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Surviving Smash & Grab: The Real Black Panthers
Saturday February 17
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First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison Street, Oakland, CA 94612
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In honor of #BlackSolidarityWeek, and in light of the recent released FBI report on so-called “Black Identity Extremists,” CRC will host a political education panel on the repression of Black dissidents.
Added to the calendar on Wednesday Feb 7th, 2018 9:12 AM
Join leaders from the Anti Police-Terror Project and special guests Mama Akua Njeri and Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. for an evening of radical truth telling, solidarity building, and self defense.
On March 4, 1968 (exactly one month before King was assassinated), FBI Director Edgar Hoover issued this directive:
"Prevent the Coalition of militant black nationalist groups. In unity there is strength, a truism that is no less valid for all its triteness. An effective coalition…might be the first step toward a real “Mau Mau” in America, the beginning of a true black revolution.
Prevent the rise of a “messiah” who could unify, and electrify, the militant black nationalist movement."
The assassination of 21 year old Chicago Black Panther Party Chairman Fred Hampton Sr. just 18 months later was a very clearly documented case of the U.S. government killing an African-American leader on American soil. The historic significance of this brutal act of repression cannot be overstated, and at this event, we will have opportunity to hear the testimony of survivors of the attack.
In August of 2017, the FBI released another internal memo: "Black Identity Extremists Likely to Target Law Enforcement Officers" conflating the upsurge in organized, political resistance to police terror with a violent and criminal threat.
In this historical moment, it is clear that Black leaders and dissidents are being targeted for repression and neutralization. As a community, how can we defend the rights of Black people to organize and defend their communities from State violence?
We call on all who want to be in solidarity with Black people to attend this event and to help us spread the word. SHOW UP and show the State that your eyes are open to the repression of Black people by the U.S. government.
This is a fundraiser for the Black Solidarity Fund. Ticket sales will benefit Black-led organizations. Tickets are sliding scale from $5-20, and no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
This is a Black Solidarity Week Self Defense Event.
Solidarity in Struggle
If solidarity is to be more than an empty phrase, we must acknowledge that we will not always agree on ideology and tactics. After we come to this realization, we must work together to develop, implement and enforce a disciplined process of resolution on these points. We must understand Point of Unity organizing. We must understand that struggle is neither easy nor neat. More often than not, it is an extremely complicated endeavor. We must identify our common goals and work together with laser focus to achieve common objectives. We should not expect there to be an absence of conflicting dynamics, but embrace them with a process that will prevent these healthy and naturally occurring dynamics from becoming antagonistic. When that is unpreventable, we should strive to handle antagonism in the most disciplined manner as to maintain progress toward our shared objectives.
- Turh-Ha Ak
CRC is a liberation organization that combats white supremacy and actively builds & supports self determination in 9 specific areas.
Announcing Black Solidarity Week
Our communities have been robbed of the benefits of effective functional solidarity, either through external attacks, predatory design, or internal disputes that have been manufactured or manipulated. We are obligated to ask the question: what are the forces & factors that keep us from getting to functional & effective solidarity? Operating on the wisdom that we win or lose, one generation at a time, the Community READY Corps calls for a week of Black Solidarity beginning on February 17th running through February 24th. The time is now. We must set the example for the generations of doers, thinkers, teachers and leaders that come behind us.
The Community READY Corps operates in 9 Areas of Self-Determination and Components of Culture: Politics, Economics, Family, Health, Education, Art, Media, Traditions & Ways, Self Defense.