Jackson Rising: New Economies Conference

Program Overview

Friday, May 2
nd


10 am Registration begins

1 – 4 pm Volunteer Orientation

5:30 Dinner Begins

6 - 9 pm Opening Plenary
 Welcome From MC’s - Iya’Falola Omobola and Tongo Eisen-Martin
 Greetings from Mayor Gayle McGlaughlin
 Establishing the Context: Producing Sustainable Wealth and Jobs with Justice
in Jackson - Kali Akuno and Ed Whitfield
 Telling Our Story: The History of Black Cooperative Development - Jessica
Gordon Nembhard, Wendell Paris, and Cornelius Blanding
 Conference Overview and Closing – MC’s
Saturday, May 3
rd


Breakfast (8 am – 9 pm)

Session 1 – Saturday Morning (9 – 11 am)
Trainings and Workshops

Title Organizations /Rooms
Coop 101: Introduction to
Cooperatives (Jackson
Focused)
1. Federation of Southern Cooperatives COB-120
2. Federation of Southern Cooperatives COB-121
3. Federation of Southern Cooperatives COB-122
Coop 101: Introduction to
Cooperatives (Southern
Regional Focus)
1. Southern Grassroots Economies Project LIB-143
2. Southern Grassroots Economies Project LIB-144

Coop 101: Introduction to
Cooperatives (National
Focus)
1. US Federation of Worker Cooperatives LIB-262
2. US Federation of Worker Cooperatives LIB-263
3. US Federation of Worker Cooperatives LIB-264
Mondragon Union Co-ops:
Overcoming the Economics
of Inequality
Mondragon USA, Cincinnati Union-Coop Initiative and
UFCW International COB-148
Green Worker Cooperatives Green Worker Cooperatives COB-145
Rural/Urban Coop
Connections
Federation of Southern Cooperatives COB-146
Building a Cooperative Cooperative Community of New West Jackson LIB-255


Community
Advancing a Common
Strategy for Workers Rights
in the South
AFL-CIO and Black Workers for Justice COB-119
Advancing Public Policy to
Support Cooperatives and
Workers Rights
Coalition for a Prosperous Mississippi, Mississippi One
Voice and Southern Grassroots Economies Project
LIB-153
Abolish Corporate
Constitutional Rights
Move to Amend LIB-257

Financing Cooperatives and
the Cooperative Movement
Fund for Democratic Communities and the Working
World LIB-204
Bottom Up Co-Op’s: The
Crisis, the Take, and the
Worker Ownership Solution
Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Cincinnati Union-Coop
Initiative, Far Rockaway/Occupy Sandy, Green Worker
Cooperatives LIB-123
Mapping the Solidarity
Economy
US Solidarity Economy Network and the Highlander
Research and Education Center COB-204
Communal Territories in
Venezuela: Redesigning
Communities Through
Participatory Planning

Omar Sierra, Deputy Consul General of Venezuela in
Boston, Venezuela LIB-145

Lunch Break (11 am – 1 pm, with Plenary)

Plenary #2 (11:15 am – 12:45 pm)
Building Cooperatives, Worker Democracy, and Community Wealth: National
Lessons

1. Omar Freilla, Green Worker Cooperatives
2. Steve Dubb, Democracy Collaborative
3. Michael Peck, Mondragon USA
4. Melvin “Ricky” Maclin, New Era Windows and Doors
5. Saladin Muhammad, Black Workers for Justice
6. MaryBe McMillian, Secretary/Treasurer, North Carolina, AFL-CIO

Session 2 - Saturday Afternoon (1 – 3 pm)
Trainings and Workshops

Title Organizations /Rooms
Starting a Cooperative in Jackson 1. Federation of Southern Cooperatives COB-120
2. Federation of Southern Cooperatives COB-121
3. Federation of Southern Cooperatives COB-122
Starting a Cooperative in the South 1. Southern Grassroots Economies Project LIB-143
2. Southern Grassroots Economies Project LIB-144
Starting a Cooperative Nationally 1. US Federation of Worker Cooperatives LIB-262
2. US Federation of Worker Cooperatives LIB-263


3. US Federation of Worker Cooperatives LIB-264
Developing Participatory
Democracy to advance Economic
Democracy
Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and the Jackson People’s
Assembly - COB-148
Land Trusts/Coop Housing Dudley St. Initiative, Take Back the Land and Right to the
City Alliance - LIB-263
Worker Organization, Worker
Ownership, and Worker Self-
Management
Black Left Unity Network - COB-205
From Defensive to Offensive
Strategies for Economic Justice
US Social Forum – COB-237
Legislative promotion and support
of Cooperatives and Cooperative
Development
Mississippi Representative James Evans and State Senator
John Horhn – COB-239
Building Community Wealth by
Organizing Anchor Institutions
Democracy Collaborative – LIB-154
Connecting the Dots, Growing Co-
Op’s: Regional Cooperative
Initiatives Around the World
Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Quebec Chantier, Italian
Solidarity Purchase Groups, Mondragon USA and
International Labor Organization – COB-119
Cooperative Development and
Community Economic
Development
Fund for Democratic Communities - LIB-204
Ujamaa: 21
st
Century Cooperative
Economics
Us Lifting Us Economic Development Cooperative, LLC. –
LIB-265
Building Ties for Land Autonomy Afro-Descendant Community Council of La Toma, Cauca,
Colombia – LIB-254
Building a Southern Worker Coop
Movement
Southern Grassroots Economies Project - LIB-264
Political Education for Popular
Economics
US Solidarity Economy Network, Highlander Research and
Education Center and Cooperation Texas – COB-145

Session 3 – Saturday Afternoon (3:15 – 5:15)
Cooperative Enterprise Case Studies and Networking Conversations

Industry Facilitator
Waste Management (Recycling and
Composting)
Kali Akuno – LIB-204
Skilled and Unskilled Labor Lalit Clarkson – LIB-264
Urban Farming, Food Service, Processing
and Manufacturing
Nia Umoja – LIB-263
Health Care Adofo Minka – LIB-143
Child Care Sacajawea Hall – LIB-155
Auto Care Tongo Eisen-Martin – LIB-262
Land Trust, Land Bank, Housing brandon king – LIB-155
Bank, Credit Union, Financial Institution Dr. Demetri Marshal –LIB-154
Arts and Cultural Production Iya’Falola Omobola – LIB-153
Laundry Nina Carmichael – LIB-257



Dinner Break (5:30 – 6:30 pm)

Plenary #3 (6:30 – 9 pm)
Building the Solidarity Economy, Economic Democracy, and Participatory
Democracy: International Lessons and Examples

Special Tribute to Mayor Chokwe Lumumba - Chokwe Antar Lumumba
1. Francois Vermette, Chantier, Quebec
2. Pierre LaLiberte, International Labor Organization, Switzerland
3. Mazibuko Jara, Amandla! Magazine and Alternative and Information and
Development Centre, South Africa
4. Elbart Vingwe, Organization of Collective Cooperatives in Zimbabwe
5. Omar Sierra, Deputy Consul General of Venezuela in Boston, Venezuela
6. Janvieve Williams-Comrie, Green Worker Cooperatives, United States

Sunday, May 4
th


Breakfast (8 am – 9 am)

Session #4 (9 – 11 am)
Applying Our Lessons: Networking Sessions

 Cooperation Jackson and Cooperative Community of New West Jackson -
Next Steps for building a Federation of Cooperatives in Jackson, MS – LIB-145
 Southern Grassroots Economies Project: Building a Southern Worker
Cooperative Movement – LIB-154
 US Federation of Worker Cooperatives, US Solidarity Economy Network and
Rosa Luxemburg Foundation: Building National and International Support
for the Cooperative Movement in Jackson and the Southern Region of the
United States – COB-119
 Fund for Democratic Communities and the Working World: Resourcing
Cooperatives in Jackson and the Southern Region – COB-148
Session #5 (11:15 am – 12:30 pm)
Going Forward. Collective Sharing and Networking Session

Lunch 12:30 – 1:30 pm

Closing Plenary 12:45 – 3 pm
Moving Forward: Transforming Jackson, Transforming Mississippi,
Transforming the South



 Ralph Paige, Federation of Southern Cooperatives
 Ed Whitfield, Fund for Democratic Communities
 Elandria Williams, Highlander Education and Research Center
 Melbah Smith, Coalition for a Prosperous Mississippi
 Jim Evans, State Representative and AFL-CIO Representative
 Kali Akuno, Cooperation Jackson
Human Rights Testimony: Dollye M. Robinson College of Liberal Arts (LIB 157)

Human Rights Testimony: Dollye M. Robins College of Liberal Arts (LIB 157)
Saturday, May 3
rd
9 am – 6 pm
Sunday, May 4
th
9 am – 1:30 pm
Share your Testimony regarding how your economic, social and cultural rights have
been denied or unfulfilled where you work, receive health services, education, and
live by the government or private sources of authority (employers, doctors,
educators, etc.)
Your Testimonies will be compiled and shared at the United Nations (UN) as part of
a report the US Human Rights Network (USHRN) will be sharing with the Committee
to Eliminate All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD), which will be reviewing the
United States government’s record of compliance with International Law in August
2014. For more information on the US Human Rights Network see
http://www.ushrnetwork.org/.