Wednesday, February 3, 2010


David Hilliard still speaks a lot in Oakland you can see him at rallies and protests, and has even taught courses on non-violent resistance (with former mayor Elihu Harris).

This film is a bit silly as it degrades into an action film, however, it does address some troubling aspects and hysterical and misguided responses by the government, esp. as concerns Co-Intel Pro (Counter Intelligence Program)

If anything, this film introduces this concept, a program not well known (unlike the Nixon Enemy List), yet unlike the Nixon List, there were terrible outcomes for those targeted by it.

There was also another break-in into government HUD offices by activists, which revealed programs called "Spatial Redistribution" programs, where according to these governemnt documents, in the late 60's american inner cities were "burning with the fires of revolution" and these ethnic centers of popular support for revolutionary movements needed to be depopulated, prices sent into freefall, making these areas then ripe for real estate speculators. This phenomenon was then later called "gentrification". But it was an overtly racist and politicized process.

"A young man becomes swept up in the Black Panther movement." Starring Kadeem Hardison, Bokeem Woodbine, Joe Don Baker, Courtney B. Vance, Tyrin Turner, Marcus Chong. Directed by Mario Van Peebles. 1995. 124 mins.

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