on this day [December 4] in 1969:
The revolutionary Black Panther Fred Hampton was assassinated while he was asleep in his bed in a raid on his Chicago apartment by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Chicago police. He was 21 years old.
During his organizing with the Panthers in Chicago, he worked closely with the Party’s People’s Clinic, the Free Breakfast Program, and taught political education classes every day at 6am, and he was critical in brokering a nonaggression pact among Chicago’s powerful street gangs by emphasizing racial and ethnic conflict between the gangs would only contribute to their cycle of poverty. He strove to build a class conscious multi-racial alliance between the BBP, the Young Patriots, and the National Young Lords - who were later joined by SDS, the Blackstone Rangers, the Brown Berets, and the Red Guard Party.
This is why the United States government [a racist, colonial capitalist empire] saw the need to assassinate him - successfully organizing the oppressed within the US to take direct revolutionary action against the oppressor and building solidarity among all people in order to achieve this stated revolutionary goal. It still makes them cowards - murdering a 21 year old while he slept in his bed with his pregnant girlfriend.
Remember the dead - Fight like hell for the living!