Huey P. Newton (2/17/42 – 8/22/89)

February 17, 2014 By: nancy a heitzeg Category: Civil Rights, Criminal Injustice Series, Intersectionality, Prison Industrial Complex, Prisoner Rights, What People are Doing to Change the World

A Huey P. Newton Story

“Originally born in a small town in Louisiana and later moving with his family to Oakland, California as an infant, HueyO P. Newton became the co-founder and leader of the Black Panther Party for over 2 decades.

Director Spike Lee and Roger Guenveur Smith collaborate for the 7th time to bring Newton’s thoughts, philosophies, history and flavour to life in A Huey P. Newton Story.

Produced by Luna Ray Films, A Huey P. Newton Story is the film adaptation of Smith’s Obie Award-winning, off-Broadway solo performance of the same name. It was filmed before a live audience and Spike Lee directs the film with his signature mix of film and archival footage to capture the thoughts of this revolutionary political leader.

This website explores many of the subjects only briefly touched on in the film, bringing them into greater focus and creates opportunities for further investigation into the truth behind the man and the movement he founded.

He was a modern day American revolutionary.”

The Black Panther Party, Ten Point Platform



CI: For Fred Hampton (August 30, 1948 – December 4, 1969)

December 04, 2013 By: nancy a heitzeg Category: Anti-Racism, Civil Rights, Corrupt Judiciary, Corrupt Legislature, Criminal Defense, Criminal Injustice Series, Imperialism, Intersectionality, Military Industrial Complex, Prison Industrial Complex, Prisoner Rights

Criminal InJustice is a weekly series devoted to taking action against inequities in the U.S. criminal justice system. Nancy A. Heitzeg, Professor of Sociology and Race/Ethnicity, is the Editor of CI. Kay Whitlock, co-author of Queer (In)Justice, is contributing editor of CI. Criminal Injustice is published every Wednesday at 6 pm.

For Fred Hampton (August 30, 1948 – December 4, 1969)
by nancy a heitzeg

“Nothing but a Northern Lynching”…

Eyes on the Prize – 12 – A Nation of Law?, 1967-1968
“By the late 1960s, the anger in poorer urban areas over charges of police brutality was smoldering. In Chicago, Fred Hampton formed a Black Panther Party chapter. As the chapter grew, so did police surveillance. In a pre-dawn assault by the police, Panthers Hampton and Mark Clark were killed. The deaths came at a time when movement activists were increasingly becoming targets of police harassment at both the local and federal levels through COUNTELPRO, the FBI’s Counter Intelligence Program. During this same period, inmates at New York’s Attica prison took over the prison in an effort to publicize intolerable conditions. During the police assault which ended the takeover, several inmates and guards were killed. For some, Attica came to symbolize the brutality of a hardened political regime.”

The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther”

History Is A Weapon: “Power Anywhere Where There’s People”

Still Time to Support It’s About Time

January 05, 2013 By: nancy a heitzeg Category: Anti-Racism, Civil Rights, Economic Development, Intersectionality, Prison Industrial Complex, Prisoner Rights


2013 BPP Commemorative Calendars now available

Historical photos and historical facts fill each page

$15 each, 5 for $60, 10 for $100, + $2 per calendar for mailing

Send check or money order to It’s About Time: Black Panther Legacy and Alumni

PO BOX 221100, Sacramento, CA  95822

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Black Like Mao: Red China & Black Revolution

February 20, 2012 By: seeta Category: Anti-Racism, Civil Rights

Black Like Mao: Red China and Black Revolution is an excellent study and read about social justice movements posted at The Kasama Project.

From The Kasama Project:

“How black radicals came to see China as a beacon of Third World revolution and Mao Zedong thought as a guidepost is a complicated and fascinating story involving literally dozens of organizations and covering much of the world — from the ghettos of North America to the African countryside….It is our contention that China offered black radicals a ‘colored’ or Third World Marxist model that enabled them to challenge a white and Western vision of class struggle — a model that they shaped and reshaped to suit their own cultural and political realities.”

We are posting the piece, Black Like Mao: Red China and Black Revolution by Robin D.G. Kelley and Betsy Esch, in four parts. This piece was first published in Souls, Vol. 1, No. 4, and was re-published in the book Afro Asia: Revolutionary Political and Cultural Connections between African Americans and Asian Americans. A printable PDF is available.

Due to its length, we are presenting this as four separate posts.

Go here for Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.


“We Called Ourselves the Children of Malcolm”

October 20, 2011 By: nancy a heitzeg Category: Anti-Racism, Civil Rights, Intersectionality, Prisoner Rights

“We Called Ourselves the Children of Malcolm”
–An interview with Billy X Jennings of It’s About Time BPP

by Angola 3 News

This year marks the 45th year since the Black Panther Party was co-founded by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale in Oakland. It’s About Time BPP is organizing events in the SF Bay Area throughout the month, with the biggest events Oct. 21-23. Read the full schedule at It’s About Time BPP.

Featured above is a new video-interview with Billy X Jennings by Angola 3 News, entitled “We Called Ourselves the Children of Malcolm,” featuring archival photos and more graphics, including the photo exhibit “Women of the Black Panther Party and Beyond.”