Shakoor Aljuwani

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Shakoor Aljuwani ... is Director of Special Projects at Coop Power. Springfield, Massachusetts Area.

Episcopal Diocese of LA, All Congregations Together, Cooperative Development Institute

Education

Southern New Hampshire University

Buffalo Unity Collective

Speakers from the Organizing Committee for a Marxist-Leninist Party toured nine cities in August 1976, addressing the tasks ahead in building the party. Well over 1,200 people attended these forums.

Speaking in Boston to a crowd of 250 people made up largely of workers, OL Vice-Chairman Eileen Klehr pointed out the continuing role of ideological struggle in the organizational work of party building.

The Boston forum heard Shakoor Aljuwani of the Buffalo Unity Collective and a representative of the recently-formed Boston Unity Collective, as well as a cultural presentation that based itself on the struggle of communists to organize inside the St. Regis plant.

The theme of consolidating the political struggle with organizational unity was also addressed by Barry Litt of the League for Marxist-Leninist Unity, speaking in San Diego as a representative of the October League. Litt said Marxist-Leninists who support the “Call to Unite” should “enter the OC and struggle for a correct political line to be reflected in the Party program. We recognize the differences in our movement, but we also know that a high degree of unity now exists.”

Over 150 people in Birmingham and Atlanta heard speeches by Susan Klonsky of the October League and Ernie McMillan of the Dallas Collective. In his remarks, McMillan summed up the civil rights movement which he participated in as a leader of SNCC. He pointed out the militancy of the masses in the ’60s, but noted that it was the absence of a vanguard party which allowed the movement to be co-opted by reformism.

Sherman Miller, was the October League speaker in Chicago.[1]

Socialist Scholars Conference

Shakoor Aljuwani, Democratic Socialists of America, Ron Daniels, Presidential Candidate, Richie Perez, Community Service Society, Peggy Sheppard, Lynne Mosley, Komozi Woodard, Sarah Lawrence College and Walter Stafford, New York University were speakers on the Electoral Politics & the Urban Crisis panel sponsored by DSA African American Commission at the Tenth Annual Socialist Scholars Conference. The conference was held April 24-26, 1992 at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York City.

Aljuwani also spoke alongside Lisa Sullivan; Abiodun and Carol Bullard were speakers on the Challenges Facing Youth panel sponsored by DSA African American Commission.[2]

Rainbow coalition

Democratic Socialists of America did not endorse Jesse Jackson and the Rainbow Coalition in the 1984 election, but DSA did endorse Jackson and the Rainbow in 1988. Shakoor Aljuwani became the DSA staff person working to build support for the Rainbow. His work focused on building Labor for Jackson committees.

The following is from a 1988 statement by the DSA National Political Committee:

“Supporting the Jackson candidacy is one important component of our efforts to help shift the political discourse in the Democratic party and the nation to the left. We work within the progressive wing of the Democratic party in alliance with others seeking to advance vital issues of justice, opportunity and economic democracy. DSANPAC will work with our allies to unite behind the most progressive Democratic party nominee to ensure the defeat of the Republicans in November.”[3]

Frontline Forum

Frontline December 1988

Leslie Cagan National Committee for Independent Political Action, Shakoor Aljuwani Democratic Socialists of America Afro-American Commission, , Vicki Alexander Line of March, Bill Ryan Guardian took part in a Frontline Forum December 1, 1988 in New York "The 1988 Elections:Lessons for the Future."

DSA Racial Diversity Task Force

In 1992 Shakoor Aljuwani was a member of the Democratic Socialists of America Racial Diversity Task Force - charged with finding ways of recruiting (and retaining) more "people of color" into the organization[4].

DSA

In 1994 Shakoor Aljuwani, Manhattan Voter Participation Project, was a member of the Democratic Socialists of America Steering Committee[5].

1995 DSA Youth Conference

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In August 1995 Adolph Reed, Ginny Coughlin, Joanne Landy, Jeremy Smith, Stephen Coats, Paul Rogat Loeb, Lauren Berlant, Joseph Schwartz, Shakoor Aljuwani, Ron Aronson and Eric Vega, spoke at the Democratic Socialists of America Youth Section conference in Chicago.[6]

DSA African American Commission

In 1998 African American Commission the of the Democratic Socialists of America was led by Cornel West, chair ,Shakoor Aljuwani, convenor Lynne Mosley Engelskirchen, convenor[7].

References

  1. [Speaking Tour Calls for Communist Unity First Published: The Call, Vol. 5, No. 18, September 6, 1976]
  2. SSE Tenth Annual Conference Program, 1992
  3. Democratic Left, Whither the Rainbow? A Golden Opportunity, 1986: DSA Debates Its Role in Electoral ChallengesPosted by Dsa 🌹 on 06.19.17
  4. Memorandum, Steve tarzynski-May 26, 1992
  5. email from C Riddiough to S Tarzynski Dec 9 1994
  6. Democratic Left July/August 1995, page 11
  7. http://web.archive.org/web/19980626082420/www.dsausa.org/rl/Race/RaceComm.html