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Fred Hampton

The Baltimore Riots, Inequality and Federal Inaction

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 04.29.2015 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

The killings of Oscar Grant, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Walter Scott, and Freddie Gray, along with the militarization of municipal police forces, the rise of the prison-industrial complex, and the riots, are all symptoms of a much deeper malady.

Blood on Their Hands: The Racist History of Modern Police Unions

G. Flint Taylor | Posted 03.16.2015 | Chicago
G. Flint Taylor

Police unions further the-all-too-accurate conception that the police are an occupying force in poor communities of color, and are antithetical in principle and action to the progressive principles of the labor movement.

Kwanzaa 2014

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 02.25.2015 | Black Voices
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

Black lives matter. All lives do. I don't celebrate Christmas. It's not an either or proposition, but I will celebrate Kwanzaa this year as I have for the last 25 years.

45 Years Later: Remembering Fred Hampton and Mark Clark

G. Flint Taylor | Posted 02.03.2015 | Chicago
G. Flint Taylor

Similar to the wanton police killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Eugene Ellison, Roshad McIntosh and countless other victims, the killer cops who murdered Fred Hampton and Mark Clark were never charged with murder or attempted murder, and never spent a day in jail.

Darren Wilson Wasn't the First: A Short History of Killer Cops Let Off the Hook

G. Flint Taylor | Posted 01.25.2015 | Chicago
G. Flint Taylor

As the history of the battle against racist police violence so pointedly teaches, the public outcry and agitation must continue not only in Ferguson but across the nation.

10 Things I Learned About the Black Panthers From Viewing Party People

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 12.28.2014 | Black Voices
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

Party People is playing at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre now until Nov. 16. It is the story of the Black Panthers and the Young Lords told by Univer...

The FBI COINTELPRO Program and the Fred Hampton Assassination

G. Flint Taylor | Posted 02.02.2014 | Chicago
G. Flint Taylor

On December 4th it will be 44 years since a select unit of 14 Chicago Police officers executed a pre-dawn raid on a west side apartment that left Illinois Black Panther Party leaders Fred Hampton and Mark Clark dead.

Racism, the U.S. Justice System, and the Trayvon Martin Verdict

G. Flint Taylor | Posted 09.17.2013 | Chicago
G. Flint Taylor

Black president or not, juries will continue to set white perpetrators free while wrongfully convicting African Americans so long as a "jury of your peers" means an exclusively or predominately white jury.

'Nothing but a Northern Lynching': The Assassination of Fred Hampton

G. Flint Taylor | Posted 02.04.2013 | Chicago
G. Flint Taylor

While we will never know what heights Fred Hampton would have reached as a leader had he lived, we do know that the spirit of Fred Hampton continues to live on.

The Police Code of Silence: What Will Mayor Emanuel Do?

G. Flint Taylor | Posted 01.15.2013 | Chicago
G. Flint Taylor

Once again, it appears to be "business as usual" when it comes to police brutality, the code of silence, and official cover-up in Chicago.

Jeff Haas, Bill Ayers Discuss New Book About Fred Hampton And Activism At Chicago Bookstore

Huffington Post | Samira Said | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Produced by HuffPost's Eyes & Ears Citizen Journalism Unit "Back [in the 60's] segregation was normalized so it's easy to say 'If I would have been a...

Martin Luther King Jr.: Remembering With a New Cointelpro

Peter Christian Hall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Christian Hall

This may be just the time to brush up on Cointelpro, the notorious program through which FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover vigorously disrupted the activities of American political dissidents.

Frederick Douglass and Fred Hampton: Two Explosive New Books

Rick Ayers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Rick Ayers

Two new books will find their way into classrooms and are sure to force teachers into uncomfortable conversations, especially when young people can be unfettered by myths that keep us ignorant.

Nothing but a Northern Lynching: The Death of Fred Hampton Revisited

Susan Rutberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Susan Rutberg

Forty years ago, on December 4, 1969, 21-year-old Fred Hampton, a charismatic leader of the Illinois Black Panther Party, was murdered as he slept in his home on Chicago's West Side.

Gangs, Violent Crime, And Unintended Consequences in Chicago

Tracy Siska | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Tracy Siska

If we as Chicagoans truly want reduced levels of violence in our low-income high-crime neighborhoods then we must be prepared to face the unvarnished truth.

The Weather Underground False Debate

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

If Hillary Clinton thinks it's a big deal that Barack Obama has crossed paths with Bill Ayers, the political discourse is stuck in neutral.