to 4 pm at the Balagoon Center located at 939 W. Capitol Street, Jackson, MS.

Learn more about Cooperation Jackson, cooperatives, the solidarity economy and our overall work and program and how you can join us.

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Art by kwame braxton

Art by kwame braxton

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


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. 

The Black August Festival will be held at the Ida B. Wells Plaza, formerly known as the West Park Plaza, located at the corner of W. Capitol and Monument Streets in West Jackson. The Black August Community Arts Festival will serve as the official renaming of the Plaza.

The festival will be centered around the production of several graphic arts murals on the outside of the plaza and the inside of the grocery unit. In addition to the graphic arts murals, the festival will also include: 

  • A free BBQ cookout 

  • A Farmers Market

  • Arts and Crafts vendors 

  • A Flea Market 

  • DJ’s 

  • Play areas for kids 

  • Arts activities for kids and the larger community. The Art will be  included in our next Art House and Tech House exhibit event

  • Movies about Black August history and practice 

Contact and Donate Information

Please join us in making the Black August Community Arts Festival a success. Join us in building and promoting it. You can help by becoming a sponsor, a promoter, or a vendor. To participate in this Festival please email us at and list “Black August Community Arts Festival” in the email title and let us know how you want to be involved. 

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Our Principles

Cooperation Jackson has 13 Core Principles, which were crafted by adapting aspects from the basic principles of the Mondragón Cooperative Corporation in the Basque country of Spain, and the International Cooperative Alliance’s cooperative identity, values and principles. 

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