Linda Burnham

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Linda Burnham

Linda Burnham is a Bay Area activist and founder and director of the Women of Color Resource Center.

Early life

Linda Burnham (born 1948) grew up in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of prominent black Communist Party USA member Dorothy Burnham. She graduated from Reed College in 1968.

Political Activism

As a journalist and activist[1], Burnham has traveled to Cuba with the Venceremos Brigades, worked with the the Third World Women's Alliance, the Alliance Against Women's Oppression, the Angela Davis Defense Committee, Black Women United and the Maoist organization Line of March. Burnham was active in San Francisco in the 1960s, New York in the 1970s and the Bay Area in the 1980s, where she founded the Women of Color Resource Center in Oakland in 1989.

Linda Burnham is the author[2]of "Has Poverty Been Feminized in Black America?" and the coauthor of Towards a Communist Analysis of Black Oppression and Black Liberation. In the late 1980s Burnham was a frequent contributor to Frontline newspaper and was active in the southern Africa solidarity movement in the Bay area.

DSA Feminist Commission

In 1985[3] and 1986,[4] Linda Burnham of California was listed as a member of the Feminist Commission of the Democratic Socialists of America.

Line of March

In 1990 Linda Burnham was a member of the National Executive Committee of the Line of March political organization and the chair of its Black Liberation Commission.[5]

The Line of March theoretical journal was simply named - Line of March:A journal of Marxist-Leninist Theory and Politics. It was published by the Institute for Social and Economic Studies, PO Box 2809, Oakland California.

In 1980 the Line of March editorial board consisted of co-editors Bruce Occena and Irwin Silber, managing editor Margery Rosnick and Linda Burnham, Max Elbaum, Melinda Paras and Bob Wing. [6].

In 1987 the Line of March editorial board consisted of Linda Burnham, Max Elbaum, Bruce Occena, Melinda Paras, Irwin Silber and Cathi Tactaquin.[7]

Malcolm X conference

A conference, Malcolm X: Radical Tradition and a Legacy of Struggle was held in New York City, November 14 1990.

The "Black Liberation and Social Revolution: U.S.A. Perspectives" panel consisted of;



Institute for Social and Economic Studies/CrossRoads

In the mid 1990s served on the Board of Directors of Oakland based Institute for Social and Economic Studies- sponsor of CrossRoads magazine, which sought to promote dialogue and building new alliances among progressives and leftists... and to bring diverse Marxist and socialist traditions to bear while exploring new strategies and directions for the progressive political movements.[8]

Committees of Correspondence 2002 Conference

At the Committees of Correspondence National Conference and Convention, July 25-28, 2002 San Francisco State University, the Plenary Panel and Discussion on Economic Justice and Globalization included; Manning Marable, with Linda Burnham, Mike Prokosch, a representative of Cuba Alternatives to corporate domination of globalization today [9]

Black Radical Congress

In March 1998 “Endorsers of the Call” to found a Black Radical Congress included Linda Burnham, Women of Color Resource Center, Berkeley, CA.[10]

Sacramento Marxist School

On Feb 21 2001 Linda Burnham lectured at the Sacramento Marxist School on Marxism and Feminism.[11]

War Times

In January 2002, a group of San Francisco leftists, mainly former Maoists or involved with STORM or Committees of Correspondence, founded a national anti-Iraq War newspaper War Times.[12]

The pilot issue of War Times, a new biweekly newspaper opposing the "war on terrorism," will roll off the press on February 14... Featuring an exclusive interview with Danny Glover and a letter to President Bush from Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu, the premier of this bilingual, free publication will be distributed in several dozen cities across the country.

Serving on the War Times Organizing Committee were;

Women of Color Resource Center

In 2006 the Women of Color Resource Center Board of Directors included[13]Caroline Acuna-Guilartes, Linda Burnham, Jung Hee Choi, Angela Davis, Derethia DuVal, Chris Lymbertos, Genevieve Negron-Gonzales, Margo Okazawa-Rey and Cindy Wiesner.

Committees of Corresondence conference

At the 6th National Convention of the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism (CCDS) at San Francisco's Whitcomb Hotel July 23-26 2009 a Symposium roundtable[14]conversation on "Building the Left and the Progressive Majority." featured CCDS leader Mildred Williamson, Judith LeBlanc of the Communist Party USA, Joseph Schwartz of Democratic Socialists of America, Michael Rubin of Solidarity, Jamala Rogers of Freedom Road Socialist Organization, and Linda Burnham. The panelists discussed the importance of building the left within the current upsurge, working for left unity in struggle against the right, and the tactical issues that arise in uniting the progressive majority.