Trevor Loudon at trevorloudon.com shares alarming information about the new mayor of Jackson, Mississippi:
Who is Chokwe Lumumba? Why should anyone but the citizens of Jackson, Mississippi care about their new Mayor?
Elected in May, Mr. Lumumba is already making his mark on the city, charting a new direction – one that may have implications far beyond Jackson, indeed far beyond Mississippi.
In 1983, the Communist Party USA and Democratic Socialists of America took advantage of a split electoral race to elect their candidate, radical lawyer and former Congressman, Harold Washington, as Mayor of Chicago
Washington appointed hundreds of leftists to city positions and solidified a movement that went on to election two more allies: Carol Moseley Braun and then Barack Obama to the U.S. Senate from Illinois.
Last month, history repeated itself in one of the South’s largest Black majority towns. Activists in Jackson, Mississippi took another advantage of another split field to steer one of their leaders, Chokwe Lumumba, into the mayoralty.
While Harold Washington was aligned with the pro-Soviet left, Lumumba is even more extreme. He is a 40-year veteran of the Maoist/black nationalist current of the U.S. left, a stream renowned for its violence and militancy.
Marxists from all over the U.S. traveled to Jackson in the final weeks of the campaign to push Lumumba over the top.
Already, Mayor Lumumba has appointed a bona fide communist to this transition team – Bill Chandler, Executive Director of the very influential Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance.
Chandler is a veteran of Cesar Chavez‘s United Farm Workers, he is a former Communist Party USA affiliate and was recently a member of the National Coordinating Committee of Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, a Communist Party splinter group.
It is because of Chandler and his radical allies in the state legislature that Mississippi has been unable to pass legislation clamping down on illegal immigrants in the state.
Given his radical background, it’s not surprising that Lumumba was also backed by the ultra-radical African People’s Socialist Party, a Maoist group which dreams of black-led revolution in the most “oppressive” nation in the world, the United States of America.
The socialists did acknowledge that Lumumba would have to moderate his image (if not his views) to get elected – just as Barack Obama did, but still supported him as a true revolutionary at heart.
A Detroit native, Lumumba (originally Edwin Taliaferro) was educated at Western Michigan University and studied law at Wayne State University in Detroit.
As a young lawyer, he created the Malcolm X Center to educate and train young Black activists.
Also at this time, Lumumba became Vice-President of the Republic of New Afrika, a staunchly anti-capitalist group which sought reparations for slavery and aimed at creating a separate Black socialist state in the South.
In 1972, the Republic of New Afrika purchased land near Jackson, Mississippi, as the geographic base for the movement. That was Lumumba’s first connection to the area.
In the early 1980s, Lumumba was lead defense counsel in the “Brinks Case,” a major legal confrontation between the Justice Department and a group of armed revolutionaries from the Weather Underground spinoff, the May 19 Communist Organization and the Black Liberation Army.
These radicals carried out the October 1981 Brinks robbery of $1.6 million from an armored car and the killing of two police officers and a guard in Rockland County, New York.
On September 3, 1983, the Brinks Case ended (from the terrorists point of view) in a “stunning defeat” for the U.S. Government. Six of the eight defendants were acquitted of all major charges and no defendant was convicted in the actual robbery. As a result of his comments to the press, Lumumba was held in contempt by the District Judge.
Lumumba also defended cop killer Joanne Chesimard, a member of the Black Liberation Army, who later escaped from prison and who now hides out in Cuba under the name Assata Shakur.
Another Lumumba client was rapper Tupac Shakur, a former member of the Baltimore Young Communist League. In 1991, Lumumba represented activists in Los Angeles rioting after the videotaped police beating of Rodney King.
Lumumba also founded the New Afrikan People’s Organization, which in turn spawned the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, which he has long led in the Jackson area.
The New Afrikan People’s Organization operated mostly from prisons and had affiliations with the Black Liberation Army, as well as other prison based extremist groups. According to the group’s “statement of principles”:
“NAPO is fully committed to the building of a sovereign socialist Black nation–the Republic of New Afrika . . . and seeks to free the land by any means necessary”
The group also reportedly provides paramilitary training to black youths.
Will Chokwe Lumumba use his position to promote a new revolutionary vision in the Deep South, just as Harold Washington did in Chicago?
Will the property taxes of Jackson, Mississippi be used to fund activists working to turn the city into the capital of a New Afrikan Republic?
Will Jackson, Mississippi become a Mecca for illegal immigrants, “crony capitalists” and radicals from all over the South?
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