[Marxism] Kali Akuno’s Oct 21 remarks on sustainable organizing in Jackson MS

Ralph Johansen mdriscollrj at charter.net
Sat Nov 4 17:48:46 MDT 2017

I suggest that we all listen carefully to Kali Akuno’s Oct 21 remarks 
here on YouTube [about 1 hr. 18 min.], about Jackson, MS and the major 
efforts being made by socialists in the Black community there to cope 
with material conditions, think short term as it contributes to long 
term goals and sustain community in the process. This includes 
self-support, acquisition of land for growing their own food and 
housing, refraining from electoral politics when they see clearly that 
success there simply means managing repressive austerity, with a far 
right white legislature coming to MS in January that is going to make 
things much tougher for this community. As in many places, the 
unemployment rate in Jackson exceeds 50%. A lotta sense is going down 
there and much to learn from. Building on the work of Fanny Lou Hamer, 
the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and Malcolm X, with emphasis on 
theoretical and practical clarity. This to me is an approximation, an 
example of how left organizing has to proceed in the patch that we are 
now in.


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