OAKLAND, Calif—Four thousand people gathered here in Bobby Hutton Memorial Park Aug. 25 for a Black Panther Party rally to free Huey P. Newton. It was the largest rally for Newton held here thus far.
Speakers included Bobby Seale, chairman of the Black Panther Party, Eldridge Cleaver, Black Panther minister of information, Milton Chee of the Young Socialist Alliance, and Stokeley Carmichael, prime minister of the Black Panther Party.
After the rally, spectators watched approximately 240 local area members of the Black Panther Party execute an impressive military drill on the tennis court at the park.
"I think that the drug culture and the drop-out movement are in a transitional stage," said Huey Newton in an interview with John Bancroft and David Fenton of Liberation News Service on Aug. 21 in New Haven, Conn. “I think that the youth will drop out and then they’ll start dropping in again after they see they cant find any peace by separating. They’ll drop back in and when they drop back in they’ll be very political. Because then they will have experienced everything short of violence—running away through drugs, and so forth—but when they come back they’ll come back very serious, and they’ll see that the only solution is to transform what’s here and they can’t go anywhere else.
"I think that the youth movement at this time is another manifestation of the separatist idea that many black nationalists preached just a few years ago. The youth drug culture is another manifestation of this—you know, like ‘we’ll get out of the whole thing.’
"But we’re starting to find out that we can’t separate, because imperialism won’t allow us to separate. Imperialism won’t allow developing countries some 10 or 15,000 miles away to live in peace, and they’re already separated on a geographical level. If imperialism won’t let those countries be free 15,000 miles away, it surely won’t let a group of people right here in North Amerika separate."
"The clash of cultures in the classroom is essentially a class war, a socio-economic and racial warfare being waged on the battleground of our schools, with middle-class aspiring teachers provided with a powerful arsenal of half-truths, prejudices, and rationalizations, arrayed against hopelessly outclassed working-class youngsters. This is an uneven balance, particularly since, like most battles, it comes under the guise of righteousness."—Kenneth Clark, Dark Ghetto as quoted by Huey Newton in Revolutionary Suicide
An employee of the Berkeley Post Office has been ordered to stop wearing a “Free Huey” button, and because he refuses to comply, has received a letter from the postmaster.
The employee, Thomas H. Love, had his button on last Tuesday afternoon when Mails Foreman John Adams walked up and told him to remove it. He refused.