Monday, November 30, 2009

The Assassination of Fred Hampton: Book Party and Screening

MONDAY, December 7th - 7:30 pm
at the Brecht Forum, 451 West St. (West Side Highway), between Bank & Bethune Sts. , Manhattan (212) 242-4201 *
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Sliding scale admission: $6/$10/$15


Co-Sponsor: Red Channels

The Assassination of Fred Hampton:
How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther

Speakers: Jeffrey Haas, Michael Steven Smith, Cleo Silvers

2009 marks the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Black Panther Party leaders Fred Hampton and Mark Clark. Slain in their Chicago apartment by the police department, Hampton and Clark's killing marked an escalation of state sponsored violence by local, state and federal police departments.

Join us as we discuss the story behing the killing of Hampton and Clark. Also part of the program will be a viewing of Video Freex interview with Fred Hampton

About the Book:

It's sometime around 7:00 a.m., on December 4, 1969, and attorney Jeff Haas is in the Monroe Street police lockup in Chicago, interviewing Fred Hampton's fianc?e. Only four hours earlier, she was lying in bed next to Hampton when the police burst into their apartment. She is still in her nightgown, describing how the police pulled her from the room as Fred lay unconscious on their bed. She heard one officer say, "He's still alive." She then heard two shots. A second officer said, "He's good and dead now." She looks at Jeff and asks, "What can you do?"

The Assassination of Fred Hampton is attorney Jeff Haas's personal account of the eighteen-month trial in which he and People's Law Office partner Flint Taylor pursued Hampton's assassins, ultimately prevailing over FBI stonewalling and unlimited government resources bent on hiding the conspiracy that led to Hampton's death. The book not only tells the story of justice delivered but also puts Hampton in a new light as a dynamic community leader whose dedication to his people and to truth telling inspired the young lawyers of the People's Law Office, solidifying their lifelong commitment to fighting injustice.

Jeff Haas has spent his career working for justice. In 1969 he and three other lawyers set up the People's Law Office, whose clients included the Black Panthers, SDS, and other political activists. Haas went on to handle cases involving prisoners' rights, police torture, and the wrongfully accused. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his wife and children and continues to represent victims of police brutality.

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