Prisoners Of Conscience Committee

Prisoners Of Conscience Committee
The Prisoners of Conscience Committee Founded by Chairman Fred Hampton, Jr. during the nine years he spent in prison in the 1990's.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

The 44th Anniversary of the Assassination of Chairman Fred Hampton By Ray L Baker Jr.

 44 years ago, in a vicious pre-dawn police raid, Chairman Fred Hampton, leader of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party, was assassinated. Chairman Fred was so great because he clearly saw and effectively acted on the premise that liberation could only come by changing society from rich owned to people owned. Sounds simple but this is major. 

A key task of the COINTELPRO program was to prevent the rise of a revolutionary messiah. Chairman Fred Hampton was that messiah and at the age of 21 his assassination was ordered from the highest levels of the U.S. Government.

Conscious forces have seized history, dropped the slave master name, “Monroe” and re-named the street on which Chairman Fred was assassinated, “Chairman Fred Hampton Way.” On December 4th, 2013, well over a hundred of “the people” gathered at 2337 West Chairman Fred Hampton Way. The real story was told there by the only two people who survived Chairman Fred’s deathbed on that fateful December morning, his widow and at the time, his un-born son.

An incredible display of progressive, people friendly, spoken word and music was also held on the 4th to honor Chairman Fred and Defense Captain Mark Clark and it went on all night and into the next morning.

Meanwhile, A bunch of sickening, “fair weather” ex-Panthers have banded together and have spat and continue to spit on the graves of Chairman Fred Hampton, Minister Huey P. Newton and the heroic, revolutionary legacy of the Black Panther Party. 

While the basic people face untold suffering, this group seems hell bent on resting on their laurels and staging a running, congratulatory ass kissing contest about things they did forty some years ago. This pathetic group of history buffs has joined forces with one of the most avaricious land grabbing monsters in the world, the University of Chicago (U of C) and they’ve planned events from December 2nd thru January 21st 2013, supposedly to honor Chairman Fred. 

The centerpiece of these events was a swine and cheese type art opening featuring the paintings of a French artist, Jean Michel Bruyére, who the U. of C flew in from France. “These Panthers turned historians,” the U. of C. and all the others (you know who you are) are 0 for 2 in the art department. Call me a hater but this art sucked.

In the first place, the paintings by Jean Michel Bruyére were all of Black Panther Party cofounder Bobby Seale, bound and gagged at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. The whole world was watching and it was clear that ruthless, oinking Chicago pigs brutalized Bobby Seale. Yet, the paintings by Jean Michel Bruyére make it appear that Seale had some loosely fitting unbleached muslin around his mouth gently held in place by a little piece of medical tape. This type of art paints a total misrepresentation of horrible police brutality then and now and winds up being anti people art. It loudly proclaims that what was done to the people really wasn’t all that bad. I have pictures but if you hurry you can see it for yourself at 301 E. Garfield Blvd. in Chicago.

In the second place, these “tom cats in Panther clothing,” had the unmitigated gall to launch an attack on Co-founder and leader of the Black Panther Party, Minister Huey P. Newton by staging a mime-type character in what we called back in the day a Huey P. Newton chair. This crime scene was in the window of an abandoned Harold’s Fried Chicken Shack, next door to the other crime scene at 301 Garfield Blvd. I knew you wouldn’t believe me so I included a photo. 

I have witnessed Sister Akua Njeri being an all around fighter and servant of the people for at least twenty years and while these “great pretender Panthers” were busy brainstorming about which set of reactionary capitalists they were going to sell out to, Chairman Fred Jr. was serving 9 years in prison (including the notorious Tamms Super Max) on trumped up charges for standing up for the people.

Chairman Fred Jr. is one of the greatest freedom fighters of our time. He is fighting on the front line, every day, where the struggle is hottest, against virtually every case of police murder and abuse against the people. He has been forced to sit in the back of a paddy wagon for three hours in ninety-degree heat and then being locked up not once but many times, since prison, for defending oppressed people against police terror and other injustices. 

We have too much at stake to go backwards so the “Theme Park Panthers” must be exposed and called out for who and what they are. Joining up with sugar daddies, grants and criminals like the U. of C. can only serve to hoodwink and bamboozle the people and blur the lines between real friends and real enemies. 

The greatest way to uphold the legacy of Chairman Fred Hampton is to carry on his work. No one upholds the legacy of Chairman Fred Hampton better than his Widow and his Son. These are the true heroes of the people and they must be up-held and joined in their relentless struggle to get rid of all exploitation and oppression of the people. Long Live Chairman Fred!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Recalling the murders of the Panthers By Wendell Hutson

Recalling the murders of the Panthers
By Wendell Hutson Story Posted:12/07/2013 Family, friends and former Black Panthers remembered the 44th anniversary of slain Black Panther Party Chairman Fred Hampton at a December 4 memorial. Hampton’s widow Akua Njeri (formerly Deborah Johnson) said her late husband was 21-years-old when Chicago police rushed inside their home at 2337 W. Monroe St. and killed Hampton and Mark Clark. “It was a conspiracy between the FBI, Chicago police and state police to destroy the Black Panthers,” said Njeri. “They figured if they cut off the head then the body would die too. They came for him early in the morning thinking we were sleep but we were not.” According to Njeri, it was 4:35 a.m. when police knocked on their door. “Once we responded with ‘who is it?’ the police began shooting through the door. I was eight months pregnant and he (Fred) jumped on top of me to protect me,” she added. “By the time the shooting stopped Fred was dead.” 

Fortunately Njeri was not injured and 25 days later gave birth to Fred Hampton Jr. “I never met my father but through his teachings he left behind I know he was a proud man who believed in standing up for what was right when it came to Black people,” said Hampton Jr. “He would be disappointed to see so many young Black men killing each other but he would understand that due to a continued war against our people it has taught young Black men that they are not respected and should not respect each other.” Clark., a Peoria native was the state chairman of the Illinois Black Panther Party and was visiting Hampton and other BPP members. All the Black-on-Black crime is a direct result of youths not knowing their history, said Arthur Drake, who said he grew up with Hampton Jr. “Youth nowadays lack education about their culture so they act up by being violent and that is a behavioral pattern that needs to stop,” Drake said. “The Black Panthers are still needed because racism still exists and until it ends the fight for survival is on.” A crowd of about 100 people gathered at Hampton’s former home, which is currently occupied by a family, to reenact the day he died. After a moment of silence where the crowd held one arm in the air with their fist clenched [a symbol of power the Black Panther Party instituted] everyone lined up and walked toward the home as if they were going inside to see for themselves what had happen to the Black revolutionists. Several investigations revealed that police fired as many as 98 bullets once inside the home, and the lone shot that came from the Panthers was a “reflex shot” from Clark’s shotgun. Other investigations cleared the law enforcement officials who planned and carried out the raid, often referred to as the “Massacre on Monroe.” A former Black Panther members said while their leader is gone his legacy is still going strong. John Preston, 59, joined the Black Panthers November 1968 because “I felt a need to do something to change the culture in the Black community.” He added, “the Black Panther Party is not dead and is very much alive but we now operate in a different manner.” In October of 1966, Bobby Seale and Huey Newton formed the Black Panther Party in Oakland, Calif. Initially Seale and Newton said they started the group to protect local communities from police brutality and racism, but it later became a revolutionary group, which sponsored free medical clinics and breakfast programs for needy children. 

Hampton founded the Chicago chapter of the Black Panther Party in November 1968. He was born Aug. 30, 1948, in Chicago and grew up in west suburban Maywood and graduated from Proviso East High School in 1966. Stan McKinney, 60, said he worked with the founders and remains a Black Panther today. “I joined the Black Panthers January 1969 and I will be a Black Panther until the day I die,” McKinney said. “When I saw all the police harassment, I knew I could not stand by and do nothing. That’s what motivated me to join.”"

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. Interview


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 (Chicago, Illinois) –December 4, 2013 --The annual International Revolutionary Day (IRD) commemorating the life of Chairman Fred Hampton, Illinois Chapter Black Panther Party will begin at 12:00 noon(2337 Monroe), with filming a reenactment of the historical Panther led people's procession when people convened from all the world December 4, 1969 to see for themselves what really happened at the "Massacre on Monroe". On this date 44 years ago, two Black Panther Party leaders were assassinated by the U.S. government and the Chicago Police Department. The Massacre on Monroe left in its aftermath, the assassination of twenty - one year old Chairman Fred Hampton, and twenty-two year old Defense Captain Mark Clark. As it was in life, it remains in legacy; the attack on the struggle for self-determination was deemed the number one threat to the internal security of the country by former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. How was the Black Panther Party the number one threat to the internal security of the country? By providing first Free Breakfast programs nationwide? By providing Free Medical clinics? By providing information to better the communities of poor people nationwide? A press conference will be held at 2337 Monroe Street @ 12:00 noon.

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