Vernon interviews Kali Akuno, co-director of Cooperation Jackson.
32 months ago by Patyna
Vernon Oakes Everything Co-op Kali Akuno Operation Jackson


artist: Vernon Oakes
title: Kali Akuno, Co-director of Cooperation Jackson
album: Everything Co-op.
Vernon interviews Kali Akuno, co-director of Cooperation Jackson. Vernon and Kali discussed initiatives being spearheaded through Cooperation Jackson, and the importance of using cooperative to address problems regarding, housing, healthcare, industrialization and sustenance.

Kali Akuno is the Co-director of Cooperation Jackson. The broad mission of Cooperation Jackson is to advance the development of economic democracy in Jackson, Mississippi, by building an economy anchored by a network of cooperatives and other types of worker owned and democratically self-managed enterprises. The network 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 is now developing three cooperatives that are set to open within a few months to a year. These include: Freedom Farms, an urban farming cooperative; Nubia's Place Café and Catering Cooperative; and Mississippi Waste Alternative, a recycling and composting cooperative. These three cooperatives serve as the first class of the integrated and interrelated cooperative ecosystem that the organization is developing to transform Jackson's economy.  


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