Weekly Featured Profile – Malcolm Suber
In the late 1970s, Malcolm Suber was a leader of the pro-China Communist Party USA (Marxist-Leninist), but was expelled circa early 1980 with Albert Thrasher of Birmingham as part of a ’left’ liquidationist faction. That in turn “engineered a split in the Party, moving to build a Maoist, ultra-left nationalist party, based mainly in the South, abandoning the majority of the industrial proletariat.”
Suber later became close to the pro-North Korea/Russia/Iran Workers World Party.
On Oct. 22 2005, in New York, the Workers World newspaper staff hosted a forum called “Katrina: A Challenge for the Movement: Forging a united front between the Black liberation, workers’ and anti-imperialist struggles.”
- The panel featured prominent African-American representatives based in New York, Raleigh and New Orleans. These leaders talked about the issues of the day from anti-racist, pro-labor, pro-community and anti-war perspectives.
- Monica Moorehead, Workers World newspaper staff
- Malcolm Suber, Katrina survivor from New Orleans; People’s Hurricane Relief Fund
- Larry Holmes, Workers World Party; Troops Out Now Coalition
- Malik Rahim, resident of Algiers neighborhood in New Orleans; Common Ground Collective
- LeiLani Dowell, Fight Imperialism-Stand Together (FIST) youth group; Workers World newspaper staff
Malcolm Suber, a founder and leader of the People’s Hurricane Relief Fund in New Orleans, announced his candidacy for an at-large seat on the New Orleans City Council on Sept. 6, 2007.
- Suber has been in the forefront of exposing the racist criminal neglect by local, state and federal governmental officials shown toward the majority Black population during and after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Suber is a Katrina survivor.
Suber’s campaign supporters included former Georgia U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney and Hip Hop artist and actor Mos Def.
Suber failed to win the seat.
In 2017, Malcolm Suber and Angela Kinlaw joined forces to create the People’s Assembly New Orleans.
According to Suber, “The People’s Assembly in New Orleans is our attempt to build a grassroots, working-class organization of, by and for the working people of this city. It is important that we wake what I call the sleeping giant, the black community, to recognize that with our numbers if we were properly organized and understood our power we could control this city.”
Malcolm Suber and Workers World Party member Gavrielle Gemma lead Take ‘em Down NOLA, which has led the push to dismantle historic Confederate monuments in New Orleans.
- We are fighting now for a resolution to remove all the white supremacy monuments and street names and public buildings named for the slavemasters. This is a struggle that will continue until we finish the main course.
A written statement included a list of Take ‘em Down NOLA’s targets for removal or renaming. The list includes at least a dozen monuments, 24 streets, seven school campuses and two hospitals.
- These range from highly visible tributes to well-known slaveholders like the monument of Andrew Jackson and locally famed leaders of the Confederacy, such as former Louisiana Governor and Confederate General Francis T. Nicholls, for whom Governor Nicholls Street is named, to lesser-known monuments such as that dedicated to Confederate Brig. Gen. Albert Pike at Tulane Avenue and Jefferson Davis Parkway and lesser-known figures like the Rev. Benjamin Morgan Palmer…
In October 2017, Gavrielle Gemma and Malcolm Suber celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution at an event in New Orleans.