We are a new monthly study group, committed to theorizing, representing, and enacting post-capitalist visions of the economy in the Los Angeles region. Our understanding of solidarity economy is inspired by J.K. Gibson-Graham’s feminist critique of political economy and Jessica Gordon-Nembhard’s history of the Black cooperative tradition. Central to our project is the idea that mutual aid and cooperation are core practices for many Black, indigenous, and people of color.
We will discuss the book Jackson Rising by Kali Akuno and Ajamu Nangwaya of Cooperation Jackson (Daraja Press, 2017) in our first meeting. The book 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.”