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Larry Hamm


Lawrence (Larry) Hamm is a New Jersey activist, close to the Workers World Party and the African People’s Socialist Party.

Youthful activism

Larry Hamm was leading student demonstrations against apartheid at Princeton in the 1970s.

When Larry Hamm was high-school age, he got appointed to the Newark board of education–becoming the nation’s youngest school board member. He considered the position important enough to postpone attending Princeton, to his parents’ horror.

Larry graduated cum laude in 1978. He became president of the grassroots People’s Organization for Progress and state director of the Million Man March. The flame shows no sign of flickering. His capacity for indignation appears undiminished.[1]

1987 Rainbow conference/Board

At the 1987 National Rainbow convention in Raleigh North Carolina, a new board was elected, which included Larry Hamm.

Leading Rainbow activists

New Jersey Rainbow Coalition leaders.

Committee to Celebrate the Life of Luis Miranda Rivas

In 2009 Larry Hamm was a member of the Committee to Celebrate the Life of Luis Miranda Rivas.[2]

African People’s Socialist Party

Larry Hamm

Larry Hamm addressed the 5th Congress of the African People’s Socialist Party, July 10, 2010, Washington DC.

People’s Organization For Progress

In 2013 Lawrence Hamm, was Chairman of New Jersey's People’s Organization For Progress.[3]

Minimum Wage rally

Senator-elect Cory Booker, Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, Larry Hamm, Chairman People's Organization for Progress NJ and others addressed the NJ Rally to Raise the Minimum Wage Newark, Saturday October 26 3-5PM, Washington Park in Newark.

Co-sponsors included: New Jersey Citizen Action, Planned Parenthood Action Fund - NJ New Jersey Council of SEIU, New Jersey Time to Care Coalition Local 194, IFPTE, AFL-CIO Montclair NAACP NJ State Industrial Union Council, People’s Organization for Progress, Health Professionals and Allied Employees.[4]

Defending Libya

July 2011, a continuing mobilization against the U.S. war on Libya has taken place in cities across the country. Packed, standing room only audiences at major meetings have heard former Congressperson Cynthia McKinney report on her June fact-finding trip to Libya with the Dignity delegation. In every meeting the message rings out: Stop the U.S./NATO bombing of Libya.

Sharing the podium with McKinney were prominent fighters for justice in the New York metropolitan area, including Larry Hamm of the People’s Organization for Progress and Saleem Muhammad Aktar of the Muslim American Alliance and Muslim American Taskforce.[5]

Corky Gonzalez tribute

500 Years of Chicano History June 18, 2013;

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Happy 85th birthday Rodolfo Gonzales! Corky and the Crusade for Justice fought for community in Denver and his legacy lives on in the city today! The gente in Denver are in the middle of a fight to get a new Library named in honor of the author/poet/ community organizer. Among his many accomplishments Corky is a recent inductee to the Colorado Sports Hall of Game for his professional boxing career. Que Viva Corky! — with Maclovio Maki Lucero, Nita Gonzales, Jesus De Los Santos, Baba Zayid, Cami Wengler Vignoe, Fanny Guadalupe, Jonna Baldres, Sandra Bazan-Molnar, Ken Brown, Baub Bidon, Archie Barnes-Bey, Jesse J. Martinez, Alex Martinez, Ingrid S. Hill, Junior Martinez, D. Martinez Rodriguez, Bernadette Ellorin, Erik Sorensen-Braasch, Carolyn Kenny, Tanisha Jacob, Kazembe Balagun, Daniel Adrian Santiago, Ngoma Hill, Sandra Mistretta, Roxana Zavala Marroquin, Lawrence Hamm, Vaimoana Litia Makakaufaki Niumeitolu, Yoko Liriano and Yves Nibungco.

Free Mumia

Ingrid S. Hill, April 30, 2016;

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POP @ Pack the Court to FREE MUMIA ABU JAMAL Court Hearing, today, Monday, 4.30.2016, Philadelphia, PA. — with Roberto Cabanas, Gwen Byrd Benson, Coffee Brown, Madelyn Hoffman, Deborah Mitchell-DeBerry, Deborah Smith-Gregory, Tamia Murphy, Darleen Troutman, Brenda Edwards (Omowale), Alfreda Coachman Daniels, Larry Hamm, Taaj Williams, Dawn Haynes, Munirah Bomani, Dayvus Leesa, Sandra Hayward, Jasmine Crenshaw, Johanna Fernandez, George Gray, Sharese York, Linda Diane Powell, Deborah Jacobs, Michellene Davis, MsMarsha OnaMission, Walter Hudson, Ressie Fuller, Linda McMillan, Brenda Edwards, Jon Levine, RaydHaitian Beloved, Shelia Reid, Ray Winbush, Shirley Lunsford and Baba Zayid.

Comrades

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Jon Levine is with Bill Fletcher, Jr. and 28 others - Richie Chevat, Francy Caprino, Ellie Gitelman Bagli, Mindy Gershon, Ajamu Dillahunt, Steve Backman, Dennis O'Neil, Martha Cameron, Glen Ford, Stan Goff, Sean Crimmins, Nat Turner Bender, Dave Blalock, James Carey, Larry Hamm, Sally Davidow, Bert Barao, Joe Fine, Bella August, Richard Cammarieri, Jeff Crosby, Sidney Brown, Carol Fine, Charles Bagli, Willa Cofield, Carmen Berkley.

September 14, 2016:

Thanks to Alfreda Coachman Daniels for sharing this 40 year old historic photo from a 1976 anti-busing rally in Boston. Shaun King, from whom Ms. Daniels shared this blast-from-the-past photo, commented "The American flag may represent freedom to you but it meant something else to this man."[6]

Tribute to Fidel

At least 500 people jammed the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Cultural Center in Harlem, N.Y., on Feb. 4, 2017, to pay tribute to Fidel Castro Ruz, leader of the Cuban Revolution, at an event entitled, “The Legacy Continues.” Gail Walker, executive director of IFCO (Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization)/Pastors for Peace, shared emcee duties with Malcolm Sacks of the Venceremos Brigade.

At the podium was a large photograph of Malcolm X and Fidel laughing during their historic meeting at Harlem’s old Hotel Theresa in 1960. In the meeting hall, along with the historic site’s murals of Malcolm’s life was a beautiful banner with a portrait of Fidel painted by Carlito Rovira, a former member of the Young Lords.

Zayid Muhammad, revolutionary poet and organizer from Newark, N.J., gave a libation that evoked Caribbean revolutionaries Marcus Garvey, Pedro Albizu Campos and Jose Martí.

There was video footage of Fidel speaking at Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church in 1995 and at Riverside Church in 2000. Talking about his 1960 visit to New York, Fidel recalled he had said, “I’m going to Harlem. That’s where our best friends are.”

The Honorable Anayansi Rodríguez, Cuban ambassador to the United Nations, said to audience members, “You are sisters and brothers.” She pointed out that Fidel made several trips to New York City before and after the Cuban Revolution’s triumph in 1959. The ambassador also spoke of Fidel’s love for the Rev. Lucius Walker, a sentiment which was visually displayed in a video where Fidel embraced his friend.

Rev. Walker, Gail Walker’s father, founded Pastors for Peace. He died in 2010. He had been wounded by U.S.-backed contra terrorists seeking to overthrow Nicaragua’s Sandinista government in 1988. Two people in Walker’s group were killed.

Video statements were played from South Africa, Angola and Namibia. Jerry Matthews Matjila, South Africa’s ambassador to the U.N., called Fidel “a great friend and ally.” Over 2,000 Cuban soldiers died fighting for African freedom against apartheid armies supplied by the Pentagon and Israel.

Walker recognized Nguyen Phuong Nga, U.N. ambassador from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, who was in the audience. So was former political prisoner Sekou Odinga, a member of the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Army who spent 30 years in jail. Walker also acknowledged longtime Puerto Rican revolutionary Esperanza Martell, the Rev. Herbert Daughtry of the House of the Lord Church and James A. Forbes, senior minister emeritus of the Riverside Church.

Dr. Joaquín Morante, a physician practicing in East Harlem, announced that Cuba had provided a free medical education to 145 doctors from the U.S. at the Latin America School of Medicine. He was one of them. “I stand amazed at what was accomplished,” said Morante, noting that Cuba trained 20,000 physicians from over 100 countries at the school. None paid a dime.

The tribute had many cultural presentations. Sala Cyril read a poem saluting Fidel by Zenzile Khoisan from South Africa. “Revolutionary Cuba is my second homeland,” declared Puerto Rican revolutionary Frank Velgara, who read a poem honoring Fidel. Velgara helped organize the tribute.

World-renown jazz pianist Dayramir Gonzalez and violinist Taitiana Ferrer performed. Cuban-born González said that at 16 he was able to travel the world. He warned people not to get sick in the U.S. since “health care and education are not a priority,” unlike in socialist Cuba.

“Long live the Haitian and Cuban revolutions!” declared Ninaj Raoul, director of Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees. She said Haiti should have established Committees for the Defense of the Revolution like Cuba had done.

Jaime Mendieta, the president of Casa de las Americas, also spoke of Fidel’s trip to New York following his release from prison in 1955. Fidel addressed 800 people to gain support for the July 26th Movement fighting the dictator Fulgencio Batista.

Members of Casa de las Americas courageously aided the struggle against Batista and later defended the Cuban Revolution. Luis Miranda, longtime president of CASA who died in 2007, was wounded in New York City by Cuban counterrevolutionaries. The attackers were protected by city police.

Anti-war activist Leslie Cagan, who received Cuba’s Medal of Friendship, reminded the audience that the event was being held on the anniversary of Amadou Diallo’s assassination in 1999. New York City cops fired 41 shots at the immigrant from Guinea.

Larry Hamm, leader of New Jersey’s dynamic People’s Organization for Progress, helped wind up the program with a fiery speech: “U.S. imperialism has not been able to defeat the Cuban Revolution. We must end the blockade against Cuba. … To make revolution in the United States is the greatest tribute to Fidel.”

Hamm strongly asserted, “We know the Cuban people will protect Assata Shakur,” referring to the Black revolutionary given asylum and trained as a doctor by Cuba.

In the beautiful printed program produced by the New York-New Jersey Cuba Sí Organizing Committee, Workers World Party declared: “Fidel will continue to inspire not only the Cuban people but the hundreds of millions around the world who yearn for liberation. A genuine Marxist Leninist, Fidel was able to stand up to the strongest imperialist power to create and build an independent socialist project right under the nose of the U.S.”[7]

Our Revolution

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