Linda Burnham is a Bay Area activist and founder and director of the Women of Color Resource Center.
As a journalist and activist, Burnham has traveled to Cuba with the Venceremos Brigades, worked with the the Third World Women's Alliance, the Alliance Against Women's Oppression, the Angela Davis Defense Committee, Black Women United and the Maoist organization Line of March. Burnham was active in San Francisco in the 1960s, New York in the 1970s and the Bay Area in the 1980s, where she founded the Women of Color Resource Center in Oakland in 1989.
Linda Burnham is the authorof "Has Poverty Been Feminized in Black America?" and the coauthor of Towards a Communist Analysis of Black Oppression and Black Liberation. In the late 1980s Burnham was a frequent contributor to Frontline newspaper and was active in the southern Africa solidarity movement in the Bay area.
Burnham has worked as a consultant on organizational and board development, strategic planning and staff development with a wide range of organizations, including Atlantic Philanthropies, Center for Community Change, Community Coalition, The Black Scholar, Black Alliance for Just Immigration, East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy, Family Values at Work, Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, Southern Human Rights Organizing Network and Urgent Action Fund.
She is also the National Research Coordinator for the National Domestic Women’s Alliance and was a co-founder and former executive director of the Women of Color Resource Center. She was a leader in the Third World Women’s Alliance, an organization that grew out of a women’s caucus of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and that, early on, challenged the women’s movement to incorporate issues of race and class into the feminist agenda. Burnham has written extensively on topics of Black politics and women’s rights. In 2009, she edited the anthology, “Changing the Race: Racial Politics and the Election of Barack Obama.” She is a frequent featured speaker on college campuses and to community groups, addressing issues of women’s rights, racial justice, human rights and peace. 
Building Strong, Black Organizations
Organization for Black Struggle Building Strong, Black Organizations October 22.
DSA Feminist Commission
Racism Research Project
The Racism Research Project was a group of people who had been studying various historical and theoretical questions concerning racism, especially its formative period in the seventeenth century.
- The Project was not a formal organization. Racism Research Project is an identifying name chosen for the convenience of publication.
The Critique of the Black Nation Thesis grew out of unpublished articles written by Harry Chang during the 1970s. The following people were involved in one way or another in the development of the present article:
Call for a Conference on Racism and National Oppression
Call for a Conference on Racism and National Oppression was a 1980 call by Marxist-Leninists of The Trend, most of whom were Line of March activists, for a national conference on "Racism and National Oppression" to be held in the summer of 1981 in New York or the Bay Area.
Signers from the San Francisco Bay Area were;
- Linda Burnham
- Attieno Davis
- Eileen Eya
- Phil Hutchings
- Belvin Louie
- Nobuo Nishi
- Bruce Occena
- Margo Sercarz
- Kathi Tactacquin
Origins of Line of March
Leading the initial effort to found the rectification network in December 1976 were Union of Democratic Filipinos leaders Bruce Occena and Melinda Paras and Max Elbaum, then a leader of the Northern California Alliance. Soon thereafter, Third World Women’s Alliance leader (TWWA) Linda Burnham joined the group. Believing that the organizational side of party building needed to be conducted mainly in secret, the network was initially clandestine and had no formal name, its members and supporters becoming known loosely as “rectificationists.”
In 1978, rectification leaders built close ties with two members of the Guardian staff – Executive Editor Irwin Silber and former Third World Women’s Alliance leader Fran Beal who were subsequently recruited into the rectification network. At their urging, other network members joined the just-being-formed Guardian Clubs. And Silber – who had authored many of the Guardian’s ideological polemics – began to propound key elements of the rectification perspective in his Guardian columns and in debates in the Club Network.
By late 1978 differences over the Clubs’ direction and the party-building line of the Guardian led to a split, with the Guardian Club membership – supported by Silber and Beal – breaking away to form the National Network of Marxist-Leninist Clubs (NNMLC) in March 1979. This new group enabled the rectificationists to go public and publish the first comprehensive statements of the rectification line. But as Max Elbaum notes, the NNMLC’s “public attacks on the Guardian were extremely harsh, as were its broad-stroke criticisms of the OCIC. This did not auger well for the Rectificationists’ capacity to establish friendly relations with communists who held differing views.”.
- Linda Burnham - Frontline newspaper
- Howard Jordan - Puerto Rican community activist
- Vicki Alexander - co-chair Alliance Against Women's Oppression, Rainbow Coalition Women's Commission
- Connie Hogarth - Westchester People's Alliance, Rainbow Coalition Board
Line of March
The Line of March theoretical journal was simply named - Line of March:A journal of Marxist-Leninist Theory and Politics. It was published by the Institute for Social and Economic Studies, PO Box 2809, Oakland California.
National Question Project
Line of March leader
Malcolm X conference
A conference, Malcolm X: Radical Tradition and a Legacy of Struggle was held in New York City, November 14 1990.
The "Black Liberation and Social Revolution: U.S.A. Perspectives" panel consisted of;
Institute for Social and Economic Studies/CrossRoads
In the mid 1990s served on the Board of Directors of Oakland based Institute for Social and Economic Studies- sponsor of CrossRoads magazine, which sought to promote dialogue and building new alliances among progressives and leftists... and to bring diverse Marxist and socialist traditions to bear while exploring new strategies and directions for the progressive political movements.
Committees of Correspondence 2002 Conference
At the Committees of Correspondence National Conference and Convention, July 25-28, 2002 San Francisco State University, the Plenary Panel and Discussion on Economic Justice and Globalization included; Manning Marable, with Linda Burnham, Mike Prokosch, a representative of Cuba Alternatives to corporate domination of globalization today 
Black Radical Congress
Sacramento Marxist School
- The pilot issue of War Times, a new biweekly newspaper opposing the "war on terrorism," will roll off the press on February 14... Featuring an exclusive interview with Danny Glover and a letter to President Bush from Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu, the premier of this bilingual, free publication will be distributed in several dozen cities across the country.
Serving on the War Times Organizing Committee were;
- Jan Adams, former associate director, Applied Research Center
- Linda Burnham, executive director, Women of Color Resource Center
- Jung Hee Choi, Women of Color Resource Center
- Max Elbaum, former managing editor, CrossRoads magazine
- Arnoldo Garcia, National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
- Adam Gold, STORM
- Rebecca Gordon, Seminarians for Peace
- Felicia Gustin, co-director, Speak Out
- Van Jones, national executive director, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
- Betita Martinez, director, Institute for MultiRacial Justice
- Steve Williams, executive director, POWER
- Bob Wing, former executive editor, ColorLines magazine
On Saturday evening, there was a second plenary panel, titled “The State of Black Politics.” The panelists were Linda Burnham (Women of Color Resource Center), Theresa El-Amin (Southern Anti-Racism Network, Solidarity), Bill Fletcher, Jr. (TransAfrica Forum), and Salim Muwakkil(Chicago Tribune, In These Times).
Women of Color Resource Center
In 2006 the Women of Color Resource Center Board of Directors includedCaroline Acuna-Guilartes, Linda Burnham, Jung Hee Choi, Angela Davis, Derethia DuVal, Chris Lymbertos, Genevieve Negron-Gonzales, Margo Okazawa-Rey and Cindy Wiesner.
Committees of Corresondence conference
At the 6th National Convention of the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism (CCDS) at San Francisco's Whitcomb Hotel July 23-26 2009 a Symposium roundtableconversation on "Building the Left and the Progressive Majority." featured CCDS leader Mildred Williamson, Judith LeBlanc of the Communist Party USA, Joseph Schwartz of Democratic Socialists of America, Michael Rubin of Solidarity, Jamala Rogers of Freedom Road Socialist Organization, and Linda Burnham. The panelists discussed the importance of building the left within the current upsurge, working for left unity in struggle against the right, and the tactical issues that arise in uniting the progressive majority.
Ad-Hoc Left Committee
POLITICAL HIGHS, ECONOMIC LOWS: MANAGING U.S. DECLINE
Featuring Gary Younge, Author of "No Place Like Home: A Black Briton's Journey Through the Deep South"
THURSDAY, APRIL 30 2009 St. John's Church, San Francisco
- Like previous events sponsored by this Ad Hoc Committee, this program is aimed at fostering dialogue and debate among leftists who see themselves operating within the left-wing-of-the-Obama-motion political space. If there are people sharing this broad viewpoint who you believe would be interested in participating in this conversation, we encourage you to extend this invitation to them.
At the 2010 United States Social Forum in Detroit , a forum was held "Presente! Left Movement Veterans Discuss the Path to Power and the Role of the Left in the US" June 24th from 3:00pm to 5:00pm at Cobo Hall.
- Description: Long-time activists Bill Gallegos, Lian Hurst Mann, Chokwe Lumumba, Jane Slaughter, Linda Burnham, and Pam Tau Lee join other Leftists that have plied their trade for over 30 years in an urgent discussion on the role of the left in today’s social movements. 
August 2, 2013 Bob Wing published an article in Counterpunch, on organizing in the South "Rightwing Neo-Secession or a Third Reconstruction?"
- Special thanks to my lifelong colleagues Max Elbaum and Linda Burnham and to Jon Liss, Lynn Koh, Carl Davidson, Ajamu Dillahunt, Raymond Eurquhart and Bill Fletcher, Jr. for their comments, critiques and suggestions.
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.
Lenoir and Associates
- Leonard McNeil (Mac) is the owner of Asset-based Consulting, LLC.
- Linda Burnham
- Bob Wing
- Jamana Lenoir is the owner of Frontline Multimedia.
- Kylie Favre-Smith
Revolutionary Strategies to Beat the Rising Right Wing
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.
- Many of our movements and the Left have struggled to make sense of what a potential Trump victory might mean, or what are the implications of a new Clinton administration with a broadly activated far Right. What approach should the Left take towards these possibilities? How should we think about organizing, alliance building, and constructing independent political power? How can progressive and Left movements build upon the moment generated by the Bernie Sanders campaign, the Movement for Black Lives, the immigrant rights movement, and the womanist backlash against Trump's misogynism?
- Sendolo Diaminah is on the National Executive Committee of Freedom Road Socialist Organization and the Program Coordinator with BOLD- Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity.
- Bill Fletcher, Jr., is an author and activist who is a longtime socialist and Black internationalist.
- Nelini Stamp is an organizer with the Working Families Party.
- Linda Burnham is an activist and writer for women's rights and racial justice.
Beyond Bernie: Electoral Strategy for an Independent Left
April 2019 Organizing Upgrade pulled together leaders and activists from many of the most important movements of the left electoral upsurge to discuss both short- and long-term electoral strategy. The recent resurgence of electoral engagement amongst the social movement and party left in the US is inspiring and full of potential, but still lacks a shared strategy across the groups leading the charge. Moving past the mainstream media focus on the presidential horserace, we talk to organizers on the front lines about the current state of this movement sector, and critical interventions that independent left organizers can make to move this work forward.
The strategy session included*:
- Maurice Moe Mitchell, Working Families Party
- David Duhalde, Our Revolution
- Kayla Reed, M4BL
- Andrea Mercado, New Florida Majority
- Luke Elliott-Negri, DSA
- Ash-Lee Henderson, Highlander Center, M4BL, and Southern Movement Assembly
- Jon Liss, New Virginia Majority
- Beth Huang, Boston DSA
- GLA bios, accessed July 2016
- DSA Feminist Commission Directory, 1985
- 1986 DSA Feminist Commission Directory
- [Racism Research Project, CRITQUE OF THE BLACK NATION THESIS © Racism Research Project Berkeley, California 1975]
- The Rectification Network – Line of March
- LOM, Vol 1, No 1, May-June 1980
- LOM, No 20, Winter 1987/88
- [May/June 1981 page 31]
- Crossroads March 1996
- [The Corresponder Vol 10, number 1, June 2002 http://www.cc-ds.org/pub_arch/CorresponderX1-2.pdf]
- WAR TIMES January 29, 2002
- From: Ad Hoc Left Committee To: adho...@earthlink.net Sent: 4/16/2009 9:41:33 PM Subject: Invitation for April 30: 'Political Highs, Economic Lows'
- Us Out at the US Social Forum! Posted on Saturday May 29th, 2010
- USSF program, accessed November 2015
- Ear to the Ground, About, accessed Nov. 12, 2015
- GLA bio, accessed July 2016
- Organizing Upgrade, Beyond Bernie: Electoral Strategy for an Independent Left