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Happy Birthday Huey

Happy birthday Huey!
This is one man who did not, for any reason, hesitate to take direct action against the racist power structure. Yes he was human. I am not trying to mold a golden god here. But this history has been vulgarized and falsified into oblivion and the consequence of that is what we are choking on today. This man and a massive army of others opposed the things that we should hate and the things that are killing us. Let us explore and help unearth history, cleanse and liberate ourselves and take the next step toward true freedom for all. On October 15th, 1966, two brothers stood up and took the next step toward civil rights, social justice, survival and revolution.
Slavery has never ended. The panthers and other revolutionary groups of the 60's and 70's did help grind it to a halt for a while. People who opposed Jim Crow laws, segregation and slavery stood up and sang 'we shall overcome', while the racist police were keeping the beat on heads of the protestors with their billy clubs. They were basically slaughtered. Mississippi burning is just a small drop in the bucket but you never hear about the rest of the story because a lot of it has never left the south and of course what was documented is now way out of print. The rich white capitalists have gotten their shit together since they disrupted and destroyed the panthers and others. Since the Reagan administration, things have been so finely tuned that almost everybody has been brainwashed.

This month is all about the late great Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Well I would like to share with you a tale about another brother who was JUST as much of a doctor as King and yet, because he and others succeeded where King had failed, history has been altered. Dr King's peaceful image is used to keep the peace of the rich capitalists. When I say King failed, it is really only because he took a while to realize what he was up against. When he did, he was ready to fight, and they killed him in a co Intel-pro plot. Shortly before he was murdered, he, like the black community, was beginning to see the plots of genocide against people of color who refuse to be slaves. "Great is the need for a radical re-ordering of priorities in amerika, and there is a great need for a revolution of values as well" is a M.L.K. quote made shortly before his death.

That was the militant emerging of Dr King that isn't told to school kids. It is impossible to count all the lies that have been spread. These misrepresentations and misconceptions about the black civil rights movement are ingrained in people's heads and culture. It's a tremendous undertaking to cut through the bullshit you hear about the Black Panther party; so difficult is the task that this slow typist will not go into it all here. We just wanted to bring up a couple of points and invite you all to come help us all clear our heads of sickness, silence, and hesitation, cause we don't have to many chances left. We must unlearn the lies before can start over and pick up the pieces. They are hard to find but there are out there. There are many tools left behind from this era of change, solidarity, community, love, support and a bunch of other shit that we are kept away from thanks to the decadent, capitalist, war mongering males. Here are some beginning seeds of writing by the BBP. They include: their 10 point program, rules and executive mandate #1 which prevented them from doing their most effective, disciplined and organized ARMED police patrols. Wow, did that do a lot to empower and wake the community to their own strength, to rid themselves of a very very racist police force, which represented a very racist ruling class! The mandate was read at the California State Capital on May 2nd 1967 by a group of about 20 armed panthers and it sent governor Reagan running for his life.

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1. We want freedom. We want power to determine the destiny of our Black Community.

We believe that black people will not be free until we are able to determine our destiny.

2. We want full employment for our people.

We believe that the federal government is responsible and obligated to give every man employment or a guaranteed income. We believe that if the white American businessmen will not give full employment, then the means of production should be taken from the businessmen and placed in the community so that the people of the community can organize and employ all of its people and give a high standard of living.

3. We want an end to the robbery by the white man of our Black Community.

We believe that this racist government has robbed us and now we are demanding the overdue debt of forty acres and two mules. Forty acres and two mules was promised 100 years ago as restitution for slave labor and mass murder of black people. We will accept the payment as currency which will be distributed to our many communities. The Germans are now aiding the Jews in Israel for the genocide of the Jewish people. The Germans murdered six million Jews. The American racist has taken part in the slaughter of over twenty million black people; therefore, we feel that this is a modest demand that we make.

4. We want decent housing, fit for shelter of human beings.

We believe that if the white landlords will not give decent housing to our black community, then the housing and the land should be made into cooperatives so that our community, with government aid, can build and make decent housing for its people.

5. We want education for our people that exposes the true nature of this decadent American society. We want education that teaches us our true history and our role in the present-day society.

We believe in an educational system that will give to our people a knowledge of self. If a man does not have knowledge of himself and his position in society and the world, then he has little chance to relate to anything else.

6. We want all black men to be exempt from military service.

We believe that Black people should not be forced to fight in the military service to defend a racist government that does not protect us. We will not fight and kill other people of color in the world who, like black people, are being victimized by the white racist government of America. We will protect ourselves from the force and violence of the racist police and the racist military, by whatever means necessary.

7. We want an immediate end to police brutality and murder of black people.

We believe we can end police brutality in our black community by organizing black self-defense groups that are dedicated to defending our black community from racist police oppression and brutality. The Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States gives a right to bear arms. We therefore believe that all black people should arm themselves for self defense.

8. We want freedom for all black men held in federal, state, county and city prisons and jails.

We believe that all black people should be released from the many jails and prisons because they have not received a fair and impartial trial.

9. We want all black people when brought to trial to be tried in court by a jury of their peer group or people from their black communities, as defined by the Constitution of the United States.

We believe that the courts should follow the United States Constitution so that black people will receive fair trials. The 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution gives a man a right to be tried by his peer group. A peer is a person from a similar economic, social, religious, geographical, environmental, historical and racial background. To do this the court will be forced to select a jury from the black community from which the black defendant came. We have been, and are being tried by all-white juries that have no understanding of the "average reasoning man" of the black community.

10. We want land, bread, housing, education, clothing, justice and peace. And as our major political objective, a United Nations-supervised plebiscite to be held throughout the black colony in which only black colonial subjects will be allowed to participate for the purpose of determining the will of black people as to their national destiny.

When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume, among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that, whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly, all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to supper, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But, when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariable the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.


Every member of the Black Panther Party throughout this country of racist America must abide by these rules as functional members of this party. Central Committee members, Central Staffs, and Local Staffs, including all captains subordinated to either national, state, and local leadership of the Black Panther Party will enforce these rules. Length of suspension or other disciplinary action necessary for violation of these rules will depend on national decisions by national, state or state area, and local committees and staffs where said rule or rules of the Black Panther Party were violated. Every member of the party must know these verbatim by heart. And apply them daily. Each member must report any violation of these rules to their leadership or they are counter-revolutionary and are also subjected to suspension by the Black Panther Party. The rules are:

1. No party member can have narcotics or weed in his possession while doing party work.

2. Any part member found shooting narcotics will be expelled from this party.

3. No party member can be drunk while doing daily party work.

4. No party member will violate rules relating to office work, general meetings of the Black Panther Party, and meetings of the Black Panther Party anywhere.

5. No party member will use, point, or fire a weapon of any kind unnecessarily or accidentally at anyone.

6. No party member can join any other army force, other than the Black Liberation Army.

7. No party member can have a weapon in his possession while drunk or loaded off narcotics or weed.

8. No party member will commit any crimes against other party members or black people at all, and cannot steal or take from the people, not even a needle or a piece of thread.

9. When arrested Black Panther members will give only name, address, and will sign nothing. Legal first aid must be understood by all Party members.

10. The Ten-Point Program and platform of the Black Panther Party must be known and understood by each Party member.

11. Party Communications must be National and Local.

12. The 10-10-10-program should be known by all members and also understood by all members.

13. All Finance officers will operate under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Finance.

14. Each person will submit a report of daily work.

15. Each Sub-Section Leaders, Section Leaders, and Lieutenants, Captains must submit Daily reports of work.

16. All Panthers must learn to operate and service weapons correctly.

17. All Leaders who expel a member must submit this information to the Editor of the Newspaper, so that it will be published in the paper and will be known by all chapters and branches.

18. Political Education Classes are mandatory for general membership.

19. Only office personnel assigned to respective offices each day should be there. All others are to sell papers and do Political work out in the community, including Captain, Section Leaders, etc.

20. Communications--all chapters must submit weekly reports in writing to the National Headquarters.

21. All Branches must implement First Aid and/or Medical Cadres.

22. All Chapters, Branches, and components of the Black Panther Party must submit a monthly Financial Report to the Ministry of Finance, and also the Central Committee.

23. Everyone in a leadership position must read no less than two hours per day to keep abreast of the changing political situation.

24. No chapter or branch shall accept grants, poverty funds, money or any other aid from any government agency without contacting the National Headquarters.

25. All chapters must adhere to the policy and the ideology laid down by the Central Committee of the Black Panther Party.

26. All Branches must submit weekly reports in writing to their respective Chapters.

8 Points of Attention

1. Speak politely.
2. Pay fairly for what you buy.
3. Return everything you borrow.
4. Pay for anything you damage.
5. Do not hit or swear at people.
6. Do not damage property or crops of the poor, oppressed masses.
7. Do not take liberties with women.
8. If we ever have to take captives do not ill-treat them.

3 Main Rules of Discipline

1. Obey orders in all your actions.
2. Do not take a single needle or piece of thread from the poor and oppressed masses.
3. Turn in everything captured from the attacking enemy.

EXECUTIVE MANDATE #1 (May 2, 1967)

The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense calls upon the American people in general and the black people in particular to take careful note of the racist California Legislature which is now considering legislation aimed at keeping the black people disarmed and powerless at the very same time that racist police agencies throughout the country are intensifying the terror, brutality, murder, and repression of black people.

At the same time that the American government is waging a racist war of genocide in Vietnam, the concentration camps in which Japanese Americans were interned during World War II are being renovated and expanded. Since America has historically reserved the most barbaric treatment for non-white people, we are forced to conclude that these concentration camps are being prepared for black people who are determined to gain their freedom by any means necessary. The enslavement of black people from the very beginning of this country, the genocide practiced on the American Indians and the confining of the survivors on reservations, the savage lynching of thousands of black men and women, the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and now the cowardly massacre in Vietnam, all testify to the fact that toward people of color the racist power structure of America has but one policy: repression, genocide, terror, and the big stick.

Black people have begged, prayed, petitioned, demonstrated, and everything else to get the racist power structure of America to right the wrongs which have historically been perpetrated against black people. All of these efforts have been answered by more repression, deceit, and hypocrisy. As the aggression of the racist American government escalates in Vietnam, the police agencies of America escalate the repression of black people throughout the ghettoes of America. Vicious police dogs, cattle prods, and increased patrols have become familiar sights in black communities. City Hall turns a deaf ear to the pleas of black people for relief from this increasing terror.

The Black Panther Party for Self-defense believes that the time has come for black people to arm themselves against this terror before it is too late. The pending Mulford Act brings the hour of doom one step nearer. A people who have suffered so much for so long at the hands of a racist society, must draw the line somewhere. We believe that the black communities of America must rise up as one man to halt the progression of a trend that leads inevitably to their total destruction.

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A Taste of Power 16.Feb.2005 11:30

poly-sci diva

I highly reccomend Elaine Brown's book "A Taste of Power." Brown was the only woman ever to lead the Black Panther Party. She probably knew Huey better than anyone else in the party.I took a seminar on social movements and political protests last semester. Not only did we read her book but we were fortunate to have her as a guest speaker. She is very open concerning her relationship with Huey and the insight she gives into the role of women in the party is rivetting. Check it out. Great book.

Unveiling the Weapon of the Masses 16.Feb.2005 12:05

Donald Forsyth mysticeagleempowerment@shaw.ca

Unveiling the Weapon of the Masses

The time has come to rid us of the parasites that have been a plague upon humanity for centuries, and now again threaten the very existence of humanity. They have spent a very long time in the process of making people believe in their illusion of power, and in believing that people they were going to be victims if they did not follow their lead. With their keeping higher learning to those selected for the mystery schools and secret societies the elite have shaped the careers and made wealthy those that follow their agenda of controlling all aspects of life on this planet. They have had to live in the shadows and use very dark and violent means to get where they are now, and they have no intention of giving up their intention because of a few obstacles like the truth, or other rules that shackle the minds of the masses. But at present they are still trying to balance their intention against a backdrop of such words as liberation, freedom etc as long as that paradigm serves their purpose. When that illusion no longer fools the people the glove will come off and the iron fist will be used to crush opposition, for the greater good of course will be the position they will take. I am here to tell you that it need be that way!

What you have been insidiously manipulated into for indoctrination and subservience, formerly called the education system, has been their means off making people stupid and dependent on them. What people fail to realize because they would be uncontrollable if they knew it was that they truly do hold the power to control their own destinies. Not only that, they also have the power to eliminate useless parasites from themselves as a whole simply through using their God given power of intention.

This is where it gets very interesting. We are swimming in an ocean of consciousness; everything that you see around you emanates from pure consciousness. If we want to get rid of a devious being like George Bush all we have to do is hold the intention that consciousness should withdraw that aspect of itself as it is not serving the highest interests of humanity, in fact it is only serving very selfish interests. So I am going to propose an experiment to prove how powerful intention can be, and why the truth will always win in the end.

For those that want to participate this is the way it is going to be set up.

Starting today February 16, 2005 at every hour on the hour in your time zone for 5 minutes the person will hold the intention that Bush is not serving the interests of mankind, and that the universe or Consciousness should withdraw that aspect of itself from this level of being. Then let that intention go and let the universe handle the details of how it will occur. We continue will with this process until we have the desired results.

We can continue this process until we get someone who really does have the interests of the people at heart. If one is imbued with the power of truth and holds the interests of the people above all else we could as a people use our intention to protect them. Poor JFK had no such protection from the people and the parasites were able to take advantage his vulnerability.

So I invite you the people to take back the kingdom. Not through marches where they can identify you and later screw up your life, but quietly in the shadows like them, let us use the light of our being and the power of our intention, to rid ourselves of this negative manifestation called Bush. We do not have to participate every hour but those that are participating at the time use the hour mark as a point of focus, then let it go, forget it and let the universe deal with the details.

If you have questions email me and I will get back to you.

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm 16.Feb.2005 20:27

Afeni shakur

Still not sure about Elaine Brown. There are many, many panthers who have concerns about her motivation, yes even women. Look if you wanna know about women in the party (of which there were 1000's) there is a film all aboutit that they carry at laughing horse. It has interviews with Kathleen Cleaver, Audria Jones, Erika Huggins and many others.

Flashback! 17.Feb.2005 07:13

Felix Rodriguez

Black Panthers!

I thot you scumbags killed one another off decades ago. Good to see that really bad ideas never completely die, they just generation hop from one group of druggies to another.

Peace out, mofo's

I am amazed 17.Feb.2005 12:47


I am amazed that sooooooooooooo many folks out there still believe that. It is now and has been since activists broke into the f.b.i. office and liberated the files in 1974, that cointelpro who's aim was to disrupt and destroy the black panthers and others. They did such a good job brain washing us peasants that my mother still thinks Oswald shot kennedy. RACISM is a mother fucker dude, Bobby hutton was told to "run nigger" and was shot over 10 times in the head by police who thought he was Bobby Seale in front of about 20 african amerikan witness's. Now even though all those folks saw what really happened to Bobby the police never even got a suspension, and that is just one example of over 30. T o hear you run the white press lies makes me fucking sick, SICK. I still have emapthy though learn your history!

oh and and officer also 17.Feb.2005 12:50


The fact that your racist cop ass sez druggies is very interesting, because documents also prove that the rich WHITE capitalists also flodded the ghetto's with heroin to destroy the panthers and other revolutionary groups support in the community. IT IS PROVEN SIR.

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