Once again the Howard Zinn Book Fair has created a day full of wonderful people, discussions, and fun times. And A Radical Guide teamed up with PM Press to ensure you didn’t miss important conversations.
The first panel we spotlight is Building the Future in the Present: Lessons from Cooperation Jackson. This stimulating panel discussion brings together three pioneering figures in grassroots activism and community-centered economics.
The dialogue focuses on the insights and experiences derived from Cooperation Jackson, an innovative endeavor to establish a solidarity economy in Jackson, Mississippi. The panelists explore themes related to decentralized community organizing, ecological sustainability, educational outreach, and how to reimagine economic structures beyond the conventional capitalist framework.
Panelists: Kali Akuno, Sacajawea Hall, Matt Meyer
Associated Book: Jackson Rising Redux: Lessons on Building the Future in the Present
Kali Akuno, a co-founder of Cooperation Jackson, is at the forefront of redefining economic models through community empowerment. His approach seamlessly weaves together grassroots organizing with the pursuit of economic self-sufficiency, challenging traditional capitalist structures. Kali’s expertise lies in advocating for collective ownership and decentralized economic systems, setting a precedent for community-led development and sustainability.
Sacajawea Hall, a critical figure in the Cooperation Jackson initiative, brings a unique blend of educational and ecological insights to the panel. Her commitment to bridging activism with practical, local actions offers valuable perspectives on how communities can engage in transformative practices. Her work exemplifies the synergy between grassroots activism and tangible ecological and educational projects, reinforcing the importance of local involvement in global challenges.
Matt Meyer, a peace activist and educator, adds a diverse and expansive viewpoint to the discussion. Drawing from his experiences in liberation theology and anti-apartheid movements, Matt offers a broad perspective on the intersection of grassroots activism and economic change. His role as a mediator and educator enriches the conversation, highlighting how community-led initiatives can influence and reshape economic paradigms at both local and global levels.