How is Jackson going to Rise? Cooperative Enterprise!



The Jackson Rising: New Economies Conference will explore the possibility of making Jackson, Mississippi a center and example of economic democracy by building strong cooperatives and other forms of worker owned enterprises and financial institutions that will create jobs with dignity, stability, living wages, and quality benefits.

The primary objective of the Conference is to educate and mobilize the people of Jackson to meet the economic and sustainability needs of our community. In the process, we aim to expand the discussion about alternative economic models and systems and to confront the harsh economic realities confronting low-income and impoverished communities.

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GRITtv: Jessica Gordon Nembhard: Cooperative Economics and Civil Rights

Cooperative economics and civil rights don’t often appear together in our history books, but they should! From the mutual aid societies that bought enslaved people’s freedom to the underground railroad network that brought endangered blacks to the north, cooperative structures were key to evading the repression of white supremacy. And they was a vicious backlash when Black co-ops threatened the status quo.

GRITtv’s Laura Flanders interviews Jessica Gordon Nembhard,  author of Collective Courage: A History of African-American Economic Thought and Practice. Jessica will be a featured speaker at our conference!


Just two weeks before his sudden death, Mayor Chokwe Lumumba spoke with Laura Flanders of GRITtv for an article on the upcoming Jackson Rising: New Economies conference.

Mayor Chokwe Lumumba


Endorsed byThe Southern Grassroots Economies ProjectHighlander Research and Education CenterCooperation Texasthe US Solidarity Economy Networkthe Praxis Project and the US Social Forum.

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