Tag Archives: COINTELPRO

May 21st: Viola Fauver Gregg Liuzzo

25 May

Viola Fauver Gregg Liuzzo (April 11, 1925 – March 25, 1965)-

Viola was a civil rights worker who was murdered by the Klu Klux Klan in Alabama. She was a mother of 5 in Michigan, who was moved by the Civil Rights movement. She travelled down south to take part in protests and marches. She was helping to drive local marchers home after the Selma to Montgomery marches in 1965. In her car was 19 year old Leroy Moton, who was an African American. Driving home, they were forced off of the road by another vehicle. The Klansmen shot into the car, hitting Viola twice and killing her. Leroy played dead when the Klansmen came to inspect the car. After they left he ran for help.

The murderers were quickly apprehended. The reason this case can be said to involve the state is that one of the 4 men in the car was an informant for the FBI. The four Klan members in the car, Collie Wilkins (21), FBI informant Gary Rowe (34), William Eaton (41) and Eugene Thomas (42) were all arrested.

A series of all white juries acquitted and mistrialed the case for a while. In the mean time 2 of the Klansmen died from other accidents and natural causes before they ever served time. They were eventually all found guilty and sentenced to 10 years. Gary Rowe, the FBI employee, was put into the Witness Protection Program, because of Death threats from the KKK.

The Klansmen received a lot of community support, even having a parade in their honor.

On December 28, 1977 the Liuzzo family, filed a lawsuit against the FBI. They charged that Rowe, as an employee of the FBI, had failed to prevent Liuzzo’s death and had in effect conspired in the murder. Which would make the state culpable for the murder. Later, the ACLU filed another lawsuit on behalf of the family.

Rowe was indicted in 1978 and tried for his involvement in the murder,but the first trial ended in a hung jury, and the second trial ended in his acquittal.

Ultimately the folks who were accountable for this murder were not truly held accountable. The state and the Klansmen got away with the murder of Viola Liuzzo.

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.

May- Memorial Month to People Murdered by State

22 Apr

The Wingnuts (see http://www.thewingnutrva.wordpress.com) have decided that MAY is the month we will dedicate to remembering people who have been killed by the cops/FBI/CIA/state/COINTELPRO etc.

We are compiling a list of names to be used in a ceremony at our Memorial Day Cookout on May 31st. The information will also be incorporated into a mural/monument at the Wingnut.

As part of this whole idea, I will be posting a daily blog during the month of May on a different victim of the state. So lookout in May for profiles/bios/stories/pictures of these people. Because we should never forget about the terrible oppressive violence practiced by the police and the state on a daily basis.

Malcolm X – May 19, 1925- February 21, 1965

21 Feb

Today is the 45th Anniversary of Malcolm X’s assasination in Manhattan.

Malcolm X is remembered as perhaps one of the greatest and one of the most influential African-American men.

Malcolm X brought to light important political issues around Race, Capitalism, and Politics that many people today still have not made connections with. He called out the inherent connections between Capitalism and Racism. He talked about how the Democrats were no more useful to People of Color than Republicans.

While the blame for his assassination is still up in the air to some extent, between the folks who actually served prison time, local drug dealers, local cops, CIA/FBI, or just COINTELPRO actions in general, the bottom line is that a dynamic and influential Black man was murdered for his beliefs and his activism.

Malcolm X deserves to be remembered and honored for all of the work he put in around issues including race in America and the world. Continue reading