Ajowa Ifateyo: Speaking UPFRONT Originally published November 1984 Ajowa Ifateyo worked from 1972 to 1980 as editor of The Burning Spear, the newspaper of the African People’s Socialist Party. In 1980, the party split, as she describes in the interview. In 1983, Ifateyo was one of a group of women who founded UPFRONT, a national Black women’s quarterly newspaper published out of Washington, D.C. She currently works on its staff. Off Our Backs staffer, Carol Anne Douglas; (who is white) interviewed Ajowa Ifateyo. The interview discusses part of her experience in the APSP and her ideas on Black women’s . . .
It’s common sense that for a revolutionary base area to be conquered and developed correctly there must be a strong revolutionary base for the production of food, clothing, etc. and supply of essential services to the masses of people under the leadership of the Party. We know from history that when revolutionaries conquer territory and hold it as a base that the forces of the enemy will seek to turn the masses against the revolutionary army and Party by cordoning it off and seeking to disrupt supply lines, services such as water, gas and electricity, and “making the economy scream”. . . .