On this, the 50th anniversary of the Attica Prison protests/uprising for human rights, we highlight that the April 23, 2021, Mellon Sawyer UC-Davis “Abolitionism and Communism” panel included urgent requests from community activists in the chat requesting support and donations to legal defense/commissaries for protesters arrested in Minneapolis in the wake of George Floyd’s execution by police. Although former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted, government, DAs, police continue highly punitive and draconian repression against protesters across the country. Please read and respond to requests from targeted activists.
This is an opportunity
for Black people to join grassroots struggles independent of the state, capitalist economy, and the non-profit industrial complex. These systems can not be reformed. We present our case not to HRW, the UN, or any
other international court but to Black people around the world. We extend solidarity to the millions fighting for Black liberation in Haiti, Trinidad, and across the Caribbean; we join our people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, and Nigeria whose resources
are pillaged, the Garifuna who continue to be dispossessed in Central America, to Palestine, to Cuba and wherever Black grassroots struggle continues to rise. It is our duty now to connect our struggles with Black people across the globe, and to fight for Black liberation by any means
Individually we who write this letter are former members of the original Black Panther Party, co-founded in 1966 by the late Huey P. Newton, and Bobby Seale in Oakland, California. We were targets of the FBI’s infamous Counter Intelligence Program (codename COINTELPRO) which killed many of our comrades, including Fred Hampton, Mark Clark, and numerous other Panthers and revolutionary freedom fighters.