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On Martin Luther King Day, your hosts Dick and Sharon will be talking about yesterday’s Civil Rights movement through to today’s Black Lives Matter movement.
Joining us will be former Black Panther Hank Jones. Henry “Hank” Jones has been an activist since the murder of Emmett Till in 1955. He became a community organizer working with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in San Francisco in the early 1960s. He joined the Black Panther Party for Self Defense in 1968, about the same time Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Counter Intelligence Program (COINTELPRO) actions intensified against it.
Beginning in 2003, Jones was one of eight former Panthers, collectively known as the San Francisco 8 (SF8), who were targeted by a joint terrorist taskforce, under the direction of the Department of Homeland Security and established to investigate and prosecute suspects in an unsolved killing of a police officer in 1971.
As a result of the taskforce investigation, Hank spent 30 days in jail for resisting a grand jury investigation in 2005 and seven months in county jail due to a criminal complaint in 2007. In 2009, 36 years after the taskforce began targeting the SF8, all charges were dismissed against him. Hank Jones continues to work for social justice and human rights.
Hank will be a central figure in the “Courage and Resistance Tour” that will visit campuses and churches next week, including a panel session at Occidental College next Thursday, January 29th.
Dick Price & Sharon Kyle
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