Jim Cason

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Jim Cason

Jim Cason... is Associate Executive Secretary for Strategic Advocacy, Legislative Director for Foreign Policy, Friends Committee on National Legislation.

Jim Cason is responsible for directing the full range of FCNL’s strategic advocacy work. In this capacity, he works with program staff to develop long term change strategies that accomplish our particular legislative goals. He also leads the lobbying of the foreign policy team.

Among his activities, Jim has organized public events with members of Congress, led efforts to reach out beyond our existing base to draw new constituencies into FCNL's lobbying work and nurtured focused, strategic grassroots lobbying in key states and Congressional districts.[1]

FCNL leaders include Executive Secretary Diane Randall, Jim Cason, Stephen Donahoe, Matt Southworth, Allyson Neville-Morgan .[2]


Jim Cason comes to FCNL after more than 30 years working for social change as an activist, journalist, non-profit leader, and lobbyist. For eight years, Jim was the U.S. correspondent in Washington, DC for La Jornada, Mexico’s second largest daily circulation newspaper. Jim also worked as a Senior Editor for AllAfrica.com, the largest distributor of news and information about Africa in the world, a leader in providing web-based international news.

Previously, Jim was a research and writing fellow for the MacArthur Foundation, examining the role of U.S. development assistance in southern Africa, and he did several stints as a consultant to the United Nations researching the role of U.S. corporations in southern Africa. He has worked as a journalist, editor, and non-profit financial consultant.

In the 1980s, Jim served as Associate Director of the Africa Fund, developing anti-apartheid campaign materials, communications strategies, and framing issues for the organization. Among other tasks, Jim helped organize lobbying to pass the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act of 1986 and work with the creative artists behind the Sun City project and Filmmakers United Against Apartheid. He was the Africa Fund staff responsible for supervision of a weekly television program broadcast on more than 60 PBS stations and directed the development and implementation of communications strategies behind campaigns such as Unlock Apartheid’s Jails and the One Person, One Vote Campaign.

He has served on the board of several national Africa organizations and worked as an adviser to a number of specific campaigns.

He is a graduate of Earlham College.[3]

"A call to build an organization for the 1990s and beyond"

Unity, January 28 1991, issued a statement "A call to build an organization for the 1990s and beyond" on pages 4 to 6.

This group was a split in the League of Revolutionary Struggle which soon became the Unity Organizing Committee.

Those listed as supporters of the call included Jim Cason, American Committee on Africa, New York.


Jim Cason, Williamsburg New York, contributed an article to Unity Organizing Committee's Unity, June 24, 1991.

Socialist Scholars Conference

Victor Mashabela, Jim Cason and Joseph Reilly were speakers on the Covert Warfare in South Africa panel sponsored by the American Committee on Africa at the Tenth Annual Socialist Scholars Conference. The conference was held April 24-26, 1992 at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York City[4]

National Summit on Africa

After the National Summit on Africa: Exchanges, 2000.

With contributions from Concerned Delegates to the National Summit, Jim Lobe and Jim Cason, Salih Booker, Michigan State Co-Chairs, Leonard Robinson and Herschelle Challenor.[5]