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Fred Hampton Jr: You Can Kill a Revolutionary But You Can't Kill the Revolution
At 4am on December 4th, 1969, the FBI, working with the Chicago police department, assassinated the charismatic and extremely successful Chicago Black Panther Party Deputy Chairman Fred Hampton in his bed as he slept. Along with the murder of Mark Clark in the same apartment that night, the "raid" was one in a long line of illegal actions taken by the FBI as part of its COINTELPRO war against the social justice and anti-war movements. Fred Hampton's pregnant wife was sleeping beside him when police stormed their residence; their child Fred Hampton Jr. was born less than four weeks later. Fred Hampton Jr., now Chairman of the Prisoners of Conscience Committee (POCC), embarked on a speaking tour to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the assassination of his father -- named for a common saying used by his father, "You can kill the revolutionary, but you can’t kill the revolution."
See also "'Town Bizness' Townhall Meeting on Oscar Grant and Police Terror, Oakland, 2/11/09" with Rekia (Oakland Cop Watch), Martina Davis-Correia (sister of Troy Davis, from Georgia), Jack Bryson (father of brothers detained on BART platform with Oscar Grant), Keith Muhammad (Nation of Islam), and Fred Hampton Jr (POCC Chairman, from Chicago): http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/02/12/18569619.php
Before Fred Hampton Jr. speaks, JR Valrey, of Block Report Radio and Minister of Information for the POCC, introduces West Oakland activists Dwayne of the Black Dot Cafe and the Black New World then Ian of Soul Food Coop.
Audio from Fred Hampton Jr's talk at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill has been posted at http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/12/01/18631070.php.