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East Bloc visit

In 1985, a delegation of 16 Afro-American journalists traveled to the Soviet Union, German Democratic Republic and Czechoslovakia[1].

The delegation consisted of

The trip was organized by International Organization of Journalists executive Don Rojas, the American educated former press secretary to Grenada's late leader Maurice Bishop[3], in conjunction with the Black Press Institute, the National Alliance of Black Journalists and the National Newspaper Publishers Association-the US's largest organization of owners of black newspapers.

According to one of the tours leaders Alice Palmer[4];

The trip was extraordinary because we were able to sit down with our counterparts and with the seats of power in three major capitals-Prague, Berlin and Moscow. We visited with foreign ministers, we talked with the editors of the major newspapers in these three cities...
It was a very unusual trip because we were given access...Every effort was made to give us as much as we asked for...We came back feeling that we could speak very well about the interest of the socialist countries in promoting peace.
This was before the (Soviet nuclear test ban) moratorium, this was before the Reykjavik offers...It was very clear to us in our conversations and interviews with people at that time, that this was already something of concern and, something that would be promoted when the opportunity arose, as we can see that it has been.

How Class Works

At the How Class Works - 2002 Conference, panels included; 5.3 Class and Race

“African-American Class Struggles During the Civil Rights/Black Power Movements”

  • Jeff Lustig, California State University at Sacramento – Government

“Class Resumed: The Tangled Knot of Race and Class and What It Means for How Class Works in America”

  • Rachel Meyer, University of Michigan – Sociology, graduate program

“Strikes and Sit-ins: Class Struggle and the Making of Interracial Unionism”

“Black Nationalism and the Class Functions of Race in American Politics”

  • John Williams, Chair, Stony Brook - History[5]

Ami Bera volunteers

July 2015, Glennda Campos forwarded an email from Rick Guerrero Chair, Democratic Party of Sacramento Voter Registration.

Dear River City Dems-
Here is an opportunity to be involved with other Dems & support the election of Dr Ami Bera doing voter registration. Please see the email below for needed information. It's also a chance to wear your River City T-shirt.

Let's elect Democrats to Congress,
Glennda Campos

The email went to John Williams, and others.


  1. Peoples Daily World Dec 24 1986 p 10
  2. New Deliberations Spring 1986 pages 4/5
  4. Peoples Daily World Dec 24 1986 p 11
  5. How Class Works - 2002 Conference Schedule (accessed July 24 2010)