Item #39827 We Must Develop A United Front Against Fascism. BLACK PANTHER PARTY.


We Must Develop A United Front Against Fascism.

Two sheets (3pp.), stapled at top corner, announcing the National Conference for a United Front Against Fascism to be held in Oakland between July 18-20, 1969, outlining its aims, giving examples of the “capitalist pig power structure’s racism” (Vietnam, New York Panther 21, Chicago Conspiracy 8, etc.), and providing a registration form and “Petition Statement for Community Control of Police”.

Tall foolscap (35.5x21.8cm.), printed in black on white stock.

The first conference of the United Front Against Fascism, organised and led by the Black Panther Party, was established with the intention to unite the Black liberation movement with white radicals in an alliance against racism, imperialism and capitalism. Contemporary CBS news footage show attendees being patted down before entering the conference, and brief shots of confiscated weapons and sharp objects.

Around 4000 delegates attended from across the US, including members of the SDS and FSP (socialist-feminist party), and “hillbilly nationalists” the Young Patriots Organization (YPO), a Chicago-based group of poor, white, and revolutionary southern transplants who based their organisation on the Black Panthers but also symbolically adopted the Confederate flag. The most significant outcome to emerge from the conference was the establishment of between fifty and one hundred local “Committees to Combat Fascism”, which were intended to bring police under local community control.

Old central horizontal fold; slight age-toning, o/w Very Good plus.

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