The results of the May 5 election are in. Chokwe Lumumba led the crowded field of eight candidates by winning 43 percent of the vote and his nearest competitor won 16 percent. Because no candidate secured 51 percent in this first round, a runoff has been scheduled for the top two votegetters on May 19, the birthday of Malcolm X.
Now is the time for us to make this final push to support Chokwe in his historic pursuit. Please support one more time to make sure we have the resources at hand for the final push to victory.
Who is Chokwe Lumumba
Chokwe Lumumba, attorney and grassroots organizer, has championed the causes of social, economic and political justice and human rights in and out of the courtroom for over 40 years. He will begin another path in the fight to improve people’s lives and the community as a city councilman in Jackson, Mississippi.
“I have a passion for the goals of freedom and justice,” Lumumba explains. “Our success requires that this city have dynamic leadership from elected officials and from our community – to be educated, motivated and organized to make and sustain fundamental positive change.”
Lumumba will bring a wealth of experience, dedication and passion to the City Council. In addition to serving as a member of the Mississippi and Michigan bar for 40 years, he has been an organizer, small business owner, factory worker, teacher, youth program director and board member of several non-profit organizations over the years.
Chokwe Lumumba has stated he is running for local office at this time because he “believes we must make Jackson a 21st century city and the time to do that is now. As a member of the council I will dedicate myself to improving life in Jackson and the South by focusing on the following issues:
• A rights based approach to solve the economic crisis afflicting the city, state and country that can be duplicated in other areas
• Economic growth and job creation that brings Jackson into the forefront of the struggle to create a green economy and increase employment opportunities
• Jobs programs and a better educational system that supports the real needs of our youth
• Public safety and an end to police misconduct.
“Chokwe Lumumba is one of the finest attorneys in this country. He brings excellence and commitment to every endeavor. Our city needs that kind of quality in our politicians. Our city needs Lumumba,” declares Ernest Stanton, owner Stanton Body Shop, voicing the strong support for Lumumba in his district and his city.
Please become a part of this historic attempt to elect a dedicated leader from our struggle for human rights, community empowerment and self-determination into an important local office that can become a Southern model for creating a sustainable intentional community that can have far reaching effects.
Contact and listen to new interview with Chokwe Lumumba
For more information, visit us at electlumumbaward2.com and contact us at ElectLumumba@gmail.com or call (601) 353-5566. If you would like to receive regular updates from the Elect Lumumba Campaign, please send an email with the title “Register Me” to ElectLumumba@gmail.com.
Listen to an exciting in depth interview recorded and broadcast this week with Chokwe Lumumba and Longshore union leader Clarence Thomas, posted at Chokwe Lumumba and Clarence Thomas: Facets of Struggle at www.sfbayview.com.
Current list of national and local endorsers*
Ben Jealous, national president, NAACP
Susan Taylor, former editor, Essence Magazine
Attorney Jeffrey Edison, Detroit, Mich.
Attorney Gerald Evelyn, Detroit, Mich.
Attorney Adjoa Aiyetoro, law professor, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Attorney Roy Perkins, alderman, City of Starkville, Miss.
Derrick Johnson, Mississippi State NAACP
Nsombi Lambright, community activist
Attorney Winston Thompson, chief assistant district attorney, Hinds County, and Ward 2 resident
Councilman Kenneth Stokes, Ward 3
Willie Owens, president, Firefighters Limited, and Ward 2 resident
Eddie James, radio DJ
Ernest Stanton, owner, Stanton Body Shop, and Ward 2 resident
Professor Malika Johnson, Jackson State University
Bill Chandler, labor organizer
Attorney Patricia Ice, immigration lawyer
Attorney Dennis Sweet
Stephanie Parker Weaver, community activist and Ward 2 resident
Attorney Bruce Burton
Attorney Latrice Westbrooks
Dr. Safiya Omari, Jackson State University
Dr. Charles Holmes, Jackson State University, Tougaloo College
Ms. Valena Greer, political activist and Ward 2 resident
Brother Asinia Lukata Chikuyu, regional director, NCOBRA
Ms. Assata Gainor, director, John Wesley Bradley Educational Center, Tougaloo, Miss.
Dr. Frank McCune, Ward 2 resident
Brother Hollis Watkins, civil rights veteran
Attorney Imhotep Alkebu-lan
Alvin Brown, vice president, Provisional Government, Republic of New Afrika
Minister David Muhammad, NOI
LCT (R) Lucius Wright
Attorney Harvey Freelon, owner, Freelon’s Night Club
*Organization listings are for identification only.