Bruce Dixon, Hawkins Campaign Co-Chair, Editor of Black Agenda Report, Dies

Above: Bruce Dixon speaking at the March on the Pentagon, October 2018.

Note: Below is a tribute to Bruce Dixon, the co-chair of the Howie Hawkins 2020 Campaign who was a long-time activist and political commentator, upon his death. Bruce died last week and his loss is significant to many of us. Bruce was the Managing Editor of Black Agenda Report, a member of the Georgia Green Party and a member of the Green Party of the United States National Committee.

There will be a funeral for Bruce this Saturday in Georgia. At the Left Forum, an informal memorial was held for Bruce where many of us spoke including members of Black Agenda Report, Howie Hawkins, myself and two Green Party Steering Committee members, Margaret Flowers and Gloria Mattera.

Below is a statement from the Howie Hawkins Campaign team

Rest In Power, Brother Bruce

Yesterday, we lost a powerhouse thinker and organizer, a comrade, a mentor, and an inspiration to so many on the left, the co-chair of our campaign committee, Bruce Dixon.

Kevin Zeese, Bruce Dixon, and Howie Hawkins at Left Forum 2017. From Green Pages.

Bruce was one of my favorite people on the planet. We worked together a few years ago to put together a presentation on the need for the Green Party to become a mass party of dues-paying members if it is going to become a serious force in American politics. We received an overwhelmingly positive reaction to it and we were going to present it again this year. He would want me to go ahead with these presentations, but they won’t be nearly as good without him.

Bruce A. Dixon and other former Black Panthers along with the Brown Berets raise their fists and chant “All Power to the People” at the 50th Anniversary of the Illinois Chapter of the BPP at a West Side Health Fair in November. Bruce died Friday at 2:32 p.m. at Emory University Hospital after a chronic illness. From Bruce A. DIxon Facebook page.

Bruce has a long history of political activism for Black liberation and the poor. In the ’60s Bruce was a student activist and rank-and-file member of the Black Panther Party in Chicago. In the ’70s and ’80s, he was a community organizer in some of the poorest neighborhoods in urban America, working on issues of housing and poverty. In the ’80s and ’90s, he was a volunteer, staffer, and consultant to dozens of community groups and political campaigns and local government in Chicago. (You can read more about his history as an activist here.)

At the end of 2000, Bruce moved to Marietta, Georgia, where he worked for several years as an IT professional. In 2002 he began writing for Black Commentator and in 2006 co-founded Black Agenda Report with Glen Ford and Margaret Kimberley. Bruce’s political analysis based on his experience as an activist and from his work on political campaigns brought tremendous insight to people trying to understand what was really happening in US politics. Bruce had a biting wit, a razor-sharp sense of humor, and a strong passion for challenging all of our notions. He offered fearless critiques on a wide range of left issues that few are bold enough to make, and he always did so with a no-nonsense, plain-spoken bravado that resonated with a wide audience.

BAR panel, 2014 Left Forum Bruce Dixon, Margaret Kimberley, Nellie Bailey (foreground), Anthony Monteiro, Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, Glen Ford

Bruce was the co-chair of the Georgia Green Party, a member of the Ballot Access and National Committee of the Green Party of the United States, and a coordinator for the 2016 Stein/Baraka presidential campaign.

The entire Hawkins campaign team is saddened by the passing of this revolutionary figure. He was a true comrade and a dear friend. We offer our sympathy to his wife, Carole; brother, Bud; daughter, Anna; son, Nate; and the rest of his family and loved ones.

Solidarity, Bruce. We love you. Power to the people!

Howie Hawkins
Andrea Mérida Cuéllar
Brendan Phillips
Chris Blankenhorn
David Petrovich
Gini Lester
Kevin Zeese
Lea Pierce
Michael Trudeau
Rose Roby
Tommie James
Tony Ndege
Travis Christal

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About Kevin Zeese

Kevin Zeese is a public interest attorney who has worked for economic, racial and environmental justice as well as peace since graduating from George Washington Law School in 1980. He co-directs which works to build the independent movement for transformational change. Zeese co-hosts, Clearing the FOG a radio podcast which airs on We Act Radio, Progressive Radio Network, and other outlets.  He is recognized as a leading activist in the United States in the series Americans Who Tell the Truth. Zeese was an organizer of the Occupation of Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC in 2011.  He serves as president of Common Sense for Drug Policy and is a co-founder of the Drug Policy Foundation, now known as Drug Policy Alliance as well as a former director of NORML. He is a co-founder of Health Over Profit for Everyone which seeks to put in place National Improved Medicare for All. Zeese is an advocate of Internet Freedom and is a leader of the campaign for Title II Net Neutrality to ensure equal access and treatment for everyone on the Internet.  Zeese served on the steering committees of the Chelsea Manning Support Network which advocated for the Wikileaks whistleblower and is on the advisory board of the Courage Foundation which supports Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, and other whistleblowers. Zeese is an election integrity advocate who a co-founded TrueVote Maryland which led a successful campaign to end the use of paperless voting machines in the state.  He has been active in independent and third party political campaigns including Peter Camejo for governor of California served as press secretary and spokesperson for Ralph Nader in 2004 and as a senior advisor to Jill Stein in 2016.  He ran for the US Senate in 2006; the only person ever nominated by the Green, Libertarian and Populist Parties of Maryland and the only person ever nominated by the Green and Libertarian Parties for a statewide office. Zeese served as Attorney General in the Green Shadow Cabinet.

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