The Black Panther Party ten point plan #7:
7. We want an immediate end to police brutality and murder of Black people.
The Party organized police patrols to monitor police action in the community using cameras to record the police. They were organized for action to stop what had been happening for years. We shouldn’t be surprised by the actions of the police but rather we should proactively look back at the organizations that have been undermined who fought to protect us. We need to resurrect the principles of some of our most enlightened freedom fighting organizations and tailor them for a new era. We don’t have to reinvent the wheel but just update the engine.
The Ten Point Plan of the Black Panther Party
How the FBI undermined the Black Panther Party
While we remember the guns and how this organization was portrayed as a violent organization this was not the root of the Panthers. The Panthers were not violent but rather they were trying to find a way to respond to the violence they were victims of at the hands of the police state in which they found themselves. As we move forward let us look back and remember our history.
What organizational tactics and organizations might inform how we organize and move forward?
What can we glean from the ancestors who stand with us today?
How can we sit with the elders and let them teach us and walk with us as we empower the next generation freedom fighters?
How do we work to empower young, indigenous, grassroots leaders in our communities?
Who should be the leaders of these organizations?
How are the masses to be involved in organization and leadership of such organizations?
Is the church, as it is presently configured, the natural place for this plan of action to germinate?