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Surviving Smash and Grab: A #BlackSolidarityWeek Self Defense Event

  • First Congregational Church 2501 Harrison Street Oakland, CA, 94612 United States (map)
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In honor of #BlackSolidarityWeek, and in light of the recently released FBI report on so-called “Black Identity Extremists,” Community READY Corps will host a political education panel on the repression of Black dissidents. This is a fundraiser for the Chairman Fred Hampton, Sr. Community Center in Chicago. Tickets are sliding scale from $5-20, and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Purchase your ticket here:

Join leaders from the Anti Police-Terror Project and special guests Mama Akua Njeri and Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. for an evening of radical truth-telling, solidarity building, and self defense. We call on all who want to be in solidarity with Black people to attend this event and to help us spread the word. SHOW UP and show the State that your eyes are open to the repression of Black people by the U.S. government.

On March 4, 1968 (exactly one month before King was assassinated), FBI Director Edgar Hoover issued this directive:

"Prevent the Coalition of militant black nationalist groups. In unity, there is strength, a truism that is no less valid for all its triteness. An effective coalition…might be the first step toward a real “Mau Mau” in America, the beginning of a true black revolution.

Prevent the rise of a “messiah” who could unify, and electrify, the militant black nationalist movement."

The assassination of 21-year-old Chicago Black Panther Party Chairman Fred Hampton Sr. just 18 months later was a very clearly documented case of the U.S. government killing an African-American leader on American soil. The historic significance of this brutal act of repression cannot be overstated, and at this event, we will have an opportunity to hear the testimony of survivors of the attack.

In August of 2017, the FBI released another internal memo: "Black Identity Extremists Likely to Target Law Enforcement Officers" conflating the upsurge in organized, political resistance to police terror with a violent and criminal threat.

In this historical moment, it is clear that Black leaders and dissidents are being targeted for repression and neutralization. As a community, we must defend the rights of Black people to organize and defend their communities from State violence.