Black Panthers in Chicago
The Videofreex conducted this interview with Fred Hampton, the Deputy Chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party, in October 1969, just over a month before he was killed by the Chicago police.
“We recorded Hampton with a wide-angle lens at the home of a wealthy Chicago woman named Lucy Montgomery. She owned a Prairie School house furnished with modern art. Hampton arrived late with a small entourage and paid no attention to the lavish surroundings. He looked tired but strong. He was chairman of the Illinois chapter of the party, and though he was just my age, he seemed so much older than me. If our crawling around to frame him from all different angles bothered him, he didn’t let on. He had a message to impart and ignored the distraction.”
— Parry D. Teasdale, Videofreex: America’s First Pirate TV Station, Black-Dome Press
During the interview, Fred Hampton talks eloquently and passionately about the Free Breakfast for Children Program and Free Health Clinic set up by the Black Panthers to feed and tend to the poor and hungry. In response to a specific question about events in Chicago and the conspiracy trial, he talks about how those running the city are “crazy with power,” about racism, fascism and imperialism, and the need to educate and organize, to lead by example. He criticizes the recent Weathermen actions, seeing the group as counter-revolutionaries. In reply to a question about how they will defend themselves from retaliations from the powers that be, Hampton says that the struggle is not about individual people, but the masses, and that there will always be new people coming up to replace them.
This video is distributed by the Video Data Bank at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. For more information: www.Videofreex.com.
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Mutual aid fund for hourly cinema workers
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Support the people who keep Chicago screens lit!
As efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 shutter cinemas across the nation, concerned members of Chicago’s film community launch a fund to benefit laid off employees from dozens of local theaters. As one of the country’s most vibrant film scenes, Chicago is home to hundreds of theater employees, who face a loss of work and income indefinitely.
The new Chicago Cinema Workers Fund, formed in partnership with fiscal sponsor Full Spectrum Features, and organizations Chicago International Film Festival and the Nightingale will provide financial relief and support for the cinema employees whose skills are the backbone of this city’s many film venues.
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