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The primary objective of the Jackson Rising: New Economies Conference is to educate and mobilize the people of Jackson to build cooperatives and worker owned enterprises to meet the economic and sustainability needs of the 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.

The New Economies Conference will:

  • Provide education on what cooperatives and worker owned enterprises are, what they do and how they benefit their members and community. It will highlight existing models and best practices from existing cooperatives and worker owned enterprises from Mississippi, the United States region and the world.
  • Provide space to engage in public discussion and strategy development on creating the public policy infrastructure necessary in Jackson and the State of Mississippi to support various types of cooperatives and worker owned enterprises.
  • Provide space to explore, better support and resource existing cooperatives and credit unions in Jackson and the State of Mississippi.
  • Provide space to foster and develop networks to strengthen emerging cooperative development initiatives and encourage the development of new cooperatives and worker owned enterprises in the City and region.

Prior to the conference, the local organizing committee is hosting The Grassroots Economic Series. This video highlights the first in the series. The gathering’s goal is to provide a space where people can share their ideas and become familiarized with the concept of cooperatives leading up to the conference where the hands on development of cooperative expansion in Jackson will begin.

The First Jackson Rising Grassroots Economic Series Event | January 30th, 2014

This video, taken on Wednesday, November 20th, 2013 at the Neighborhood Funders Group (NFG) Conference in Jackson, MS highlights Mayor Chokwe Lumumba presenting aspects of his “Jackson Rising” vision of participatory governance and economic democracy. Read the full “Jackson Rising” statement to gain a deeper understanding of the vision of how cooperatives and cooperative development are being pursued to build wealth and equity in Jackson.


Sponsored by: The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Community Aid and Development Incorporated, Mississippi Association of Cooperatives, Fund for Democratic Communities, Jackson State University, and City of Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba

Endorsed by: The Southern Grassroots Economies Project, Coalition for a Prosperous Mississippi, Highlander Research and Education Center, Cooperation Texas, the US Solidarity Economy Network, the Praxis Project and the US Social Forum.

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