Kali Akuno

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Kali is co-founder and co-director of Cooperation Jackson and the Institute for Social Ecology’s racial and environmental justice program coordinator.

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 of eco-friendly and carbon reduction methods of operation, and the promotion of human rights and international relations for the city.

He is co-editor of Jackson Rising: the Struggle for Economic Democracy and Black Self-Determination in Jackson, MS and Jackson Rising Redux: Lessons on Building the Future in the Present and the author of numerous articles and pamphlets including “The Jackson-Kush Plan: The Struggle for Black Self-Determination and Economic Democracy,” “Until We Win: Black Labor and Liberation in the Disposable Era,” “Operation Ghetto Storm: Every 28 Hours report,” and “Let Your Motto Be Resistance: A Handbook on Organizing New Afrikan and Oppressed Communities for Self-Defense”.

He has served as the Co-Director of the US Human Rights Network and the Executive Director of the Peoples’ Hurricane Relief Fund (PHRF) based in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. He was a co-founder of the School of Social Justice and Community Development (SSJCD), a public school serving the academic needs of low-income African American and Latino communities in Oakland, California.