Building a solidarity economy in Jackson, Mississippi, anchored by a network of cooperatives and worker-owned, democratically self-managed enterprises.

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A Socialist Southern Strategy in Jackson

An insightful and thought provoking review of Cooperation Jackson's 2017 publication, "Jackson Rising: The Struggle for Economic Democracy and Black Self-Determination in Jackson, MS", edited by Kali Akuno and Ajamu Nangwaya, by radical activist and intellectual, Max Aji. 

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Worker Cooperatives - Islands within a Sea of Capitalism

A podcast from Upstream. Upstream is a radio documentary series that invites you to unlearn everything you thought you knew about economics. Blurring the line between economic analysis and storytelling, we look beyond the numbers to explore a wide variety of themes pertaining to our tumultuous and thrilling 21st century economy.

This episode of the 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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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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Jackson Rising: The Struggle for Economic Democracy
and Black Self-Determination in Jackson, Mississippi

Finally, it's here! Get your copy now!

Jackson Rising: The Struggle for Economic Democracy and Black Self-Determination in Jackson, Mississippi is a chronicle of one of the most dynamic experiments in radical social transformation in the United States. The book documents the ongoing organizing and institution building of the political forces concentrated in Jackson, Mississippi dedicated to advancing the Jackson-Kush Plan.  

Jackson Rising documents the history of this movement, its contributions towards the radical transformation of the United States, and its political implications for social movements throughout the United States, the global South and the world. 

All proceeds from book sales support Cooperation Jackson's general fund. 


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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The Fall 2018 West Jackson Block Party

Join Cooperation Jackson, the Poindexter Neighborhood Association, and the Capitol Neighborhood Association on Saturday, October 6, 2018 for the Fall Block Party to build and celebrate community.

We are gonna have free food, DJs, games, face painting, space jumps and so much more! 

So, join us at Poindexter Street, next from Poindexter Park from 10 am to 4 pm.


Fearless Cities North American Regional Municipalist Summit

The Fearless Cities North American Municipalist Summit is one of the first North America convergences of its kind. This three-day gathering 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.

Coordinated by Movement Netlab, Cooperation Jackson, and New York University's Collaborative on Global Urbanism, in partnership with the international Fearless Cities municipalist network, and led by an active steering committee made up of stakeholders and organizers, this three day gathering will catalyze new avenues of work and deeper alliances amongst aligned projects.

Friday, July 27th - Sunday, July 29th, 2018

NYU: 20 Cooper Square, New York, NY

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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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