Posts Tagged ‘COINTELPRO’

Bounty Hunters and Child Predators- Inside the FBI Entrapment Strategy is a new pamphlet from the Crimethinc Collective to help folks in the anarchist scene learn more about how the FBI targets and how we can keep ourselves, and each other safe.

This new publication is partially in response to the recent arrest of 5 anarchists in Ohio for allegedly plotting to blow up a bridge. The new FBI tactics are an extension of the Green Scare, and this pamphlet starts to talk about how we can resist being scared.

You can download a copy from the Crimethinc website  ( http://www.crimethinc.com/blog/2012/05/29/inside-the-fbi-entrapment-strategy/ ), or come by the Wingnut Anarchist Collective during Open Hours on Wednesdays and Fridays from 4-9pm to pick up a copy of your own. 2005 Barton Avenue.

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On Wednesday, August 4th, the Conspiracy Tour made a stop in Washington DC.  They aren’t stopping in Richmond, so the only opportunities for folks from around here to see them without traveling TOO Far were last night in DC, or tomorrow night in Carrboro.  I’d say it’s worth the drive, especially if you’re involved in any way with anarchist/anti-authoritarian projects and are unfamiliar with the scope of state repression that has been coming down on our heads in the last ten years or so.

The presentation began with a brief puppet skit about what conspiracy charges actually are.  Basically, someone can be charged with conspiracy to commit a crime if there is planning to commit a crime, and any action is taken in furtherance of that plan, EVEN if the crime is NEVER COMMITTED.  Normally for a conspiracy to exist, more than one person has to be involved, although there are some cases (such as Scott DeMuth’s) where the state will simply INVENT co-conspirators as “unknown persons” in order to charge an individual with conspiracy.
After the initial puppet skit, there was a brief history of state repression in America, discussing such topics as the FBI’s COINTELPRO program and the recent “Operation Backfire” and including information about how these programs gather their information.
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As part of May in Memory of people killed by cops and the state, the Wingnut and the Richmond Anarchist Black Cross is showing films each Monday about the police state, state oppression, COINTELPRO, and the Prison System.

So come on out to watch this film and talk about it too, if you want. Bring snacks if you have some, the WIngnut is a sober space.

The Angola 3: Black Panthers and the Last Slave Plantation is an interesting documentary that brings up issues about both the persecution of the Black Panthers as well as the Prison Industrial Complex, race, and more.

This DVD tells the gripping story of Robert King Wilkerson, Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox, men who have endured solitary confinement longer than any known living prisoner in the United States. Politicized through contact with the Black Panther Party while inside Louisiana’s prisons, they formed one of the only prison Panther chapters in history and worked to organize other prisoners into a movement for the right to live like human beings. This feature length documentary explores their extraordinary struggle for justice while incarcerated in Angola, a former slave plantation where institutionalized rape and murder made it known as one of the most brutal and racist prisons in the US. The analysis of the Angola 3’s political work, and the criminal cases used to isolate and silence them, occurs within the context of the widespread COINTELPRO being carried out in the 1960s and 70s by the FBI and state law enforcement against militant voices for change.

Monday, May 3rd at 8pm, come to the Wingnut to watch

The Murder of Fred Hampton

As part of May in Memory of people killed by cops and the state, the Wingnut and the Richmond Anarchist Black Cross is showing films each Monday about the police state, state oppression, COINTELPRO, and the Prison System.

Starting out the month is this 88 minute long film on the murder of Black Panther Fred Hampton.

Bring snacks if you have them, the Wingnut is, as always, a sober space.

THE MURDER OF FRED HAMPTON began as a film portrait of Hampton and the Illinois Black Panther Party, but half way through the shoot, Hampton was murdered by Chicago policeman. In an infamous moment in Chicago history and politics, over a dozen policeman burst into Hampton s apartment while its occupants were sleeping, killing Hampton and fellow Panther Mark Clark and brutalizing the other occupants. Filmmakers Mike Gray and Howard Alk arrived a few hours later to shoot film footage of the crime scene that was later used to contradict news reports and police testimony. Recently restored and reworked by Gray, THE MURDER OF FRED HAMPTON is a chilling slice of American history.

Here is a list of people killed by the state we are compiling in order to turn into a Memorial Mural at the Wingnut this Spring.
We will unveil the mural and have a ceremony and cookout on Memorial Day- May 31, 2010.
Please help us add to the list so we can include more people from a variety of communities.

Anyone who wants to help with the mural should contact us so we can start planning.
Anyone who wants to help gather wood, paint, etc. to make smaller individual memorials should get in touch too.
If anyone has an idea for a statement or prayer or something they would like to read at the ceremony please let us know.

Anyone in contact with the families of any of these individuals should let us know.

Also, we are looking for musicians for the day. So if you have any music that might be particularly appropriate, or just have fun acoustic music you think we might like let us know.

People Killed By The State
List in Progress

Fred Hampton
Oscar Grant (more…)