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Montague Simmons is a St. Louis Missouri activist. He is a community organizer and human rights activist. As Movement Voter Projects’s Local Justice Director, he supports and connects local justice alliances, as well as local criminal justice related electoral and advocacy campaigns (ie. district attorneys, sheriffs, judges, closing jails, and passing state and local policies). A native of St. Louis, Montague has worked to build movements locally and nationally that are rooted in building Black political power and self-determination, advancing the leadership of oppressed nationalities and gender identities and centering the most marginalized. During the Ferguson Uprisings, Montague was a co-convener of the Don’t Shoot Coalition and at the time led the Organization for Black Struggle. Since leaving OBS he has continued to work to build just economy, confront police violence and to build alternative structures to advance participatory and protagonist democracy.

Montague is also a leader in the campaign to Close the Workhouse, which aims to close the horrific medium security facility in St. Louis, end the city’s unconstitutional pre-trial detention practices, and shift public safety resources toward a focus on Community Wellness. He continues to be a part of the growing ecosystem of organizations that are the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL). With its beginnings in the Ferguson Uprisings the M4BL has engaged some of the most brilliant and visionary Black thinkers and organizers of our day and through cooperation and coordination has now taken the mantle to continue our generations long fight for liberation.

He is Local Justice Director for the Movement Voter Project. [1]

Frontline Dispatches

Organizing Upgrade September 29 2020.

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We are very excited to announce this amazing new line-up of hosts on our show Frontline Dispatches. We've been running this show since this summer's uprisings, and this brilliant new group of hosts will bring you a weekly interview that tells the story of organizers working on the most urgent struggles of our time. Welcome Montague Simmons, Jayanni Webster, Gerald Lenoir, Diana Robinson, and Xiomara Corpeno.

Tomorrow, new host Diana Robinson will talk with Axel Fuentes from the Rural Community Workers Alliance about the food industry workers putting it all on the line during the pandemic to keep our entire food supply safe.

Movement for Black Lives Reparations Toolkit

Monifa Bandele FB July 27 2019 Praising Reparations Toolkit

The "primary authors" of the Movement for Black Lives Reparations toolkit[2] were Andrea Ritchie, Deirdre Smith, Janetta Johnson, Jumoke Ifetayo, Marbre Stahly-Butts, Mariame Kaba, Montague Simmons, Nkechi Taifa, Rachel Herzing, Richard Wallace, and Taliba Obuya.

Acknowlegements:

We are also grateful for the vision, support, research, design, and feedback provided by Iman Young, Ash-Lee Henderson, Gina Clayton-Johnson, Karl Kumodzi, M. Adams, Mark Anthony Clayton-Johnson, Monifa Bandele, Thenjiwe McHarris, Mariame Kaba, Anneke Dunbar-Gronke, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Ky’eisha Penn, Micah Wiedemann, Justin Hansford, Leigh Goodmark, Joy Dodge, Dominique Zenani Barron, and Emma Toju Anna Uwejoma.

On July 27, 2019, Monica Bandele posted congratulations[3] to the Movement for Black Lives for launching a Reparations toolkit.

"In the name of #QueenMotherMoore, on her 121st BIRTHDAY, The Movement for Black Lives is launching a toolkit to provide grounding and direction to the modern-day call for #Reparations. First, we honor and take the leadership of those who have been decades long in the work like Nkechi Taifa, Ron Daniels, Kwesi Jumoke Ifetayo, and many others. BIG shout out to Montague Simmons Marbre Stahly-Butts Andrea Ritchie Dara Cooper Richard Wallace Taliba O Njeri Mariame Kaba Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson Gina Clayton-Johnson Justin Hansford Iman Young Karl Kumodzi, all of the authors and editors, and EVERYONE on the M4BL Policy Table Thenjiwe Tameika McHarris Mervyn Marcano. #ReparationsNow #ReparationsHow - https://Bit.ly/reparationshow

"A letter from the movement to the movement'

In September 2019 Montague Simmons was one of 100 black leaders, many affiliated with Liberation Road who signed A letter from the movement to the movement defending Maurice Moe Mitchell and Nelini Stamp of the Working Families Party for endorsing Elizabeth Warren instead of Bernie Sanders for the Democratic Party presidential nomination.

A Vision for Black Lives

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An Immediate End to the Criminalization and Dehumanization of Black Youth Across All Areas of Society Including, but Not Limited to, Our Nation’s Justice and Education Systems, Social Service Agencies, Media, and Pop Culture.

Authors & Contributors of this 2017 report included ● Whitney Maxey, Miami Public School Teacher ● Kwame Torian Easterling, MD, MPH ● Monica McLemore, PhD, MPH, RN, University of California, San Francisco ● JoHanna Thompson, MPA ● Nimaako Brown, MPH, CHES ● Thena Robinson Mock, Education Law CenterRuth Jeannoel, Power U Center for Social Change ● Rachel Gilmer, Dream DefendersChelsea Fuller, Advancement ProjectMarbre Stahly-Butts, Center for Popular DemocracyRachel Herzing Soros Justice Fellow ● Mary Hooks, Southerners On New GroundMark-Anthony Johnson, Dignity and Power NowTanya Greene, Attorney at Law ● Daryl Atkinson, Southern Coalition for Social JusticeAndrea Ritchie, Soros Justice Fellow ● Arielle Humphries, Center for Popular DemocracyCarl Lipscombe, Black Alliance for Just ImmigrationCrystal Peters, Center for Popular DemocracyChinyere Tutashinda, The Center for Media JusticeMalkia Cyril, The Center for Media JusticePete Haviland-Eduah, Million Hoodies Movement For JusticeKesi Foster, Urban Youth CollaborativeMontague Simmons, Organization for Black StruggleDeAngelo Bester, Workers Center for Racial JusticeDorian Warren, Center for Community ChangeDara Cooper, National Black Food and Justice AllianceBrandon King, Cooperation JacksonLinda TiganiAnja Rudiger, National Economic and Social Rights InitiativeCathy Albisa, National Economic and Social Rights InitiativeKarl Kumodzi, Black Youth Project 100, BlackbirdSteven Pitts, National Black Workers CenterRichard Wallace, Workers Center for Racial JusticeBenjamin Ndugga-Kabuye, Black Alliance for Just ImmigrationErica Smiley, Jobs with JusticePatrick Mason, Ph.D., Florida State University, National Economic and Social Rights InitiativeBeatriz Beckford, National Black Food and Justice AllianceRose Brewer, PhD, University of Minnesota ● Ife KilimanjaroToussaint Losier, Chicago Anti ­Eviction CampaignMya Hunter, Spirit HouseM. Adams, Freedom, Inc.Jonathan Stith, Alliance for Educational JusticeLumumba BandeleEmmanuel Caicedo, DemosViviana Bernal, DemosDamon L. Daniels, DemosTrupania Bonner, Open Democracy Project/Crescent City Media Group[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 Montague Simmons, Organization for Black Struggle.[5]

OBS activists

Organization for Black Struggle activists.

1980s Derek Huggins, Brenda McGee

Jamala Rogers, Montague Simmons, Kalimu Endesha, Halisi Lester, Waylon McDonald.[6] · Juliette Jacobs, Audrey Hollis and Nikia Paulette[7] · Darrick Smith, Aaron Burnett, Reuben Louis Riggs-Bookman, Grady Brown.[8], Tef Poe, Kayla Reed. ·

The Justice Institute

In 2010, The Justice Institute-St. Louis Subcommittee on the United States Social Forum consisted of Rebecca Rogers, Montague Simmons, JuJu Jacobs, Steve Hollis, Justin Stein.[9]

Mandela memories

In December 2013 Freedom Road Socialist Organization's Claire Tran asked fellow activists Cameron Barron, Mary Jo Connelly, Jamala Rogers, Peter Hardie, and Montague Simmons to share their reflections after the death of Nelson Mandela. They talked about his life and the influence and lessons from the anti-apartheid movement.[10]

Ferguson/Black Lives matter

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Center Montague Simmons Jacob Branson, Emma Louise Mutrux, back right Steve Hollis, right Janelle Jackson

Freedom Road Socialist Organization members and friends in Ferguson.

Freedom Road meeting

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Spring 2015, the New York/New Jersey District of Freedom Road Socialist Organization sponsored a forum entitled “Ferguson: The Movement So Far and Lessons for Coming Struggles.” The first speaker was "our comrade", Montague Simmons, Chair of the legendary Organization for Black Struggle in St. Louis.[11]

The meeting was held 39 Eldridge St,New York, 19 March 2015. Organized by Eric Odell.

A Discussion with Montague Simmons Chair of the Organization for Black Struggle – St. Louis and labor organizer

Loyda Colon Co-Director of the Justice Committee, a Latina/Latino-led organization dedicated to building a movement against police violence and systemic racism in New York City

Speaking for the first time in NYC since the police murder of Michael Brown, the chair of OBS, which played a major role in the Ferguson protests, discusses the new strategies, organizational forms and social forces that emerged there, and how the movement was sustained. Loyda Colon will reflect on the Justice Committee’s work organizing with families directly impacted by police violence, and will share their thoughts on the current movement in NYC.
Together they will share their thoughts on key questions for the movements against police abuse that are erupting around the country. How do we hold together broad united fronts with different generations, cultures, classes and political perspectives? What’s the role of anti-capitalists and socialists? What kind of policing reforms do we want and how do they relate to other issues in our communities, and to radical social transformation?[12]

Those signalling their intention to attend on Wherevent included John McCarthy, Juliet Ucelli, Betty Yu, Lily Defriend, Wai Yee Poon, David Unger, Matthew Tinker, Ryan Briles, Enbion Micah Aan, Erick Moreno, Terry Marshall, Jesse Baboo, Daniel Tasripin, Anton Han Kiang, Starlitekid Cosmos, Clayton Nino Brown, Miguel Marrero-Bermudez, Joy Schulman, Jeanne D. Shaw, Mark Swier, Stephanie Zukasaka, Denise Chupacabral, Anne Mitchell, Emma Pliskin, Oriana Roeckraeyer, Lara Shepard-Blue, Karly Safar, Robina Rai, ManSee Kong, Teresa Basilio, Aisha Shillingford, Adriana Cruz, Ofie Virtucio, Rivka Paradis, Katrina Cortes, Sharice Richards.[13]

FRSO election plan

Facebook 2016

Montague Simmons is close to Freedom Road Socialist Organization.

Vision 4 Black Lives

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Karl Kumodzi, Mervyn Marcano, Thenjiwe Tameika McHarris, Montague Simmons, Zakiya Scott, Maurice Moe Mitchell, Dara Cooper, Ash-Lee Henderson, Morathi Adams and Marbre Stahly-Butts, Facebook, August 1, 2016.

Family

Ash-Lee Henderson August 21, 2016 ·

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  1. FamilyMatters — with Montague Simmons, Thenjiwe Tameika McHarris, Dara Cooper, Marbre Stahly-Butts, Karl Kumodzi and Morathi Adams.

"Cap the Rate and Raise the Wage!"

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Progress Missouri May 6, 2012 · ·

This is what democracy looks like! More than 350,000 signatures submitted to the Missouri Secretary of State to Cap the Rate and Raise the Wage!

Did you and your friends sign the petitions? Tag the photo here! — with Frank Kovarik, Bob Minor, Derek Wetherell, Charlie Edelen IV, Eric Meyer, Montague Simmons, Joseph Anthony, Richard Von Glahn, Jim Kottmeyer, Jeff Ordower, Trista Soendker Nicholson, Caitlyn Adams, Cathy Sherwin, Matthew Patterson, Alexandra Townsend, Alyssa Soendker, Lara Granich, Mary Clemons, Wayne Brekhus, Robin Acree, James Powell, Julie Terbrock, Bradley Harmon, Aaron Burnett, Reese Erick Forbes, Jonathan Byrd, Amy Smoucha, Jimmy Lappe, David Martino, Lenny Jones, Mary Still, Eva Kathleen Schulte, Kim Clark, Jeanette Mott Oxford, Nancy Cross, Jeff Mazur, Dick Wilson, Brendan Smith, Roy Temple, Sarah Wood Martin, Adam J. Shriver, Phil Snider, A.J. Bockelman, Tianna Soendker and Shannon Duffy.

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 indicating they would attend, on Facebook included Montague Simmons.[14]

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 saying they would attend, on Facebook included Montague Simmons .[15]

Beyond Shell Shock

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Beyond Shell Shock: Labor after the Trump disaster was hosted by Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Sunday, February 26 at 8 PM - 9:30 PM.

Hosts Bill Fletcher, Jr.; Erica Smiley; Bob Master; Neidi Dominguez; Bryan Proffitt; and Jeff Crosby;

Join us in this webcast to take a hard look at the place we're in as a labor movement - and consider how we can make the labor movement be a leading force in the resistance to Trump and the fight for a better world.
What's our strategy? What kinds of alliances do we need? Do we just play defense?
In the face of National Right to Work, vicious attacks on workers of color in and out of the workplace, escalating divisions in the AFLCIO and the Democratic Party, and more we've got our work cut out for us. Let's figure out how to win.

Those attending included Montague Simmons .

""Introduction to Black feminism"

"Intro to Black Feminism" hosted by Sendolo Diaminah Cazembe Jackson, and Adrienne Maree Brown.

Tuesday, August 15 at 8:30 PM

Created for Black August Practice Group.

Sendolo Diaminah August 15, 2017;

Black people! Tonight my beloved sister Adrienne Maree Brown is leading a web discussion about Black Feminism as part of a series of Black August political education sessions hosted by Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Freedom Road Socialist Organization, and BOLD.[16]

Those expressing interest on Facebook included Montague Simmons.

Black Ideological Struggle Webinar

Black Ideological Struggle: Radical, Liberal, Conservative Public · Hosted by Sendolo Diaminah and Cazembe Jackson

Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 8:30 PM

Created for Black August Practice Group

Join Sendolo Diaminah for a conversation about why Black radicals can and must learn how to effectively engage liberal and conservative ideologies among our people.
September 2, 2017. Hey family! Here is the final recording from the Black August webinars! Sendolo Diaminah took lots of patience and creativity breaking down Black Ideological Struggle for us.[17]

Those expressing interest on Facebook included Montague Simmons.

Comrades

Montague Simmons February 13 2019.

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With Kayla M. Reed, Rodney McGruder Brown, Damon Davis, Jay-Marie Hill, Devonn Thomas and Brittany Ferrell.

References

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  2. https://m4bl.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Reparations-Now-Toolkit-FINAL.pdf Movement for Black Lives Reparations Now Toolkit (accessed Sept 23 2020)]
  3. Facebook Post (accessed Sept 23 2020)
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  5. Info Exchange, 10th Anniversary Meeting of the Black Radical Congress, June 20-22, 2008
  6. https://www.facebook.com/obs.stl/photos/pb.1572405142979782.-2207520000.1451525582./1587503414803288/?type=3&theater OBS FB, Organization For Black Struggle December 23, 2014]
  7. https://www.facebook.com/obs.stl/photos/pb.1572405142979782.-2207520000.1451525582./1586761548210808/?type=3&theater OBS FB, Organization For Black Struggle December 21, 2014]
  8. https://www.facebook.com/obs.stl/photos/pb.1572405142979782.-2207520000.1451525582./1587503358136627/?type=3&theater OBS FB, Organization For Black Struggle December 23, 2014]
  9. ST Louis Activist Hub blog, Monday, April 26, 2010 The United States Social Forum
  10. [http://freedomroad.org/2013/12/remember-struggle-and-be-transformed-by-the-struggle-reflecting-on-the-passing-of-nelson-mandela/ FRSO “Remember, Struggle and Be Transformed by the Struggle!” — Reflecting on the Passing of Nelson Mandela Posted on Thursday December 12th, 2013 by FRSO/OSCL]
  11. FRSO, An In-Depth Look at the Ferguson Eruption: Organization for Black Struggle Leader Lays It Out Posted on Thursday August 13th, 2015 by FRSO/OSCL
  12. [http://www.wherevent.com/detail/Eric-Odell-Ferguson-The-Movement-So-Far-and-Lessons-for-Coming-Struggles Whereevent, Activities New York / Description A Discussion with Montague Simmons]
  13. Wherevent, A Discussion with Montague Simmons
  14. FB Revolutionary Strategies to Beat the Rising Right Wing Went 109
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