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The Original 1966 Founding Chairman & National Organizer of the Black Panther Party
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“Power to the People: The World of the Black Panthers” by Stephen Shames & Bobby Seale

“Power to the People: The World of the Black Panthers”, a new book soon to be published during the Black Panther Party’s 50th Anniversary Founding year - October 22nd, 1966 through Oct, 1967, also my birthday - comes at a time when the nation is once again roiled by the consequences of racial injustice and debating the persistent legacy of racism and poverty.

“Power to the People: The World of the Black Panthers” is a window into the lives and times of Bobby Seale, Huey P. Newton, and their comrades in the party’s vital years. Stephen Shames camera captured the charisma of the young Newton; Seale’s focused energy; Eldridge Cleaver’s intensity; the disciplined style of Kathleen Cleaver and Angela Davis; Emory Douglas laying out the Panther newspaper; George Jackson’s and Bobby Hutton’s funerals; and Panthers marching at rallies and feeding children. Virtually all of the major figures are portrayed, with accompanying commentaries by me, Kathleen Cleaver, Ericka Huggins, and many others that touch on everything from politics to style.

In words and photographs, “Power to the People: The World of the Black Panthers” tells the story of this revolutionary political organization, which was founded on October 15, 1966 by Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton. Written in my own words, with contributions by other former party members; the photographs, including many icons of the 1960’s, are by Stephen Shames, who also provides an introduction.
Once “Power to the People: The World of the Black Panthers” has been published it will be available on my website:
http://bobbyseale.com/html/orderform1.htm

Power To All The People!
Bobby Seale
http://www.bobbyseale.com/

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Bobby Seale will be interviewed on the Revolutionary Road Radio show Monday, September 26th at 10 pm (EST) / 7 pm (PST). Bobby Seale will be discussing the Black Panther Party 50th Anniversary-Founding and the new book: Power to the People: The World of the Black Panthers By Stephen Shames & Bobby Seale, among other current issues.

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Bobby Seale will be interviewed on the Revolutionary Road Radio show Monday, September 26th at 10 pm (EST) / 7 pm (PST). Bobby Seale will be discussing the Black Panther Party 50th Anniversary-Founding and the new book: Power to the People: The World of the Black Panthers By Stephen Shames & Bobby Seale, among other current issues.

http://internetradiopros.com/revolutionary/

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Bobby Seale will be interviewed on the Revolutionary Road Radio show Monday, September 26th at 10 pm (EST) / 7 pm (PST). Bobby Seale will be discussing the Black Panther Party 50th Anniversary-Founding and the new book: Power to the People: The World of the Black Panthers  By Stephen Shames & Bobby Seale, among other current issues. 

http://internetradiopros.com/revolutionary/

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“Power to the People: The World of the Black Panthers” by Stephen Shames & Bobby Seale

“Power to the People: The World of the Black Panthers”, a new book soon to be published during the Black Panther Party’s 50th Anniversary Founding year - October 22nd, 1966 through Oct, 1967, also my birthday - comes at a time when the nation is once again roiled by the consequences of racial injustice and debating the persistent legacy of racism and poverty.

“Power to the People: The World of the Black Panthers” is a window into the lives and times of Bobby Seale, Huey P. Newton, and their comrades in the party’s vital years. Stephen Shames camera captured the charisma of the young Newton; Seale’s focused energy; Eldridge Cleaver’s intensity; the disciplined style of Kathleen Cleaver and Angela Davis; Emory Douglas laying out the Panther newspaper; George Jackson’s and Bobby Hutton’s funerals; and Panthers marching at rallies and feeding children. Virtually all of the major figures are portrayed, with accompanying commentaries by me, Kathleen Cleaver, Ericka Huggins, and many others that touch on everything from politics to style.

In words and photographs, “Power to the People: The World of the Black Panthers” tells the story of this revolutionary political organization, which was founded on October 15, 1966 by Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton. Written in my own words, with contributions by other former party members; the photographs, including many icons of the 1960’s, are by Stephen Shames, who also provides an introduction.
Once “Power to the People: The World of the Black Panthers” has been published it will be available on my website:
http://bobbyseale.com/html/orderform1.htm

Power To All The People!
Bobby Seale
http://www.bobbyseale.com/
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Bobby Seale on the New Black Panther Party [CNN Interview]

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Bobby Seale on the New Black Panther Party [CNN Interview]

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First of all, my original Black Panther Party and the Black Lives Matter Movement do NOT assassinate police. Secondly, we of the original BPP, founded in 1966, do NOT have anything to do with the so-called NEW back panthers. I, Bobby Seale, support President Barack Obama and David Brown of the Dallas Police department protecting the rights of the Black Lives Matter Movement in developing better community police relations which is truly the right thing to do. In the case of Dallas, Texas, the five police officers who were murdered and those wounded by some deranged person, who had nothing to do with the true Black Lives Matter nonviolent protest movement, I, Bobby Seale stand with and support the progressive politics by the Dallas Chief of Police who advocates and who, we have discovered, has taken the lead in building positive community trust relationships with the people of his city.

Therefore I re-post my December 14th 2014 statement on why my original BPP and the BLM are not and do not, nor never will be a part of any murderous assassination of policemen and how in my own 1973 mayoral campaign in Oakland, California, I was on the right road to doing what the Dallas police chief did evolve in his city when I developed relationships with policemen who became friends who voted for me for mayor and later, police friends in Philadelphia, PA with numerous policemen who became real close friends and who supported me in the 1980’s during my community organizing efforts there. The first paragraphs of the Declaration of Independence, which was drawn up in Philadelphia, I paraphrased as part of my original founding documentation of my original Black Panther Party’s ten point program in October 1966.

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December 26, 2014

We Do Not Assassinate Policemen.

Real peoples’ constitutional democratic civil-human rights revolution is not about a need for violence. Grass roots, middle working, poor and low income peoples revolution is about evolving and re-evolving more progressive politics, i.e., better economic parity, greater environmental ecological standards and practices, and broad social justice empowerments into the hands of the people via legislative policies and practical economic jobs programs that make humane sense. That is what peoples empowerment revolution is about.
 
The fact that some mentally deranged young person who shot his girlfriend, left Baltimore for New York and then stupidly shot and killed two police officers and himself has little or nothing to do with the peaceful protester's right to demand and call for justice and indictments of specific policemen or others involved in the killings of the unarmed Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, and others including black killings in Cleveland Ohio, Milwaukee Wisconsin and many cities across our USA. Nor should the killer of the two police officers in New York be any reason for that small group of protest chanters to call for cops to be killed. They are dead wrong to chant that. Such a chant begins to confuse the real social justice goal objective of the Black Lives Matter protest movement.
 
Months before the beginning of my Black Panther Party for Self Defense in October 1966, I remember meeting at Merritt College a Black Police officer, Sargent Williams who was recruiting young black and brown male students for the Oakland Police Department. Conversationally befriending him, I remember he gave us information about the thirty five percent white racist policemen in the Oakland P.D., how most other policemen were just doing their jobs. {Read my book SEIZE THE TIME]
 
Later, when we went out to “legally” observe the Oakland, SF, Richmond, and Berkeley, California police, because of the unchecked rampant police brutality and murder of Black People in those communities, not to mention their brutality on peaceful protesters, our patrolling of police was our BPP tactic. A tactic to capture the imagination of the people to better organize their electoral voting power bringing the community together. I never thought in terms of just running out and killing policemen. Never. Not me. In fact our Black Panther policy was that we will take the arrest if a policeman formally demanded it. We were not scared of the court. The courts would be a forum for us as I demonstrated in the Great Chicago Seven Conspiracy trial in 1969 of which I was the eighth defendant. And later we defendants won that case.
 
After the last big shootout on December 8th 1969 in Los Angeles which we won in the courts with nationwide public support, there was a young white Berkeley policeman who stole the POLICE-FBI plans to attack out Berkeley, CA BPP headquarters and gave the plans to our Lawyer, Charles R. Garry. The young policemen lost his job, but it gave us an edge when we printed these POLICE-FBI planned attacks that later was fed into the US Senate investigation against the FBI’s COINTELPRO fascist tactics. This political move stopped all the racist Fascist attacks on our BPP offices across the USA. Actually of all the Black Panther Party members who went to trial, we actually won ninety-five percent of all our court room trials.
 
Over the years I have become friends with many policemen beginning with some thirty odd policemen who supported and voted for me when I ran for Mayor of Oakland, CA in 1974. These were the days after the 1969 year of cross country police-FBI attacks on our BPP offices where we did defend ourselves when we were literally attacked. After my BPP era, and living in Philadelphia, PA, I became friends with some eight different police and state troopers in Philadelphia while organizing socially responsible programs at Temple University and running, yet again, youth Jobs programs (my real original forte’) in the Germantown community in Philadelphia in the 1980’s.
 
Today I have a Black Panther Party person who is an Honorary Deputy Sheriff complete with his badge. We, you and I, the peace loving people protesting for justice, do NOT stoop to the level of the racist mentality of indiscriminate killings and murder. And we find and support those policemen who help us get the justice we demand.
 
All Power to All the People
Bobby Seale: 1966 Founding Chairman &
National Organizer of the original Black Panther Party
 
http://bobbyseale.com


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First of all, my original Black Panther Party and the Black Lives Matter Movement do NOT assassinate police. Secondly, we of the original BPP, founded in 1966, do NOT have anything to do with the so-called NEW back panthers. I, Bobby Seale, support President Barack Obama and David Brown of the Dallas Police department protecting the rights of the Black Lives Matter Movement in developing better community police relations which is truly the right thing to do. In the case of Dallas, Texas, the five police officers who were murdered and those wounded by some deranged person, who had nothing to do with the true Black Lives Matter nonviolent protest movement, I, Bobby Seale stand with and support the progressive politics by the Dallas Chief of Police who advocates and who, we have discovered, has taken the lead in building positive community trust relationships with the people of his city.

Therefore I re-post my December 14th 2014 statement on why my original BPP and the BLM are not and do not, nor never will be a part of any murderous assassination of policemen and how in my own 1973 mayoral campaign in Oakland, California, I was on the right road to doing what the Dallas police chief did evolve in his city when I developed relationships with policemen who became friends who voted for me for mayor and later, police friends in Philadelphia, PA with numerous policemen who became real close friends and who supported me in the 1980’s during my community organizing efforts there. The first paragraphs of the Declaration of Independence, which was drawn up in Philadelphia, I paraphrased as part of my original founding documentation of my original Black Panther Party’s ten point program in October 1966.

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December 26, 2014

We Do Not Assassinate Policemen.

Real peoples’ constitutional democratic civil-human rights revolution is not about a need for violence. Grass roots, middle working, poor and low income peoples revolution is about evolving and re-evolving more progressive politics, i.e., better economic parity, greater environmental ecological standards and practices, and broad social justice empowerments into the hands of the people via legislative policies and practical economic jobs programs that make humane sense. That is what peoples empowerment revolution is about.
 
The fact that some mentally deranged young person who shot his girlfriend, left Baltimore for New York and then stupidly shot and killed two police officers and himself has little or nothing to do with the peaceful protester's right to demand and call for justice and indictments of specific policemen or others involved in the killings of the unarmed Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, and others including black killings in Cleveland Ohio, Milwaukee Wisconsin and many cities across our USA. Nor should the killer of the two police officers in New York be any reason for that small group of protest chanters to call for cops to be killed. They are dead wrong to chant that. Such a chant begins to confuse the real social justice goal objective of the Black Lives Matter protest movement.
 
Months before the beginning of my Black Panther Party for Self Defense in October 1966, I remember meeting at Merritt College a Black Police officer, Sargent Williams who was recruiting young black and brown male students for the Oakland Police Department. Conversationally befriending him, I remember he gave us information about the thirty five percent white racist policemen in the Oakland P.D., how most other policemen were just doing their jobs. {Read my book SEIZE THE TIME]
 
Later, when we went out to “legally” observe the Oakland, SF, Richmond, and Berkeley, California police, because of the unchecked rampant police brutality and murder of Black People in those communities, not to mention their brutality on peaceful protesters, our patrolling of police was our BPP tactic. A tactic to capture the imagination of the people to better organize their electoral voting power bringing the community together. I never thought in terms of just running out and killing policemen. Never. Not me. In fact our Black Panther policy was that we will take the arrest if a policeman formally demanded it. We were not scared of the court. The courts would be a forum for us as I demonstrated in the Great Chicago Seven Conspiracy trial in 1969 of which I was the eighth defendant. And later we defendants won that case.
 
After the last big shootout on December 8th 1969 in Los Angeles which we won in the courts with nationwide public support, there was a young white Berkeley policeman who stole the POLICE-FBI plans to attack out Berkeley, CA BPP headquarters and gave the plans to our Lawyer, Charles R. Garry. The young policemen lost his job, but it gave us an edge when we printed these POLICE-FBI planned attacks that later was fed into the US Senate investigation against the FBI’s COINTELPRO fascist tactics. This political move stopped all the racist Fascist attacks on our BPP offices across the USA. Actually of all the Black Panther Party members who went to trial, we actually won ninety-five percent of all our court room trials.
 
Over the years I have become friends with many policemen beginning with some thirty odd policemen who supported and voted for me when I ran for Mayor of Oakland, CA in 1974. These were the days after the 1969 year of cross country police-FBI attacks on our BPP offices where we did defend ourselves when we were literally attacked. After my BPP era, and living in Philadelphia, PA, I became friends with some eight different police and state troopers in Philadelphia while organizing socially responsible programs at Temple University and running, yet again, youth Jobs programs (my real original forte’) in the Germantown community in Philadelphia in the 1980’s.
 
Today I have a Black Panther Party person who is an Honorary Deputy Sheriff complete with his badge. We, you and I, the peace loving people protesting for justice, do NOT stoop to the level of the racist mentality of indiscriminate killings and murder. And we find and support those policemen who help us get the justice we demand.
 
All Power to All the People
Bobby Seale: 1966 Founding Chairman &
National Organizer of the original Black Panther Party
 
http://bobbyseale.com

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I went to hear Dr. King speak for the first time as a young man in 1962 at Oakland Auditorium. I was an engineering and design major at college and I wasn't a part of any organization yet. The auditorium held 7,000 people and every seat was packed. He was speaking about boycotting the bread companies who were refusing to hire people of color. He talked about boycotting Wonder Bread and he said, "We're going to boycott them so consistently and so profoundly, we're going to make Wonder Bread wonder where the money went." I got enthusiastically involved with the civil rights movement after that. This is the man who first inspired me to be involved.

A few years later, I worked with and gave the Black Panther Party support to Dr. King on his Poor People's March. Dr. Ralph Abernathy called me personally and said "Mr. Seale, Dr. King would like to know if you would be willing to participate in a broad roundtable of organizations across the country working together in the struggle to end institutionalized racism." I said, "Yes, the Black Panther Party will definitely work with you and Dr. King on anything you want to do." People don't know that we crossed those lines.

King helped change America’s conscience, not only about civil rights but also about economic justice, poverty and war. As an inexperienced young pastor in Montgomery, Alabama, King was reluctantly thrust into the leadership of the bus boycott. During the 382-day boycott, King was arrested and abused and his home was bombed, but he emerged as a national figure and honed his leadership skills. In 1957 he helped launch the SCLC to spread the civil rights crusade to other cities.

He helped lead local campaigns in Selma, Birmingham and other cities, and sought to keep the fractious civil rights movement together, including the NAACP, Urban League, SNCC, CORE and SCLC. Between 1957 and 1968 King traveled more than 6 million miles, spoke more than 2,500 times and was arrested at least twenty times while preaching the gospel of nonviolence.

Today we celebrate King’s birthday as a national holiday and his name adorns schools and street signs. But in his day the establishment considered King a dangerous troublemaker. He was harassed by the FBI and vilified in the media. The struggle for civil rights radicalized him into a fighter for economic and social justice.

During the 1960s King became increasingly committed to building bridges between the civil rights and labor movements. He was in Memphis in 1968 to support striking sanitation workers when he was assassinated. In 1964, at 35, King was the youngest man to have received the Nobel Peace Prize. Some civil rights activists worried that his opposition to the Vietnam War, announced in 1967, would create a backlash against civil rights, but instead it helped turned the tide of public opinion against the war.

Dr. King's legacy is manifested in moving to evolve and get rid of institutionalized racism in America, from the moral standpoint to the practical community organizing standpoint. It was about nonviolence and rightfully so. It was about the first amendment of the constitution. The first amendment of the Constitution gives all of us the right to peacefully assemble and address our grievances. At that time the power structure began to attack, murder, shoot, kill and brutalize peaceful demonstrators. In other words violating their constitutional, democratic, civil and human rights to organize, unify and educate the people.

When I look at Dr. King's legacy and what we stood up for, the amount of people that were killed in the civil rights protests and later in my organization - I had 28 Black Panther Party members killed in attacks from the police who were trying terrorize us out of existence - when I look at that I have a very great affinity for Dr. King and everything he inspired me to be.

Power To All The People!
Bobby Seale
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