Badili Jones

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Robert (Badili) Ifadoyin Jones-Goodhope was a Program Coordinator at United Teachers of Dade. he is now Canvass Director at South Florida Voices For Working Families. He is an African-American gay Marxist socialist, was involved in the Black Student Movement and Liberation support work since his early teens.

Badili Jones, right

He came through the New Communist Movement. He studied philosophy and the roots of Latin American Theology of Liberation. Today he is involved in the work of popular education and leadership development for grassroots community organizations on a local and nation level. Badili Jones is also a member of the National Executive Committee of Freedom Road Socialist Organization[1].

Today he is working among African-American LGBTQ persons on the grassroots level. Badili Jones is also a rank and file member of SEIU, Jobs with Justice and Pride at Work[2].

Jones was a founding member of In the Life Atlanta, the largest Black LGBTQ pride celebration in the U.S. He joined the black liberation movement as a 14-year old in Newark, New Jersey - and has written about and fought against racial privilege, patriarchy, and class oppression from an intersectional standpoint ever since. He is currently a core team member of Queer Progressive Agenda. [3]

Badili Jones is currently the Political and Alliance Officer at New Florida Majority.[4]

Education

Seton Hall University M.Div Theology.

Radical pedigree

Badili Jones is a former member of the February 2nd Movement, Revolutionary Workers League (Marxist-Leninist), Communist Party USA (Marxist-Leninist) and the African Liberation Support Committee. He is a longtime labor, community and LGBTQ movement activist now living in Miami and member of Freedom Road Socialist Organization / Organización Socialista del Camino para la Libertad.[5]

Radical contacts

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"The Cost of Privilege"

Chip Smith is the director of a workers' center and an anti-war activist in Eastern North Carolina[6]. He is the author of "The Cost of Privilege".

He was assisted in writing the book by Juliet Ucelli, Joe Navarro, Elly Leary, Badili Jones, Michelle Foy, Malcolm Goff (artwork).[7]

Left Forum 2007

The Cost of Privilege: Working Class Fragmentation (Camino Press)

A Call to the Black Left

Back in June 2007 at the U.S. Social Forum, over 50 brothers and sisters gathered in Atlanta to discuss the state of the Black liberation movement and role of the Black Left. Most agreed that the Gulf Coast/Katrina disaster is a defining moment that requires that Black revolutionaries unite and work to build a National Black United Front. It’s initial focus being the development and support of a Gulf Coast Reconstruction Movement. This movement would be a part of a strategic flank of the wider National Black Liberation Movement.

We are inviting you to join this effort and would like to include your name on the Call as an official endorser and participant of a National Gathering of Black Leftist to be sent out to others inviting their participation. The Gathering will be held at the Sonja Hayes Stone Center for Black Culture and History on the UNC Campus in Chapel Hill, NC on May 30 – June 1, 2008. This became the Black Left Unity Network.

Endorsers included:

Open Letter to Obama on Iran

In 2008 Badili Jones of Atlanta, GA signed an online petition “A Open Letter to Barack Obama on Iran”.[9]

Black Commentator

As of 2009 Badili Jones was listed on the Editorial Board for the Black Commentator.[10]

"Pink slip" Scott

In 2011, Florida New Majority, and Florida Watch Action, helped organize hundreds of unemployed and union workers to give “pink slips” to Florida Governor Rick Scott.

The protesters gathered at the entrance to Scott’s office at the Capitol, but the governor was in Palm Beach, meeting with local officials.

Badili Jones, political and alliance officer for FNM, explained that his organization does see housing as a human right, and said that he doesn’t believe his favored policies are out of touch with the mainstream.

“It’s been recognized locally and nationally that decent and affordable housing is a human right,” Jones said.

Susannah Randolph, the wife of Rep. Scott Randolph, D-Orlando, is the executive director of Florida Watch Action, was also the campaign manager for former U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson.[11]

Black Lives Matter

Badili Jones participates in the Black Lives Matter movement through the Miami Committee Against State Violence.

DSA Boston Public Facebook Group

Members of Boston Democratic Socialists of America Public Facebook Group, in January 2017 included Badili Jones. Joined in 2016.[12]

Revolutionary Strategies to Beat the Rising Right Wing

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Revolutionary Strategies to Beat the Rising Right Wing, was a nationwide conference call organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Sunday October 30, 2016.

What's the nature of this right-wing threat? What has this election cycle changed about the political terrain we're fighting on? How do we need to prepare for whats coming after the election? Hear about these crucial questions from our panel of top political strategists, including Nelini Stamp, Bill Fletcher, Jr., Linda Burnham, and Sendolo Diaminah.

Those indicating they would attend, on Facebook included Badili Jones.[13]

""Introduction to Black feminism"

"Intro to Black Feminism" hosted by Sendolo Diaminah Cazembe Jackson, and Adrienne Maree Brown.

Tuesday, August 15 at 8:30 PM

Created for Black August Practice Group.

Sendolo Diaminah August 15, 2017;

Black people! Tonight my beloved sister Adrienne Maree Brown is leading a web discussion about Black Feminism as part of a series of Black August political education sessions hosted by Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Freedom Road Socialist Organization, and BOLD.[14]

Those indicating they would attend on Facebook included Badili Jones.

Black Ideological Struggle Webinar

Black Ideological Struggle: Radical, Liberal, Conservative Public · Hosted by Sendolo Diaminah and Cazembe Jackson

Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 8:30 PM

Created for Black August Practice Group

Join Sendolo Diaminah for a conversation about why Black radicals can and must learn how to effectively engage liberal and conservative ideologies among our people.
September 2, 2017. Hey family! Here is the final recording from the Black August webinars! Sendolo Diaminah took lots of patience and creativity breaking down Black Ideological Struggle for us.[15]

Those saying they would attend, on Facebook included Badili Jones.

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