Over five decades ago, the FBI helped to murder Fred Hampton, but the fight for truth still continues. In spite of Congressional investigations and one of the longest civil suits in our nation’s history, new information is still emerging. For example, newly released documents suggest J. Edgar Hoover played a potential role in the raid that killed Hampton. These documents had previously been withheld.
We need the full truth now.
Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) is leading members of Congress in asking Attorney General Merrick Garland to release in full the remaining Hampton files. But we need other members of Congress to join the effort. Will you ask your member of Congress to support Rep. Rush’s request?
Hampton was a charismatic organizer and leader of the Illinois Black Panther Party. He helped to form the original Rainbow coalition of the Young Lords, Young Patriots, and Black Panthers, bringing working class people together across racial lines to fight police brutality and slumlords. He was killed by Chicago Police while he lay in bed. The police raid was organized as part of the FBI’s COINTELPRO. Police fired more than 90 bullets killing not just Hampton, but another Panther, Mark Clark, as well. The film Judas and the Black Messiah recently brought this story to the silver screen.
Stay Loud, Stay Strong.
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