By Marshall "Eddie" Conway, Dominque Stevenson
In 1969 Eddie Conway uncovered the FBI's infiltration of the Baltimore Black Panther celebration. 12 months later, they framed him for a homicide he did not dedicate. Now in his 40th 12 months of wrongful incarceration, Eddie Conway tells the genuine tale of the Baltimore Panther social gathering, and a lifestyles devoted to organizing … in criminal and at the streets
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As tempers flared, fights broke out and crowds blocked the main thoroughfare, only to be charged or trampled by police on horseback. They were swinging their batons from above and knocking people over; in some cases they rode right over the people who fell down in the mad rush that ensued. It was a disaster and perhaps the most indecent “Decency Rally” ever staged, but fortunately this became the last one that the government attempted to hold. The presence of the Panthers and our attempt to speak to the crowd became connected with the riot, even though it occurred over an hour after we had left, and was largely the result of people being mistreated by the police after waiting in the heat for a performer who did not materialize.
Teams went out with information packages to request support from larger companies and many of them gave whatever they could. The only reason the program had to be limited was time and personnel. You can feed only so many children in a given time and space. Our numbers ranged from between twenty-five to one hundred children a day. Every morning, five days a week, we opened the place up, cleaned it, and set up the tables. Around 8am, we would start cooking and the children would also begin to arrive.
This brought on the first major actions that we would take as a party to support the political struggles going on in Baltimore’s black community around control of the Deaprtment of Education department. Soon, we were demonstrating at Memorial Stadium against Nixon’s destructive domestic and foreign policies because both were having an impact on our communities. The simple fact of sisters and brothers coming together on a regular basis to work for the community and expand their knowledge brought a new level of consciousness to the group.