Unfortunately, we learned this morning of the passing of Jackson, Mississippi mayor, longtime activist and civil rights attorney Chokwe Lumumba. He was just elected last June, sworn in on July 1.
Right after his election he held an informative interview with Democracy Now where you can learn more about who he was.
Even during Chokwe Lumumba’s short term he was able to score what was considered a political victory, raising sales tax 1% to improve the city’s long outdated infrastructure.
Lumumba, who intended to bring improved “wealth equity, economic democracy and self-determination” to Jackson was one of the most progressive mayors of a relatively large American city. Coincidentally, just last week, Plainfield resident Glen Ford did an audio commentary where he highlighted Lumumba, Newark mayoral candidate Ras Baraka, and Seattle’s socialist Councilwoman Kshama Sawant. You can listen to or read it here (http://blackagendareport.com/content/tale-three-cities-newark-jackson-seattle).