BLACK PANTHER PARTY bulletin newspaper and press release August 1970
BLACK PANTHER PARTY bulletin newspaper and press release August 1970
BLACK PANTHER PARTY bulletin newspaper and press release August 1970
BLACK PANTHER PARTY bulletin newspaper and press release August 1970
BLACK PANTHER PARTY bulletin newspaper and press release August 1970

BLACK PANTHER PARTY bulletin newspaper and press release August 1970

No Binding. Black Panther Party, Boston Chapter BLACK PANTHER PARTY bulletin newspaper and press release August 1970 "send bail money" $1,750 Boston, Boston Chapter Black Panther Party, 1970, news sheet, plus photocopy sheet SPECIAL INFORMATION BULLETIN PEOPLE'S NEW SERVICE published by the Boston Chapter of the Black Panther Party in response to the arrest of 20 Panthers and community activists in New Bedford MA in the summer of 1970. After the arrest of a Black man in early July 1970 tensions in the African-American community intensified to a series of riots culminating with the arrest on July 31 by "fascist pigs supposedly 'searching for illegal weapons'". Much of the violence - looting and arson - occurred in the West End in an area called Kempton Street, the traditional neighborhood for Blacks, and then spread to the South End. (This was around the same time as the race riots in Asbury Park, NJ which received more national news coverage.) The Bulletin is one sheet, printed on cheap brown paper on all sides, folded to 4 pages, approx. 8.5 x 11" with a masthead with a photo of Bobby Seale, photographs of police, arrested members of the New Bedford Chapter of the Committee to Combat Fascism, and appeals to raise bail ("SEND BAIL MONEY TO: Committee to Defend the Panthers" with an address in Cambridge MA). On the last page is an illustration credited to Malik depicting armed, violent uprising of the oppressed and imprisoned Blacks against White pigs. Also included is a press release dated August 1, 1970 from the National Committee to Combat Fascism damning the arrests on the recto, and a statement about the nature of the arrests from the New Bedford chapter on the verso. No holdings of this document to be found in OCLC although events in New Bedford, Oakland and Boston are written about by Yohuru Williams in "Liberated Territory: Untold Perspectives on the Black Panther Party" (Duke University Press, 2008) PROVENANCE: Obtained from members of the BPP by this bookseller in the summer 1970. A native of New Bedford, in the summer of 1970, as a college-bound, recent high school graduate, heavy into a hippie/protesting phase of development, I got a job as a teaching assistant in a Federally-funded program called Learning to Learn, which offered expansive educational opportunities to low-income youth. There were several centers in New Bedford and I was assigned to the one on Kempton Street, the Black section of the city, where the riots occurred. In the midst of the turmoil, with an older teaching assistant, a college student (at Ann Arbor no less) with lots of protest experience, we attended a planning meeting of the Panthers in one of the storefronts down the block from the makeshift learning center. We were the only Whites: someone asked what we were doing there. The leader of the meeting - a Panther from Providence RI, I think - asked if, as Whites, did we have Black hearts. (Knowing what we now know about Hoover's counterintelligence on radical groups in the 1960s/70s, in the crowd of 50 or so there were probably more FBI agents or informants than we could have imagined.) BLACK PANTHER PARTY bulletin newspaper and press release August 1970. Very Good. Item #012526

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