Amiri Baraka


Rather than "stand down" from the "Millions More Movement"
The "Left", certainly the "Black Left" should be trying to
influence what obviously will be a mass event in the nation's
capital, Oct 14-16, 2005.

Why? Because despite criticism that might be honestly given
to the previous "Million Man March", sectarianism,
chauvinism, obscurantism, even mismanagement, keep in mind
what moves the masses, however orchestrated and with whatever
results, must be analyzed and rendered dialectically,
pointing out errors and shortcomings, but also highlighting
what is positive.

Obviously, on the positive side, the mobilization of at least
1 Million Black Men and others to gather in the capitol of
international capital to make their alienation
and "otherness" visible.

What was negative was that that was the most of what
happened! The US government had to register this "event" this
appearance that meant protest, at whatever level. Made
important,even near critical, by the volume of response to
Minister Farrakhan's call, especially because the work of the
official media has been to denigrate and dismiss Farrakhan
and the Nation of Islam. Not only as "Hate Teacher", "Anti
Semitic" but also as contemporarily "irrelevant".

The problem was that there was no followup. What should have
been the initiation & ignition of movement was made shallow
and impotent because "show up" was all we did!

But as Lenin and other teachers have said, in the absence of
the "Advanced", the Revolutionaries, the Communists, the
gesture of opposition to monopoly, national oppression, all
reaction is more usual than actual movement.

What Followup? Who should make the call? How should it be
done?

For the Left and again, especially the "Black Left", the
call must be for the United Front. But importantly, a stable
political organization that can call for a permanent body,
national, democratically elected, from the grass roots, but
also with the representation of the major organizations and
institutions, anti-war, anti-imperialist, progressive,
nationalist, communist, democrat, republican Christian,
Muslim, comprising the entire spectrum of Afro-American
thought and demographically existent diversity.

So late in the day, the key now would be to create a Left
Caucus, initiated but not limited to the "Black Left", who
would, of course, carry their own banners, but have as their
overall theme UNITED FRONT-PERMANENT ORGANIZATION, and carry
literature with this line emphatically presented! We should
also endeavor to make the Katrina New Orleans "Slave Ship" a
principal aspect of the call for such organization.

It would also be important to be able to sign up interested
parties to be active in creating this entity, as
representatives from wherever. The fact that the Afro-
American people live in 27 cities in the US in the main,
means that those cities can quickly be registered with
willing advocates of such a direction.

Actually, this approach is another attempt at what was done
in the 19th century with the Black Convention Movement, in
the North, even while chattel slavery existed. It is a
continuation of what the National Negro Congress attempted
in the 40's and the Gary Convention in the 70's.

There is no other way we can survive when even the so called
Democratic US institutions, the national government,
elections, taxation, media, education, are blatantly flawed
and outright owned by Corporate Power. The government itself
has become an obvious mouthpiece for Monopoly Capitalism,
Imperialism and National Oppression.

The call for National United Front and permanent stable
democratic political organization should be equally obvious.

Sectarianism is suicidal, we support each other to the extent
we oppose imperialism, national oppression and reaction.
Whatever the predictable disagreements and contradictions,
there is a broad and solid basis for Unity with struggle.

We must struggle to become so politically sophisticated that
we can argue all day or all week, or all month, but still
come out tactics and strategy to advance what we do agree
upon.

As late and as spontaneous as this call might seem, we will
follow up in the next day with some minimum idea of Left
Mobilization at the site. I would suggest whoever reads this
that agrees work along whatever similar lines you can agree
with.