Huey P. Newton, the proclaimed Defence Minister of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defence, has?
Huey P. Newton, the proclaimed Defence Minister of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defence, has called for a mass rally on Tuesday (25 August) in New Haven, Connecticut, to protest the"legal lynching" of Panther member Lonnie McLucas. McLucas is on trial in connection with the murder of Alex Rackley, another Black Panther member.
The Black Panther leader was speaking in a New York Penthouse rented by actress Jane Fonda. No revolutionary, he said white-or-black, can get a fair trial in the United States.
Newton himself is free on 50,000 dollars (about 20,000 sterling) bail after a reversal of his conviction in the killing of a policeman in Oakland. The rally, he said, might be a prelude to "political or military action", but added that there was no change in the philosophy or policy of the Black Panthers, which he called non-violent, except in self-defence.
He asserted that the prosecution in New Haven tried to make a deal with McLucas in order to get him to testify against Black Panther Party Chairman Bobby Seale, who is also facing charges in connection with Rackley's death.