Here is the newest info on the Black Panther Reunion my best, Roz Payne
Committee to Celebrate the Founding of the
Black Panther Party
PO Box 221100
Sacramento CA 95822
Safiya Bukhari Clark (Santa Rita) Bailey
Kathleen Cleaver Nzinga Conway
Emory Douglas Claudia Grayson (Sister Sheba)
William (Billy X) Jennings
Akua Njeri (Deborah Johnson) Talibah Shakir Gail
March 12, 2002
October 2001 marked the 35th Anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther
Party for Self Defense (BPP). As a result of the events of September 11th,
the BPP Reunion and Conference originally planned to take place in October
was postponed and has been rescheduled for April 18th through 20th, 2002.
Although the origins of the BPP were in Oakland, CA, and previous conferences
have been held in California, the Black Panther Party had over 48 offices
around the country and many of our major offices were on the east coast.
This year's celebration will be held in Washington DC to recognize the
contributions of our east coast comrades. This event will take place at the
University of the District of Columbia, in Washington DC. Previous
registrations and advertising will be honored.
The Conference will feature panel discussions on reparations for the
descendants of African slaves, political prisoners and Cointelpro (the FBI's
illegal program to disrupt progressive political groups and destroy the BPP).
The conference will feature workshops designed to formulate strategies to
obtain freedom for political prisoners, combat police brutality, protect
civil rights, build solidarity in the movement, and remunerate the victims of
Cointelpro. There will also be workshops on women in the BPP, the difference
between the BPP and the New BPP, and a number of workshops focusing on Youth.
There will be some closed sessions dealing with issues pertinent to former
Panthers. Historic photo displays will be open the public and there will be
an ongoing film-video festival during the entire conference. Saturday
evening, April 20, there will be a buffet dinner reception, an opportunity to
socialize and visit with old friends and comrades.
This is an opportunity for older, more experienced activists to share their
knowledge and experience with young, enthusiastic activists of today. It is
also an opportunity for isolated activists in related fields to come together
to share creative and practical resources in the fight for social justice.
We invite all former Panthers, community workers and current and former
activists in the cause of social justice to attend. For more information and
to download a registration form, please visit our website:
For more info: It's About Time, PO Box 221100, Sacramento, CA 95822
Phone: (916) 455-0908, e-mail: HYPERLINK "mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org"
The It's About Time Committee is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. Tax
deductible donations can be made to help sponsor the Reunion and Conference,
to support publication of our newsletter or for Books Behind Bars, a program
that sends reading materials to prisoners throughout the country.
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