Book Title: Jackson Rising

Subtitle: The Struggle for Economic Democracy and Black Self-Determination in Jackson, Mississippi

Authors: Kali Akuno & Ajamu Nangwaya and Akuno, Kali

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Book Description: Jackson Rising: The Struggle for Economic Democracy and Self-Determination in Jackson, MS is a chronicle of one of the most dynamic experiments in radical social transformation in the United States. The book documents the ongoing organizing and institution building of the political forces concentrated in Jackson, Mississippi dedicated to advancing the “Jackson-Kush Plan”. 

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Mississippi, the poorest state in the U.S. with the highest percentage of Black people, a history of vicious racial terror and concurrent Black resistance is the backdrop and context for the drama captured in the collection of essays that is Jackson Rising: The Struggle for Economic Democracy and Self-Determination in Jackson Mississippi.
Undeterred by the uncertainty, anxiety and fear brought about by the steady deterioration of the neoliberal order over the last few years, the response from Black activists of Jackson, Mississippi has been to organize. Inspired by the rich history of struggle and resistance in Mississippi and committed to the vision of the Jackson-Kush Plan, these activists are building institutions rooted in community power that combine politics and economic development into an alternative model for change, while addressing real, immediate needs of the people. The experiences and analyses in this compelling collection reflect the creative power that is unleashed when political struggle is grounded by a worldview freed from the inherent contradictions and limitations of reform liberalism.
As such, Jackson Rising is ultimately a story about a process that is organized and controlled by Black people who are openly declaring that their political project is committed to decolonization and socialism. And within those broad strategic and ethical objectives, Jackson Rising is also a project unapologetically committed to self-determination for people of African descent in Mississippi and the South.


Kali Akuno & Ajamu Nangwaya and Akuno, Kali


Jackson Rising Copyright © 2017 by Cooperation Jackson. All Rights Reserved.


Jackson Rising
Kali Akuno & Ajamu Nangwaya and Akuno, Kali
Cooperation Jackson

Published by Daraja Press

© Corporation Jackson 2017

All rights reserved unless otherwise stated

Cover and graphics: Catherine McDonnell

Editorial management: Firoze Manji

Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication

Jackson rising : the struggle for economic democracy and black self-
determination in Jackson, Mississippi / edited by Cooperation Jackson
(Kali Akuno, Sacajawea Hall, and Brandon King) and Ajamu Nangwaya.

Includes bibliographical references.
Issued in print and electronic formats.
ISBN 978-0-9953474-5-8 (softcover).–ISBN 978-0-9953474-6-5 (ebook)

1. African Americans–Mississippi–Jackson–Economic conditions–
21st century.  2. African Americans–Mississippi–Jackson–Social
conditions–21st century.  3. Jackson (Miss.)–Economic conditions–21st
century.  4. Jackson (Miss.)–Social conditions–21st century.  I. Cooperation
Jackson, editor  II. Nangwaya, Ajamu, editor

F349.J13J33 2017976.2’51C2017-901090-5


Daraja Press
Publication Date
February 18, 2017