Film: The Murder of Fred Hampton 7pm Wed. 11-30-16


December 4, 1969 - 47 years ago: Chicago police stormed into Illinois Black Panther Party Chairman Fred Hampton's apartment in the middle of the night.  Armed to the teeth, and guided by a floor plan of the apartment provided by an informant, the police killed Mark Clark and critically injured four other Panthers.  They gunned their way through the apartment into Fred Hampton's bedroom. There he lay sleeping, having been drugged earlier by an FBI informant.  The cops stood over him and put two bullets in his brain, at close range. 

The film, The Murder of Fred Hampton (1971) gives you a picture of the revolutionary work and stand of the Black Panther Party, its vital connection with a whole section of society at that time, and Fred Hampton’s emerging role as an inspiring leader.  It exposes with concrete and vivid documentary evidence that the police murder of Fred Hampton was a calculated political assassination, part of an armed police assault on the Black Panther Party.  This was coordinated nationally by the FBI under the then-secret name COINTELPRO.  Filmmakers Mike Gray and Howard Alk arrived at the scene with their cameras within hours of Fred’s death. They dramatically dissect the lies told by police and echoed mainstream news reports and police testimony that it was the Panthers who had shot at the police.  

With the election of Trump, and the urgent need to prevent a fascist America, this film’s powerful testimony to the revolutionary potential of the masses of people, and the vicious nature of the American government is more relevant than ever.  This film is a must-see.

Bob Avakian says in his memoir, "Many people throughout the country had been moved by Fred Hampton and had made a leap in their revolutionary commitment because of his influence-the whole way in which, before he was killed, he boldly put forward: 'You can kill a revolutionary, but you can't kill the revolution.'" (From Ike to Mao... and Beyond: My Journey from Mainstream America to Revolutionary Communist, Insight Press). 

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