Carl Pinkston

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Carl Pinkston


Carl Pinkston runs his own accounting business, with a Sacramento legal transcription firm.

He has been a member of Freedom Road Socialist Organization.

Affirmative action

Carl Pinkston supports affirmative action[1];

My mother was a single mom raising five kids on AFDC and working part-time jobs. My world was one of living in a depressed community of color, where the military and crime were the only possible employment opportunities. Most of my relatives were laborers or maids for rich families. The notion of becoming a doctor, lawyer or an accountant was not in the realm of my thinking.

If Governor Wilson's executive order banning affirmative action had been issued in the 1970s, the student employment program for people of color and women at the State Water Resources Department would not exist.
I was hired under the student affirmative action program to work in the economic department compiling statistical information. I was the only Black person in the central district office in the '70s. But it was at this agency where I learned that one can be an economist, geologist, engineer. manager and yes, an accountant. Those experiences and knowledge provided an opportunity for me to pursue a career as an accountant.

Institute for Social and Economic Studies/CrossRoads

In the mid 1990s Carl Pinkston 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.[2]

NCC candidate

At the Committees of Correspondence Conference, July 19,1992, Carl Pinkston was a candidate for the CoC NCC.[3]

Committees of Correspondence

In 1997 Carl Pinkston served on the National Co-Ordinating Committee of the Committees of Correspondence.[4]

Black Caucus

In 1996 Carl Pinkston was chair of the Sacramento Area Black Caucus.[5]

Socialists Urge End of Fragmentation

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96-06-26 an email was sent from David McReynolds and several other socialists, headed "Socialists Urge End of Fragmentation"

The following open letter has been sent to the organizations listed below.
The letter was drafted by Ethan Young, who has been connected with Crossroads, in consultation with a number of concerned individuals in all of the groups listed.
Fraternally,
David McReynolds, member, Socialist Party USA, New York City, June 26, 1996

To: The National Convention of the Committees of Correspondence

As members of the groups listed above, we have joined together out of concern for the future of the organized socialist left. We have two concrete proposals that are being submitted to all of our groups simultaneously, so that they might be discussed and, if accepted, acted on as soon as possible.
1. We propose that joint regional meetings of our six groups be organized for members and invited individuals, as outlined in the June 1996 issue of CROSSROADS.
2. We propose that organizing begin immediately for a national conference of socialist youth in Fall 1997, initiated by the youth members and affiliates of the six groups, but open to co-sponsorship by other agreed-upon groups and individuals.

Center for Political Education

In 1998 Carl Pinkston spoke at a series of four classes entitled "Black Liberation Movements". The classes were held at the San Francisco based Center for Political Education, an organization closely associated with the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism.[6]

In 1999 Carl Pinkston gave a talk entitled "Black Liberation Movements in America: A Marxist Analysis". The talk was hosted by the Center for Political Education.[6]

Black Radical Congress

In 2000 Carl Pinkston was the Sacramento contact for Black Radical Congress[7].

In 2000 Carl Pinkston served on the Coordinating Committee of the Black Radical Congress.[8]

Freedom Bound Center

The Freedom Bound Center was formed in the mid-1990s by Carl Pinkston and Eric Vega, another progressive Sacramento activist. “He was much more the hands-on person,” said Vega.

The organization’s mission is to “promote democratic participation, empower economically and socially disadvantaged communities, and improve the health of at-risk communities by providing theoretical education and hands-on organizing experience to community activists, especially young people of color.”

As executive director, Pinkston had trained children, teens and adults as health-care advocates in areas of Del Paso Heights and Phoenix Park. He’d launched public discussions on race and politics and helped bring noted labor leaders like Dolores Huerta to speak to local activists.

In the fall of 2005, the organization began a restructuring, and Pinkston, who’d become difficult to reach, was “let go,” according to Estella Sanchez, the founder of Sol Collective. As a Freedom Bound Center board member, Sanchez has been handling some of Pinkston’s previous duties. She said that “there was a lot of change in [Pinkston’s] personality” before he left his position. “Depression makes a lot of sense[9].”

Bank robbery

According to court documents, on January 9, 2006, Pinkston burst into a U.S. Bank in Roseville and handed a note to one of the tellers: “This is a robbery. Be quiet.”

Identified by name, age and license plate, Pinkston turned himself in to police a few days after the crime. “The total amount taken was $915.00. We will make full restitution in the amount of $915.00 when we receive the court order,” wrote Pinkston in a series of e-mail exchanges with SN&R. He declined to be interviewed.

In June, Pinkston pleaded no contest to one charge of bank robbery and received a 60-day jail sentence and a few years’ probation. He was ordered to report to Sacramento County Jail on September 14 but is still eligible for alternative sentencing.

The Placer County deputy district attorney, David Broady, said the sentence was light. “I believe it’s his first crime,” said Broady. “[Pinkston’s attorney] has letters on his behalf that might have influenced the court’s decision[10].”

Freedom Road Socialist Organization

Carl Pinkston is a Freedom Road Socialist Organization supporter.

References

  1. http://www.inmotionmagazine.com/rocsac.html
  2. Crossroads March 1996
  3. [http://www.nathannewman.org/EDIN/.left/CoC/.conference/.election.html, Committees of Correspondence Conference, July 19,1992 Final Corrections to the Balloting Committee Report by Steve Willett]
  4. CoC Corresponder November 1996/January 1997 Page 2
  5. [Forward Motion, Winter 96/97]
  6. 6.0 6.1 Center for Political Education website: Past Classes (1998 - 2007)
  7. BRC Today Vol 1,Issue 4 p 11
  8. BRC Today, Volume 1, Issue 4, Winter 2000-01, page 9
  9. http://www.newsreview.com/sacramento/content?oid=93891
  10. http://www.newsreview.com/sacramento/content?oid=93891