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Kali Akuno is a cofounder and co-director of Cooperation Jackson, and co-editor of Jackson Rising: The Struggle for Economic Democracy and Self-Determination in Jackson, Mississippi, with Ajamu Nangwaya. Akuno served as the director of special projects and external funding in the mayoral administration of the late Chokwe Lumumba of Jackson, Mississippi. 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.
Akuno also served as the co-director of the US Human Rights Network, the executive director of the Peoples’ Hurricane Relief Fund based in New Orleans, Louisiana, after Hurricane Katrina. And was a cofounder of the School of Social Justice and Community Development, a public school serving the academic needs of low-income African American and Latino communities in Oakland, California.