The left implodes. Great hopes were stirred by the Bernie Sanders campaign. It was alleged to be a movement that would continue beyond the primaries, beyond November, promising a Political Revolution that would transform American politics.
(continued from Uhuru Takes the Stage — Out of the Blue)
Most organizations don’t bother much in the way of theory. Just do what everybody else is doing, and keep doing more of it. (That’s why the left is doing so well!) But there is a much higher standard for revolutionary organizations. And there is a much higher price for failure. Revolution requires taking what is, then visualizing what must be, and navigating past the bleached bones of one’s forbears along an all too treacherous path. More must be said about Uhuru’s revolutionary theory.
What drew me to the Uhuru movement was not a sophisticated study of the African People’s Socialist Party platform. The formulation “No one lives at the expense of anyone else. War against the corporations! War against the System!” rang true, and made Uhuru worth checking out, to be sure. But equally persuasive — I experienced at the Jesse/Akilé campaign kickoff rally — was the sense of collective strength and, well, just plain human warmth that filled the room, something so lacking in the rest of the nasty, petit-bourgeois U.S. left. The decision to study Uhuru’s theoretical writing only followed from that.
“A crime has been committed. Reparations is the admission of that crime, one which shocks the conscience of the world.”
Such is the foundation of the campaigns that Eritha Akilé Cainion and Jesse Nevel are running as candidates for City Council District 6 and for Mayor of St. Petersburg, respectively. They have forced reparations into the mainstream. Still, scholars and legal experts want to keep Reparations their private reserve, some question whether using the term “reparations” is useful, and others argue that the term should be dropped altogether.
In the January 28, 2016 Black Agenda Report (BAR), managing editor Bruce A. Dixon had asked some of those questions:
“What would a serious discussion on reparations look like? Will anybody ever come up with a realistic roadmap to get there, or is reparations talk just that — all talk? Is reparations an answer to class politics, or is it the politics of a particular class? And what if we fought for millions of new green jobs, rolling back the prison state, guaranteed annual income, decent housing and free education but didn’t call it ‘reparations’?” Continue reading
Kunde Mwamvite (l.) Gazi Kodzo standing.
ST. PETERSBURG, July 10, 2017 — It all comes together. Last year, the night of March 31, three Black girls — Laniya Miller (15), Ashaunti Butler (15), and Dominique Battle (16) — were picked up and offered a ride home. The man went into the South Side Walmart supposedly to “get a TV,” leaving the three to wait in the car. He returned with a bag full of liquor bottles and some bad intentions. The three fled in the car, which was never reported stolen.
Somehow it ended with a wild police chase led by Pinellas County Deputy Howard Skaggs, a known killer cop. With the pursuing officers clocked at near 100 miles per hour, they forced the girls off the road and into a pond. The officers waited on the shore while the girls drowned. They died screaming.
Jesse Nevel, candidate for Mayor of St. Petersburg, challenges the Tampa Bay Times.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL, June 22, 2017 — “My name is Jesse Nevel, and I m a candidate for Mayor of St. Petersburg, Florida.” So began Jesse Nevel, who will be on the August 29 primary ballot in the supposedly non-partisan race. He was addressing a crowd of 50 supporters on the sidewalk outside the St. Pete headquarters of the Tampa Bay Times.
But you wouldn’t know it from reading the Times, whose shoddy and dishonest coverage they were gathered to protest on this hot Thursday morning. The Tampa Bay Times, the Bay News 9 TV station, and the St. Petersburg College will be hosting a St. Petersburg mayoral debate on July 25 at the Palladium Theater. Nevel has been completely shut out of the proceeding.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL, June 6, 2017 — We are young! We are Black! We are Green! We are Red! We are a movement! That was the message from the diverse crowd of 50 gathered on the steps of City Hall for the two Uhuru candidates, Jesse Nevel for Mayor, and Eritha Akilé Cainion for City Council District 6
“For the first time in the history of St. Pete, radical solutions are on the ballot for radical times,” was the message Akilé delivered back to her and Nevel’s supporters. She and Nevel had just handed in their filing papers to the St. Pete city clerk, placing them on the non-partisan August 29 primary ballot. Now the campaign was officially on.
“I will give propagandistic cause for the release of the war, whether convincing or not. The winner is not asked later whether he said the truth or not.”
— Hitler to his generals, August 22, 1939
It started out with dead Polish soldiers, or at least their uniforms were Polish. The bodies were strewn around a German radio station, and the story went that that they had snuck into Germany from Poland, seized the station and broadcast an anti-German message, only to be cut down by heroic German soldiers defending their sacred soil. Such an outrage could not go unpunished. On September 1, 1939, the Nazi divisions rolled over the Polish border and the war was on. Continue reading
For decades, fighters for social justice have been fighting for our civil rights. Many of these invaluable battles have been successful, grounded in the promises set forth in the Constitution’s Bill of Rights. We have had victories too numerous to mention. We have hit a wall. Thus in St. Petersburg, Florida, the city ran roughshod over the rights of the homeless. They were sued. The homeless won. The homeless still live in misery.
A typical victory says:
“No person’s rights, privileges, or access to public services may be denied or abridged solely because he or she is homeless. Such a person shall be granted the same rights and privileges as any other resident of this state.” Continue reading