[sixties-l] Fwd: Black Panther Party Reunion Update!

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Date: 11/04/00

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    >Date: Wed, 1 Nov 2000 23:13:10 -0600 (CST)
    >From: "Marpessa Kupendua" <nattyreb@ix.netcom.com>
    >Subject: *IT'S ABOUT TIME - BPP Reunion Update!
    >IT'S ABOUT TIME - 35th Year Black Panther Party Reunion
    >The It's About Time Committee is committed to hosting an inclusive,
    >non-sectarian, memorable event that celebrates the founding principles,
    >platform, and programs of the Black Panther Party (BPP).  We will
    >commemorate the historic legacies of the BPP as well as the many sacrifices
    >and constructive contributions that all of us made while serving the people
    >body and soul.
    >As we approach the 35th anniversary of the Black Panther Party's founding,
    >not only do we have the opportunity to celebrate, we have the responsibility
    >to place our own experiences into historical context.  We have the privilege
    >and obligation to acknowledge the support of our elders, friends and
    >families during those turbulent times and we must commemorate the sacrifices
    >of those who fell in body and in spirit to the prevailing internal and
    >external forces of those times; especially our political prisoners.
    >After 27 years of court battles, we recently celebrated the release of our
    >comrade geronimo ji jaga from Amerika's gulag.  During the course of that
    >struggle, information about the FBI's COINTELPRO program of dirty tricks and
    >blatant set-ups came to light.  We must rededicate ourselves to the struggle
    >to seek justice for the many other victims of COINTELPRO who continue to
    >suffer behind bars, and all political prisoners.
    >Unless we former members do otherwise, the legacy of the BPP will be
    >rendered moot - largely ignored, dismissed and distorted by today's
    >commentators and tomorrow's historians.  We need to tell our stories and the
    >stories of those of us who we lost or remain imprisoned.
    >Those of us who continue to struggle for justice in our communities need to
    >come together as a unified force.  We must get beyond the divisions,
    >orchestrated by the COINTELPRO forces, among others, to render us
    >ineffective or destroy us as a viable movement.
    >Let us come together to celebrate our contributions to the Black Liberation
    >Struggle, to the struggle for all peoples for justice and humanity, to
    >preserve our history, set an example for today's youth, and to Unite in our
    >dedication to seeking justice for our political prisoners - It's About Time!
    >  CONTACT BRO. BILLY X at <itsabouttime3@juno.com>
    >  WITH INFO.
    >  ================================
    >  It's About Time is looking for X Party members and
    >supporters, making plans for the 35th Anniversary
    >Reunion of the Black Panther Party which will be
    >held October 2001.  They had a very successful
    >30th year Reunion in Oakland, California in 1996,
    >bringing together approximately 400 ex-Party
    >members and community workers.
    >  "It's About Time" would like to have the 35th year
    >Reunion on the east coast to make it more accessible
    >to people on the east coast and to continue the
    >healing process among all rank and file Party members.
    >  "It's About Time" is looking for people in the Washington-
    >Baltimore area who may be willing to form a committee to
    >  help work on the reunion.  We are also asking for any
    >suggestions for a location; hotel, school or other
    >meeting place which can handle workshops and a
    >banquet for up to 500 people. We are a Non-Profit
    >Corporation 501c3.
    >  Please let us know as soon as possible if you can
    >donate any time to this project.  We would especially
    >appreciate having someone locally to investigate
    >  All Power to the People!
    >Billy X <itsabouttime3@juno.com>

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