Voices of Movement Legal Workers and Lawyers in Solidarity with the Black Panther Party

October 22, 2016

Saturday, October 22nd from 1-3pm at the California Room at Oakland Museum of California. 1000 Oak Street, Oakland, CA 94607.

The FBI, local law enforcement agencies and prosecutors collaborated to attack the Black Panther Party in the courts and the streets. The corrupt and racist system of courts and jails was used to stifle BPP organizing and action. National Lawyers Guild's attorneys and legal workers and other affiliated legal teams stepped up to defend the Panthers in court, and at times put their own bodies on the line by sleeping in the SF Panther office and participating in civil disobedience actions.

Join us for a discussion of the history of the legal battles in which the BPP and its members were involved, with some of the NLG lawyers and legal workers who represented and supported the BPP, and some of the BPP members who worked with the legal teams to defend themselves. The panel will explore and compare movement legal work during the 1960s and 1970s, and movement legal work in the current era. We will discuss lessons learned and tips for ongoing movement legal work.

Moderators: Walter Riley and Cat Brooks Voices of Movement Legal Workers and Lawyers in Solidarity with the Black Panther Party Presenters: Stephen Bingham, Kiilu Nyasha, Bettina Aptheker, Paul Harris, Dennis Cunningham, Walter Riley and Cat Brooks