Hard Times Conference
In 1976 Claudette Furlonge for Workers World Party attended the Weather Underground and Prairie Fire Organizing Committee organized Hard Times Conference Jan 30 - Feb 1 at the University of Chicago.
April 15, 1978 — In one of the most militant and massive demonstrations held anywhere in the United States since the civil rights struggle of the 1960s, over 35,000 people, the majority Black, Asian and Latin youth, came to Washington, D.C., to voice their total opposition to the racist Bakke case now pending before the Nixon-packed U.S. Supreme Court.
Chanting “We won’t go back, send Bakke back,” the angry voices of thousands of youth from the oppressed communities demanding the overturn of the notorious Bakke decision, an end to racism and upholding of affirmative action programs were undoubtedly heard in the hallowed halls of the Supreme Court and the White House.
Among the speakers at the rally were Grantland Johnson from the National Committee to Overturn the Bakke Decision, Aimee Cruz of Union of Democratic Filipinos, Digna Sanchez of the Puerto Rican Socialist Party, Betsy Gimbel of Disabled in Action, Reverend Bob Pruitt, Joe Malloy, a coal miner and member of the United Mine Workers Union, and Claudette Furlonge of the Women’s Focus of the National Committee to Overturn the Bakke Decision.
Larry Holmes, New York City mobilizer of the National Committee to Overturn the Bakke Decision, received a tremendous cheer as he opened his remarks with the chant “Down with Bakke, up with Soweto.” He then went on to express the sentiments of all those participating in today’s demonstration when he said, “Today we have a meeting of organizers, a meeting of anti-racist activists. We have to be about continuing the struggle. Our presence here today is making history, making April 15 a turning point in the struggle to liberate the oppressed people.”
This leaflet advertised a meeting on Saturday, November 20 to hear several speakers: Cosmo Pieterse, a South African freedom fighter and member of the African National Congress (ANC); Rev. Edgar Jackson, leader of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Movement in Chicago; Dennis Serrette, President, New York Chapter of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists ; and Claudette Furlonge, a leading member of Workers World Party.
Affirmative Action Coordinating Center
The AACC was formed in 1979 as a joint project of the National Lawyers Guild, National Conference of Black Lawyers and the Center for Constitutional Rights. Director Gerald Horne was aided by CCR director Marilyn Clement, lawyers Randolph H. McLaughlin and Doris Peterson, and legal worker Claudette Furlonge who serve as AACC board members and advisers.
- Outlaws in Amerika, West Goals 1982, Pg33-35
- Workers World, WW in 1978: 35,000 march to ‘Beat back Bakke!’ Workers World is in its 50th year of publication. We reprint this article from the April 21, 1978, issue of the paper as part of our special archival series. By Jaime Veve
- Information Digest, August 8,1980 page 267