Category Archives: Oppressed Nationalities

Chokwe: Reflections on a Fallen Warrior

It is surreal. Instead of welcoming the impending celebration of Chokwe Lumumba’s first year in office as mayor of Jackson, we are struggling to put his son into the mayor’s vacated seat. Chokwe Antar Lumumba was hastily drafted to run … Continue reading

Posted in Oppressed Nationalities, Presente!

Fast Food Workers: Giving Juice to a Revived Living Wage Movement

On the morning of December 5th, 15 fast food workers and 30 supporters gathered outside the McDonald’s on Highland in Memphis, Tennessee. After some picket-line discussion of tactics and their risks, one worker, Reese, said “I didn’t come here to … Continue reading

Posted in Labor, Oppressed Nationalities

44 years after Fred Hampton’s murder, the struggle continues

On December 4, 1969, Black Panther leader Fred Hampton was murdered in cold blood by the Chicago Police Department in conspiracy with the FBI. Although many years have gone by since then, the people’s love for this great revolutionary has … Continue reading

Posted in Oppressed Nationalities, Poetry, Police & Prisons

“Uh-Oh, Instead of Defeating Us They Made Us Defiant”

Since April North Carolina has made national and international news with a remarkable social movement that has gathered thousands to protest, with nearly 1,000 arrests for civil disobedience. The Forward Together Movement, led by the North Carolina NAACP, showed up at the … Continue reading

Posted in Electoral Strategy, Oppressed Nationalities

Bending Toward Justice: Marching on Washington

Download a PDF of this statement “We have come to the nation’s capital to cash a check……. America has given the Negro people a bad check which has come back marked ‘insufficient funds.’” For Whites Only Martin Luther King, Jr. … Continue reading

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“When we fight, we win!” Talking about Jackson and the Chokwe Lumumba campaign

Ash-Lee Henderson participated in a Freedom Road Socialist Organization delegation to Jackson, Mississippi to support the Lumumba campaign during the Democratic Primary in May 2013. Both members and friends of Freedom Road participated in canvassing, poll-watching, sign holding and other … Continue reading

Posted in Electoral Strategy, Oppressed Nationalities

No More Zimmermans: Reflections from a Teacher, Uncle, and Activist

I’ve been an activist, organizer, and high school teacher who has thought about and worked on questions of race and justice for my entire adult life.  Because of that, I’ve seen some things that prepared me for the emotions that … Continue reading

Posted in Oppressed Nationalities, Students

A Time of Outrage: Statement on the Murder of Trayvon Martin and the Acquittal of George Zimmerman

Freedom Road asks all freedom fighters and people of good will to stand and act against racism and white supremacy in the United States. Let us turn our grief and anger into understanding, and our understanding into unity of purpose. … Continue reading

Posted in NEC Statements, Oppressed Nationalities, Police & Prisons

Somebody “Fixin’ to be Killed” – A review of We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement

This article was originally published on BlackCommentator.com. Mississippi: Armed SNCC members abduct white night riders and release them after giving them a warning. A white cop gets knocked unconscious by a black man for slapping a 14-year-old black girl. Armed … Continue reading

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Zimmerman and the hunting of Black Folks

This article was originally published on billfletcherjr.com. I received the news when i was getting ready to eat. I was prepared, intellectually, for a not-guilty verdict.  I was not ready in my gut. As a radical i am quite aware … Continue reading

Posted in Oppressed Nationalities, Police & Prisons