Series: Jackson Rising

Jackson Rising New Economies Conference was held May 2nd-4th 2014 at Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi. For three days local residents and community activists, joined by academics and people with national experience in political organizing met to explore new possibilities. The Conference "was an initiative to lay a solid foundation for the transformation of Jackson, Mississippi into a noted center and example of economic democracy. The conference centered on providing the public with a baseline of information and training to pursue the process of 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 for Jacksonians.

The primary objectives of the Conference were to stimulate and facilitate the creation of cooperative enterprises in Jackson to meet the unmet economic and social needs of the community. It also served as a space to launch Cooperation Jackson. Cooperation Jackson is an emerging cooperative network based in Jackson that is building four-interdependent and interconnected institutions: a federation of emerging worker cooperatives, a cooperative incubator, a cooperative education and training center, and a cooperative bank or financial institution. Check out the Cooperation Jackson website for more info!

Year: 2014

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