Thursday, September 14, 2017

New Orleans Police Attack Panther HQ

Using a US Army tank, the New Orleans police attacked the local party headquarters of the Blank Panthers.  The link below describes the situation and the results...

http://www.itsabouttimebpp.com/Chapter_History/pdf/New_Orleans/New_Orleans_Chapter_History.pdf

Friday, September 8, 2017

John Brown Anti-Klan Committee

Fighting white supremacists and fascists in the streets is not new.  As Mark Bray points out in his new book titled Antif: An Anti-Fascist Handbook (JBAKC), there was a group in the 1970s and 1980s called the John Brown Anti-Klan Committee that was but one such group who took it to the streets.  Another was the Communist Worker's party, who lost five of its members when the Klan shot them down in the streets of Greensboro, NC while undercover FBI informers looked on.
Here is a link to some newsletters from the 1970s.  They are archived (along with lots of other material) at the Freedom Archives website.
https://search.freedomarchives.org/search.php?view_collection=7&year=1979

Monday, August 7, 2017

Jonathan Jackson Marin County Courthouse August 7, 1970

On August 7, 1970, Jonathan Jackson, the 17-year-old brother of prison revolutionary
George Jackson, entered the Marin County courthouse armed with a submachine gun. He
hoped to force the release of the Soledad Brothers— George Jackson, Fleeta Drumgo, and
John Clutchette, who were charged with the murder of two guards at Soledad Prison after
guards had killed another prisoner. Jonathan gave guns to three prisoners who were present
in court— Ruchell Magee, a jailhouse lawyer who was testifying at the trial of fellow prisoner
James McClain, and William Christmas. The three then took the judge, the prosecutor, and
three jurors hostage. They left the courthouse and placed the hostages in a county van.
Before the armed men and their hostages left the courthouse, the Marin County sheriff had
ordered his men not to shoot, but the van was hit by a hail of gunfire from San Quentin
prison guards and other law-enforcement personnel immediately after it left the building's
garage. Jackson, Judge Haley, McClain, and Christmas were all killed.--from The Way the Wind Blew: A History of the Weather Underground

https://diva.sfsu.edu/bundles/228276