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Says Ron Daniels, who was organizing the Rainbow Coalition after ’84, became deputy campaign manager in ’88 and now directs the Center for Constitutional Rights, “in terms of synthesizing a reformist and radical message, and linking vision to policy to action, those were tremendous contributions,” and–especially on the Middle East–“pretty heavy stuff.”[1]

Socialist Scholars Conference 1990

The Socialist Scholars Conference 1990, held September 6-8, at the Hotel Commodore, New York, included panels such as:[2]

African-Americans and the Third World in 1992

Malcolm X conference

A conference, Malcolm X: Radical Tradition and a Legacy of Struggle was held in New York City, November 14 1990.

The "Is It Time for Independent Black Politics?" panel consisted of;



  • Ron Daniels, former Executive of Rainbow Coalition, currently announced candidate for president of the U.S.

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 Democratic Socialists of America 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[4]

CoC National Conference endorser

In 1992 Ron Daniels, Project for a New Tomorrow, Ohio, endorsed the Committees of Correspondence national conference Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s held at Berkeley California July 17-19.[5]

People's Progressive Convention

In 1992, a "call" went out to leftist radicals and communist revolutionaries of various orientations to hold a national People's Progressive Convention in Ypsilanti, Michigan, August 21-23, 1992.

Endorsers included Ron Daniels.

Pro Democracy Convention

The Pro Democracy Convention was held June 29th To July 1, 2001. It started with a National Town Hall Meeting, Annenberg Center, University of Pennsylvania.

Come to a National Town Hall Meeting! Hear speakers representing a wide range of communities, including academics, labor leaders,

lawyers, organizers, and elected officials, speak out about Election 2000, recommendations for electoral reform, and how we all can build the movement to expand democracy in the U.S. Partial List of Invited Speakers and Presenters:

Communist Party honor

On November 4, 1999 New York State Assemblyman Richard Gottfried presented State Assembly citations to four honorees, Iris Baez, founder and president of Community and Parents Against Police Violence, Ron Daniels, Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, Elizabeth Hall, a member of the National Committee of the Communist Party USA and Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees, and Bobbie Rabinowitz, a founder of the New York City Labor Chorus at the Peoples Weekly World 75th anniversary celebrations at the Henry Winston Unity Auditorium in New York. Event co-chairs were Maria Ramos of the United Federation of Teachers and Carolyn Rummel, managing editor of the Peoples Weekly World. [7]

Forum with Randall Robinson

Human rights activist and attorney Randall Robinson discussed "The Role of Race in U.S. and Foreign Policy," Feb. 2005, at a Black History Month program presented by the Metropolitan Black Bar, at the offices of Verizon, 1095 Sixth Ave. (near W. 42nd St.) in Manhattan.

Robinson, former head of the black American-Caribbean-African lobby TransAfrica Forum, is the author of several books, including "Defending the Spirit: A Black Life in America," "Quitting America: The Departure of a Black Man from His Native Land" and "TransAfrica Forum: The Case for Black Reparations.

Ron Daniels of the Center for Constitutional Rights was keynote speaker. Other scheduled speakers included Jamaica diplomat Basil Bryan, City Council members Yvette Clarke and David Yassky, Ambassador Ahmed Abdi Hashi of Somalia, Ambassador Augustine Mahiga of Tanzania and Imam Abdur Rahman Farrakhan of Ocean Hill-Brownsville. [8]

WWP Rosa Parks rally

On Oct. 27, 2005 New York City Council member Charles Barron and the Troops Out Now Coalition sponsored a news conference on the steps of City Hall in Manhattan. Scores of community activists joined a dozen members of the City Council to announce the introduction of a resolution to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Rosa Parks’ 1955 arrest with a day of absence against war, poverty and racism on Dec. 1.

The news conference took place three days after Rosa Parks’ death at the age of 92.

Barron began the press conference by saying, “When Rosa Parks sat down, that is when Black people stood up.” Barron spoke of the significance of the resolution, which urges all businesses and schools to close down on Dec. 1 to allow workers and students to attend events in honor of Rosa Parks.

Barron also spoke about the “immoral and illegal” Iraq war, which has caused the deaths of more than 100,000 Iraqis and 2,000 U.S. soldiers, along with $300 billion wasted on this criminal war. “If you can impeach Clinton for Monica [Lewin sky], then you can impeach Bush,” Barron said.

Workers World Party leader Larry Holmes from the Troops Out Now Coalition spoke about a day-long teach-in scheduled during a march and rally on Wall Street on Dec. 1. “We need to renew the civil rights movement.... We have to say no to the racism, injustice and poverty that creates a situation like New Orleans.... We won’t allow social justice, economic justice and the struggle against war to go to the back of the bus,” he said.

WWP affiliate Brenda Stokely, a co-convener of New York City Labor Against the War, said that “honoring Rosa Parks is honoring a legacy of struggle.” Stokely described the struggle of Katrina survivors to return home to New Orleans and other Gulf Coast areas after the hurricane and explained how activists in a number of cities, including New York, are organizing solidarity committees to support this right.

WWP member LeiLani Dowell and Mia Cruz, organizers for the WWP youth wing Fight Imperialism-Stand Together, encouraged student walkouts on Dec. 1 and supported the on-going campaign against military recruiters in the high schools and colleges.

Other speakers at the press conference included three Black women on the City Council: Letitia James, Helen Foster and Yvette Clarke; State Sen. Jose Rivera; Nellie Bailey of the Harlem Tenants Council; Jasmine of Campus Anti-War Network; Ron Daniels of Center for Constitutional Rights; Jericho Movement leaders Herman Ferguson and Iyaluua Ferguson; Black Waxx recording artist Nana Soul; Gloria Jackson, a daycare worker and mother of a GI who was in Iraq; Zul of the Green Party’s National Peace Action Committee, and others.[9]

Independent Progressive Politics Network

In 2009 Ron Daniels served on the Advisory Committee of the Independent Progressive Politics Network[10].

The Nation Institute

Daniels is a member of The Nation Institute's Board of Trustees, as of March 26, 2010.[11]

Damu "Connecting the Dots" conference

Makani Themba February 27, 2011:


Tha panel kicks off the discussion featuring Ron Daniels, Phyllis Bennis, Felicia Eaves, Rick Hinds, Kenny Barnes and Acie Byrd.

Movement for Black Lives Reparations Toolkit

Monifa Bandele FB July 27 2019 Praising Reparations Toolkit

The "primary authors" of the Movement for Black Lives Reparations toolkit[12] were Andrea Ritchie, Deirdre Smith, Janetta Johnson, Jumoke Ifetayo, Marbre Stahly-Butts, Mariame Kaba, Montague Simmons, Nkechi Taifa, Rachel Herzing, Richard Wallace, and Taliba Obuya.


We are also grateful for the vision, support, research, design, and feedback provided by Iman Young, Ash-Lee Henderson, Gina Clayton-Johnson, Karl Kumodzi, M. Adams, Mark Anthony Clayton-Johnson, Monifa Bandele, Thenjiwe McHarris, Mariame Kaba, Anneke Dunbar-Gronke, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Ky’eisha Penn, Micah Wiedemann, Justin Hansford, Leigh Goodmark, Joy Dodge, Dominique Zenani Barron, and Emma Toju Anna Uwejoma.

On July 27, 2019, Monica Bandele posted congratulations[13] to the Movement for Black Lives for launching a Reparations toolkit.

"In the name of #QueenMotherMoore, on her 121st BIRTHDAY, The Movement for Black Lives is launching a toolkit to provide grounding and direction to the modern-day call for #Reparations. First, we honor and take the leadership of those who have been decades long in the work like Nkechi Taifa, Ron Daniels, Kwesi Jumoke Ifetayo, and many others. BIG shout out to Montague Simmons Marbre Stahly-Butts Andrea Ritchie Dara Cooper Richard Wallace Taliba O Njeri Mariame Kaba Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson Gina Clayton-Johnson Justin Hansford Iman Young Karl Kumodzi, all of the authors and editors, and EVERYONE on the M4BL Policy Table Thenjiwe Tameika McHarris Mervyn Marcano. #ReparationsNow #ReparationsHow -

"A letter from the movement to the movement'

In September 2019 Ron Daniels was one of 100 black leaders, many affiliated with Liberation Road who signed A letter from the movement to the movement defending Maurice Moe Mitchell and Nelini Stamp of the Working Families Party for endorsing Elizabeth Warren instead of Bernie Sanders for the Democratic Party presidential nomination.

National African American Reparations Commission

Julianne Malveaux December 1, 2017:


Members of the National African American Reparations Commission with my San Francisco homeboy Danny Glover as he prepares to leave our New Orleans meeting for another engagement. Also pictured, attorney and activist Nkechi Taifa, activist and former Detroit City councilor and my dear sister JoAnn Watson. With the leadership of Dr. Ron Daniels, we are having a most productive discussion.

External links


  1. The Nation, The Rainbow’s Gravity. Twenty years after Jesse Jackson's historic run for President, what does it all mean? By JoAnn Wypijewski JULY 15, 2004
  2. Second Annual Socialist Scholars Conference program.
  4. SSE Tenth Annual Conference Program, 1992
  5. CCDS Background
  6. [, internetdemocrats1 · Internet Democrats1, National Town Hall Meeting Posted By: impeach_bush@...Mon Jun 4, 2001]
  7. PWW "PWW celebrates 75 years and honors activists"December 11, 1999 page 2
  9. WW Dec. 1 day of absence gets broad support By Monica Moorehead New York Published Nov 5, 2005
  11. About The Nation Institute
  12. Movement for Black Lives Reparations Now Toolkit (accessed Sept 23 2020)]
  13. Facebook Post (accessed Sept 23 2020)