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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.

As you may have heard, the Wingnut is having a cookout/potluck party on Memorial Day. But we do not want to celebrate a typical memorial day.

What we want to do with this event is make it a Memorial Party for people who have been murdered by the State. We will try to come up with a list of names of folks who have been killed in the US by the FBI, Police, etc. We can use your help compiling this list.

Two possible options: That we will paint a mural with a list of those names during the open house, or that we will just unveil the mural at the party. Let us know what you think would be appropriate/make sense etc.

Here is one example of a person murdered by the State: (more…)