[MKE - Indymedia] PSA/Calendar: Feb. 18th Program on "The Assassination of Fred Hampton"

Art Heitzer aheitzer at igc.org
Thu Feb 4 14:32:06 PST 2010

National Lawyer Guild - Milwaukee Chapter
633 W. Wisconsin Ave., Suite 1410, Milwaukee, WI 53203 * Phone: 414-273-1040 * Fax: 414-273-4859 * 
nlgmilw at igc.org * www.nlg.org/milw

PSA - CALENDAR ANNOUNCEMENT for Thursday, February 18, 2010

Feb. 18th Program on "The Assassination of Fred Hampton"

Thursday, February 18, 2010, 7pm
Wisconsin Room, UWM Union, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd.
Free & open to the public

On Thursday, February 18, at 7pm Fred Hampton's lawyer, Jeffrey Haas, and Bill Hampton, the brother of the charismatic leader of the Black Panther Party who was killed by the Chicago police in 1969, will speak on Fred Hampton's life and death in the context of police violence, racism and the law. Their 7pm talk will be in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Union, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd., in the Wisconsin room. They will also speak at 12 noon at the Marquette Law School, 1103 W. Wisconsin Avenue. Both talks are free and open to the public.

Haas is the author of the recently released and widely acclaimed book, "The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI & the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther." Bill Hampton, Fred's older brother, is a graduate of Roosevelt University, a director of the Midwest Voters Alliance, and President of the Fred Hampton Scholarship Fund. 

Fred Hampton came from Chicago's west side to become a nationally known civil rights leader by age 21. The FBI was ordered to "eradicate the 'serve the people' programs" which Hampton organized, including a Free Breakfast Program and People's Clinic. Hampton also organized the original "rainbow coalition," negotiated an agreement between Chicago's most powerful street gangs, and was working to bring together youth of different racial and ethnic backgrounds when he was shot in his bed by the Chicago police. At the same time, leaders of the Black Panther Party were arrested nationwide, including all three section leaders of the BPP in Milwaukee, who became known as the Milwaukee 3 and were given long prison terms based on an alleged crime in which no one was hurt.

Haas's book includes the results of 13 years of litigation, yielding what has been called the best documented case of a domestic assassination by the U.S. government. As a civil rights attorney he helped sue the Cook County Sheriff's office for violating the rights of four men who wrongfully spent 18 years on death row; this resulted in one of the largest civil rights settlements in U.S. history ($36 million) and helped convince the Governor of Illinois to commute all of that states' death sentences in 2003.

For more information, see www.Hamptonbook.com and www.peopleslawoffice.com, or contact the Milwaukee Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, (414) 1273-1040, ext.12, nlgmilw at igc.org, www.nlg.org/milw.

Sponsored by: UWM Dept. of Africology, UWM Black Cultural Center, UWM Black Pre-Law Society; UWM Union Sociocultural Programming, Milw. & MU Law School chapters of the National Lawyers Guild, Milw. Students for a Democratic Society, NAACP Milw. Branch, Peace Action-WI, and Progressive Students of

"In 1969 our United States veered close to becoming a police state with planned and coordinated attacks against 'black militants' by local enforcement and federal agencies... This is an extremely important
book. -Former U.S. Atty. General, Ramsey Clark
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