On December 4, 1969, Fred Hampton was murdered while he was sleeping in his bed. He was shot in the arm, shoulder, and twice through the head. He was just 21 years old. Mark Clark was also killed that morning. Right after the shootings, State’s Attorney Hanrahan called a press conference where he announced that the Black Panthers had organized a “vicious, unprovoked attack” on the police who had appeared at an apartment at 4:45 that morning to supposedly search for illegal weapons. Seven survivors of the targeted murder, including Hampton’s fiance Deborah Johnson who was 8 months pregnant, were arrested and charged with attempted murder. After 13 years of litigation, Flint Taylor, Jeffrey Haas, and other lawyers at the People’s Law Office were able to prove that the shootings were actually assassinations organized by the F.B.I. as part of its Cointelpro program.
The following excerpts, collected by Henry Hampton and Steve Fayer for the Eyes on the Prize documentary series, feature Deborah Johnson recounting the shootings that killed Fred Hampton.
“The first thing that I remember after Fred and I had went to sleep was being awakened by somebody shaking Fred while we were laying in bed. Saying, “Chairman, Chairman, wake up! The pigs are vamping. The pigs are vamping.” About the same time, I looked up and I saw what appeared to be flashes of light going across the entranceway to the back bedroom. It looked like a million flashes of light, because the apartment was pretty much dark. I rolled over to Fred — he sill hadn’t moved at this point, as I recall — and then slid down to Fred’s right side, so that put me closest to the wall in the bedroom […]
Someone else was in the room with me and kept yelling out, “Stop shooting, stop shooting, we have a pregnant sister in here.” Eventually the shooting stopped and they said we could come out. I remember crossing over Fred and telling myself over and over. Be real careful. Don’t stumble, they’ll try to shoot you. Just be real calm. Watch how you walk. Keep your hands up. Don’t reach for anything. Don’t even try to close your robe.
I’m walking out of the bedroom, there are two lines of policemen that I have to walk through on my right and my left. I remember focusing on their badge numbers and their faces. Saying them over and over in my head, so I wouldn’t forget. As I walked through these two lines of policemen, on of them grabbed my robe and opened it and said, “Well, what do you know, we have a broad here.” Another policeman grabbed me by the hair and pretty much just shoved me — I had more hair then — into the kitchen area. It was very cold that might. I guess that it snowed. The back door was open. Some people were on the floor in the kitchen.
I heard a voice come from the dining room area. Someone said, “He’s barely alive. He’ll barely make it.” The shooting, I heard some shooting start again.”
This, from what I saw of Honduras last winter, is heartbreaking. US backed Capitalist supremacism continues to strangle the country….
Honduran students demonstrated Tuesday in front of the Autonomous University in Tegucigalpa to demand that the authorities of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) recount of the votes in Sunday’s national election.
A student at the demonstration said that” the people on Sunday made a decision” and” Xiomara Castro is the president of Honduras, but as always the oligarchy continues to attack the people.”
On Monday, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) of Honduras issued a bulletin stating that the trend of the votes counted is “irreversible,” placing the National Party and its candidate Juan Hernandez at the head of the contest.
Atta Sabbah, 13, is paralyzed after an Israeli soldier shot him in the spine after buying a soda..
On 21 May this year, Atta wasn’t throwing stones. He wasn’t involved in clashes or provocations with soldiers. Atta committed no known crime.
He completed his final exam and went to retrieve a school bag that had been taken from him by a soldier the day before. On his way to the Jalazone Boys School, he stopped by a small corner shop to buy a soda. He opened the can, saw two soldiers hiding behind a wall, and turned around to run away.
One of the soldiers aimed a machine gun and fired a single bullet, changing his life forever. One “dum-dum” or exploding bullet severed Atta’s spinal cord and he fell to the ground. The bullet ravaged tissues and caused irreparable damage to his spleen, pancreas and liver, and left him with multiple fractured ribs.
Atta is a harmless child who used to spend his free time tending to his pigeons. Every day now — as he tries to maneuver his way through the narrow, uneven streets of the refugee camp — Atta is reminded of his new reality.
As of Monday, 31 detainees were on hunger strike - about double the number from a week earlier - with eight on feeding tubes, according to authorities at the US naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
But lawyers representing most of Guantanamo’s 166 prisoners have said the majority of the detainees held in Camp 6, which houses 130 prisoners, are on hunger strike.
Occupy Wall Street offshoot, Strike Debt, announced Friday that it has abolished $1.1 million in medical debt for more than 1,000 people.
The protest group did this by buying emergency room debts for pennies on the dollar and then simply forgiving them rather than trying to collect the money, Strike Debt said in a statement.
When a bank, lender or other company, like a hospital, is unable to collect on a debt, it typically sells it to debt buyers or collectors — often at a much lower price than the original amount owed since the odds of collecting the money are low. Whoever buys the debt then attempts to get the money from the debtor.
Citing the large number of bankruptcies that stem from medical bills, Strike Debt’s mission is to stop this collection cycle and abolish the debt altogether.
“Our privatized health care system buries ordinary people in debt all to enrich the 1%,” the group said.
The more than $1 million in debt the group eliminated belonged to 1,064 people, amounting to an average of about $900 in debt per person. These randomly-selected people will receive notices explaining that their debt has been forgiven.
The organization spent about $21,000 to purchase the debt, using money raised from supporters.
To rally the troops around its debt-busting initiative, Occupy’s Strike Debt is planning protests later this month against private insurance companies and other events to raise awareness about hospital closings due to excessive amounts of debt.
Strike Debt originally launched its campaign and fundraising efforts in November, abolishing more than $100,000 in consumer debt before the end of 2012.
A ‘campaign’ by the Black Mental Health Alliance of Massachusetts’ (BMHAM) attempts to scare “hip-hop” youth into pulling up their pants.
The video, which is being aired on television, shows a police officer telling viewers that they can be “fined up to $300, be placed into state prison for up to 3 years or be place in a county jail for up to 2 years,” for sagging their pants.
Nevermind the fact that violating a dress code in Massachusetts’ can result in a longer prison term than a misdemeanor assault and battery conviction (2 1/2 years) or that the arrests will disproportionately target African American youth. The real crime here is obviously being committed by the men who where their pant’s “hip-hop style”.
mural of some of the Oakland folks killed by police @rca
(work in progress)
Palestinian Political Prisoners in Israeli Prisons via Addameer
Since the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory in 1967,1 an estimated 750,000 Palestinians have been detained under Israeli military orders in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), which constitutes approximately 20 percent of the total Palestinian population in the oPt, and as much as 40 percent of the total male Palestinian population. This figure includes 10,000 women jailed since 1967, including an approximate 800 arrested since 2000. This figure also includes 8,000 Palestinian children arrested since 2000. Each year approximately 700 Palestinian children under the age of 18 from the occupied West Bank are prosecuted every year through Israeli military courts after being arrested, interrogated and detained by the Israeli army. There are currently 4,610 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli prisons.
The arrest and detention of Palestinians living in the oPt is administered by a wide-ranging set of military regulations that govern every aspect of Palestinian civilian life. These military orders provide for a variety of offenses divided into five categories: “Hostile Terrorist Activity”; disturbance of public order; “classic” criminal offenses; illegal presence in Israel; and traffic offenses committed in the oPt. The practical implication of these broadly-defined offenses is the criminalization of many aspects of Palestinian civic life. For example, the political parties that comprise the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) are all still considered “illegal organizations” even though Israel has been engaged in peace negotiations with the PLO since 1993. Carrying a Palestinian flag is also a crime under Israeli military regulations. Participation in a demonstration is deemed a disruption of public order. Pouring coffee for a member of a declared illegal association can be seen as support for a terrorist organization.
Greeting US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta on Wednesday at Israeli defence headquarters, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said, “The defence ties between Israel and the United States are stronger and tighter than they have ever been and the credit now has to go, most of it, to you, Leon.”
Panetta responded: “We are a friend, we are a partner, we have, as the defense minister has pointed out, probably the strongest US-Israel defense relationship that we have had in history. What we are doing, working together, is an indication not only of our friendship but of our alliance to work together"
Get a fucking room, guys.
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