The Incomplete, True, Authentic, and Wonderful History of May Day (Spectre) by Peter Linebaugh

The Incomplete, True, Authentic, and Wonderful History of May Day (Spectre) by Peter Linebaugh

Author:Peter Linebaugh [Linebaugh, Peter]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: PM Press
Published: 2016-03-31T22:00:00+00:00

Black Panthers

Although the symbol itself arose from the voter registration campaigns of the south (Lowndes County), the Black Panther Party, founded in 1966, quickly became an organization of the urban north and west, Chicago, Los Angeles, Detroit, San Diego, Denver, Newark, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Seattle, Washington, DC. The party’s Ten-Point Program included employment, housing, health care, justice, peace, and education. It began as a self-defense organization against police brutality and quickly developed other forms of autonomous living, most notably, the free breakfast programs for children, the free medical clinics for the sick and infirm, the door-to-door health services, and the free schooling.

In Chicago, Fred Hampton was effective in bringing about a nonaggression pact among the street gangs by persuading them to desist from crime and by teaching the elements of solidarity in the class struggle. He formed alliances with other organizations. It was he who coined the expression “the rainbow coalition.” The Chicago police and the FBI assassinated him in December 1969. He had said, “You can kill the revolutionary but not the revolution.”

Now, having sketched the history of May Day and linked it to the jubilee of SNCC and SDS, we arrive at the third task of this sketch, the invitation to President Barack Obama to join the immigrants rights march in Detroit the afternoon of May Day in 2010 after addressing the students at Michigan’s Big House. By all means let him come, but let him come as one man, a person among many, but not as president. As such he is too entangled in the toils of the ruling class. Not so long ago, for instance, he directed the largest immigration raid in American history, eight hundred officers of ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) in South Tucson.


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