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Fred Hampton Murdered by Chicago Police 50 Years Ago

Ted Pearson; Norman Stockwell, Frances Madeson interviewing Jeffrey Haas
Early morning, December 4, 1969, fourteen police officers executed a search warrant on a Chicago flat rented by the Black Panther Party. Supposedly looking for illegal weapons, instead, they shot and killed two people, leaving four others wounded.

Fifty Years of Fred Hampton’s Rainbow Coalition

Jacqueline Serrato South Side Weekly
A look back on how multiracial Chicago-style coalition building has influenced organizing to this day. The trajectory of fearless grassroots, youth-driven, intersectional organizing set in motion by the 1969 Rainbow Coalition still resonates today.

The Rule of Law in America Has Always Been Selective

Carol Anderson Huffington Post
The destruction of the rule of law has actually been going on for a long, long time. Even the incredible power of the Civil Rights Movement couldn’t make the rule of law viable for black citizens. Eventually, rampant but selective disregard for the rule of law taints and corrupts the entire system.
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