35th Anniversary - Black Panther Party Reunion Update
By Gail Shaw <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The program for the 35th Year BPP Reunion and Conference is continuing to
develop. David Dubois, professor at U. Mass at Amherst and former editor of
the Black Panther Party newspaper, has agreed to participate in the panel on
reparations. Bobby Seale, co-founder and former Chairman of the BPP, will
be conducting a workshop on grassroots organizing in the high-tech era.
Several Congresspeople, including Bob Rush, Cynthia McKinney, Barbara Lee,
Maxine Waters and Jesse Jackson Jr., have been personally invited to sit on
the panel for the Tribunal on Cointelpro. A major feature of the
conference, there will be hearings with testimony from Cointelpro victims
which hopefully will be used in the ongoing Congressional investigation.
We encourage everyone to send in your registrations as soon as possible as
funds are needed to continue the organizing process for a conference this
size. Any former Black Panther Party members, NCCF members or community
workers who are not on our mailing list, please send us your address and
other contact information so we can keep you informed. Anyone who would
like more info or registration materials can visit our website at
itsabouttimebpp.com or write to It's About Time, PO Box 221100, Sacramento,
It's About Time will be publishing a historical conference program and is
accepting ads from progressive organizations and individuals who wish to
include a message in the program. The revenue from the ads will enable us to
produce materials for the conference and help defray other costs. We
appreciate everyone's support.
The fees are: $200 for a full 8 1/2 by 11 page, $100 for half page, $50 for
a quarter page and $25 for a business card size ad. Individuals will be
listed as donors for $15 and families for $25. Make checks payable to It's
About Time, PO Box 221100, Sacramento, CA 95822. Ads should be camera
ready, they will appear as they are presented, and materials submitted will
not be returned. The deadline is Sept. 15, 2001.
In an earlier update;
"It's About Time announces the support of Pam Africa and the MOVE Family for
the 35th year Black Panther Party Anniversary and Conference. Pam and the
MOVE family will facilitate a workshop dealing with Mumia's case in
relationship to him being both a political prisoner and a victim of
Cointelpro. It is widely known that Mumia, formerly known as Wes Cook, has
been under surveillance for being an activist for most of his life. He
became a bigger target when he joined the Black Panther Party at age 16.
Julia Wright of the International Concerned Friends and Family of Mumia
Abu-Jamal in Paris, France, has announced that she will attend the
Conference. She will be helping to get the word out about the Conference in
the international community. Julia was also a BPP member in the 70's and
worked closely with Connie Matthews of the International Section of the BPP."
For Conference updates and info, please visit our website.
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