Speaking events and discussion with activist, speaker and author Kali Akuno on Cooperation Jackson and his book, Jackson Rising – The Struggle for Economic Democracy & Black Self-Determination in Jackson, Mississippi
Sunday, April 29 at 3 PM at the YWCA Central Massachusetts, 1 Salem Sq, Worcester, Massachusetts 01608
By: MA Women of Color Coalition, Cooperation Worcester, Worcester Roots, SURJ Worcester, YWCA Central MA
Monday, April 30th at 2pm
Sheehan Hall Rm 109, Worcester State University, 486 Chandler St, Worcester
By: Center for Social Innovation at WSU, WSU Sociology Department, Social Venture Collaborative, Cooperation Worcester
“Cooperation Jackson is an emerging vehicle for sustainable community development, economic democracy, and community ownership.
Our vision is to develop a cooperative network based in Jackson, Mississippi that will consist of four interconnected and interdependent institutions: an emerging federation of local worker cooperatives, a developing cooperative incubator, a cooperative education and training center (the Lumumba Center for Economic Democracy and Development), and a cooperative bank or financial institution.
Cooperation Jackson’s basic theory of change is centered on the position that organizing and empowering the structurally under and unemployed sectors of the working class, particularly from Black and Latino communities, to build worker organized and owned cooperatives will be a catalyst for the democratization of our economy and society overall.
Cooperation Jackson believes that we can replace the current socio-economic system of exploitation, exclusion and the destruction of the environment with a proven democratic alternative. An alternative built on equity, cooperation, worker democracy, and environmental sustainability to provide meaningful living wage jobs, reduce racial inequities, and build community wealth. It is our position and experience, that when marginalized and excluded workers and communities are organized in democratic organizations and social movements they become a force capable of making transformative social advances.”
Cooperation Jackson – Building a Solidarity Economy:
Free & Open to the Public