THE INTERCOMMUNAL COMMITTEE TO COMBAT FASCISM (ICCF)
The Intercommunal Committee to Combat Fascism began as the
Berkeley NCCF - National Committee to Combat Fascism, which
was developed as a result of the United Front Against
Fascism Conference sponsored by the Black Panther Party in
1969. The Berkeley NCCF was founded by Cec and Saul Levinson
who worked with the BPP for many years.
The Berkeley NCCF was unique in that is was a group of
progressive white people who functioned as a BPP chapter.
This is an example of the BPP commitment to Solidarity in
the struggle. Members attended BPP weekly political
education classes, worked at distribution in San Francisco
Wed. nights to get the BPP newspaper out and participated in
other Party activities. In our daily work, we organized in
the white community to raise awareness about the need for
solidarity among all oppressed and poor people. We worked to
educate especially about the Black Panther Party programs
and the oppression of black people.
The Berkeley NCCF and the West Berkeley BPP chapter worked
together to organize a campaign for Community Control of the
Police in Berkeley that was on the ballot in April 1970.
In 1970, the ICCF opened a community center in North
Berkeley in which most of its members lived collectively.
Programs sponsored through the center included a Free
Medical First Aid Station, First Aid Medical Classes, A
Poison Control Program, Free Plumbing and Maintenance, Free
Child Care Center, Community Resource File and a weekly Free
Film Showing of progressive and historical films. ICCF
member David Levinson, was a member of the BPP delegation to
China in 1970 and a member of the Party’s band, the
Two members of the ICCF were sent by the BPP to several
cities in the Midwest where there were functioning BPP
chapters to help organize ICCF’s in the respective white
communities and promote better working relationships between
those chapters and local progressive white groups. Members
of the ICCF were also instrumental in organizing in the
white community for Bobby Seale’s campaign for mayor of
Oakland in 1973.
All Power to the People!