Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Reflecting on the Legacy of Congressman Ron Dellums: A True People’s Warrior

Ron Dellums, the son of a longshoreman who became one of America’s best-known black congressmen, a California Democrat with a left-wing agenda that put civil rights and programs for people ahead of weapons systems and warfare, died early Monday at his home in Washington.  -- NY Times, July 30, 2018
I didn't know all that much about Ron Dellums until I read the NY Times Obit and was impressed in every way with him as a politician.

Ron Dellums, 82, Dies; Unrelenting in Congress, He Upheld Left’s Ideals

What I liked is that he put butter ahead of guns and managed to affect people over time. And he knew the value of unions, unlike his neo-liberal Democrats. Read the full obit here: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/30/obituaries/ron-dellums-forceful-liberal-in-congress-for-27-years-dies-at-82.html

Michael Fiorillo also tapped into the Dellums story with this link:
Robert Scheer, a great radical journalist, reflects on the the legacy of the great Ron Dellums (whose uncle was a legendary West Coast leader of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters), who died on Monday.

Usually I post a bunch of excerpts but I want to get outside and breathe some non-air conditioned air and smoke some pipe bowls. So maybe some additions later. We need more Dellums.

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