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Anarchist Black Cross Letter Writing Event- MOVE and Black Panther

12 Oct

In case you are unable to make it to tonight’s Anarchist Black Cross letter writing event at the Wingnut, here is a little information on the people we will be writing to as well as their addresses so you can write them on your own. This month’s focus is on black liberation prisoners. It seems fitting given the number of significant dates and memorials around the issue of race in the month of October (Gabriel’s rebellion, Harper’s Ferry, Columbus Day – ick, etc).

Information and tips for writing political prisoners can be found here:

https://anarchymo.wordpress.com/2009/03/15/write-political-prisoners-letters-its-easy-and-you-can-do-it/

One group of people we are writing to tonight are prisoners from the MOVE organization.

This is a link to a little more information about what happened to some of the other members of the MOVE organization:

https://anarchymo.wordpress.com/2010/05/14/may-14th-move-11/

Write to the MOVE 9!

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May 12th: Bunchy Carter

13 May

Starting out his life, not political, but simply involved in a gang, upon his release from a 4 year stint in prison, Bunch Carter met Huey Newton in 1967. He was convinced to become a Black Panther.

Bunchy Carter formed the Southern California branch of the Black Panther Party. This branch had many successful programs, such as the Breakfast for Children program. The FBI and Hoover considered the Black Panther Party the greatest threat to national security, and used programs such as COINTELPRO to harass and undermine the efforts of the Black Panther Party.

At this time, the Black Panther Party was rivals with a black nationalist group called Organization Us. During an argument between the Black Panthers and US at UCLA, Carter and fellow Panther John Huggins were shot and killed.  The supposed gunman from US was never found. It later came out that as part of its COINTELPRO program the FBI had been deliberately stoking the rivalry between the two organizations, and spreading lies and misinformation so as to create more problems between the groups. This is largely why the death of Bunchy Carter is seen as the fault of the state.  The FBI and police used the shootout as an excuse to raid BPP homes and headquarters and arrest 75 BPP members on charges that were later dropped.

Killed January 17th, 1969.

May 3rd- Fred Hampton

3 May

Fred Hampton was a Black Panther who was assassinated by the government on December 4th 1969. He was a member of the Illinois branch of the Black Panther Party. He was shot to death while he lay in bed. His murder is one of the more blatant political assassinations in the USA. He was killed by Cook County, Chicago, and FBI officers.

He was targeted because he and the Black Panther Party represented a serious threat to the status quo of capitalist Amerikkka. He was targeted specifically because he was a good organizer and motivator, and thus a very useful member of the BLack Panther Party.

The brutality of the FBI and government is a point to be emphasized in this case. An FBI informant drugged the members of the household at dinner with a barbituate. They were all drugged and asleep when the house was raided. The Panthers did not even have the oppourtunity to react in self defense . And yet, deadly force was still used to murder Hampton. The police statements after the fact characterized the panthers as violent. The police and the government blatantly have lied about the entire situation, which should make it clear to all revolutionaries that they are never to be trusted. They will make up lies to cover their butts after they act outside of the law.

The documentary on this case, called The Murder of Fred Hampton is being screened tonight at 8 at the Wingnut. We will hold future screenings if people are interested in seeing the film.