Event examines the unconstitutional COINTELPRO programs, their continuing impact today, and lessons for policymakers.
WASHINGTON – Representatives Steve Cohen (TN-09), Barbara Lee (CA-13), and Bobby L. Rush (IL-01) held a virtual forum on the FBI’s notorious COINTELPRO program recently featured in the Academy Award-winning film Judas and the Black Messiah, which dramatizes the FBI-orchestrated assassination of Black Panther Party leader Fred Hampton in 1969. The forum was held on Monday, May 10, 2021.
Witnesses testifying at the forum include:
Akua Njeri (partner of the late Fred Hampton Sr., mother of Jr.)
Fred Hampton Jr. (Chairman, Prisoners of Conscience Committee/Black Panther Party Cubs; son of Fred Hampton Sr.)
Nkechi Taifa (Civil Rights activist and author)
Mike German (Former FBI Special Agent now with the Brennan Center for Justice)
Ericka Huggins (Human Rights activist and former Black Panther)
Bobby Seale (Political activist, author, and co-founder of the Black Panther Party)
Betty Medsger (Reporter for The Washington Post who helped break the story of the existence of COINTELPRO programs)
Forum footage on Rep. Steve Cohen’s Facebook account at https://www.facebook.com/111456965545421/videos/469018004158922 & https://fb.watch/5pqkgc_xpS/.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Quentin Dupouy (Cohen)(202) 225-3265; Bartholomew Sullivan (Cohen)(202) 909-6187; Naomi Savin (Rush)(202) 716-6365; Sean Ryan (Lee)(202) 713-7385
May 10, 2021.