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Legacy of Torture & Battle of Algiers: Benefit for the SF 8 Black Panther
A screening of the brand new video about the SF 8 Black Panther grand jury resistors/arrestees. This will be followed by the classic- Battle of Algiers.
Benefit for the SF 8 Black Panthers & Eric McDavid
Screening "Legacy of Torture" & "Battle of Algiers"
Sunday February 25; 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The Long Haul, 3124 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA (@Woolsey St.)
$5-up sliding scale (no one turned away)
A screening of the new video about the SF 8 Black Panther grand jury
resistors/arrestees. (see below for details.) This will be followed by the
classic film on the struggle for Algerian independence - Battle of
Algiers. People will be on hand to answer questions on the SF 8, as well
as offer an update about Eric McDavid. There will be food, wine, &
dessert. All proceeds will be split between the SF 8 & Eric McDavid.
Please show your support!
Legacy of Torture:
The War Against The Black Liberation Movement
The same people who tried to kill me in 1973 are the same people who are
here today, trying to destroy me. I mean it literally. I mean there were
people from the forces of the San Francisco Police Department who
participated in harassment, torture and my interrogation in 1973 ... none
of these people have ever been brought to trial. None of these people have
ever been charged with anything. None of these people have ever been
questioned about that. -- John Bowman, former Black Panther
In 2005 several former members of the Black Panther were held in contempt
and jailed for refusing to testify before a San Francisco Grand Jury
investigating a police shooting that took place in 1971. The government
alleged that Black radical groups were involved in the 34-year old case in
which two men armed with shotguns attacked the Ingleside Police Station
resulting in the death of a police sergeant and the injuring of a civilian
In 1973, thirteen alleged "Black militants" were arrested in New Orleans,
purportedly in connection with the San Francisco events. Some of them were
tortured for several days by law enforcement authorities, in striking
similarity to the horrors visited upon detainees in Guantánamo and Abu
In 1975, a Federal Court in San Francisco threw out all of the evidence
obtained in New Orleans.
The two lead San Francisco Police Department investigators from over 30
years ago, along with FBI agents, have re-opened the case. Rather than
submit to proceedings they felt were abusive of the law and the
Constitution, five men chose to stand in contempt of court and were sent
to jail. They were released when the Grand Jury term expired, but have
been told by prosecutors that "it isn't over yet."
For more information on their case, visit http://www.cdhrsupport.org
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