Rukia Lumumba is the Executive Director of the People's Advocacy Institute, co-lead of the The Electoral Justice Project of the Movement for Black Lives, and a steering committee member and co-chair of legal committee of the Mississippi Prison Reform Coalition.
"A letter from the movement to the movement'
In September 2019 Rukia Lumumba 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.
Thenjiwe Tameika McHarris February 11, 2019 · M4BL Leadership w/ our Convergence Council Team (Denise, Makani & N’Tanya) #Squad #M4BL
Makani Themba, N'Tanya Lee, Denise Perry, Mary Hooks, Morathi Adams, Serena Sebring, Dara Cooper, Richard Wallace, Nikita Mitchell, Karissa Lewis, Ash-Lee Henderson, Phillip Agnew, Monifa Bandele, Rukia Lumumba, Chinyere Tutashinda, Marbre Stahly-Butts, Mark-Anthony Clayton-Johnson, Gina Clayton-Johnson, Maurice Moe Mitchell.
Statement of endorsement for Elizabeth Warren
Black Womxn for is an organizing collective of leaders, activists, artists, writers, and political strategists from across the country in the fight for black liberation. This statement reflects the views and intentions of the undersigned.
The last presidential election laid bare what many black women, gender non-conforming, and non-binary, and queer folk know deeply; that this nation embraces white supremacy and its evils, even at the expense of itself. It’s no wonder that even among the most committed activists there is a strong skepticism, aversion and even avoidance of participating in political systems.
Our endorsement comes not after lip service or political pandering, but from the hundreds of conversations with black women gnc/nb folks across the country, substantive discussions about policy and the power of grassroots organizing, and the opportunities and limitations of election politics. After gathering in fourteen cities across the united states and collecting hundreds of survey responses from self-identified progressive black women and gnc/nb folks, the overwhelming majority of excitement and support is for Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
We endorse Senator Warren with the full weight of accountability. Our endorsement is not a blanket approval of all of her acts, both past, present, and future but rather a firm and calculated understanding that should she fall short of her commitments to us and our communities she will be held to account.
The support for Senator Warren’s candidacy within our community is matched by an awareness that accountability requires commitment in words and actions. To that end, Senator Warren has agreed to the following asks from the Black Womxn for community:
Act with moral leadership: Sen. Warren has taken a stance against the white supremacy and misogyny that are woven into the fabric of this country. Policy change is not enough. Sen. Warren has committed to devoting money, staffing resources, and the bully pulpit towards rooting out the culture of white supremacy, exploitation-for-profit, and misogynoir in our schools, legislative language, federal hiring practices, medical institutions, arts and culture, and all areas of our society.
Changing the face of the federal government: there are hundreds of positions in the federal government that the senator will have the opportunity to appoint. In 2018, 93% of people running our government were white and 80% were white men. Senator warren has committed to fundamentally changing the internal and external face of the federal government by appointing more black women, especially trans and immigrant women, black men, indigenous people, people of color and disabled people. She has agreed to apply a race and gender equity impact analysis when hiring for her transition team and administration.
We are progressive black activists who are not beguiled by political theater. We are not ignorant to the violent legacy of politics. Each day, we thread a delicate needle of interacting with systems that have oppressed us while building collective power to shape the terrain so that our liberation is not but a dream, but an awakening.
We write this letter, not with the belief that sen. Elizabeth Warren is a savior, but a stalwart who can be challenged when necessary, moved when appropriate, and held accountable to a base led by black community leaders. We endorse her with the complete recognition that, upon her victory, the work is not over, nor is it just the beginning.
A warren victory ensures an environment in which black community leaders can better and more easily usher in those long-overdue societal transformations that move us closer to the liberation that we know is possible. If you agree, we invite you to sign this statement via the form link at the bottom of this page.
We know our power. We understand the opportunity and the stakes in this election. We hope to encourage others, especially black women and gnc folks, to be engaged in this important political moment.
Black Womxn for steering committee
- Carmen Berkley
- Jessica Byrd
- Nicole Carty
- Charlene Carruthers
- Anoa Changa
- Tracey Corder
- Rukia Lumumba
- Kayla Reed
- Leslie Mac - digital organizer, Black Womxn for
- Angela Peoples - director, Black Womxn for
Liberation Road · September 3 2020·
It's crystal clear: the 2020 election will be a battle to defend the vote against Trumpism. Join us on September 9th, 5 pm Pacific / 8 pm Eastern, as we co-host a discussion on the struggle for democratic rights with our friends at the Left Inside/Outside Project. Featuring Kaji Reyes-Gertes from Durham For All, Rukia Lumumba from People's Advocacy Institute, and writer Marcy Rein.
Catch the livestream right here or register for the webinar at bit.ly/PeopleTakePower2
Calvin Cheung-Miaw October 1, 2017 ·
Part of #peopletakepower, a series of online discussions about elections, defeating the racist right-wing, and building left and progressive politics. Brought to you by the Left Inside/Outside Project, with Organizing Upgrade. Co-sponsored by Freedom Road Socialist Organization, LeftRoots, the Communist Party USA, and more to come...
Discussion with Sekou Odinga
Iya'Falola H. Omobola August 24, 2017 ·
Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow at this event. — with Rukia Lumumba, Chevon Chatman, Baba Ifalowo Asante Nalls, Frank Figgers, Evelyn Reed, Amalya Yasmine Livingston, Bashiri Meterti, Erick Ellis El, DeKeither Stamps, Hd Lathon, Asinia Lukata Chikuyu, Samuel X. Clark, Adib Sabir, Fa'seye Sunny Indigo Gonzalez, Ivory Phillips, Jaribu Hill, Hollis Watkins, Kourtney Witha K. Bell, Kali Akuno, Angela Stewart, Cynthia Newhall, Joshua Quinn, Dominique Walker, Felicia King, Charles Brown, Halima Olufemi and Stanley Wesley.
"Scott Sisters Speak in Brooklyn!"
People's Summit 2017
- In a "stunning rebuke" to the conservative Democratic Party of Mississippi; to the reactionary Republican Party of Mississippi; to the national right-wing trend; and to the election and policies of Donald Trump; the people of Jackson, MS have risen up and overwhelming selected Chokwe Antar Lumumba the nominee of the Mississippi Democratic Party for Mayor of Jackson, MS. In overwhelmingly Democratic Jackson, the Democratic Party nomination is tantamount to election.
Chokwe Antar Lumumba‘s father was Detroit native, Chokwe Lumumba, who was one of the national leaders of the Republic of New Africa. In the mid 1980’s, Chokwe Lumumba moved his family to Jackson, MS to work on organizing a grassroots movement to root out the remnants of Jim Crow segregation, and to work for the economic and political liberation of the African-American people of the deep south. To assist with this work, Chokwe and other activists founded the New African Peoples Organization and the Malcolm X Grassroots Organization. Chokwe Lumumba subsequently ran for and was elected to the Jackson City Council. Then, in 2013, he mounted a successful campaign for Mayor and was inaugurated Mayor in July, 2013. Chokwe Lumumba died unexpectedly in February, 2014, after only eight months in office; as he was just in the early stages of implementing his "progressive grassroots programs to improve the lives of the citizens of Jackson, MS."
Chokwe Lumumba‘s son, Chokwe Antar Lumumba, agreed to run for Mayor in the special election held in 2014 to fill the Mayoral position vacated by his father’s untimely death. Although he and many supporters ran a hard-fought campaign on short notice, he was narrowly defeated by the a local minister, Tony Yarber.
Tony Yarber is widely considered to have been a disaster as Mayor. His first term expires this year. The Mayoral position was considered wide open, so nine candidates, including Chokwe Antar Lumumba, filed for the Democratic nomination for mayor. The conventional experts and pundits considered Chokwe Antar Lumumba to be the favorite, but repeatedly assumed there would have to be a run-off election between Chokwe Antar Lumumba and one of the other candidates, probably state legislator John Horhn. The latest pre-election polls showed Chokwe Antar Lumumba with around 30%of the vote; Horhn with around 20%; and the rest of the candidates trailing.
Chokwe Antar Lumumba, with his sister and campaign manager Rukia Lumumba, put together a powerful grassroots campaign, with the participation of dozens of Jackson citizens, together with national assistance from organized labor, and progressive organizations, including several members of the National Lawyers Guild. Chokwe Antar pledged to implement many of the most progressive elements of his father’s platform, including the encouragement of cooperative and employee-owned businesses; and a requirement that city contractors hire a certain percentage of Jackson residents.
May, 2, the residents of Jackson went to the polls. They issued a resounding statement that they did not need a run-off election to decide who should be the Democratic Party’s nominee for Mayor. Unofficial returns, with 100% of the precincts reporting, showed Chokwe Antar Lumumba with 55% of the vote. His closest challenger, John Hohrn, attracted only 21% of the vote. The incumbent Mayor, Tony Yarber, received only 5% of the vote. It was anticipated that Chokwe Antar Lumumba will coast into the Mayor’s seat at the general election on June 6, and be inaugurated several weeks after that.
In October 2017, Kayla Reed, Jessica Byrd and Rukia Lumumba launched the The Electoral Justice Project (EJP), which is a project by the Movement for Black Lives that aims to fight for and advance the rights of black Americans.
Jessica Byrd October 10, 2017 ·
We've been building a Blackity Black program that loves Black people, will support our Movement orgs with technical support, and intends to WIN everywhere our families live.
We're going to tell you about it in exactly one week. Ya'll ready for Electoral Justice?
Jessica Byrd July 22, 2018:
Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith is facing former congressman and former U.S. agriculture secretary Mike Espy, a black Democrat, in a runoff Nov. 27 2018. She was captured on video praising a supporter by declaring, "If he invited me to a public hanging, I'd be on the front row."
After the video was made public Sunday, Hyde-Smith said her remark Nov. 2 at a campaign event in Tupelo was "an exaggerated expression of regard" for a friend who invited her to speak. "Any attempt to turn this into a negative connotation is ridiculous," she said.
Mike Espy on Monday called the remark "disappointing and harmful."
"It reinforces stereotypes that we've been trying to get away from for decades, stereotypes that continue to harm our economy and cost us jobs," he told MSNBC's Chris Matthews.
At a news conference Monday with Republican Gov. Phil Bryant by her side, a stone-faced Hyde-Smith refused to answer questions about the hanging remark.
"I put out a statement yesterday, and that's all I'm going to say about it," she said.
"It really rocked folks," said Democrat Rukia Lumumba, co-director of The Electoral Justice Project and a native Mississippian whose family has deep roots in the state's politics and civil rights activism. "The fact that she has yet to apologize, to recognize the impact of her comments or that people have suffered ... I hope it makes us feel the urgency."