The death of our brother and comrade Chokwe Lumumba caught us by surprise. Chokwe died from heart failure on Tuesday. We were still reeling from the passing last month of another revolutionary brother, Amiri Baraka. OBS has had a long history with Brother Lumumba and some member’s relationship with him precede the founding of OBS in 1980. Chokwe had the distinction of twice being a speaker at OBS anniversary celebrations.
It was with enthusiastic honor that OBS joined other progressive forces in Chokwe’s bid for mayor of Jackson, MS last year. It was important to elect Chokwe and continue that support to ensure both a People’s Victory and the success of a People’s Agenda. Sadly, Chokwe didn’t even have a full year in office. We’ll never know what the transformation of Jackson would look like under his revolutionary leadership. The struggle for self-determination and Black Liberation must continue–not just in Jackson or the South–but all across this land.
Services for Mayor Chokwe Lumumba have been confirmed for Saturday, March 8th at 11am at the Jackson Convention Center. The viewing is Friday, March 7th at City Hall.
Hear a Democracy Now interview with Chokwe. You’ll also hear reflections from Akinyele Umoja, 2013 OBS Anniversary speaker.
At press time, OBS can inform you that Apothecary Pharmacy will no longer sell drugs to Missouri for executions. This did not come about as a result of their change of heart. First, a federal judge outted the compounding pharmacy which was secretly selling drugs to Missouri. Then death penalty opponents, led by Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (MADP), held protests in front of the business in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Then another judge issued an injunction. Only then, with all the negative publicity, did Apothecary pull back. In spite of this turn of events, Gov. Nixon says on to the execution.
Michael Taylor and his co-defendant were high on drugs with they killed 15 year-old Ann Harrison in 1989. Both are remorseful for their despicable acts and our hearts go out to the Harrison family. OBS is unconditionally opposed to the death penalty and continues the fight for Missouri to end this barbaric practice. Read more
Friday, February 7th, 7pm
Come out and support one of our allies, the Justice Institute, for their Freedom Friday Film Series. This month we will be exploring the radical history of Black workers by screening:
Finally Got the News
Doors open at 7pm at the Rowan Community Center (1401 Rowan, 63112). For more info email: firstname.lastname@example.org. See you there!
Join OBS, the EBR Writers Club & Friends as we continue to celebrate the life of Amiri Baraka
Kwansabas for Amiri Baraka
6pm Tuesday, February 18th
Sunshine Cultural Arts Center
630 N. 59th Street
East St. Louis, IL 62203
Featuring: Eugene Redmond, Babatu Bayete, Kalimu Endesha, Jamala Rogers, the Sunshine Community Performance Ensemble & many more! Be there!
For more info click on the flyer, call (618) 650-3991 or email email@example.com