We want to make it a regular practice to support other groups in the solidarity economy. So at the end of 2018 we made a donation to Cooperation Jackson’s fundraising campaign to expand their Fannie Lou Hamer Community Land Trust and pilot their EcoVillage development.
Cooperation Jackson is one of the most innovative and promising projects to transform the local economy. They describe themselves as follows:
Cooperation Jackson is an emerging vehicle for sustainable community development, collective ownership and economic democracy in Jackson, Mississippi. Our mission is to build a solidarity economy anchored by a network of cooperatives and worker-owned, democratically self-managed enterprises and support systems and institutions. We currently have a Community Land Trust that has over 40 parcels of land; an urban farming cooperative called Freedom Farms; a lawn care cooperative called The Green Team; and an emerging small-scale digital fabrication factory or Fab Lad, called the Community Production Cooperative, which will officially launch in January 2019.
We stand in solidarity with these and other efforts to build alternatives to capitalism based on equity and justice and encourage others to support this work as well.