American Maoists’ plans to transform the Deep South got a major boost on May 2, when Chokwe Antar Lumumba won the Democratic primary in the Jackson Mississippi mayoralty with 55% of the vote.
In heavily Democratic Jackson, Lumumba will likely coast into the mayor’s seat at the general election on June 6.
Like his father Chokwe Lumumba before him, who won the mayoralty in 2013, but died a few months later, Chokwe Antar Lumumba owes his job to America’s largest Maoist grouping Freedom Road Socialist Organization and allied Marxists.
According to Freedom Road Socialist Organization national organizer Cazembe Jackson:
Freedom Road Socialist Organization/Organización Socialista del Camino para la Libertad (FRSO/OSCL) fully supports the campaign to elect Chokwe Antar Lumumba. This campaign’s foundation is based on a participatory style of governance. The people of Jackson have helped design the platform that Lumumba is running on…
In 2013, the late Chokwe Lumumba, father of Chokwe Antar Lumumba, wowed the entire country when he became mayor of Jackson. We know that a second people’s victory is challenging because those in power have already seen a glimpse of what a people’s platform looks like in practice. Today, the vision will be restored.”
FRSO/OSCL stands with the oppressed and working people of Jackson and the candidate that they have chosen, Chokwe Antar Lumumba. We’re here today driving folks to the polls, phone banking and poll watching! Dare to struggle! Dare to win!
Maoist revolutionary strategy emphasizes setting up alternative governments to those already in existence. These pseudo states give the revolutionaries legitimacy and provide resources and money to spread insurrection through the surrounding countryside.
Freedom Road will use the capture of Jackson to spread revolutionary ideas through the Southern Black Belt. They will use the city’s money to pay themselves salaries as full time revolutionaries.
The Maoists work using an “Inside-outside strategy.” They will use the Democratic Party to elect as many radicals to local, state and federal positions as possible. Then they will organize local low income, student and labor groups in opposition to the state.
Bill Chandler, a member of the Communist Party spin off Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, is Executive Director of the Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance and a major supporter of both senior and junior Lumumba. Chandler served on Lumumba senior’s Transition Team and supplied workers for both successful campaigns.
Under Chandler’s guidance, Jackson will likely become the leading Sanctuary City in the South. Watch for a major challenge to president Trump’s anti-illegal immigration policies coming from Jackson, Mississippi.