Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Bobby Seale, in effect, has become one the last surviving architects of one of the most important social change movements in American and African American history. In this second part of Bobby Seale Speaking Across America, transports you to a time when the civil-rights anti-Vietnam war activism of hundreds of thousands of protesters of many different ethnic groups included 5,000 young Black men and women selling hundreds of thousands of "THE BLACK PANTHER" weekly newspapers. Who created tangible grass roots community programs and registered voters, with law books in their hands and “legal” guns handy for self defense against vicious overt racist attacks at the time. "Today you don't need guns!" charges Bobby Seale. "If you want to observe police brutality use the technology. Network with a thousand camcorders and put it all on the internet! And with it create realistic peoples economic parity & greater “direct” democracy complete with community control of police and economics."
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
In the fourth and final part of Bobby Seale Speaking Across America, focus again on 60s protest and anti-Vietnam war activism of hundreds of thousands of protesters of many different ethnic groups. Concluding with Bobby again speaking on the true nature of the Black Panther Pather and it's role in the history of United States to void the racist, bigoted or chauvinistic practices of global exploitation. Black Panther Party members were college students who created tangible grass roots community programs and registered multi thousands to vote. They established free breakfast for children and free health clinics all across the USA. They also ran for political office for what was then profoundly progressive social change.
With in the last fifteen years the demise of several sixties left radical icons [including Huey P. Newton's death in August of 1989; Abbie Hoffman 1991; Jerry Reubin in 1993, Eldridge Cleaver and Quame Turea in 1998 and now Dave Dellinger in 2004], Bobby Seale, in effect, has become one of the last surviving architects of one of the most important social change movements in American and African American history.
Speaking togeather at some events Bobby Seale and his wife Leslie take to the stage with their lively charismatic and activist eloquence. Mr. and Ms. Seale illuminate the true sixties birth and youthful intelligentsia of the Black Panther Party. Spelling out the pragmatic unknown philosophical range of the sixties protest movement, ["?which grew out of student activism, historical class analysis, scientific research, and programmatic community organizing. NOT street-life hooliganism as political conservatism continues to distort?"].
Mr. Seale and his former BPP wife transport the audience back to the mini-civil-war turbulence of the late sixties and early seventies. A time when the civil-rights protest and anti-Vietnam war activism of hundreds of thousands of protesters of many different ethnic groups included more than five thousand young Black men and women selling hundreds of thousands of "THE BLACK PANTHER" weekly newspapers.
Black Panther Party members were college students who created tangible grass roots community programs and registered multi thousands to vote. They established free breakfast for children and free health clinics all across the USA. They also ran for political office for what was then profoundly progressive social change.
With law books in their hands and "legal" guns handy for self defense, in the beginning days, they patroled and observed racist police: putting thier lives on the line. A stand against vicious overt racist attacks on peaceful demonstrators and brutality of poor people of color. Our American history. Today such grass roots organizing is unheard of.
"Today you don't need guns!" charges Bobby Seale. "If you want to observe police brutality use the technology. Network with a thousand camcorders and put it all on the internet! And with it organize to create realistic peoples economic parity & greater "direct" democracy complete with community control of police and economics."
Social change? "Organizationally we must learn to think and act with a ...polylectic nonlinear view."
Why? Because today we live in an over developed, fast-paced globalized high-tech computerized scientific social order. Our ideas, beliefs, understanding and realizations must correspond correctly to reality. Teaching our youth the same for all peoples earthly human liberation."
Defining themselves as a "revolutionary humanist" Seale and his wife Leslie bring the 60's protest movement era full circle showing how times have changed. How we must reach for the future: Protest, organize peoples programs, and evolve a profoundly progressive society with greater direct [participatory] community control democracy: Void of racist, bigoted or chauvinistic practices. Void of war mongering and all the extremes of avaricious exploitation. Complete with a profound cyber-space science based activism. Polylectically realizing and understanding how all civil-human rights issues today are interconnected, interdependent, intertwined, and interrelated with all our ecological environmental problems, the new millennium political issues and global economics.
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Bobby Seale lead an armed delegation into the California State legislature May 2nd, 1967. Since that time Mr. Seale, who survived two major political court room trials, one slated as the Trial Of The Century, is a sixties icon who has appeared on more than a thousand television interview shows, a thousand radio interviews, with more than two thousand print media articles, with the latest TV and Radio appearances numbering over one hundred, plus the media promotion of the musical soundtrack to the documentary film Public Enemy.
Seale and his wife Leslie define themselves as a "revolutionary humanist". Bobby Seale has remained a social change activist for 40 years: since spring semester 1962 at Merritt College in Oakland California. More than a hundred million plus people know of Bobby Seale and he is today networked with more than a thousand former BPP members across the USA.
Bobby Seale was raised from the age of six years old as a carpenter-builder and hunter-fisherman. He was born in Dallas Texas in 1936 and graduated from BERKELEY High school to become an architect. In High school he rejected "dumb street gangs" to identify with the historical plight of the Souix-Lakota Native Americans. After a four year stint [three years, ten months and eleven days] in the United States Airforce , stationed in Rapid City South Dakota at Ellesworth Air Force Base as an aircraft sheet metal mechanic, by March of 1959, he moved to Los Angeles practicing several skills and trades. In this three year interim while working in the Air Craft industry, Bobby Seale, was also, part time, a stand up comedian and jazz drummer and returned to the San Francisco-Oakland Area in 1961.
At age 26, by 1962 Bobby Seale was enrolled as an Engineering Design major at Merritt College in Oakland California, with full time night shift employment at Kaiser AeroSpace & Electronics as a Gemini Missile non-destruct parts inspector. It was that 1962 spring semester when Bobby Seale became interested in the civil rights protest movement, launching his personnel research, advocacy and study into the whole of African and African American peoples history of struggle for constitutional democratic civil-human rights. He was further inspired by the works, advocacy and protest actions of Martin Luther King Jr.; Nelson Mandella and Malcolm X.
While Huey Newton voiced the need for effective dedicated small group organizing, Bobby Seale's stated objective was nation wide organizing so as to unite all the Black Community voters into a political movement to ultimately run for political offices to man and or take over the majority of localized political city council seats in urban cities and rural counties where African Americans represented large populations. The ballot or the bullet with a preference for the ballot was key to Seale's idea of gaining "constitutional democratic civil-human rights!" The most immediate activity designed by Newton was to use "legal" guns to patrol police. Along with the objective of organizing armed patrols and observation of the police. Using the first and second amendment rights, complete with law books, legal aid, and copies of the Ten Point Program, and in Huey P. Newton's words, "So we can capture the imagination of the people." In Seale's words, "Then organize the people into a political machine!" With the armed patrols of police Seale and Newton were reacting to not only to the numerous acts of rampant police brutality in the black community as their main issue to organize around, but they were also reacting to several years of media reporting of [and their personel observation of Anti-Vietnam war Berkeley protesters], peaceful demonstrators being beaten, brutalized and murdered across the USA. Which was an on going legal argument in debates in the community and around UC Berkeley and Merritt College. Debates lead by Huey Newton that the police and government were violating the first amendment of the US constitution when they brutalized peaceful demonstrators. [By fall of 1966 with the founding of the BPP Newton had completed two years in San Francisco law school]
With their Ten Point Program first draft Seale and Newton secured two guns: An Army .45 for Seale and an M-1 Carbine for Newton from their UC Berkeley academic friend, Richard Aoki, a UC Berkeley student and political revolutionary friend to Seale and Newton. Who gave them the guns to begin their patrols of the police in the San Francisco Oakland Bay Area. The third gun came from "Big Man" Elbert Howard, a Merritt College Student who was the second person to join the BPP after Little Bobby Hutton. Bobby Hutton was Bobby Seale's Youth Assistant employed at the NONSC. Within two weeks the first six members of the party were: Bobby Seale, Huey P. Newton, "Little" Bobby Hutton, "Big Man" Elbert Howard, and two brothers, Reggie and Sherwin Forte. Within two months additional members were; Richard Aoki, Orlando Harrison, Warren Tucker, Big Willie, John Salon, and six other young black males who had worked in Bobby Seale's 1966 Summer Youth Jobs Program at the NONSC, and two females named Kathy and Matalaba who were members for only three months. Extended female membership was stated to Bobby Seale's wife Artie Seale and Huey P. Newton's girl friend, Lavern Williams who came very few to meetings but differed with Seale and Newton about their safety.
While patrolling police, guns were never concealed for legal status, there were no arrest for five months. Only defiant legal arguments and near shoot-out stand-offs. Small crowds of people watched with wonderment, praise and fear. The verbal argumentative defiance, complete with armed but disciplined members, lead by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale, such gun toting legal-arguments with several policemen left the people and police shocked and dismayed. The first arrest connected with observations of police breaking into a black home, were of Huey P. Newton and Warren Tucker which charges were later dismissed. Immediately following Huey's first arrest, Bobby Seale and Little Bobby Hutton were accosted, then arrested following Huey's court appearance the next day. Seale and Hutton were charged with an 1887 law of having guns on grounds adjacent to a jail, in Oakland when they arrived to bail Huey Newton out of jail. Charges were dropped against Bobby Hutton. These particular charges against Bobby Seale would last past and not be resolved until After Seale's historical court trials in Chicago in 1969, and The State of Connecticut in 1971.