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News :: Human Rights
Resisting Political Repression
17 Jan 2006
Fund the Dream and Jericho Boston invite you to
spend the afternoon on Saturday, February 11, with comrades and friends
discussing how to build a culture of resistance.
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Several Panther veterans taught us an important lesson about how to resist government intimidation recently. On November 1, 2005, Richard Brown, Ray Boudreaux, Hank Jones, Harold Taylor and John Bowman were released from jail in San Francisco without being charged. All five men are veterans of the Black Panther Party and were jailed for refusing to cooperate with a grand jury investigating the killing of a police officer back in 1971.

Harold Taylor and John Bowman were first charged with this crime thirty years ago, but a judge dismissed the charges because police had tortured them with cattle prods, and other horrific methods, to get "confessions." Now, as the Bush regime is advocating the use of torture against its' enemies, an assistant U.S. attorney worked with the California State Attorney General's office to reopen the case. However, all five former Panthers were steadfast and the grand jury's term expired without any indictments being issued. After being released the five expressed their thanks for all the support they received, but cautioned, "it ain't over yet!"

Progressive attorneys Carol Smith and Soffiyah Elijah testified on behalf of the activists about the history of government COINTELPRO attacks against the Black Liberation Movement and specifically how activists were tortured in the 1970s to gain information. Attorney Elijah, a Harvard Law School professor, testified "it's been well-documented that well over 30 members of the Black Panther Party across the United States were assassinated by the FBI, or in tandem with the FBI and local police force operatives.''

Fund the Dream and Jericho Boston invite you to
spend the afternoon with comrades and friends
discussing how to build a culture of resistance:

2:00pm to 6:00pm
Saturday, February 11, 2006

Roxbury Community College
1234 Columbus Avenue
adjacent to Malcolm X Boulevard and Cedar Streets
in the Cafeteria
near Roxbury Crossing T stop on the Orange line,


J. Soffiyah Elijah, human rights activist and attorney for several political prisoners held by the U.S., including Marilyn Buck and Sundiata Acoli. Attorney Elijah was an expert witness in the recent California case in which several Panther veterans were jailed for resisting a political grand jury. (see:

John Bowman, Black Panther veteran from California who worked in the Panthers' free breakfast program, free medical clinics, and tenant organizing. In the 1970s a criminal case against Mr. Bowman and other Panthers was dismissed after it was revealed that they had been tortured by police. Today Mr. Bowman is a community activist in Oklahoma City. He was jailed last fall for refusing to testify before a California grand jury investigating the Black Panther Party. (see: ).
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