Our Socialists of Color Caucus aims to create a space for black, brown and indigenous people on the left to support one another in learning our radical traditions and leftist history, as well as advocating for and developing organizers of color within the broader New Orleans DSA chapter. We host regular happy hours and cook-outs for leftist black, brown and indigenous people to connect and build community. We also organize political education forums and other community events.
Our next Socialists of Color happy hour will be held Sunday June 24th, 5-7pm at Pirogues (2565 Bayou Rd).
After taking a long break to recover from Carnival season, we hosted our first cookout along the bayou.
The Socialists of Color Caucus and Political Education Committee teamed up to hold an educational forum. Our four speakers talked broadly about political struggle, past and present, of working class black and brown folks in the South.
Pepper laid out how food and agriculture were at the center of oppressive Jim Crow policies, but also the seeds of autonomy and liberation for black Southerners. Yliana discussed the recent history of New Orleans’ charter school system, and the implications of this system for poor people, black and brown. Michael related the history and origins of the militant, black-led Sharecropper’s Union of 1930s Alabama.
Sue closed with the powerful story of the Scottsboro Boys, nine black boys wrongfully convicted of a crime and threatened with lynching in Scottsboro, Alabama. The Scottsboro Boys were defended in court by the U.S. Communist Party and in the fields and streets by leftists around the world.