I just watched this episode from today's Democracy Now! and can see why one friend said that she'd listened to this show this morning and had fallen in love with Jackson Mississippi Mayor-elect Chokwe Antar Lumumba. So have I. I'm actually sitting her weeping because my heart is so touched. Especially watching the speech he gave in Chicago. I admit that I struggle with despair. I do. And things like this are the antidote, nourishing my hopefulness rather than my fear. I am profoundly grateful each and every time that I can share a bright light in the midst of so much darkness. We all need to remember that above the dark and stormy skies is the eternal light. And this light emanates from Mayor-elect Chokwe Lumumba. May he inspire us all. Another world is possible. - Molly
Excerpted from the transcript of today's Democracy Now! show featuring Mayor-elect Chokwe Lumumba:
MAYOR-ELECT : I bring greetings from Jackson, Mississippi, where I have recently been named mayor-elect of Jackson, Mississippi. In this process, we defeated a field of 16 people. We were able to secure the general election with 94 percent of the vote. And more important than that, we did so on a people’s platform, on a people’s platform where, from the moment we announced, we did so saying that we were running on an agenda of social justice, of economic democracy and—and working with people, making certain that people had a voice. And that’s our story, and we’re sticking to it.