Remembering Delores Scott

October 5, 2015 | Revolution Newspaper |


From a reader:

Delores Scott

Delores Scott

It is with great sadness that I pass on the news that Delores Scott died Tuesday night of a heart attack. She was an early and outspoken supporter of the Stop Mass Incarceration Network, attending its first meeting in Chicago. Even when she couldn’t walk in the marches she came to the protests last year for Mike Brown and Eric Garner and the October 22 National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality. She also worked with Prisoners Revolutionary Literature Fund, mailing Revolution newspapers to prisoners. Here is what she said about why she did it:

I’m here with revcom and Revolution newspaper. Well, for me the reason I started on the newspaper almost a year ago is because of the fact of my son—he’s incarcerated; and he is in solitary confinement and they don’t really have things to read while they are there, but when I came over to Revolution  (the newspaper for real) I see how much hard work and determination they are to send the paper out to prisoners and that’s why I came on board to help to do the newspaper and get insight on what’s going on by reading the newspaper. I really enjoy it a lot.

Delores considered herself a “revcom,” part of the movement for revolution, travelling to New York for the Dialogue between Bob Avakian and Cornel West last year. She distributed revolutionary literature and talked about revolution to people in West Side neighborhoods, especially the youth. And she marched proudly in the Revolution Books contingent at the Bud Billiken parade this year, promoting revolution and October 24 Rise Up October to STOP Police Terror.

Delores’ whole life cried out the need for resistance and revolution. Four of her six children were in prison. One of them spent time in the notorious Homan Square Chicago Police torture site. She lived in a shelter for abuse survivors because of a previous abusive relationship, and was finally just about to move into a new apartment. She constantly had to battle the system for her and her family to survive; her mother almost died because of a slum landlord. But she had a fierce, courageous heart, broadness of mind, and a wicked sense of humor. She wanted her life to be part of the solution, and she stood with resistance and revolution with all her strength.

She is survived by her family and loving partner CeCi. All of us who knew and worked with her will miss her so much.



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