The Red Planet


From: "Andrew Phelps" <>


Cc: Friends

Subject: [S-ACC] people in conversation

Date: Saturday, October 22, 2016 5:40 PM



In the context of oppression, conversation as "people" may be excruciatingly difficult. Albeit our madness has integrity and expresses personal responsibility.

Yesterday I had some personal success. I attended an event of the National Alumni Association of the Black Panther Party, which featured the new film "1971" about the FBI office break-in in Media, PA, where the COINTELPRO program was initially exposed. The panelists included Bobby Seale and Kathleen Cleaver - BPP Alumni leaders - and John and Bonnie Raines, two of the persons who did the March 8, 1971 break-in:  flyer here.

Their original efforts to speak up in the face of oppression were - somehow - effective, and the two heroic efforts are now making meaningful connection. I'm speaking to the intention to construct a new conversation that may help move forward the struggle for social justice - others on the list do likewise, I know.

Due to my personal history, I was able to speak up regarding the leader of the break-in effort, Bill Davidon, who was my physics teacher at Haverford College. I had also previously worked to reach to and speak with Bobby Seale, whom I had originally met at a political event in Berkeley in 1968.