Black Panthers

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  • The Panthers practiced militant self-defense of minority communities against the U.S. government, and fought to establish revolutionary socialism through mass organizing and community based programs.
  • In October of 1967, the police arrest the Defense Minister of the Panthers, Huey Newton, for killing an Oakland cop.
  • Black Panther Leaders crafted a plan, which included freedom for all incarcerated black men, their exemption from military service and a national vote in which only black people would be allowed to participate in order to determine their will “as to their national destiny”.
  • In a shootout with Oakland police in 1968, Panthers national treasurer Bobby Hutton, just 17, was killed. Police raids and other conflicts with Panthers in Los Angeles and Chicago ended with shootouts and deaths.