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Dear White Women

Mar 3, 2021

Learning about the Black Panther Party and its grassroots community programs informs not only our understanding of history but how the modern-day Black Lives Matter movement has been treated.  The Black Panther Party put many of its community programs in place in a remarkably short time, which also caused the FBI to sit up and take notice.  But the key point we keep coming back to is that these programs worked, and more importantly, they were so crucial for the communities that they served.

It leads us to ask: wouldn’t we ALL be better off with those social safety nets, especially for those who most need them to survive?

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What to listen for:

  • Some of the community programs created by the Black Panther Party, which continue to inspire and inform needed programs today.
  • The role of the FBI and its COINTELPRO campaign in causing the implosion of the Black Panther Party
  • Two common critiques of the party, and what the truth is around them
  • Why an understanding of history and self is so important to create similar grassroots change going forward

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