"A letter from the movement to the movement'
In September 2019 Rukia Lumumba 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.
Calvin Cheung-Miaw October 1, 2017 ·
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Discussion with Sekou Odinga
Iya'Falola H. Omobola August 24, 2017 ·
Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow at this event. — with Rukia Lumumba, Chevon Chatman, Baba Ifalowo Asante Nalls, Frank Figgers, Evelyn Reed, Amalya Yasmine Livingston, Bashiri Meterti, Erick Ellis El, DeKeither Stamps, Hd Lathon, Asinia Lukata Chikuyu, Samuel X. Clark, Adib Sabir, Fa'seye Sunny Indigo Gonzalez, Ivory Phillips, Jaribu Hill, Hollis Watkins, Kourtney Witha K. Bell, Kali Akuno, Angela Stewart, Cynthia Newhall, Joshua Quinn, Dominique Walker, Felicia King, Charles Brown, Halima Olufemi and Stanley Wesley.
"Scott Sisters Speak in Brooklyn!"
People's Summit 2017
The 2017 People's Summit will be held at the McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois in June 9-11, 2017. According to their website Rukia Lumumba was among the list of speakers.
- In a "stunning rebuke" to the conservative Democratic Party of Mississippi; to the reactionary Republican Party of Mississippi; to the national right-wing trend; and to the election and policies of Donald Trump; the people of Jackson, MS have risen up and overwhelming selected Chokwe Antar Lumumba the nominee of the Mississippi Democratic Party for Mayor of Jackson, MS. In overwhelmingly Democratic Jackson, the Democratic Party nomination is tantamount to election.
Chokwe Antar Lumumba‘s father was Detroit native, Chokwe Lumumba, who was one of the national leaders of the Republic of New Africa. In the mid 1980’s, Chokwe Lumumba moved his family to Jackson, MS to work on organizing a grassroots movement to root out the remnants of Jim Crow segregation, and to work for the economic and political liberation of the African-American people of the deep south. To assist with this work, Chokwe and other activists founded the New African Peoples Organization and the Malcolm X Grassroots Organization. Chokwe Lumumba subsequently ran for and was elected to the Jackson City Council. Then, in 2013, he mounted a successful campaign for Mayor and was inaugurated Mayor in July, 2013. Chokwe Lumumba died unexpectedly in February, 2014, after only eight months in office; as he was just in the early stages of implementing his "progressive grassroots programs to improve the lives of the citizens of Jackson, MS."
Chokwe Lumumba‘s son, Chokwe Antar Lumumba, agreed to run for Mayor in the special election held in 2014 to fill the Mayoral position vacated by his father’s untimely death. Although he and many supporters ran a hard-fought campaign on short notice, he was narrowly defeated by the a local minister, Tony Yarber.
Tony Yarber is widely considered to have been a disaster as Mayor. His first term expires this year. The Mayoral position was considered wide open, so nine candidates, including Chokwe Antar Lumumba, filed for the Democratic nomination for mayor. The conventional experts and pundits considered Chokwe Antar Lumumba to be the favorite, but repeatedly assumed there would have to be a run-off election between Chokwe Antar Lumumba and one of the other candidates, probably state legislator John Horhn. The latest pre-election polls showed Chokwe Antar Lumumba with around 30%of the vote; Horhn with around 20%; and the rest of the candidates trailing.
Chokwe Antar Lumumba, with his sister and campaign manager Rukia Lumumba, put together a powerful grassroots campaign, with the participation of dozens of Jackson citizens, together with national assistance from organized labor, and progressive organizations, including several members of the National Lawyers Guild. Chokwe Antar pledged to implement many of the most progressive elements of his father’s platform, including the encouragement of cooperative and employee-owned businesses; and a requirement that city contractors hire a certain percentage of Jackson residents.
May, 2, the residents of Jackson went to the polls. They issued a resounding statement that they did not need a run-off election to decide who should be the Democratic Party’s nominee for Mayor. Unofficial returns, with 100% of the precincts reporting, showed Chokwe Antar Lumumba with 55% of the vote. His closest challenger, John Hohrn, attracted only 21% of the vote. The incumbent Mayor, Tony Yarber, received only 5% of the vote. It was anticipated that Chokwe Antar Lumumba will coast into the Mayor’s seat at the general election on June 6, and be inaugurated several weeks after that.
In October 2017, Kayla Reed, Jessica Byrd and Rukia Lumumba launched the The Electoral Justice Project (EJP), which is a project by the Movement for Black Lives that aims to fight for and advance the rights of black Americans.
Jessica Byrd October 10, 2017 ·
We've been building a Blackity Black program that loves Black people, will support our Movement orgs with technical support, and intends to WIN everywhere our families live.
We're going to tell you about it in exactly one week. Ya'll ready for Electoral Justice?
Jessica Byrd July 22, 2018:
With Tishaura Jones and Rukia Lumumba.
Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith is facing former congressman and former U.S. agriculture secretary Mike Espy, a black Democrat, in a runoff Nov. 27 2018. She was captured on video praising a supporter by declaring, "If he invited me to a public hanging, I'd be on the front row."
After the video was made public Sunday, Hyde-Smith said her remark Nov. 2 at a campaign event in Tupelo was "an exaggerated expression of regard" for a friend who invited her to speak. "Any attempt to turn this into a negative connotation is ridiculous," she said.
Mike Espy on Monday called the remark "disappointing and harmful."
"It reinforces stereotypes that we've been trying to get away from for decades, stereotypes that continue to harm our economy and cost us jobs," he told MSNBC's Chris Matthews.
At a news conference Monday with Republican Gov. Phil Bryant by her side, a stone-faced Hyde-Smith refused to answer questions about the hanging remark.
"I put out a statement yesterday, and that's all I'm going to say about it," she said.
"It really rocked folks," said Democrat Rukia Lumumba, co-director of The Electoral Justice Project and a native Mississippian whose family has deep roots in the state's politics and civil rights activism. "The fact that she has yet to apologize, to recognize the impact of her comments or that people have suffered ... I hope it makes us feel the urgency."