M A Y D A Y !

Eléctrica in the Desert


baltimorecrime-00d37f352c38ed5ca70351f46d5aaf23cd9a5bb5-s6-c10WHY ARE HUMAN BEINGS LIVING HERE?

THE OLD PLANTATION / Now THIS is a bad neighborhood.  Its residents should be stopped and frisked regularly, and door-to-door searches of every closet in every mansion should occur at frequent, random intervals.  WASP mansions  should get slave searches at twice that rate: you know, prior history and all that. / SMOKING GUN 2011









CHICAGO, 1935 – the first national convention of the Women’s Economic Council of  the famous African-American labor union, the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, led for decades by the remarkable Philip J. Randolph. His nimble political mind, and genius for large scale organizational leadership  helped shape the BSCP into a force to be reckoned with re national issues of race that extended far beyond the union.  Randolph delivered an ultimatum to the White House in the middle of WW II: either the US  take immediate steps  to integrate the nation’s armed forces, or he would call for a huge national protest to take up indefinite residence in the streets of the nation’s capitol. All too aware of  the hundreds of thousands  who could be on his doorstep virtually overnight, President Franklin D. Roosevelt literally  begged Randolph not to…

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5 thoughts on “M A Y D A Y !

  1. Claire, as a child growing up in Guyana, I learned the words of the song, “Solidarity Forever.” It played regularly on our radio stations. Those were the days of the workers’ struggle against low wages and poor working conditions on the British-run sugar plantations.

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    1. Wow. I wish you would write a post about that. So few Americans know a thing about Guyana. Or do you cover it in your book? Even if you do, I wish you would let me interview you! I’m really quite good at it (and so modest (-: ) and you could read/ approve it.
      I know a national platform that would publish it. I could write just a tiny slice, it would be a good preview/publicity for the real thing – you.
      Oh, c’mon Rosaliene! Pester pester, whine, whine… (-:

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      1. Claire, it’s so good that you can laugh 🙂

        My first yet-to-be-published novel – Under the Tamarind Tree – is set in Guyana during the period 1950 to 1970. The year 1950 marked the founding of the colony’s first major political workers party that fought for independence from Great Britain. After gaining independence in May 1966, our young nation became a cooperative republic in February 1970. This month, Guyana celebrates its 50th anniversary of independence.

        You can contact me by e-mail regarding your proposal 🙂

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      2. Laughing – and whining: life’s perfect combo. Wow, you guys really had to wait a long time for independence! And 16 years of struggle. England likes to pretend its empire days are in the distant past.
        I bet the UK was making a fine profit. Are there descendents of Africans? Are others a mix of Indigenous and English? Do they grow sugar?
        What’s your own ethic background? Were your parents immigrants?
        Do I get your email on your blog!
        Do you have photos of your childhood?
        What do you mean I’m nosy?

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