Building a solidarity economy in Jackson, Mississippi, anchored by a network of cooperatives and worker-owned, democratically self-managed enterprises.
News & Media
Apple, Amazon, and the rest of Big Tech all have a lot to learn from the Green New Deal
An interesting article by Katherine Schwab published in Fast Company that addressed the question of what big tech can and should learn from the formulations and debates being articulated around the Green New Deal. This article features some aspects of the thought and practice of Cooperation Jackson.
Green From Below
Critical article about building a just transition and eco-socialism from below by Zaina Alsous of Scalawag Magazine, a journal of Southern culture, politics, and resistance. The article features aspects of the work and thought of Cooperation Jackson.
The Global Movement Against Gentrification
An article written by Steve Early in Counterpunch Magazine focusing on the continuing development of the left-oriented Municipalist Movement and the growing Fearless Cities Movement being lead by Barcelona En Comu. Cooperation Jackson is an affiliate of the Fearless Cities Movement and featured in this article.
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.
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 : email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.
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.
Holding the Fortification Line and Building New Foundations
Support our ongoing fundraising drive to help Cooperation Jackson advance two critical development projects
First and foremost, we would like to thank everyone who supported our end of the year fundraising drive. Our objective was to raise $300,000 to support our two main interconnected projects for 2019: a) expanding our Community Land Trust (CLT) with the purchase and first stage development of the Ida B. Wells Plaza and b) initiating the development of our Ewing Street Eco-Village Pilot Project, which entails regenerating the land with a permaculture based landscaping redesign and the installation of our first digitally fabricated housing and communal facilities.
Thanks to the generosity of hundreds of supporters, we were able to raise over $270,000 during the end of the year fundraising drive. This was a major success in our view, as it enables us to advance the first critical phase of our drive to Hold the Fortification Line and play a critical role in the bottom up redevelopment of West Jackson. To be more specific, we are now completing the process of purchasing the plaza and will be kickstarting our landscaping operations on the Ewing Street Eco-Village Pilot Project in March.
With the groundwork to secure the Fortification Line thankfully in our rearview mirror, we are now preparing to execute the second phase of this development, which will commence in the fall of 2019. The basic outlines of the second phase entail:
Turning the Grocery unit of the plaza into a multipurpose space that will house a) a hydroponic and aquaponic growing operation, b) a cafe and catering operation, c) a venue to host local artisans and d) a venue to host weekly and/or monthly farmers markets and swap meets.
Installing the first digitally fabricated structures on Ewing Street and renovating the 2 existing structures on the block currently in our CLT holdings to make them fully inhabitable.
In order to execute the second phase of this plan, we are going to have to raise an estimated $500,000. We plan on doing this through an ongoing fundraising drive to elicit as many personal donations as possible to raise this amount. But, we are also opening ourselves up to take in personal investments and our first loans to meet this challenge.
We welcome the challenge and plan on wasting no time in taking it on. To this end, we are commencing our solicitation drive now to start raising the necessary funds. We encourage everyone who supports the development of the commons, community-centered development, regenerative production and economic democracy to join us in this effort. Please give as generously as you can and encourage your family, friends, colleagues, comrades and fellow cooperators to do the same.
You can make a tax deductible donation online at https://cooperationjackson.org/donate/. You can also donate via check or money order made out to Cooperation Jackson and mail it to Cooperation Jackson at P.O. Box 1932, Jackson, MS 39215.
We also encourage everyone to monitor our progress and hold us accountable by joining our mailing list to receive monthly updates and ask us questions. You can also follow our progress on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CooperationJackson or on Twitter at @CooperationJXN.
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.
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
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 CooperationJackson@gmail.com and list “Black August Community Arts Festival” in the email title and let us know how you want to be involved.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 601.355.7224.
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.