Geoffrey Jacques

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Geoffrey Jacques

Geoffrey Jacques is a Ventura, California activist.

Jacques is a poet, essayist, critic, editor, and teacher who has taught writing, American and African American literature, and American Studies. at a several colleges, including New York University, York College of the City University of New York (CUNY), and John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY. He has also taught American Studies and Labor Studies. He writes and teaches on subjects ranging from literature and culture of the Harlem Renaissance, American culture and society in the 1960s, Studies in Race, Class and Gender, Modernist Poetry and Poetics, the poetry of W. B. Yeats and its criticism (a semester-long course in scholarly writing) to The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. DuBois and its contexts. He holds a Ph.D. in English from the Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY).[1]

He served as a Daily World correspondent in Detroit and New York from 1978-1984. He is currently a culture moderator at Portside.

North Americans in Support of Angola

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The Angola Support Conference ran from May 28 - 30, 1976 in Chicago. The event was sponsored by the U.S. Out of Angola Committee and the National Conference of Black Lawyers.

Geoffrey Jacques of the Anti-Imperialist Action Committee was a delegate at the conference.[2]

Communist Party reformer

In 1991, Geoffrey Jacques, New York, was one of several hundred Communist Party USA members to sign the a paper "An initiative to Unite and Renew the Party" - most signatories left the Party after the December 1991 conference to found Committees of Correspondence.[3]

Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s

The Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s was the Committees of Correspondence's first national conference held in Berkeley, California July 17-19, 1992.[4]

Workshops that were held at the conference on Saturday, July 18 included:[5]

Battle of Ideas 1 Culture and the Battle of Ideas. How are the arts and entertainment being used by the ruling class to propagate racism, violence, sexism and hopelessness? What is the role of artists and the arts in advancing a progressive agenda?

Committees of Correspondence

At the Committees of Correspondence conference, Berkeley California, July 17-19, 1992, Jaques was a candidate[6]for the CoC National Coordinating Committee-from New York, associate editor 1199 news, U.S. Peace Council.

CoC National Coordinating Committee

The following are listed in order of votes they received as members of the Committees of Correspondence National Coordinating Committee, elected at the Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s held at Berkeley California July 17-19.:[5]

Committees of Correspondence NCC

In 1994 Geoffrey Jacques was a member of the National Coordinating Committee of the Committees of Correspondence.[7]

Black Radical Congress

In March 1998 “Endorsers of the Call” to found a Black Radical Congress included Geoffrey Jacques, Poet, Managing Editor, New Labor Forum[8].


  1. Geoffrey, accessed Jan. 5 ,2013
  2. Letter to all persons who attended the Angola Support Conference, July 8, 1976
  3. Addendum to Initiative document
  4. Conference program
  5. 5.0 5.1 Proceedings of the Committees of Correspondence Conference: Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the '90s booklet, printed by CoC in NY, Sept. 1992 (Price: $4)
  6. CoC official ballot paper
  7. CoC National committee meeting, January 7-9, 1994, New York minutes