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Direct Democracy: Building Cooperative Economies
with Kali Akuno of Cooperation Jackson and Michelle Eddleman McCormick of Cooperation Vermont
Join AAF on Zoom on Monday, May 23, at 6 pm ET for a conversation with Kali Akuno of Cooperation Jackson and Michelle Eddleman McCormick of Cooperation Vermont. This free, public event is hosted by AAF with support from VCFA Alumnx Affairs. Advance registration is required!
Kali Akuno is co-founder and co-director of Cooperation Jackson and served as the Director of Special Projects in the administration of Mayor Chokwe Lumumba of Jackson, MS. His focus was supporting cooperative development, introducing eco-friendly and carbon-reduction operations, and promoting human rights and international relations for the city. Kali also served as the Co-Director of the US Human Rights Network and the Executive Director of the Peoples’ Hurricane Relief Fund (PHRF) after Hurricane Katrina. Visit the Cooperation Jackson website to learn more.
Michelle Eddleman McCormick is General Manager for the Marshfield Cooperative, flagship project for the newly founded Cooperation Vermont for which she serves on the board of directors. Michelle is also the Coordinator for Regeneration Corps, a collaborative project bringing the Just Transition framework into schools across Vermont while working with students on regenerative agriculture projects and strengthening local climate change resilience strategies. She was Director of Business Development for a global travel company where she focused on curated faculty-led programs for universities. She has a background in community organizing and operating mutual aid projects including being the lead coordinator for the Common Ground Lower 9th Ward project in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Visit Cooperation Vermont online to learn more.
Artists Against Fascism Broadcast Series hosts panel discussions with leading artists, activists, scholars, and community builders on a variety of subjects under the larger topic of how art practice and creative intent can be utilized in anti-fascist resistance. While AAF is a group originally initiated by VCFA Visual Art faculty, students, and alumnx, we welcome anyone from the VCFA community (and beyond) to attend our broadcasts or inquire about joining the collective. Get more info at the Artists Against Fascism website.