SOLIDARITY FEST- June 28 in Los Angeles

shareefabdullah-350x472Featuring: SPEAKERS, POETS, ANARCHO PUNK /

Date: Sunday, June 28th, 2015

Time: 4pm-9pm

Admission: Free (no door charge)

Location: CIELO galleries/studios,
3201 Maple Ave, Los Angeles
California  90011

B. Kwaku Duren
Kizzy Brown
Michael D McCarty
       The first Solidarity Festival was in the middle of the 90’s.  That’s when anarcho punks and Riot Girrls
worked together with Shareef Abdullah, who was in the original Black Panther Party and later on in The New
Panther Vanguard Movement.  Many groups worked together in solidarity to make this small fest happen. The
fest showcased punk rockers, feminists, animal rights activists, anarchists, and Black Panther Party members. It
was as if there was an intimate indoor political rally. The bands played, there were speakers, poetry reading,
workshops, vegan food, and an array of organizations at tables. Most people would leave having armfuls of zines
and leaflets.
Most fests were in the Orange County and Los Angeles area. For some of the fests we worked with Shareef
Abdullah. Some of the events were Voices Against Oppression, All Power to the People at Koos Cafe,
International Women’s Day at Panther Headquarters, etc. These event ideas were inspired by the original Black
Panther Party from the late 1960s, when they started the Rainbow Coalition and also the Women’s Liberation
Movement of the 1970s who worked with the sisters from the Panthers.
Besides working with Black Panther Party members at fests, a small number of punk rockers would attend
weekly meetings at the International Panther Headquarters in South-Central L.A. in the 90’s. Friendships were
established and carpooling to street protests, attending weekly meetings together, and spending quality time with
one another had started.
Later on these punk rockers did a collective news print zine with Panthers and Riot Grrrl which was issue #9
of Beyond the Wall of Injustice (5,000 prints and it was free).  There were times when a  couple of Panthers
would come down to Orange County and they would be up early in the morning to distribute political fliers and
radical newspapers at Fullerton College in the 90’s.  We did several political work projects together; which even
included supporting political prisoners.
For nearly 20 years a handful of Anarcho Punks stayed in close ties with Black Panther Party members.
There is a continued respect and admiration for comrades like Shareef Abdullah, Elder Freeman (aka Ronald),
Wayne Pharr and Roland Freeman. Many had been on the panels at the Southern California Anarchist
Conference and at the 1st Los Angeles Anarchist Bookfair.
Unfortunately due to older age and cancer our most respected Panthers; Shareef, Elder Freeman, Wayne
Pharr, and Roland Freeman have passed away. This upcoming event is to commemorate them, a way to thank
them for their friendship and for inspiring future generations. This is a free event, join us in our solidarity.
All Power to the People!