From Howie Hawkins 2020 <[email protected]>
Subject Celebrating the founding of the Black Panther Party
Date October 16, 2020 2:35 PM
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HI ,

Thursday we celebrated the formation of the Black Panther Party 54 years

ago in Oakland, California.

The Black Panther Party clearly showed the willingness of regular people to

organize and take action to protect their communities.

Today, we find ourselves still calling for the changes that these brave

people were fighting for in the 1960s: community control of the police,

reparations paid to African Americans, and social/economic


As we have continued to see the murder of African Americans by police in

2020, names such as George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery to name

only a few, the conversation _HAS_ to include the importance of community

control of the police.

This isn't a new idea.

The time for this idea has already come and the need for this type of

action to regain control of our nation's police forces has never left.

In fact, it's never been more necessary.

We're living in an age where these headlines are blasted into feeds on

every social media platform.

Entire generations of minorities and their children have been seeing the

news for their entire lives while also seeing the lack of action in

addressing the racism and sadism in law enforcement and the criminal

justice system.


As Fred Hampton said,

> "We got to face some facts. That the masses are poor, that the masses

> belong to what you call the lower class, and when I talk about the

> masses, I'm talking about the white masses, I'm talking about the black

> masses, and the brown masses, and the yellow masses, too. We've got to

> face the fact that some people say you fight fire best with fire, but we

> say you put fire out best with water. We say you don't fight racism with

> racism. We're gonna fight racism with solidarity."



Republicans, as expected, are denying the problem at best and protesting or

contributing to it at worst.

Meanwhile, Democrats, as expected, have taken the slogans of organizations

like Black Lives Matter to make grand gestures but, ultimately, doing

nothing more to solve problem.


Someone has to _RAISE AWARENESS_ of these issues.

Someone has to spell out _PLANS_ for how we end the abuse, misconduct, and

blatant murders being committed by police officers (who are then only given

administrative leave as "punishment").

Someone has to say plainly that the way to fight crime is to fight poverty

(Angela Walker says this).

And most of all, someone has to take action.

That's why we are asking for your support in this campaign.

It's about coming together in solidarity to create the changes that we so

desperately need in this country and in our communities.

The Black Panther Party did not sit back and spend all of their time

theorizing how their communities _COULD_ look.

> "If you dare to struggle, you dare to win. If you dare not struggle, then

> damn it, you don't deserve to win." --Fred Hampton

They said "enough is enough" and took action to protect their communities

from the very same problems that we are seeing today. They knew how their

communities _SHOULD_ look and took action to

help make it happen.


By clicking the link below and making a donation to this campaign, you are

saying "enough is enough" and standing up against racism, abuse, and


Will you stand with us?

Choose to be a victor by making a donation (recommended $27) today as we

fight back against Trump and the whole corrupt system that brought him

here! [4]

> "Their [the police] real power is manifested in the organized guns and

> force. But we're saying that the people in this community, the people in

> this country, don't have any control over that organized guns, force, and

> power. We're saying that the capitalist, the racist, and others have

> control over it. And we're saying that we want to change it, that we want

> to revolutionize it, turn it over into the hands of the people, for a new

> process to occur. We're saying we want community control." - Bobby Seale,

> Chicago Community Control of the Police Conference, June 1, 1973

And remember:


In solidarity,


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