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1828 and 2013 revolutionary politics

Neither candidate for Jackson mayor is orthodox or untarnished.  The brother with the African name was born in Detroit in 1947 and the younger candidate was born several decades later in Jackson. The human condition has touched each with compromising situations. This 2013 municipal election is like the 1828 Jackson presidential victory. It was the first time a President had not been a Virginian or Massachusetts yankee. The 1828 election was a revolution of national politics. A more democratic style of governance was born in the political life by this frontiersman, Andrew Jackson, who might have been born at sea instead of the Waxhaws of Carolina. There is a rumor that he was not born on the land. Lumumba, like Andrew Jackson, was criticized for his tendency toward militancy and confrontation. Jackson for his dueling, scorched-earth military policy toward the Indians, and the execution of deserters. Chokwe Lumumba has a past influenced by the Garveyism, labor organizing, and police brutality of post-war Detroit.

Andrew Jackson prevailed over John Q. Adams who got only 43% of the popular vote. Lumumba will probably upset Jonathan Lee, the young moderate. Lee is better mannered perhaps, but not more intellectual or more articulate than his elder. He is a sometime businessman, Chamber of Commerce leader, and Jackson native. His problem is an earlier more suburban style, Republican support, and his recent location back to this side of the river from Rankin County.

In 1828 in Hinds County poll boxes at Jackson proper and at Hezekiah Billingsley’s box heaped the votes for Andrew Jackson like the present St. James Episcopal and Fondren Presbyterian church poll boxes heaped up the Jonathan Lee vote.  In 1828 Josiah Shipp, Fleetwood, and Crossroad poll precincts in this county were kind to John Quincy Adams, but he was bested in these precincts by Jackson. The Baldwin box was only mildly kind to Adams where this western box gave him one out of five votes. The Jackson proper poll box had only two voters to cast for Adams. This precinct would be the first municipal precinct now the Eudora Welty Library box. The Billingsley poll box polled only three Adamites. Billingsley precinct was near the modern-day Ross Barnett Reservoir.

The other Fondren precinct is the Woodland Hills Baptist box which is a combination of the old precincts 15 and 16. We had sixty seven Lumumba votes. Over a thousand folk are on the register for this box in the center of Fondren. Michael Raff, the Mayor’s Cultural department director, was the poll watcher for Harvey at the Woodland Hills box during the Democratic mayoral primary.

The new Freedom Democrat wing of the party might be hatched in Jackson just like the Barbour-Reagan revolution was hatched in the this place over thirty years ago. Bennie Thompson is anointing Chokwe to do in Jackson what Bennie did in Washington. Solidify a progressive and leftist base…in the heart of Mississippi. As of Saturday evening the Fondren area near the Fondren Park had not been canvased for either candidate. Nor had the Midtown streets of Keener, Wesley, Millsaps, and McTyre. West Street behind Millsaps College had seen a few Lumumba campaigners. I heard some Lumumba radio ads being played from the front porches of Midtown and Fondren. Vote for the brother with the African name.

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Lumumba on May 21st.

The municipal election for Jackson Mississippi will be held for the Democratic Party runoff on the 21st. The mayoral runoff will no doubt be decisive. I am naturally allied to the candidacy of Chokwe Lumumba due to his progressive and grassroots approach to politics. I am a Green Party voter which means I like the bottom up philosophy, the distrust of large powerful interests, and emphasis on sustainable economic foundations.Image


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Some Harvey Johnson 2009 Mayoral Contributors

Friends of Harvey Johnson Political Committee ‘Report of Receipts and Disbursements

May 26, 2009  Pre-Election Report
This period (April 26-May 23, 2009)

Contributions $157,190 Year-to date $261,164
Disbursements $158,486 Year-to-Date $224,425

Total amount of cash on hand $42,184

signed A. Carolyn Harper  May 26, 2009Image

George Schimmel            1,000         ytd 2,250
Richard Schwartz             1,000             2,000
Janet J. Scott of Flora      1,000             1,000
Statewide General Ins          1,000         1,000
Cynthia Stewart of Madison 1,500          1,500
Thelma Terry of Terry          5,000          5,000
Thomas Crouch Oil                1,000         1,000
Walker Group                         1,000         1,000
Willie Wilson of University Park, IL Omar Inc 10,000  ytd 24,000
Dr. Jerry Young New Hope MBC      1,000                       1,000
Areeb Sadaat Garrett Enterprises      2,000                    4,000
E.B Robinson                                     1,000                     1,000
Claude Reese of New Orleans            1,000                    2,000
Crymes Pittman                                    1,000                 1,000
Kenneth O’Quinn Capitol Drywall         500                  1,000
Northstar Wireless of Port Gibson         1,000               1,000
John Maxey                                          2,500                2,500
Precious T. Martin                               5,000                5,000
Alvin Marley of Chicago                       2,000               3,000
M3A Architecture PLLC                       1,000               1,000
Robert Lundardini                              1,500                2,500
Michael Johnson Developer                5,000               5,000
William Isaacson of Wash DC             5,000               5,000
IMS Engineers                                  1,000                 1,000
Imani Environmental of GA               1,000                1,000
Joel Hudnall of Columbus                2,000                2,000
Rod Hill IMS                                    2,000                 2,000
Hess Engineers of LA                    1,000                 1,000
Health Assurances                        1,000                  2,000
Jackie Garner                                1,000                 1,000
Harvey Freelon of Madison           1,000                 1,000
Rodric Donaldson                        1,000                 1,000
Davis Goss & Williams                   500                   500
Samuel Agnew of Baton Rouge     1,000               1,000
Airwave                                           1,000              1,000
Baker Donaldson MS PAC              1,000              1,000
Pamela Banks                                 1,200              1,200
Carroll Bufkin & Coco PLLC             1,000              1,000
Bernard Charbonnet of New Orleans 4,000            4,000
Thomas Crouch Jr                             1,000             1,000
Belhaven Springs                               1,000             1,500


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Dangerous places

Jackson did not make the recent list of most dangerous cities like our neighbors. Yahoo Finance listed Memphis, Little Rock, Birmingham, and Atlanta, respectively, as being the fifth through the eighth most dangerous places in America. See http://finance.yahoo.com/news/the-25-most-dangerous-cities-in-america.html

The 930 violent crimes (per 100k population) here in Jackson did not impress anyone. The total violent crimes here were 1620 and our population is 174,170. The insurance rating folk have taken notice though.

We had 72 forcible rapes reported (per 100k) with the national average at 26.8. Jackson had 30 murders (per 100k) which is well above the national average of 5 per 100k. The District of Columbia had 17 per 100k. Miami had 494 robberies compared to our 463 robbery ratio. Our car theft ratio was 836.

Our police force according to the FBI statistics is a total of 728 with 439 officers and 289 civilians.