The Sojourner Truth Organization was one of the more interesting Marxist-Leninist-Maoist organizations in the 1970s. Based mainly in Chicago, it was sympathetic to working class self-organization (as opposed to purely party- or union-initiated organization) and drew heavily on the ideas of West Indian Marxist C.L.R. James, as well as Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci. Although it’s leading members came from the ranks of the CPUSA - and its Stalinist post-1956 split-off, the Provisional Organizing Committee for a M-L Party - STO was one of the main developments from SDS and the Sixties student movement. It was one of those Marxist-Leninist organizations that prioritized combating white skin privilege, and saw breaking white workers from racism as being a key task for North American revolutionaries.
For this reason, i was interested when i received an email letting me know that there is now a new website specifically devoted to archiving STO literature, with the eventual goal of making a complete library of STO works available to everyone on the internet. The site is up at http://www.sojournertruth.net/ - enjoy!
Categories: anti-racism, history, maoism, united-states