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Session 4: Saturday, June 2nd: 4:00 - 5:50pm
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In this panel and participatory discussion we will explore how Cooperation Jackson in Jackson, Mississippi, and Barcelona en Comu in Barcelona, Spain, have brought social movements directly into elected office to expand the potential of democracy to be truly accountable to the needs of the people - and where we can go from here in our towns and cities. We will take a deeper look at how solidarity economies and worker cooperatives build strength and long term equity in communities of color, highlighted by the Jackson experience, how the battle against inequality and for housing is embedded in local struggles inside and outside the ballot box, as shown in Barcelona, explore how the paradigm shift in municipalism's commitment to feminizing politics underpins the radical nature of the municipalist hypothesis for change, and where we will go next in building a vibrant network of local movements.


Director of Membership and Communications at the New York City Network of Worker Cooperatives, the trade association of worker-owned business in the New York metropolitan area and the local affiliate of the USFWC. Born and raised in San Juan Puerto Rico, he moved to the New York City more than a...

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Author Vicente Rubio-Pueyo is a professor at Fordham University. He has written extensively, both in academic contexts and in the press, on the current social and political conjuncture in Spain, and on political forces including Podemos and the Municipalist Confluences. A Spaniard living in the...

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Kali Akuno is a co-founder and co-director of Cooperation Jackson.

Kali served as the Director of Special Projects and External Funding in the Mayoral Administration of the late Chokwe Lumumba of Jackson, MS. His focus in this role was supporting cooperative development, the introduction...

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