FRED HAMPTON BLACK PANTHER...

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  1. Isaiah

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    thankz for sharing this i can remember this in the late 60's and the big hit on the Panther's party
    i had honors to talk to a few bruthas of this powerful group .
     
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    :wave: Isaiah

    How are you doing these days?

    very interesting link

    thank you for sharing this piece of history with us.....
     
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    Wow! That was a very hopeful, encouraging, and powerful read! I have heard the name Fred Hampton thrown around from time to time, but never had I known who this man really was and all he had done to uplift the Black community.

    I was just a baby when this conscious Brother began his quest for equality and just-us. Never was our Black liberator discuss in my home. It saddens me that I am so ignorant of such leaders after all these years. A piece of history that could have molded and changed the outcome of many of the youth comming up during that time. I can see clearly now, how lack of knowledge of our history as a people, have become a downfall for our children.

    Thank You Brother Isaiah! Just keep right on getting the information out!
     
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    Thank You Isaiah!
     
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    Fred Hampton rest in freedom. What about some info on Fred Hampton Jr.?
     
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    Brother Fred Hampton made the nouns, freedom and liberation verbs

    There is so much that could be said about the Black Panthers, but this brother, Fred Hampton was the true face, mind, heart, and soul of Black empowerment and African liberation in America. The term Black Panther is just a title…he gave it meaning almost more than any other. He didn’t react to oppression; he had an intellectual response followed by constructive action.

    Ashe!


    Brother Sun Ship
     
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    Interview with Fred Hamptons Son

    In plain laymen’s terms, I was told that it was a day that the government, federal government via the Chicago Police Department [long pause] came in early in the morning and gunned down 22 year-old Defense Captain Mark Clark as well as my father, who was 21 years-old at the time, Deputy Chairman of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party Fred Hampton.

    You were born shortly after your father was killed, what day were you born?

    Approximately two-and-half weeks later, December 29th the same year.

    How has your life been impacted by being the son of Fred Hampton?

    Loved by the people, sweated by the “you know who,” and being subjected to the similar, if not the same, counterinsurgency.

    Who’s the you know who?

    The U.S. government.

    Are you involved in the same type of movement that your father was involved in?

    I’m presently the Chairman of the Prisoners of Conscience Committee (P.O.C.C.), in which one of our models is that we be the great grandchildren of Garvey, offspring of Malcolm and the cubs of Panthers.

    How do you celebrate your father’s legacy?

    Everyday I continue to work and put into practice what Chairman Fred said that, “You can kill a revolutionary, but you can’t kill a revolution.” In particular on December 4th, we go to the black community’s Ground Zero, that being 2337 W. Monroe, and clinch fist in the air in a private and silent vigil. This is done annually.

    I saw the resolution, introduced by Chicago’s former Alderwoman Marlene C. Carter, commemorating December 4th as "Fred Hampton Day in Chicago." It referred to 2337 W. Monroe, where your father was murdered, as Ground Zero. Do you compare what happened on September 11th to the murder of your father?

    I see this as the black and colonized community’s Ground Zero. We define it as one of the most brutal acts of terrorism to ever occur on U.S. soil. The way they assassinated Chairman Fred and Defense Captain Mark Clark was done in a strategic type of way to send a message of terror to their present generation and future generations to never take such a stance that forces like Chairman Fred and Defense Captain Mark Clark had took. It was a strategic terrorist strike and all those who played the role in the assassination of Chairman Fred, we identify as terrorist.

    What does the P.O.C.C. do, what type of work in the community and what are you involved in?

    Some of our survival programs include food programs, political education programs that we host, some of our campaigns include the “One Prisoner, One Contact” campaign. It’s widely known for it’s ability to form principal coalitions as well as scientific relationships.

    What do you think about the re-election of President Bush?

    We refer to it as the selection [not election], it was already setup of who they were going to have as the next gang chief. We didn’t have a lot of hope invested in Kerry or nobody else. Our position is that we know history, there’s never been no Great White Hope that saves us. We didn’t take a lot of cats role as “Vote or Die.” Our position was “Organize or Die” or “Ride or Die.” We still maintain that position, it’s going to take us, to get down, organize for the liberation of our people.

    Neither of these individuals, either Bush or Kerry, addressed the issues of what’s going down in our community. Basically, what I was hearing spewed from both of their mouths or their party was like a foreign language. I heard no talk about addressing the issues of political prisoners. I heard no talk about the issue of reparation. I heard no talk from their mouths about addressing the African Anti-terrorism Bill. These are the issues that we’re faced with in our community.

    What is the African Anti-Terrorism Bill?

    The African Anti-Terrorism Bill is a bill that we’re putting forth. We’re taking a position that we don’t care if an individual is running for President or running for garbage collector in the city of Chicago, they have to take a position on this African Anti-Terrorism Bill.

    It addresses this phenomenon of terrorism from the viewpoint of the O.V.’s. The O.V’s be the Original Victims of Terrorism and that means African people. People who have been subjected to terrorism under such euphemisms as slavery, Jim Crow, red lining, gentrification, etc. We’re putting these in their correct context. We say that the crime of terrorism has no statute of limitations. We say that bomb dropped on African women and children, the MOVE organization May 13, 1985 in Philadelphia on Osage Avenue, that was terrorism. Or what happened December, 4th 1969, assassination of Chairman Fred and Defense Captain Mark Clark Defense Captain Mark Clark that was one of our Ground Zero’s. Matter of fact, yesterday December 2, 2004 when we mobilized deep to march the one-year anniversary of the cold-blooded shooting of little 17 year-old Darryl Hamilton, the brother was shot by Chicago Police. Shot several times in the back and in the head. He had his face pulled over the concrete up under the surveillance camera. He’s an individual that we identify as our modern day Emmett Till. These are all victims of terrorism. In fact, more than that, they are original victims of terrorism. That’s just a bill that we’re pushing forward and we’re holding cats accountable. Whether they come from the white-left or any other community they’ll be endless discussion about this phenomenon.

    Just like the ruling class, they have code orange, code yellow, code green so and so forth. We have classifications for the terror we’re subjected to. Code green. Code black. Code Red. We say Mumia Abu Jamal’s status is code red. Sundiata Acoli…his code is red and so many other soldiers and soldierettes who are held inside the concentration camps and in the general community at large.

    Dead Prez released a song about your family. Did you know that Dead Prez would be releasing “Behind Enemy Lines?” How did it come about?

    I believe at the time I was riding the circuit.

    When you say circuit, what do you mean?

    I was being transferred from one concentration camp to another.

    When you say concentrate camp, you mean?

    What the U.S. refers to as the prisons. On the circuit it’s hard to get word. Your mail don’t catch up with you, you don’t get no phone calls etcetera- etcetera. You get moved around at 3 o’clock in the morning via helicopter via cars, whatever the case may be. So it’s kinda hard to get word.

    I can’t recall when it was, but I don’t think I actually heard the piece until I was unleashed in 2001. I heard word about it. I would have to depend on a lot of brothers who would come into the camps and keep me updated through the grapevine.

    For me, in particular, they [the prison] would go out their way to make sure I was not kept updated on letters or how the support was going. But, the piece was inspired by the “Free Fred” international campaign to free Fred Hampton Jr.

    Why were you in prison?

    I was snatched up for me being what I define a 3-Strike offender. One, just for being African. Two, for being the son of Deputy Chairman Fred and Akua Njeri. Three, for continuing to fight for the liberation of my people.

    The trumped-up charge that I was issued were two charges of aggravated arson. The state claims that I fire-bombed two Korean owned stores on the Southside of Chicago, which later claim that a motive was done in response to the verdict that was surrendered in Simi Valley about the LAPD beating of Rodney King.

    Have you cleared your name?

    No, we have a campaign still going on called “Fight the Frame, Clear Fred’s Name.” We want people to continue to write letters to the present governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich …The “Free Fred” campaign is still going down, because we say it wasn’t just about me. It’s a matter of freeing all political prisoners. That trumped case is still on the record.

    What hip hop artists do you listen to?

    It’s this young brother named Saigon. A little brother who did seven years.

    What is it about his music that you like?

    One is his content and also I did a background check on this cat and he has this thing called the Abandoned Nation that he does, it’s an organization that they get down with. They get clothes and stuff for children of prisoners and they give it to them, but they don’t tell the children that it comes from them. The children are under the impression that it actually comes from their parent. That’s just one of the things.

    I’m going to be honest with you. Glad you asked this question. Prior to me meeting this cat, as organizers we try to use every part possible of this phenomenon as we can. We’re looking at hip hop as a phenomenon, it’s a tool that we want to try to use to help heighten the conscious of people. But, I ain’t go lie to you. I had said this whole thing, this hip hop thing…man, we need Pac back in the game. It was getting real demoralized trying to work this phenomenon.

    I think that it can be safely said that Richard Pryor provided more economical assistance or support for the Panther Party or the struggle in general than all these artists combined today. And that’s a sad statement but it’s a true statement. But I’m not going to negate, I want to give a clinched fist to the Dead Prez’s or the Common’s and the Erykah Badu’s. Sometimes it looks bleak.

    Were you disappointed that Jay-Z didn’t include the death of your father in his “December 4” song on The Black album?

    I think it was an insult. I wasn’t disappointed and to be honest I wasn’t surprised. A lot of these cats have made it very clear whose interest they work in. If our people don’t want to see these contradictions, again I wasn’t surprised, I’m clear.

    In the ruling class, when you say September 11, automatically they recognize that date. Again, Decmeber 4th was one of the most brutal acts of terrorism ever to occur on U.S. soil.

    I know for a number of reasons a lot of these cats address safe subjects, they’re clear. Like the old saying, those Negroes (he laughs) got freedom of speech as long as they don’t say the wrong thing.

    I’m going to say a word, I want you to say the first word that comes to mind:

    President Bush?
    Criminal

    Tupac Shakur?
    Panther cub

    Aaron Patterson?
    Soldier. S-O-U-L-J-A-H

    Akua Njeri?
    Mother comrade, soldier

    Condeleeza Rice?
    Criminal

    Hip Hop?
    A phenomenon

    December 4th?
    One of the most brutal acts of terrorism ever to occur on U.S. soil


    :hearthis: I tried to provide the link but couldnt get it to work
     
  9. Isaiah

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    Good Read, Runaway!(smile!)

    Peace!
    Isaiah
     
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    To Fred Hampton, I raise a fist!

    Thanx for sharing this info Isaiah.
     
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