Kali Akuno

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Kali Akuno


Kali Akuno is the Director of Human Rights Education at the U.S. Human Rights Network.[1]

Akuno served as the co-ordinator of special projects and external funding for Jackson Mississippi’s late Mayor Chokwe Lumumba. He is co-founder and director of Cooperation Jackson as well as an organizer with the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement.

He is is associated with the Freedom Road Socialist Organization.[2]

He is a co-founder and co-director of Cooperation Jackson.

Kali Akuno served as the Director of Special Projects and External Funding in the Mayoral Administration of the late Chokwe Lumumba of Jackson, MS. His focus in this role was supporting cooperative development, the introduction of eco-friendly and carbon reduction methods of operation, and the promotion of human rights and international relations for the city.

Kali also served as the Co-Director of the US Human Rights Network, the Executive Director of the Peoples' Hurricane Relief Fund (PHRF) based in New Orleans, Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. And was a co-founder of the School of Social Justice and Community Development (SSJCD), a public school serving the academic needs of low-income African American and Latino communities in Oakland, California.[3]

BSA connection

During the 2018 Fearless Cities North America Regional Municipalist Summit in New York City from July 27th to the 29th, Z and Sean of BSA met with Kali Akuno, Brandon King, and other members of the Cooperation Jackson team to discuss ways in which Black Socialists of America can greater serve their vision at the micro level, and our more macro vision as well, best encapsulated by our partner organization Symbiosis.

We are proud to announce that Black Socialists of America will be formally partnering up with Cooperation Jackson moving forward, and that Kali, brandon, and other members of the CJ team will be having direct involvement in many of our processes moving forward.[4]

“Forging a Black Liberation Agenda for the 21st Century”

10th Anniversary Meeting of the Black Radical Congress, “Forging a Black Liberation Agenda for the 21st Century” Black Radical Congress, June 20-22, 2008, St. Louis, Missouri.

Endorsers for the Congress included Kali Akuno Malcolm X Grassroots Movement.[5]

Center for Political Education

In 2002 Kali Akuno of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement; Ruth Wilson Gilmore of the California Prison Moratorium Project and Critical Resistance; Jay Mendoza of the Philip Vera Cruz Justice Project; and Heba Nimr, INS Watch, Co-sponsored with the California Prison Moratorium Project and Critical Resistance gave talks entitled: "U.S. Immigration Policy and the Intensifying Police State." 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 2004 Kali Akuno and Claude Marks spoke at a film showing entitled: "Let it Burn: A video interview with Robert F. Williams." The event featured the life and work of Robert F. Williams, a leading figure of the civil rights movement. This film showing was held at the San Francisco based Center for Political Education.[6]

For May Day and Beyond: White People Step up for Immigrant Rights!

From a May 2006 letter;

In the past month, five million people, mostly immigrants of color, have mobilized for justice and are making history, flooding the streets in unprecedented numbers. Meanwhile, the most visible participation by white people is coming from the racist and right wing leaders who are defining and dominating the debate in the Federal government and in the news, radio and opinion pages. Where are the voices of anti-racist white people in this crucial moment, when the worst anti-immigrant legislation in decades is still poised to drop?
We, white people who believe in justice and ending racism, have a responsibility and a historic opportunity to stand with immigrant communities and unite behind their demands. As white people, most of us with U.S. citizenship, we call out to our white communities to take to the streets for immigrant rights. We must demonstrate that the rightwing racists, from the Minutemen to in the Congress, do not represent us!
If you agree with these principles, we invite you to sign this letter and make your signature a commitment to putting them into action in your work and life.
In struggle,

Catalyst Project and the Heads Up Collective

Endorsed by: Carlos Munoz, Jr., professor, UC Berkeley, Betita Martinez, Institute for Multiracial Justice, Maria Poblet, St Peters Housing Committee, Eric Mar, Eunice Cho, Sheila Chung, Bay Area Immigrant Rights Coalition, Renee Saucedo, Day Labor Program/La Raza Centro Legal, Kali Akuno, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Jose Palafox, professor, Stanford University, Phil Hutchings, Institute for Multiracial Justice.[7]

US Social Forum National Planning Committee

Contact Sheet for the National Planning Committee of the U.S. Social Forum, Detroit 2010. Original April 09, 2009, Updated February 23, 2010.

Rosa Luxemburg Siftung

One hundred leaders of the left from North America and Europe gathered August 1-4 2014, in upstate New York for "Mapping Socialist Strategies" (organized by Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung-NYC). In this panel, Kali Akuno (Cooperation Jackson) talked about the emergence Chokwe Lumumba mayoral campaign, the late radical Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi. Elandria Williams (Highlander Research and Education Center) discussed the history and geography that has given shape to new movements in the South for economic and political power.[8]

Black Left Unity

On the weekend of May 31-Jun 1,2008, dozens of African American organizers, artists and activists convened the first Black Left Unity Meeting at the Sonia Hayes Center in Chapel Hill, NC.The gathering was a continuation of the Black Left Unity caucus that meet in Atlanta during the US Social Forum.

Those who attended the conference included Saladin Muhammad, Black Workers for Justice and the Black Workers League; ILWU Local 10 leader Clarence Thomas; activist and poet, Amiri Baraka; Million Worker March leader, Brenda Stokely; Ana Edwards, Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality; Ajamu Baraka, U.S. Human Rights Network; Patrisse Cullors, Labor Strategy Center; Efia Nwangaza; Theresa El-Amin; Kali Akuno from the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement; Jaribu Hill, Mississippi Workers for Human Rights; Vickie White, People’s Organization for Progress; labor organizer, Angaza Laughinghouse; Larry Adams, New York City Labor Against the War (NYCLAW); cultural artist, Luci Murphy; educators Muntu Matsimela, T. Menelik Van Der Meer and Sam Anderson; Yvette Modestin, Afrocaribenas y de la Diaspora; Colia Clark; and activists representing Fight Imperialism-Stand Together (FIST) and the Troops Out Now Coalition.[9]

Left Forum 2013

The Jackson Plan: The Struggle for Self-Determination and Economic Democracy in Jackson, MS Participants:

Left Forum 2014

Left Electoral Campaigns: Independent Politics, Social Movements, and Community Power

Chair/Facilitator: Alex Fields - Solidarity

Speakers/Co-Facilitators:

Left Forum 2015

Cooperation Jackson and The Struggle for Economic Democracy in Jackson Mississippi

The Business of Backlash: The Attack on the Palestinian Movement and Other Movements for Social Justice

Left Forum 2018

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Left Forum May 18:

Don't miss Cathy Dang speaking with Ajamu Baraka, Bhairavi Desai, Mark-Winston Griffith and Kali Akuno at the closing plenary of #LeftForum2018! register at leftforum.org

Study & Struggle

Catalyst Project "Study & Struggle" sessions range from small, intimate, study series, to public panel discussions and presentations. Past sessions have included:

New Orleans: Organizing on the Ground A conversation with Kali Akuno and Ingrid Chapman from People’s Hurricane Relief Fund and Oversight Coalition and the Anti-Racist Work Group of the Common Ground Collective.[10]

"All that is Solid Melts Into Air"

Brecht Forum, July 26th, 2012 OPENING NIGHT OF 3-DAY INTENSIVE SEMINAR "All that is Solid Melts Into Air" Between the 501c-3 & Zuccotti The Question of Political Organization in the US Today.

Join us for the opening of our 39th annual Marxist intensive as we continue the conversation with all of you!

Speakers Kali Akuno, Raquel Lavina, Meaghan Linick, Shaun Lin, Eric Odell, Chloe Tribich, Max Uhlenbeck & Helena Wong (With Special Performance by Desis Rising Up and Moving Youth).[11]

World Social Forum 2013

Grassroots Global Justice Alliance activists attended the World Social Forum 2013 held in Tunis, Tunisia. Delegates included Kali Akuno (MXGM), Jordan Flaherty (Floodlines), Maria Poblet (CJ/JC), Helena Wong (CAAAV), Erin Byrd (BWFJ), Autumn Martinez (UE 199), Cindy Wiesner (GGJ), Charity Hicks (EMEAC), and Tammy Bang Luu (LCSC).[12]

WE ONLY WANT THE WORLD

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The Occupied Wall Street Journal, June 2, 2013 ·

WE ONLY WANT THE WORLD.

"All the powers of old Europe have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this spectre: Pope and Tsar, Metternich and Guizot, French Radicals and German police-spies. Where is the party in opposition that has not been decried as communistic by its opponents in power? Where is the opposition that has not hurled back the branding reproach of communism, against the more adv... See More — with Sopo Sofia, Amin Husain, Jenna Pope, Christopher Gunderson, Kazembe Balagun, Jed Brandt, Liam Wright, Mint AltoMints, Doug Greene, Lenina Nadal, Bikkil Sthapit, Brandon Jourdan, Priscilla Grim, Rachel LaForest, Eric Ribellarsi, Justine Ní Thonnaigh, Joe Ramsey, Kali Akuno and Callisto Pishtova.

Mapping Socialist Strategies

Mapping Socialist Strategies was convened from August 1-4 in Briarcliff Manor, NY, by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office. It brang together 100 influential progressives and leftists from across the United States, Canada, and Europe for an “un-conference” on socialist strategies.

Attendees included Kali Akuno.

Ear to the Ground Project

Ear to the Ground Project;

We would like to express our deep respect and appreciation for everyone who took the time to talk with us, and the organizations that generously hosted us during our travels. Interviews were confidential, but the following people have agreed to have their names listed for this publication:

Most of those listed were connected to Freedom Road Socialist Organization.

Kali Akuno was among those on the list. [13]

Old and New Project supporters

Old and New Project supporters, circa 2015, Kali Akuno, Pete Dolack, Ezra Engel-Di Mauro, Daniel Doyle, Mike Frank, David Keil, Sandra Lindberg, Matt Meyer, Lee Miscere, Bryan Olamo, Linda Thompson, Takuma Umoja, Rene Valdez, Gene Warren, Jr..[14] .[15]

Lima. Peru

One of the leading forces in North America helping to lead this charge against "climate changee"has been the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance (GGJ), which is composed of nearly 60 grassroots organizations from throughout the United States, including the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM).

In early December 2014 , Kali Akuno was a delegate on the GGJ delegation to Lima, Peru for the People’s Summit on Climate Change to continue the push for a just transition and system change. The People’s IMG_0815 - Copy Summits are traditionally the social movements and civil society alternative to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, more commonly known as the Congress of Parties or COP. This People’s Summit, however focused little on COP 20 (for the 20th year of the UN Framework Negotiation process), and instead focused its attention on building links between social movements, confronting state repression, and promoting alternatives. It also focused on expanding the movement and promoting a just transition from the extractive economy on a global scale to wholeheartedly reject the final climate change framework that is expected at the COP 21 in Paris, France in 2015.[16]

Nearly three months after mobilizing over 19,000 people with the Climate Justice Alliance to the People’s Climate March and Summit in New York City during September 2014, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance (GGJ) is leading a delegation of 12 grassroots leaders from frontline communities impacted by economic crisis and climate change in the United States to the People’s Summit on Climate Change COP 20 in Lima, Peru from December 8–11, 2014.

Four leading delegates were;

Kali Akuno, Coordinator, Cooperation Jackson, Jackson MS, United States, Diana Lopez, Director, Southwest Workers Union, San Antonio, TX, United States, Tom B.K. Goldtooth, Executive Director, Indigenous Environmental Network, Bemidji, MN, United States, Cindy Wiesner, National Coordinator, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance; Co-Director, Climate Justice Alliance.

PR contacts were Ife Kilimanjaro in Lima, and Shaun Grogan-Brown in the US.[17]

Paris, France delegation

The United Nations will host the 21st climate change conference in Paris, France from November 30-December 11, 2015. The COP21 negotiations are some of the most important negotiations in history, as global leaders aim to set a universal agreement for addressing climate change for decades. This agreement is set to do the minimum to stop climate change in order to preserve the capitalist system, leaving humanity and the worlds eco-systems in peril.

The Cooperation Jackson delegation, in conjunction with the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance (GGJ) and the Climate Justice Alliance/Our Power Campaign, will participate in the Global Climate Justice Convergence against the climate negotiations to challenge the false solutions the negotiations are upholding.

Cooperation Jackson's delegation will participate in this convergence in order to share our Just Transition work for Climate Justice and Economic Democracy and learn from others around the world.

We call our delegation the “Freedom Road from Jackson to Paris” which consists of 8 members and supporters.

Kali Akuno, Sacajawea Hall, Fa'Seye Aina Sunny Gonzalez, Vernon Young, Elijah Williams, Brandon King, Marie Helene Fabien Hall, Lorraine Marie Richmond-Williams.[18]

New Politics interview

Kali Akuno was interviewed by email by Riad Azar and Saulo Colon, both members of the New Politics editorial board. Saulo Colon is also a member of LeftRoots.

New Politics: Kali, part of your work and that of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM) has been strategically and organizationally focused on the South. Can you explain the thinking behind this and also how it connects to your understanding of the specificity of the South (especially due to its changing demographics because of the recent migrations of Latino workers) in terms of capitalist power and racism?

Kali Akuno: First and foremost, it is critical to understand that the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement is a revolutionary nationalist organization that is part of the New Afrikan Independence Movement. Revolutionary nationalism is a left-wing variant of nationalism, practiced by colonized and oppressed peoples, that seeks to liberate them from the yoke of their colonizers and oppressors and replace the capitalist-imperialist social order imposed upon them with a socialist social system. The New Afrikan Independence Movement is a multi-tendency movement struggling to liberate the southeastern portion of the so-called mainland territories now colonized by the United States government. The New Afrikan Independence Movement recognizes that territories it is claiming for its national territory rightfully belong to the indigenous nations of Turtle Island, and makes no claims that supersede their just claims. However, our aim is to unite with indigenous peoples and with other oppressed peoples throughout the United States empire and break the back of white supremacy and the settler-colonial project through a unified anti-colonial, anti-imperialist, and anti-capitalist struggle. So, it is critical to understand MXGM, and its parent organization, the New Afrikan People’s Organization, and their commitment to the South in this context.

The changing demographics of the South, from our point of view, are a welcome phenomenon, in that they offer an opportunity to radically transform the South and the United States overall. In some respects, part of the rapid growth in the Latino population can be viewed as a re-indigenization of the Southeast and U.S.-held portions of North America. Overall this growth potentially weakens the base of white supremacy in the South. We say “potentially” because there is no guarantee that large numbers of Latinos won’t seek to be assimilated and incorporated into the white population, following patterns pursued by southern European immigrant communities in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. There have to be a lot of mutual and intentional unity-building efforts between Blacks and Latinos in order for the transformative potential of this historical development to be realized. Revolutionaries of all nationalities, races, and ethnicities in the South have a decisive role to play in calling for and forging this unity.

NP: A founder and leading member of MXGM, Chokwe Lumumba (who unfortunately and unexpectedly passed away in 2014) was elected Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi. Part of his political work and the organizing behind his campaign was the Peoples Assemblies. Can you explain what they are, where the idea came from, and how they are functioning now?

KA:...But, in brief, the People’s Assembly is a form of democratic social organization that allows people to exercise their agency, exert their power, and practice democracy in its broadest terms, entailing making direct decisions about the economic, social, and cultural operations of our community, and not just the contractual or electoral and legislative aspects of the social order. The germinating source of the Assembly comes, in the final analysis, from our people’s desire to exercise self-determination.

The People’s Assembly draws from many sources and traditions, going back to the Negro Conventions of thenineteenth century, which were very influential in Mississippi in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the mass meetings of the 1950s and 1960s that fueled the civil rights movement in the state. They also draw heavily on international experiences that include everything from the Paris Commune to the People’s Assemblies in Guinea-Bissau in the 1960s and 1970s, to the Zapatista Assemblies of the 1990s on.

The People’s Assembly is starting to regroup and expand its horizons since the electoral defeat of the deceased mayor’s son, Chokwe Antar Lumumba, in April 2014. It is still debating and assimilating the critical lessons from the last three years and is consciously working to incorporate these into its work to be a more effective instrument of dual power in Jackson going forward. The primary thing the Assembly is working on now is defeating the effort being led by white reactionary forces in the metropolitan region to seize control of Jackson’s water system, either by regionalizing its control board or privatizing it.

NP: The People’s Assembly seems to intentionally encourage, and build upon, an anti-racist consciousness that can arise through participatory practices and the building of solidarity between diverse communities. Can you explain the political strategy of people’s assemblies and your evaluation of them as mechanisms of popular democracy? Also, how would you compare them to the General Assembly that was part of Occupy?

KA: This is an excellent, but complex question. First, it should be known that national/racial diversity is rather limited in Jackson. Jackson is 80 percent Black, and more than 90 percent of the participants in our Assembly are Black. The greatest expression of diversity in the Assembly is class diversity. The overwhelming number of participants is drawn from the various sectors of the working class. But, there are a fair number of participants that hail from the Black petit bourgeoisie, namely small business owners and professionals (lawyers, doctors, and so on).

By weight of its membership, the Assembly has a working-class character, but it does strategically try to represent a broad multi-class people’s front. The reason is that its power is ultimately constrained by the forces of white supremacy that control the economy of Jackson and the statewide political apparatus. White supremacy is still very visceral and apparent in this state, and that creates the imperative for multi-class political forces amongst the Black community in Mississippi.

NP: The assemblies also foster alternative economic models outside the logic of capital, specifically Cooperation Jackson where you currently work. Could you discuss how this model of cooperative economics has been practiced in Black communities and how they connect to your vision of Black Liberation and economic emancipation?

KA: To gain a deeper knowledge of how cooperative economics has been employed in Black communities, I would encourage everyone to read Jessica Gordon Nembhard’s book, Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Action. It’s a must read.

Cooperation Jackson is a vehicle to advance and execute the vision of economic democracy and transformation contained within the Jackson-Kush Plan. Cooperation Jackson is an emerging vehicle for sustainable community development, economic democracy, and community ownership. Cooperation Jackson is working to develop a cooperative network in Jackson that will consist of four interconnected and interdependent institutions: an emerging federation of local worker cooperatives, a developing-cooperative incubator, a cooperative education and training center (called the Chokwe Lumumba Center for Economic Democracy and Development), and a cooperative financial institution. To learn more about Cooperation Jackson visit www.CooperationJackson.org.

NP: Could you talk about the role of MXGM and other similar organizations in supporting and helping to build the movement that has developed since Ferguson? Please also discuss the impact of the report Operation Ghetto Stormthat your organization released in 2012 and 2013.

KA: There is a spontaneous side and a historic buildup side to the current reawakening of the Black Liberation Movement that has emerged in the wake of the Ferguson rebellion.

MXGM without question has played a central role in the historic buildup over the past twenty years, but particularly the past ten years. I think we have to look at the current reawakening as a response to the catastrophe of Hurricane Katrina. The disaster in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina exposed that the U.S. government was politically willing to discard Black people en masse, particularly those sectors of the Black working class that have largely become surplus and superfluous to the cycle of capitalist production in the United States. Black radical consciousness, I argue, has been gradually transforming and advancing in the wake of this catastrophe in qualitative ways. If we look back critically, we see a pattern of Black mass resistance that emerged in 2006 – 2007 and that started with the movement to defend the Jena 6. This pattern of mass outrage and mobilization continued and advanced after the extrajudicial killing of Oscar Grant in 2009 and has remained consistent in various ways since (Trayvon Martin, Kimani Gray, on down).

Operation Ghetto Storm (better known as the Every 28 Hours Report), I believe, laid a solid foundation for the reawakening that we are experiencing now. It revealed the extent to which Black people are considered disposable by the state and started a dialogue regarding what we can and must do about it.... Going forward, it is critical that MXGM and organizations like it struggle with the masses to get them to understand that the U.S. settler-colonial project is beyond reform and that the capitalist-imperialist world system must be transformed and overcome and replaced by an new social system that respects the limits of the Earth’s production.

Tragic Times, Five Times Two

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Matt Meyer July 21, 2016: Tragic Times, Five Times Two;

Some thoughts on Policing, Black Lives Matter, and July 21st — with Claude Marks, Lumumba Bandele, Kazi Toure, Basir Mchawi, Judith Mirkinson, Amilcar Shabazz, Spiritchild XspiritMental, Jay-Marie Hill, Kali Akuno, Herman Bell, Monifa Bandele, Signe Harriday, Nate John Buckley, Osagyefo Sekou, Melina Abdullah, Asha Bandele, Jalil Muntaqim, Bob Lederer, Rosa Clemente, Anne Lamb, Paulette D'auteuil, David Ragland, [Leslie Mac], Jared Ball, Rosa Bettina, Susan Rosenberg, Dequi Kioni-sadiki, Sundiata Acoli, Meg Starr, Brittany L. Williams, Robert Seth Hayes and Mutulu Shakur.

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 invited, on Facebook included Kali Akuno.[19]

Now What? Defying Trump and the Left's Way Forward

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Now What? Defying Trump and the Left's Way Forward was a phone in webinar organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization in the wake of the 2016 election.

Now what? We’re all asking ourselves that question in the wake of Trump’s victory. We’ve got urgent strategizing and work to do, together. Join Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson of the Movement for Black Lives and Freedom Road, Calvin Cheung-Miaw, Jodeen Olguin-Taylor of Mijente and WFP, Joe Schwartz of the Democratic Socialists of America, and Sendolo Diaminah of Freedom Road for a discussion of what happened, and what we should be doing to build mass defiance. And above all, how do we build the Left in this, which we know is the only solution to the crises we face?

This event will take place Tuesday November 15, 2016 at 9pm Eastern/8pm Central/6pm Pacific.

Those invited, on Facebook included Kali Akuno.[20]

"Ungovernable"

From the Ungovernable website;

We pledge to create a resistance movement that makes Trump unable to govern our oppression; unable to deceive the people, to make the people accept his reign of hatred. We refuse to give hatred a chance to govern, a chance to roll back civil and human rights, a chance to deport millions of people, a chance to create camps and registries for Muslims, a chance to expand the prison industrial complex, a chance to expand its drone wars, or a chance to turn back the gains won by our struggles.
We pledge resistance to this renewed attack on our communities. As we resist, we will create new governing institutions, new economic relationships, and new ways of being human. What we will not do is sanction and/or normalize “overt” white supremacy.
Let’s start now. Let’s make the so-called inauguration day a day to resist a day to be ungovernable and plan for a new future and new way.
On January 20, self-organize a day of action. If possible don’t ask for permits assert your right to free speech and assembly, let it be a day of mass demonstrations, civil disobedience, and direct action and strikes.

In the evening of January 20 at 6pm join us for a nationwide town-hall on what comes next in these times.

Endorsers included Malcolm X Grassroots Movement; Organization for Human Rights & Democracy; Kali Akuno; Kamau Franklin; Community Movement Builders; Lamis Deek; Al-Awda; Kazembe Balagun; Jed Brandt; Jared Ball; Rosa Clemente; Cliff Albright; Black Votes Matter Fund; Popular Resistance; Former Black Panthers - Dhoruba Bin-Wahad, Ashanti Alston.[21]

Coordinating Committee

Coordinating Committee The Black Alliance for Peace, as of May 10 2018.

Solidarity Day School, Dallas

Solidarity Day School in Dallas, Texas, on Saturday, March 10, 2018, the first in what we hope will become a quarterly series of Day Schools for local leftists, movement activists, and organizers, all with differing levels of familiarity with Marxist theory. In doing so, we hope to demonstrate that our theoretical tradition arose from revolutionary organizing, and that same tradition is crucial to today’s leftist activism and organizing.

The event took place in two parts–the first held from 8:00 AM-4:00 PM in the Meadows Convention Center, a space designed to serve community organizers and area non-profits at no cost; the second at the Pan-Africa Connection from 7:30-9:00 PM, an amazing bookstore, art gallery, and cultural center in South Dallas. Participation in this inaugural event was based on intentional outreach rather than broad promotional efforts, including representatives from area community organizations, movement groups, and other organized socialists (especially the International Socialist Organization and many more from the Democratic Socialists of America - North Texas). Most significantly: participants also included community members whom we met in the process of collecting signatures, riding the trains and talking to passengers to fight Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART)’s proposed fare hike.

In our evening session at the Pan Africa Connection, we turned to the ways in which capitalism in America developed through genocide, slavery, and unspeakable brutality with a panel entitled “Understanding the Past, Confronting the Present, and Building a Socialist Future.” Jodi Voice Yellowfish spoke on First Nation struggles for social justice, especially with regard to reclaiming sovereignty over lands stolen by the US. Joining us via electronic technology, Kali Akuno, organizer for Cooperation Jackson in Jackson, Mississippi, discussed local struggles in Jackson, and confronting the far right and the new confederacy, and a comrade from the Mexican PRT reflected upon a recent, contentious election.[22]

References

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  2. FRSO Linking the Struggles: Amilcar Cabral and his impact and legacy in the Black Liberation Movement (Part 1) Posted on Friday December 28th, 2012 by Kali Akuno
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  5. Info Exchange, 10th Anniversary Meeting of the Black Radical Congress, June 20-22, 2008
  6. 6.0 6.1 Center for Political Education website: Past Classes (1998 - 2007)
  7. [http://rochester.indymedia.org/node/3109 For May Day and Beyond: White People Stepping Up for Immigrant Rights! Indymedia Open Letter to White Communities For May Day and Beyond: White People Step up for Immigrant Rights!]
  8. Tuesday, December 23, 2014 Weak Spots of Neoliberalism, Before and After Chokwe Lumumba
  9. National gathering discusses Black community's issues By Monica Moorehead Chapel Hill, N.C. Published Jun 5, 2008
  10. & Struggle sessions, accessed November 2015
  11. [http://dev.brechtforum.org/civicrm/event/info?id=12284&snippet=2 July 26th, 2012 6:30 PM OPENING NIGHT OF 3-DAY INTENSIVE SEMINAR All that is Solid Melts Into Air]
  12. GGJAWorld Social Forum 2013 Tunisia Report Backs Posted on Fri, 05/17/2013
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  16. GGA, Lima, the People’s Summit, and the Road Ahead Leave a comment Posted by ggjalliance on January 5, 2015 By Kali Akuno, Cooperation Jackson and the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
  17. GGJA MEDIA ADVISORY: Leaders from US Communities Affected by Climate Change Travel to Climate Talks in Peru Posted on Sun, 12/07/2014
  18. [http://www.cooperationjackson.org/draft-jackson-to-paris/2015/9/16/meet-the-delegation Meet the Delegation September 21, 2015]
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  21. Ungovernable website accessed February 7, 2017
  22. [https://solidarity-us.org/socialists-converge-texas/ Solidarity, Socialists Converge Upon Conservative Texas Shannon Carter May 1, 2018]