Building a solidarity economy in Jackson, Mississippi, anchored by a network of cooperatives and worker-owned, democratically self-managed enterprises.
News & Media
The Socialist Experiment:
A new-society vision in Jackson, Mississippi
By Katie Gilbert
Chokwe Antar Lumumba won ten thousand more votes in the primary than his father had. His 55 percent support in the Democratic primary meant there was no need for a runoff in a Jackson mayoral race for the first time in twelve years. In the general election the next month, he secured 93 percent of voters’ support.
Around the country, pockets of attention snapped toward this decisive win of the young mayoral candidate running on a plan to establish a society with socialist roots in the Deep South.
Antar made headlines in Jackson and in a smattering of national publications by declaring that his administration would make the capital of Mississippi “the most radical city on the planet.”
Build and Fight: The Program and Strategy of Cooperation Jackson
Atlanta Black Star • May 21, 2017
The fundamental program and strategy of Cooperation Jackson is anchored in the vision and macro-strategy of the Jackson-Kush Plan—formulated by the New Afrikan People’s Organization (NAPO) and the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM) between 2004 and 2010, to advance the development of the New Afrikan Independence Movement and hasten the socialist transformation of the territories currently claimed by the United States settler-colonial state.
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
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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.
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.
Join the Jackson Human Rights Institute (JHRI) Friday, Septemer 22nd through Sunday, September 24th for a training on Human Rights Budgeting.
Friday, September 22, 2017, 6:00pm — Sunday, September 24, 2017, 3:00pm
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
- Cooperative Economics and Social Solidarity,
- Climate and Ecological Sustainability,
- Human Rights, and
- 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.
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.