Our Candidates – Meet Monica Moorehead and Lamont Lilly
Monica Moorehead has been an activist and organizer for more than four decades. A member of Workers World Party since 1975, Moorehead now sits on the Party’s national secretariat and is a managing editor of Workers World newspaper. She was WWP’s candidate for president of the United States in 1996 and 2000; in 1996 she sought the nomination of the Peace & Freedom Party in California.
Born in Alabama during segregation, Moorehead became politically active as a teenager in Hampton, Va., distributing the Black Panther Party newspaper. She was banned fromher high school band for refusing to play the racist song “Dixie.” A graduate of Hampton Institute [now University], Moorehead is a former kindergarten teacher.
She is a founding member of Millions for Mumia of the International Action Center—an anti-death-penalty project—and she co-chaired the historic May 7, 2000 rally of 6,000 people in Madison Square Garden Theater demanding freedom for political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal.
Moorehead has written extensively on the prison-industrial complex and anti-racist issues. She co-authored “Mumia Speaks– An Interview with Mumia Abu-Jamal.” She wrote the pamphlet “South Africa—Which Road to Liberation?” and the essay “What Is a Nation?” in the book “A Voice from Harper’s Ferry.” She edited the 2007 book “Marxism, Reparations and the Freedom Struggle.”
She is a co-coordinator of the International Working Women’s Day Coalition in New York City. She is also an executive board member of the International Women’s Alliance—a global network of women organizers and women’s organizations that fight imperialism, racism, sexism and all forms of oppression.
Moorehead has represented Workers World Party on many international solidarity trips including South Africa, Iraq, Cuba, Nicaragua, North Korea, South Korea, Puerto Rico, Hawai’i, France the Dominican Republic and the Philippines.
From the movements against racism, police killings and mass incarceration; to the struggle against imperialist war and neocolonialism; to solidarity with Cuba, Palestine, Zimbabwe, the Philippines, the DPRK, and all peoples struggling for self-determination and sovereignty; to the struggles for women’s and LGBTQ liberation; to battles for union rights, disability rights, environmental justice—from local struggles to international movements, Monica Moorehead has devoted her entire life to the great cause of building a better world. | Download leaflet
Lamont Lilly is a leading member of the Durham, N.C., branch of Workers World Party and a member of WWP’s National Committee. As a people’s journalist, as an activist, an organizer, and a speaker, Lilly has traveled widely to stand in solidarity with struggles against racism and imperialist war, and for people’s justice.
Lilly was born in 1979 in Fayetteville, NC. A military veteran, he graduated from North Carolina Central University, and then worked for several years as an educator and nonprofit program coordinator, focusing on African American youth leadership and academic development. His focus on youth continued as he became an activist.
In 2010, he traveled to Colombia in South America as a human rights delegate with Witness for Peace, advocating for displaced Indigenous and Afro-Colombian people. In 2015, he went to Syria and Lebanon in a group led by Ramsey Clark and Cynthia McKinney. In Beirut, he spoke as a Black Lives Matter representative at the International Forum for Palestinian Solidarity. In Damascus, he met with comrades of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
Inside the U.S., he has gone wherever the struggle called, including Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Oakland, Los Angeles, and New York. From the Baltimore rebellion after the police killing of Freddie Gray to the Days of Grace actions in Charleston, S.C. in the wake of the racist massacre at Mother Emmanuel AME Church, Lamont Lilly is always there on the ground—as a journalist providing consistent revolutionary inside perspective on the Black Lives Matter movement and the continuing struggle for Black Liberation, and as a tireless organizer whose energy and enthusiasm have helped encourage a new wave of activism among oppressed and working- class youth.
Lilly’s political commentary has been featured in Workers World newspaper, Truthout, Counterpunch, the LA Progressive, Black Youth Project, the Durham News, and Triangle Free Press.
Lilly was awarded a 2015 Local Hero Citizen’s Award by Indy Week of Raleigh-Cary-Durham-Chapel Hill N.C. for “pushing for workers’ rights and police reform.” | Download leaflet