New Book: ‘Jackson Rising: The Struggle for Economic Democracy and Black Self-Determination in Jackson, Mississippi’

Greetings comrade,

I am encouraging you to buy and read this recently published anthology, Jackson Rising: The Struggle for Economic Democracy and Black Self-Determination in Jackson, Mississippi, that’s edited by Kali Akuno and I.

Kali and I are available to launch the book in your community or college or university campus…send the invitation and we will be there! We must develop the transitional programme in organizing the oppressed for the liquidation of capitalism.



“This is an essential book for understanding the vision and strategy of a remarkable social movement in the Deep South. It represents what I’ve found to be a rarity among recent US movements—a combination of revolutionary ambition and strategic rigor—and this deserves to be a model for other activists elsewhere. I had the privilege of reporting on this story firsthand (“The Revolutionary Life and Strange Death of a Radical Black Mayor,” VICE, April 2016), and I still learned a great deal from the texts collected here. Despite many setbacks, including Mayor Chokwe Lumumba’s death in office, the movement articulated here is alive and well, having just succeeded in electing Lumumba’s son to succeed him. This book is therefore not only an invaluable archive but a living document.”

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“Jackson Rising teaches us that when we commit ourselves to organizing, this cannot be only for a particular issue or for a singular campaign – but that it is long haul work, powered by a vision of freedom. This is also a necessary and important read for any of us who wish to understand how we might use electoral politics to advance progressive agendas that are accountable to the people. The inspiring story of Jackson is deeply radical, historically-rooted, and still in progress. It is also right on time.
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“Jackson Rising is essential reading to learn the lessons of one of the most successful 21st century examples of radical grassroots organizing. Buy the book, share it with your organization, make it required reading in your classes, read it aloud to your friends.”

Unity in Struggle,


Ajamu Nangwaya

“From the seeds of culture blossom flowers of resistance and liberation.”
-Amilcar Cabral, (September 12, 1924 – January 20, 1973)

“Revolution is the most dramatic appearance of a conscious people.”

– Walter Rodney

“The responsibility of an artist representing an oppressed people is to make revolution irresistible.”

– Toni Cade Bambara

Co-editor with Dr. Michael Truscello of Why Don’t The Poor Rise Up?: Organizing The Twenty-First Century Resistance (AK Press)

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