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anonymous asked:

Tell me, do you have any actual proof that "The FBI actively sabotaged and dismantled the American Indian Movement, the Chicano Movement, and the Black Power movement"? Because that just sounds like a bullshit conspiracy theory to me.

(TW murder) 

The FBI has a program called COINTELPRO short for counter intelligence program. It was started to sabotage communist parties in the U.S. but in the sixties the expanded it to spying on and sabotaging certain political groups often using illegal avenues. 

They murdered a prominent leader of the Black Panther Party Fred Hampton in his home via the Chicago police. They fired over 100 shots into his apartment and room where he was sleeping with his pregnant girlfriend who survived by the grace of god.  

Body of Fred Hampton, national spokesman for the Black Panther Party, who was killed by members of the Chicago Police Department, as part of a COINTELPRO operation” 

He was 21


In 1890 American Indians had form a group to protest against white colonizers who had stripped them of their land and unjustly killed millions of their people. The infamous Battle of Wounded Knee took place on December 29th, 1890. U.S. soldiers heard a tribe of Indians taking part in the Ghost Dance and that they surrender all of their weapons. After they refused they killed 150 Indians more than half were women and children. 

Some 200 AIM members and their supporters decided to occupy the symbolically significant hamlet of Wounded Knee, site of the 1890 massacre. During the 71 days of the siege, which began on February 27, 1973, federal officers and AIM members exchanged gunfire almost nightly. Hundreds of arrests were made, and two Native Americans were killed and a federal marshal was permanently paralyzed by a bullet wound. The leaders of AIM finally surrendered on May 8 after a negotiated settlement was reached. In a subsequent trial, the judge ordered their acquittal because of evidence that the FBI had manipulated key witnesses.

The FBI also went after the Chicano Movement, which became known as the Brown Berets and the Puerto Rican Liberation Movement. Carlos Montes was one of the original Brown Berets. Montes told RT “The FBI worked with the LAPD and the sheriffs to keep the Brown Berets and local Chicano movements under surveillance. We were victims of agent provocateurs, police infiltration. They tried to incite our members to commit violence, so they would get arrested, and they did and we found out after we got arrested.”

According to attorney Brian Glick in his book War at Home, the FBI used four main methods during COINTELPRO:

  1. Infiltration: Agents and informers did not merely spy on political activists. Their main purpose was to discredit and disrupt. Their very presence served to undermine trust and scare off potential supporters. The FBI and police exploited this fear to smear genuine activists as agents.
  2. Psychological warfare: The FBI and police used myriad “dirty tricks” to undermine progressive movements. They planted false media stories and published bogus leaflets and other publications in the name of targeted groups. They forged correspondence, sent anonymous letters, and made anonymous telephone calls. They spread misinformation about meetings and events, set up pseudo movement groups run by government agents, and manipulated or strong-armed parents, employers, landlords, school officials and others to cause trouble for activists. They used bad-jacketing to create suspicion about targeted activists, sometimes with lethal consequences.[55]
  3. Legal harassment: The FBI and police abused the legal system to harass dissidents and make them appear to be criminals. Officers of the law gave perjured testimony and presented fabricated evidence as a pretext for false arrests and wrongful imprisonment. They discriminatorily enforced tax laws and other government regulations and used conspicuous surveillance, “investigative” interviews, and grand jury subpoenas in an effort to intimidate activists and silence their supporters.[5][56]
  4. Illegal force: The FBI conspired with local police departments to threaten dissidents; to conduct illegal break-ins in order to search dissident homes; and to commit vandalism, assaults, beatings and assassinations.[5][6][7][57] The object was to frighten or eliminate dissidents and disrupt their movements.

They also: 

- Bugged Martin Luther King Jr’s home and hotel rooms on numerous occasions

- They also sent him a letter telling him to kill himself and that they would release proof that he was having extramarital affairs to the world and his wife, which they acquired by illegally taping his conversations. 

- Unjust arrest and imprisonment of Leonard Peltier who is a citizen of the Anishinabe & Dakota/Lakota Nations who has been unjustly imprisoned for nearly three decades.

No bullshit here babe just facts 

For all our talk about suppression of human rights in other countries, and despite nostalgic sentimentality about the noble Red Man, the prejudice and persecution still continue. American hearts respond with emotion to Indian portraits by George Catlin and Edward Curtis, to such eloquent books as Black Elk Speaks and Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, to modern films and television dramas in which the nineteenth-century Indian is portrayed as the tragic victim of Manifest Destiny; we honor his sun dances and thunderbirds in the names of our automobiles and our motels. Our nostalgia comes easily, since those stirring peoples are safely in the past, and the abuse of their proud character, generosity, and fierce honesty… can be blamed upon our roughshod frontier forebears.
“After four hundred years of betrayals and excuses, Indians recognize the new fashion in racism, which is to pretend that the real Indians are all gone. We have no wish to be confronted by these ‘half-breeds’ of today, gone slack after a century of enforced dependence, poverty, bad food, alcohol, and despair, because to the degree that these people can be ignored, the shame of our nation can be ignored as well.
—  Peter Matthiessen, In the Spirit of Crazy Horse

Solidaritäts Plakat für die Freiheit Leonard Peltiers!

Leonard Peltier war führendes Mitglied des American Indian Movement (AIM), einer Initiative, die sich für die Rechte der amerikanischen Ureinwohner einsetzt. Am 26. Juni 1975 kam es im Pine-Ridge-Reservat in South Dakota zu Zusammenstößen zwischen dem FBI und Mitgliedern des AIM. Dabei wurden die beiden FBI-Agenten Ronald Williams and Jack Coler erschossen. Leonard Peltier wurde 1977 für die Morde an ihnen verurteilt, hat jegliche Schuld an der Tat jedoch stets von sich gewiesen. Eine wichtige Augenzeugin, die amerikanische Ureinwohnerin und Angehörige der Lakota Myrtle Poor Bear, hatte zunächst ausgesagt, gesehen zu haben, wie Leonard Peltier die beiden Männer tötete. Sie hat diese Aussage jedoch später zurückgezogen und angegeben, dass Angehörige des FBI sie bedroht und drangsaliert hätten. Auf Grundlage ihrer Zeugenaussage wurde Leonard Peltier von Kanada an die USA ausgeliefert und dort vor Gericht gestellt.

Die Jugend Peltiers wurde durch diese Erlebnisse sehr stark mitgeprägt. Rückblickend beschrieb er diese Zeit so:  „Hunger war das einzige, von dem wir genügend hatten; oh ja, davon hatten wir ausreichend, genug für jeden. Wenn verzweifelte Mütter ihre Kinder mit aufgequollenen Bäuchen ins Krankenhaus brachten, lächelten die Schwestern und sagten ihnen, die Kinder hätten nur >Blähungenaufgelöst March of broken Treaties<  in Washington teil. Als BIA-Beamte ihr Versprechen nicht einhielten, den Stammesältesten Unterkünfte zu besorgen und im Weißen Haus auch nicht die angekündigten Gesprächstermine eingehalten wurden, besetzten die Indianer spontan sieben Tage lang das Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) – Gebäude, nur ein paar Blocks vom Weißen Haus entfernt. Peltier wurde nun vom FBI verstärkt als Unruhestifter registriert.

Im gleichen Jahr wurde Peltier in Milwaukee in einen Streit mit Polizisten in Zivil verwickelt. Die Polizisten behaupteten, er habe sie mit einer Pistole bedroht und so wurde er  wegen versuchten Mordes angeklagt (1978 wurde Peltier vom Mordvorwurf freigesprochen).  Bis zum Verhandlungsbeginn verbrachte er 5 Monate im Gefängnis. Als er nach Zahlung einer Kaution freikam, tauchte Peltier im April 1973 unter, da er befürchtete, Opfer einer durch Polizei- und Geheimdienste angestifteten Feme zu werden. Da er nicht zum Verhandlungstermin in Milwaukee erschien, wurde erneut Haftbefehl gegen Peltier erlassen.

Zur gleichen Zeit hielten AIM-Aktivisten den Ort WOUNDED KNEE in der Pine Ridge-Reservation  besetzt. In diesem Konflikt eskalierte die militärische Gewalt der Staatsmacht. US-Marshals, FBI-Agenten, paramilitärische Gruppen des korrupten Stammesvorsitzenden Dick Wilson (GOONS) und weiße Bürgerwehr feuerten mehr als 250000 Schüsse auf die BesetzerInnen ab. Unter dem Kommando des späteren Nato-Oberbefehlshabers Alexander Haig wurden 17 Panzer, 12 Raketenwerfer, F4 Phantombomber, Kampfhubschrauber und jede Menge CS-Gas eingesetzt, um den Widerstand der Besetzer zu brechen. Die Militäroperation kostete mehr als 1 Milliarde US-$: mehr Geld als seit 1870 seitens des US- Staates für die Unterstützung der Menschen in Pine Ridge investiert wurde. 2 Native Americans wurden erschossen – eher ein Wunder, dass die Zahl der getöteten Besetzer nicht höher war. Peltier, der in Wounded Knee nicht dabei war,  engagierte sich seit seiner Flucht bei den Sicherheitskräften des AIM, nahm am Kampf um die Fischereirechte der Puyallup und Nisqually in Washington State und an AIM – Aktionen in Arizona und Wisconsin teil. 1975 kam er  erneut nach Pine Ridge.

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Here's the Full Transcript Of Angela Davis's ~Fire~ Women's March Speech
"History cannot be deleted like web pages."

“At a challenging moment in our history, let us remind ourselves that we the hundreds of thousands, the millions of women, trans-people, men and youth who are here at the Women’s March, we represent the powerful forces of change that are determined to prevent the dying cultures of racism, hetero-patriarchy from rising again.

"We recognize that we are collective agents of history and that history cannot be deleted like web pages. We know that we gather this afternoon on indigenous land and we follow the lead of the first peoples who despite massive genocidal violence have never relinquished the struggle for land, water, culture, their people. We especially salute today the Standing Rock Sioux.

"The freedom struggles of black people that have shaped the very nature of this country’s history cannot be deleted with the sweep of a hand. We cannot be made to forget that black lives do matter. This is a country anchored in slavery and colonialism, which means for better or for worse the very history of the United States is a history of immigration and enslavement. Spreading xenophobia, hurling accusations of murder and rape and building walls will not erase history.

"No human being is illegal.

"The struggle to save the planet, to stop climate change, to guarantee the accessibility of water from the lands of the Standing Rock Sioux, to Flint, Michigan, to the West Bank and Gaza. The struggle to save our flora and fauna, to save the air—this is ground zero of the struggle for social justice.

"This is a women’s march and this women’s march represents the promise of feminism as against the pernicious powers of state violence. And inclusive and intersectional feminism that calls upon all of us to join the resistance to racism, to Islamophobia, to anti-Semitism, to misogyny, to capitalist exploitation.

"Yes, we salute the fight for 15. We dedicate ourselves to collective resistance. Resistance to the billionaire mortgage profiteers and gentrifiers. Resistance to the health care privateers. Resistance to the attacks on Muslims and on immigrants. Resistance to attacks on disabled people. Resistance to state violence perpetrated by the police and through the prison industrial complex. Resistance to institutional and intimate gender violence, especially against trans women of color.

"Women’s rights are human rights all over the planet and that is why we say freedom and justice for Palestine. We celebrate the impending release of Chelsea Manning. And Oscar López Rivera. But we also say free Leonard Peltier. Free Mumia Abu-Jamal. Free Assata Shakur.

"Over the next months and years we will be called upon to intensify our demands for social justice to become more militant in our defense of vulnerable populations. Those who still defend the supremacy of white male hetero-patriarchy had better watch out.

"The next 1,459 days of the Trump administration will be 1,459 days of resistance: Resistance on the ground, resistance in the classrooms, resistance on the job, resistance in our art and in our music.

"This is just the beginning and in the words of the inimitable Ella Baker, ‘We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes.’ Thank you.”

The FBI will fabricate and suppress evidence in order to tie [radical political] leaders up in the courts and in prison. The FBI also encourages agents to lie; one FBI memo stated that “it is immaterial whether facts exist to substantiate the charge. If facts are present, it aids in the success of the proposal [to "neutralize individuals” through the courts]… but disruption [of legitimate political organizations] can be accomplished without facts to back it up.
—  Jim Messerschmidt | The Trial of Leonard Peltier (1999)
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Sept 12th is Leonard Peltier’s birthday. 

Send cards, books, messages of support to:

LEONARD PELTIER #89637-132

USP COLEMAN I

U.S. PENITENTIARY

P.O. BOX 1033

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“I don’t know how to save the world. I don’t have the answers or The Answer. I hold no secret knowledge as to how to fix the mistakes of generations past and present. I only know that without compassion and respect for all of Earth’s inhabitants, none of us will survive—nor will we deserve to.”  
~ Leonard Peltier    

If you avoid breaking laws and do what you’re told and ignore the poor, the oppressed and the downtrodden - you probably won’t be bothered.

If you try to right what is wrong, however, you will surely meet great opposition and run the risk of imprisonment or death.“

Leonard Peltier, Political Prisoner
January 23, 2004


Excerpt from Leonard Peltier’s annual message delivered in conjunction with the 28th anniversary of his incarceration on February 6th.


Political prisoner Leonard Peltier once wrote, “When you grow up Indian, you don’t have to become a criminal, you already are a criminal.” Through the drug trade, U.S. government has effectively marketed the policing and imprisonment of minorities as the key to public safety, and therefore marked them as targets of state terror. This unearths how Native men can be incarcerated at four times the rate of white men, how Native women can be incarcerated at six times the rate of white women. It demonstrates how the flooding of crack cocaine into Black communities during the ’70s correlated with a sharp increase in minimum sentencing laws that helped put 1.7 million Black people under some form of correctional control. It reveals how native Hawaiians, who represent just 20 percent of the state’s population, can comprise 40 percent of the its incarcerated. […] Indeed, of minorities and the poor it fashions enemies of the state with the intent to exercise terror. From the origins of police, to the school-to-prison-pipeline, to the vast network of U.S. incarceration, this has been the enduring legacy of the American judicial system — not safety, and certainly not justice.
In the narrow vision of the FBI, there was no place in the American Dream for these ungrateful aborigines who dared to state that all the national boundaries in the Western Hemisphere, from Alaska to Argentina, were entirely meaningless since “Americans” were really Europeans. And the Americas were Indian country from end to end.
—  Rage Against the Machine, “Freedom”