Chuck Kaufman, PRESENTE!
(1952 – 2021)
Nicanotes, July 22, 2021
For more than five decades, Chuck Kaufman, National Co-Coordinator of the Alliance for Global Justice (AfGJ), struggled and served, sacrificed and suffered to help build solidarity and alliances between progressive and revolutionary forces in Central and South America, the Caribbean, and the United States.
The All-African People’s Revolutionary Party (from 1979 to 2006), the All-African People’s Revolutionary Party (GC) (from 2006 to 20021), Pan-African Roots, the African Awareness Association, and a team of our cadre, including, Kamau Benjamin, Bob Brown, Wesley Brown, Lee Robinson and Banbose Shango, had the privilege, the pleasure, and sometimes the pain, to work with Chuck and AfGJ; and several of its allied organizations, networks/coalitions, and fiscally sponsored projects.
Chuck made his transition on 28 December 2021, a much earned and well-deserved rest. He helped make history and helped preserve it. It is fitting that we remember a few of his moments and barricades, contributions and achievements, especially some of those that the A-APRP (GC) shared:
- In February 1979, Chuck helped co-found the Nicaragua Network. On July 17, 1969, the Sandinista National Liberation Front seized power and consolidated the Nicaraguan Revolution. In 1987, he joined the Nicaragua Network’s National Staff. AfGJ continues to support the Nicaragua Revolution and the Sandinista National Liberation Front, today.
- In 1995, Trim Bissel, Kathy Hoyt, Chuck, the Nicaragua Network (NN), others co-founded the Campaign for Labor Rights (CLR). He supported the movement against sweatshop labor in Central and South America.
- In 1998, the Nicaragua Network became the Alliance for Global Justice (AfGJ)
- AfGJ and Chuck helped build the Latin American Solidarity Coalition (LASC).
- In 1998 Chuck and AfGJ helped found and launch the United States Students against Sweatshops and the Nike Sweatshop Campaign
- Since its founding, AfGJ, James Jordan and Chuck have waged and participated in Colombia solidarity campaigns and projects on a variety of fronts, including peasant and labor union campaigns to free political prisoners in Columbia.
- Since its founding, AfGJ and Chuck were always involved in the defense of the Bolivarian Revolution within the US. In 2007, AfGJ, the A-APRP (GC), and other organizations and organizers, organized and hosted the Venezuela Solidarity Conference in Chicago and Washington, DC, which lead to the formation of the Venezuela Solidarity Network.
- AFGJ and Chuck helped form the Venezuela Strategy Group and Food Sovereignty Project with William Camacaro and the Bolivarian Circle
- In April 2000, Chuck and AfGJ helped build the anti-IMF / World Bank demonstration in Washington, DC. It is a cornerstone event in the anti-globalization movement.
- In 2011, Chuck, the Nicaragua Network, and AfGJ fiscally sponsored the anti-IMF / World Bank demonstration in Washington, DC. AfGJ served as the fiscal sponsor for IFCO / Pastors for Peace … Cuba Friendshipment Caravan when the IRS took away IFCO / Pastors for Peace’s tax-exempt status.
- From 1979, AfGJ and Chuck, endorsed, networked, and helped build numerous solidarity, pro-Palestinian; immigration and border militarization; anti-War; anti-globalization demonstrations in DC; the Occupy Wall Street in New York, and several Occupations in Washington, DC and across the United States.
- Chuck and AfGJ fiscally sponsored the 2013 Tear Down the Walls Conference in Tucson, AZ; the Black Lives Matter and related police murder protests; and the fiscal sponsorship of Black Lives Matter Groups in Tucson, AZ and Oklahoma City, OK.
- From 2011, AfGJ and Chuck fiscally sponsored numerous solidarity, pro-Palestinian; immigration and border militarization; anti-War; anti-globalization demonstrations in DC; the Occupy Wall Street in New York, and several Occupation Movements in Washington, DC and across the United States.
- Chuck and AfGJ supported and participated in various African Liberation Day commemorations under the leadership of the All-African People’s Revolutionary Party (from 1979 to 2006) and the All-African People’s Revolutionary Party (GC) (from 2006 to 2021).
The All-African People’s Revolutionary Party (GC) is very small and very poor. For more than four decades, our cadre helped Chuck, the Nicaragua Network, AfGJ and several of their organizational projects, networks and coalitions and fiscally sponsored projects that Chuck, the Nicaragua Network, and AfGJ helped found, build, lead and support for more than five decades, collectively and individually, when and where we could.
We will remember Chuck, and send condolences to his Family, Friends, Co-Workers, and the Alliance for Global Justice!