Our annual BPP calendar is out and the focus is on women of the BPP. Each month features photos of
Panther women and BPP history. A real collector item and great gift to a friend or family member.
To: It's About Time, PO Box 221100, Sacramento, Ca. 95822
October is BPP History Month Event: Oakland, Book signings, Music, Speakers
Today I was Oakland on BPP business, I finished putting the last touches on a few exhibits
already up and on display. After putting up posters for the event in Santa Rosa, I went by
and picked up Sister Barbara Cox who just came into town. The Political Prisoner event
sponsored by the Commemorator newspaper( Melvin Dickson) was well attended. I took a few
photos and it was good to see Elder Freemen on the set and looking strong.
BPP 47th Anniversary event Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, CA Oct, 17, 18, 19th, 2013
SAT. JAN. 19 @ 11:00 a.m. - PEOPLE'S COMMUNITY MEDICS - Free Emergency First Aid Training @ Phat Beets Oakland
COMMUNITY MEDICS - Free Emergency First Aid Training
Knowing that 911 calls often do not result in an
ambulance arriving in a timely manner to Black, Brown and poor neighborhoods
largely inspired us to teach our people basic emergency first aid so that we
can help one another until an ambulance arrives.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 19, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Phat Beets Produce and The Crossroads Cafe is hosting
the PEOPLE'S COMMUNITY MEDICS as part of the Food N' Justice Workshop Series.
• Learn what to do before 911 arrives in communities that experience injuries, street
and/or domestic violence and are neglected by the
system. You will learn how to treat seizures and bleeding traumas like stabbings
this holiday time of giving approaches, we at Worth Our Weight are
writing to ask for your help in supporting our annual fund
drive. The generous donations we receive from our community are
the backbone that sustains WOW's mission: delivering a culinary
apprentice program for underserved youth, enabling young people to
create productive, fulfilling and sustainable lives.
of our apprentices have regularly faced the threat of homelessness, a
tragic situation that could have devastating consequences for
them. At the end of 2011 we acquired a house near the
cafe; this year renovations were completed. We now have a house
parent, and apprentices have begun to move in. We have been
overwhelmed by the generosity of our supporters who made this
possible - thanks to you, the WOW apprentices will always have a
place to call home.
apprentices are the heart, soul and focus of our program. This year
they have cooked with some very illustrious chefs. Several
worked with chef Duskie Estes at a spring fundraiser. They were
invited to participate in the Guy Fieri/Mario Batali dinner at
Kendall Jackson where they cooked with chefs Josh Sylvers, John
Stewart and Douglas Keane. This summer an apprentice interned in
New York after graduating from WOW, and is now back home working at
Spinster Sisters. Other WOW alums are working at Viola, La
Gare, Community Market, Heritage House, and Johnny Garlic's. Congratulations
to these impressive young people!
enjoyed our share of accolades this year. The Sonoma County Board of
Supervisors recognized Worth Our Weight for its work in making the
community healthier. Our Executive Director, Evelyn Cheatham,
was featured on KGO-TV's Profiles of Excellence and Chopped! The
Sonoma County Women in Law also honored her for her extraordinary
work leading WOW.
exciting development is that we recently acquired the Cookhouse
property, a building that houses a beloved Santa Rosa
restaurant. While the Cookhouse will continue to operate under
its current ownership, this acquisition holds the possibility
of providing WOW graduates with a place to work and be paid
while maintaining a connection with the program.
though it has been a landmark year we continue to operate in a
challenging environment. Young people in our community,
disproportionately bear the brunt of ongoing government budget cuts
and the slow pace of economic recovery. This makes Worth Our
Weight more needed than ever. We are a small non-profit that receives
no government funding, and very little in the way of foundation
all of these reasons, we need your donations now more than
ever. Your year-end donation helps us pay for uniforms,
supplies, transportation and the small stipend that, for some
apprentices, means they will have the financial ability to continue
in the program.
you all for your support of Worth Our Weight. Very warm wishes
for a wonderful holiday season and a very Happy New Year from the
Board of Worth Our Weight.
1021 Hahman Drive
Annual Appeal from Worth Our Weight a fine eating place
Saturday August 25th we partied with Comrade Valerie Trahan, she and her twin brother Vince.Valerie
has a long history with the BPP. She and Freddy (Newton) and Jann Thompson started working with the
BPP in 1970. All were former students at Berkeley High. Val and Freddy worked with Merritt college BSU.
They both worked at the Intercommunal Youth Institute, youth school of the BPP. Michell Brooks daughter
of Pat Brooks also was at the Party. Michell was one of the youth leaders back when she was attending
the Youth Institute back in 1970's.
Photo: Clark Bailey, Freddy Newton, Michell Brooks, Gail Shaw, Billy X
Support It's About Time Alumni Committee, buy a legacy shirt. Black T with Emory's Douglas
Image of International Solidarity $20 and White Legacy shirt with 1966-2012 on it.
Exlarge Panther and lettering $15.
Add postage of $4.00 per order for T shirts and $2.00 per order for buttons.
Send check or money order to PO Box 221100 Sacramento, Ca 95822
Fundraiser BPP Buttons
These buttons are for sale $2.50 cent each or 3 for $6.
Add postage of $2.00 per order for buttons.
Send check or money order to PO Box 221100 Sacramento, Ca 95822
40th yr Legacy Reunion Poster
40th yr Legacy Reunion Poster $10 while they last plus $3 for postage
Send check or money order to PO Box 221100 Sacramento, Ca 95822
This flyer focuses on a local event (California's Bay Area) and I'm hoping everyone in this
vicinity will print out the flyers and spread the word (I.e., become one of the organizers
or at least one of the helpers/supporters). But I'm sending this to my entire global list
to inspire similar movement in your communities since prisons are ubiquitous in Amerika.
Abolish the prison system! Abolish the death penalty! Free 'em all!
Photo Book on the SF Office of the BPP coming in 2012 by Billy X
When I was in Sweden my business contact had googled me and found out I was a Panther.
( I was in 4 countries in 10 days on this last trip and only spoke about the Party in
Amsterdam and Finland, so it was a surprise when he mentioned it because I was meeting
him on other business).
He told me about a TV program in Sweden about the Party and the Black Movement and sent
me this link. Pass it on to the comrades. I will give you a post on my talks in Amsterdam.
When I got to one of the events in a black community community center they had copies of
the Panther Paper lining the walls. I'll get back to you soon with some photos as well.
One of my talks will be posted on utube and I will let you know when that happens.
Fred Hampton Sr., The leader of the Chicago Chapter of the Black Panther Party.
A courageous young Brotha who worked hard to organize his people as well as the gangs in Chicago.
Chairman Fred was brutally murdered/assassinated by the U.S. government for taking a stand
for grass roots change in his community. Keep his Legacy alive with the It's About Time Anniversary
Clock Series designed by the Refa1.
The Design Features an image of Chairman Fred Hampton and it also features the Panther 10 point
platform on every hour.
Proceeds go to Building the continued Panther legacy as well as the grass roots Mural classes
and implementation in Oakland. $25.00
Black Panther Party History Tours coming in October
We will be hosting a Black Panther Party History Tours in the month of October.
The tours will be done by former BPP members, the tours will be Two (2) hours and
will cover, North, West and East Oakland.
U.C. Berkeley Library to Host 45th yr International Panther photo exhibit
One of the finest libraries in the U.S. college system is hosting this first time seen
in public photo exhibit of the International Impact of the Black Panther Party curated
by Billy X Jennings from the It's About Time Archives.The exhibit will be in honor of
the 45th yr of the BPP. There will be other events surrounding the exhibit the exhibit
will start in October the founding month of the BPP back in 1966. Please check website
in the upcoming weeks.
This trip to the center was very insightful we had a chance to enact with young people
and learn the history of their community. The visit to the Angola Center give us a
chance to hear young Hip Hop artist, they have a recording studio in the center. The
art work is done by young artists from the area.
"Photo showing: Gail with display on Community Control, the election was held April 6 1971.
Gail worked on the Community Control of Police Petition back then, while working out of the
NCCF office in Berkeley. The West Berkeley Office of the BPP worked closely with the NCCF
to help gather 15,000 signatures to place the measure on the ballot."
Michael Cetewayo Tabor photos by Melvin McCray 2004
Veteran BPP Sis. Dhameera's Concerns On Cet's Memorial Tribute Outreach Flyer
--- Memorial Issue 1991 ---
Former Party members called the Black Panther Newspaper Committee put this and
four other issues of the newspapers out from 1991 - 1994. Panthers and BLA members
worked together on both coasts to get this newspaper out.
Monday, November 15th was Melvin Dickson's Birthday, comrade turns the magic 70 today. A celebration
was held at the Commemorators newspaper office in Berkeley. Panthers and Cubs, activist, community
workers were there to show Mellow Mel much love. I was glad to see Melvin Newton and family there.
Brother Emory Douglas, Comrade Lorraine Banks and daughter Neome, Raymond Joe, Terry Cotton and wife
Maria, Steve McCutchen plus a few comrades I missed attended. People were still coming as I was
leaving, there was plenty of food.
Melvin joined the BPP in Seattle, worked there and transfer to the Bay area in 1972. He worked at the
Panther Community School and help founder the Commemorator Newspaper in 1989 and became it's editor.
The newspaper is part of the Panther Legacy it still coming out, next issue is due out December 1.
I have sad news to report. One of our Panther Cubs has fallen - Adele Mott, daughter of Jeannie and
James Mott. Many of you know James from his membership in the BPP.
I have known Adele since I moved to Sacramento back in the early 1980's when she was about 8 or 9 years
old. I have always called her by her family nickname "Pooh Bunny" or just Pooh. She was a beautiful
person full of energy. She was involved in the church with her Mom Jeannie. She was involved in modeling
and participating in plays and was a cheer leader for her Junior High school and was involved with other
community events. She was the pride of the BPP Legacy, came to the 40th yr reunion in Oakland and had a
Adele has been struggling with her illness over the pass few years and maintained a very positive attitude until the end, she will be missed by all. I attended the service for her and the place was packed and not everyone could fix into the church.
Oakland Community School display @ Martin Luther King Library Oakland
Coming to East Oakland for Black Panther Party History Month October 1 thru November.
This display will highlight programs and students from the OCS. The OCS was the model
for charter schools, the OCS won many awards for educational skills and programs. It
was an Oasis for youth in E. Oakland.
Martin Luther King Library is located at 69th ave and International Blvd in E. Oakland
"Brother Pete has a pool table and
while Gail and I was in Monterey for the Blues Festival in late June. We found a Pool table
set with cues, a stick and other things. We were staying at Steven house and he was
leaving for Tanzania in a few days, so we are glad Brother Pete got his present, he turned
70 and looking good. Billy X
Recently I was made aware of a very good photo book by David Fenton
whom was a photographer during the 60's and early 70's. Some of the
best photos of our times I've seen in a while. Buy or order the book.
The Symbol representing the BPP belongs to Clark Atlanta, Ga. It was their mascot.
In the early 1960's SNCC's leadership in Lowndes Co. chose this symbol to be placed
on voter registration forms. Ruth Howard Chambers traced the Clark Atlanta's Panther Mascot.
Years later Vincent Lynche brought the symbol to San Francisco where it was adopted by the
Northern California Black Panther Party which then split becoming the BPP and Soul students
Advisory Council. The Symbol is public domain and cannot be claimed by any individual.
There are two exhibits @ the main library downtown Oakland on the main floor in the hall.
These two Women History Month exhibits feature Women in Action. One is called "On the Front lines"
women fighting for Justice and freedom. The other exhibit "Honoring Women of the Black Panther Party"
a photo essay of women in the BPP. From Tarika Lewis to Assata Shakur. From Africa to NY to California.
Charlotte O' Neal artwork is featured in this exhibit. Don't miss it.
Exhibits are up until April 1, 2009
Exhibits curated by
Billy X JENNINGS
Remembering Sam Napier
Sam was the Heart and Soul of the Black Panther Newspaper, he educated all of us on how important
the paper was. The hardest working Panther ever.
Sister Asali was one of the Party's outstanding artists. Asali joined the Party in Seattle, Washington,
and relocated in 1972 to Oakland to help work on the Bobby Seale for Mayor campaign. Because of her skills
as an artist, she was placed on the Black Panther Party Newspaper staff.
She worked directly with Emory Douglas. Asali helped put out the paper weekly and did artwork for the
newspaper. Here are a few examples of her work.
Breakfast for Panthers in Seattle last weekend in March 2009
This event is sponsored by the Seattle Black Panther Alumni Committee
and It's About Time website
For more info call 916-455-0908
Panther Day @ Southern California Social Reserach Center in LA March 7, 2009
Charlotte O'Neil Black Panther Member from Tanzania will speak about their programs
and children's home. She will also perform on March 7, Billy X Jennings, Panther Historian
will host an exhibit on the Black Panther Party newspaper, the exhibit will open
March 7 @ the Research Center.
Social Research Library
6120 S. Vermont Ave
Party members and friends gather once A month for Breakfast in LA. It's a way to stay in touch and talk over current events and organize. I believe every city should do this. I would like to thank the comrades for inviting me.
Note: While Emory and I was in London in November, a Community Forum on the BPP Legacy was
held in Brixton, at this community meeting about seven members of the Brixton Chapter
attended. I was able to made contract with members there.
EastSide Arts Alliance presents Final Fridays Films of Resistance and Solidarity
FREE screening of
"RICHARD AOKI" (rough cut)
at the EastSide Cultural Center
2277 International Blvd. at 23rd Ave., Oakland
Friday May 30, 2008 at 7:00 PM
Panel discussion with Richard Aoki and co-directors Ben Wang & Mike Cheng following the film.
On May 30th Eastside Arts Alliance will host an exclusive screening of the work-in-progress
film "RICHARD AOKI". This documentary will examine the life of a Japanese American radical
whose struggle for justice includes being a founding member of the Black Panther Party & leader
in the 1969 Third World Liberation Front strike for ethnic studies.
Final Fridays Films of Resistance and Solidarity, a free monthly community event produced by
EastSide Arts Alliance, screens on the last Friday of every month. The EastSide Arts Alliance
(ESAA) is a group of artists and community activists of color who live and work in the Lower
San Antonio neighborhood of East Oakland. ESAA is dedicated to nurturing and supporting the
work of the Lower San Antonio district's African American, Latino/Chicano, Asian, and
Native American cultural workers, many of whom have not found a home within Oakland's mainstream
This is just a little note to inform you that Kathleen's Mother, Ms. Juette
Johnson Neal, made her transition this afternoon. Kathleen said that she left this
earth surrounded by Family and Loved Ones.
On the horizons of her 80's when we first met, she glowed in her beauty. She
exuded life and her voice was one of grace and calmness, all of which I took to
represent the strong Black womanspirit of the Sistas of her generations. We were
her daughter's friends, how accepting and understood she made all of us feel
in her presence. Ms. Juett ...Presente.
The Richmond Arts Center (California) will host two Black Panther Party exhibits starting February 5.
The featured Panther exhibit will be the Revolutionary Art of Emory Douglas and a photo exhibit from
the photo collection of Billy X Jennings. These exhibits will run through March for more info check -
Check them out:
Black Panther Rank and File exhibit in Baltimore attended by many at
Maryland Institute College of Art November 8 opening. Many former Panthers
came out. In Philly Panthers host book signing for Emory Douglas.
Billy X Jennings
Reception for Richmond Event Emory Douglas "The Art of Political Protest"
Reception: Saturday February 9, Emory will speak @ 3pm
Richmond Art Center 2540 Barrett Ave Richmond Ca,
Oct 23, Black Panther Party Book signing, in Sacramento
October 23, meet authors Emory Douglas and Dr. Curtis Austin, both will be signing their books at
Sierra Curtis Neighborhood Association located @ 2791 24th Street, Sacramento, Ca.
Emory will be signing his book "Black Panther Revolutionary Art" and Dr. Austin will be signing
and talking about his book "Up Against the Wall". 7pm starting time.
This event is being sponsored by It's About Time 916-455-0908
Attachad is a pic of 22 Nelson avenue, BPP Peekskill Chapter. The street
was demolished and the Main Branch Library was built on the entire block.
Thought it was constructive that a public library would be constructed in
the same location, for the community.
Brother Malik was drawn to the Party from this experience in the Viet Nam War.
Malik worked in our Washington DC office and later moved to Oakland to work on
the BPP newspaper. Malik made weekly contributions to the newspaper, here are
some the examples of his artist abilities.
Find out more about Malik read, "Bloods" and view the "Nelson Mandela" documentary.
We would like to thank Rasputin's Music for the opportunity to display some of our
historical photos in their windows. The display in the Berkeley store has been up
since late January 2007. Starting in March in their San Francisco store we will have
a display in that store window. Come check it out. Berkeley Store is located @ 2401
Rasputin's Music is the largest Record Store in the Bay area.
In the spirit of Kwanzaa. Attached you will find the latest edition of
Positive Action the newsletter for the All African People's Revolutionary
Party (A-APRP). This edition is a tribute to the 40 year commemoration of the
founding of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense (October 1966 - 2006),
but this isn't just a nostalgic piece. Instead, its an effort to connect the
Panther legacy with the international Pan-Africanist struggle for justice
today! So, the issue contains articles about the FBI's role in destabilizing
the Panthers and how the American government still employs the same tactics,
just under a different name; the Patriot Act. There is also articles about
the legacy of Kwame Ture and a very important article written by a leading A-
APRP member from Ghana, West Africa, about Kwame Nkrumah's efforts to build
the Convention People's Party in Ghana and how imperialism sabotaged that
effort submitted by Ahjamu Umi.
Angela Davis and Elbert"Big Man" Howard at the Alameda County Courthouse.
They were part of the Essence Magazine photo shoot for the 40th yr Reunion
The magazine issue will be out in September. The people from Essence were
wonderful, we all enjoyed being together again.
The main photo is of Bobby Seale, Elbert"Big Man" Howard, Tarika Lewis,
Emory Douglass, Kathleen Cleaver, Ericka Huggins, Pat Brown, Angela Davis,
BillyX and Majeedad Rahman in front of the courthouse.
May Day 1969 Huey's Appeal Rally in front of the Federal Building in
San Francisco. Kathleen is speaking, Jumbo from the Vallejo branch
of the BPP and in the background are members of the Brown Bret
Thousands of people came out that day, many students both
high school and college. That was the day Sam Napier had us pass out
Red Books to the crowd and photos were taken with Red Book held
high in their hands.
We called donations that day and it was Robert Bay's job to count the money
so he had Anthony Woods my section leader and I count the money because he
trusted us. We counted over $1,000. That was a lot of money in 1969.
TIME TO ACT TO FREE MUMIA - RALLY PLANNING MEETING
It's time to act to free Mumia Abu-Jamal, an award-winning journalist and
former member of the Black Panther Party, who has been confined to death row
in Pennsylvania for a crime he did not commit for nearly a quarter of a
century. We cannot rely on the courts--which have refused to hear mountains of
evidence that could free Mumia. We must rebuild the movement to free Mumia.
The Labor Action Committee To Free Mumia Abu-Jamal is calling for a
united front rally, to be held at the Alameda County Court house in Oakland CA this
year (date to be discussed), around the following points of unity --
MUMIA IS INNOCENT! FREE MUMIA! END THE RACIST DEATH PENALTY!
All groups and individuals who agree with the above points and are
interested in building such a rally, are invited to participate.
Please come to a PLANNING MEETING at 4 PM on Saturday May 6th, 2006, at
2827 7th St (Inkworks Press), in Berkeley CA.
- Contact the Labor Action Committee To Free Mumia Abu-Jamal at PO Box
16222, Oakland CA 94610. PHONE: (510) 763-2347. EMAIL: LACFreeMumia@aol.com.
Friday, May 12
A Candlelight Tribute to Revolution
Honor the memory of influential revolutionaries from all cultures by uniting
with other students for a common cause. The tribute will include the opportunity
to read poetry, sing or perform in memory of the revolutionaries. Social rights
activists Kilu Nyasha, Elizabeth 'Betita' Martinez and Yuri Kochiyama will empower
and educate participants for the purpose of peace and freedom. Free refreshments.
"James Mott will MC the Bobby Hutton Day. James is a former Party member via Sacramento,
moved to Oakland was OD at Central HQ's and member of the BPP singing group the "Lumpen",
and teacher at Oakland Community School".
Ron Dellums called to say he will be at Bobby Hutton Day.
Joyce Hutton, Bobby Hutton's niece will represent the Hutton Family.
New Panther Photo Exhibit @ W. Oakland Library,
Rare photos by Ducho Dennis starts Friday April 7, 2006.
Sponsored by It's About Time
World Citizen Band will play @ Bobby Hutton Day April 15, 2006
Panther Cubs children of Party members and Oakland Community School
former students we are organizing a event to celebrate the founding
of the Black Panther Party 40th year. All students and parents of
students are welcome, don't miss this chance to connect with your
We are planning this event now and it will take place this Summer.
Please check the website for further info.
Our sweet warrior sister is moving on to another region in America to do her
good work for the struggle. For many years Staaajabu have been on the front
line keeping us aware of our history , our enemy's and fighting for political
prisoners. We salute you with this.
After the Rant-A-Thon come to KINKS International @ 629 15th Street. The Party
to honor Staajabu will start at 7:00pm don't miss it.
Sponsored by Friends of Staajabu, don't miss it call 455-0908 for more info.
Black Panther Rank and File will showcase the hard work Party member provided
to the Struggle in Serve to the People. I worked very hard on gathering info
for this project. The Rank and File Experience has not been dealt with at all,
hopefully this exhibit will change that.
Herman Bell denied parole -- again.
It's with great sadness that I report this bad news. It appears they
plan to give all our political prisoners no way out. Because if
anyone deserves to be paroled after 33 years, it's our dear comrade
brother Herman. He has been one of the most productive role models
insofar as developing his mind, body and spirit to continue to serve
the people both inside and outside of prison. But of course he's
exactly the kind of Black man the powers that be do NOT want in our
We have to step up the struggle to free our political prisoners,
domestically and internationally, and it must be in concert with a
revitalized liberation movement.
Elbert "Big Man" Howard will speak at 12noon at the Awareness Building on the
campus of Sacramento City College February 22. Come hear his story he was one
of the original Panthers that formed the Black Panther Party.
The exhibit was put together by Gail Shaw and we would like to thank
everyone whom helped with this special project. We would like to thank
KINKS for all the support. The money raised will go back to Zanzibar
to help many others.
The Art Show was a big success. A nice crowd of people showed up to view and
buy some beautiful African Artwork by Aida Ayers of Zanzibar. Music was
provided by the Stanley Trio of Sacramento.
Stanley used to play with the legendary jazzman Grant Green. A number of
comrades came through to support Aida's work in Africa. A number of people
came from the Bay area to support the Art show.
One of them was Emory Douglas who donated money for the projects in Zanzibar.
Frank Kellums, Tiyesha and Marty Payne also traveled from the Bay area. They
had all traveled to Tanzania in 2005 to visit Pete and Charlotte O'Neal.
Resist is a new art exhibit which brings to life the struggle of staying alive
in America. From Africa to the Plantation Fields to the Ghettos of
America. Special added feature Art from Africa by Aida Ayers from Zanzibar.
There will be an Artist reception:
Saturday Febuary 25, 2006
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
KINKS International 629 15th St
For more info call (916) 455-0908
Sponsored ny It's About Time and KINKS International
Black Panther Rank and File exhibit will be held March 17, 2006 thru July 2, 2006.
This exhibit is part of the 40th yr Legacy Celebration of the Black Panther Party.
This will be one of the largest exhibits of Black Panther material ever. The focus
of the exhibit will be the rank and file doing community work.
Exhibit sponsored by the YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
701 Mission St. @ 3rd, San Francisco
Black Panther Party Legacy The Carolyn Downs Family Medical Center
The Carolyn Downs Family Medical Center is still open after more than 35 years and is
still serving the community.
This clinic was started by the Seattle Chapter of the BPP back in 1969. First named the
Sidney Miller clinic after a party member who was killed in 1969, then later changed to
the Charles Drew Clinic.
Carolyn Downs worked at the clinic and died of beast cancer. After she passed away, the
clinic name would change again to be named after Carolyn Downs for her hard work and
devotion to serving the people. Many people helped the clinic grow and develop.
Dr. Green was the founding doctor and comrade Leon (Valentine) Hobbs later would bring his
skills to the George Jackson Medical Clinic in Berkeley.
We would like to thank all those present and future contributors
to our Underwriter Program to help offset and support the expenses of
the website. Others can help with a donation to "It's About Time".