Co-Director | Cooperation Jackson
Kali Akuno, an organizer, educator, and writer for human rights and social justice, is the co-founder and Co-Director of Jackson, Mississippi’s groundbreaking local economic development initiative, Cooperation Jackson, an emerging network of worker cooperatives and supporting institutions fighting to create economic democracy and a vibrant solidarity economy to help transform Mississippi and the South.
Kali previously served as the Director of Special Projects in the administration of the late, renowned progressive Jackson, Mississippi Mayor, Chokwe Lumumba, focusing on the development of eco-friendly and human rights-enhancing policies in the city. Kali also previously served as the Co-Director of the U.S. Human Rights Network and as Executive Director of the Peoples’ Hurricane Relief Fund in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
Kali is also the co-editor of Jackson Rising: the Struggle for Economic Democracy and Black Self-Determination in Jackson, MS, and numerous articles.
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