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Hank Jones

Protesting police investigations

On December 8 2005, former Black Panther Party members, John L. Bowman, Hank Jones and Ray Boudreaux held a meeting at the Washington, DC office of Trans-Africa Forum. They were complaining about re-newed police investigations of a 1971 police killing in San Francisco that they had been accused of.

They had been indicted at the time by a grand jury, but were released when the court rendered a decision stating the methods used to obtain information were illegal.

The former Panthers were flanked by Danny Glover, "reparations" activist Ron Daniels, Democratic Socialists of America member Bill Fletcher, Jr. and Charles Ogletree.

Charles Ogletree, said that the community should protect the rights of the former Panthers with their lives[1].

"These gentlemen, Ray Boudreaux, Hank Jones and others have been victims of the most vicious forms of American terrorism and torture...It takes a village to protect its elders. We tell them today, through our presence here and through our commitment that we will provide a protective blanket over them. They will not come in this village and take these elders, except over our dead bodies."

The Movement for Black Lives

The Black Lives Matter "Movement for Black Lives" conference was held in Cleveland Ohio, July 24-26, 2015.

The Black Panther Party: Looking Back To Look Forward, Hank Jones: Former Member of Black Panther Party, Pam Hannah: Former member of the Black Panther Party, Ashanti Alston: Former member of the Black Panther Party & former political prisoner, Dhoruba Bin-Wahad: Former member of the Black Panther Party & former political prisoner).[2]

Palestine delegation

US Prisoner, Labor and Academic Delegation with colleagues from the Institute for Women's Studies at Birzeit University, Birzeit, Palestine, March 29, 2016
At a moment of growing resistance to state violence and injustice the world over, a delegation of nineteen anti-prison, labor and scholar-activists from the United States traveled to Palestine in March 2016. Our delegation included former US-held political prisoners and social prisoners, former Black Panther Party members, prison abolitionists, trade unionists and university professors. We are the first US delegation to Palestine to focus specifically on political imprisonment and solidarity between Palestinian and US prisoners. Our delegation also focused on recent labor struggles in Palestine for bread and dignity, and on the struggles of Palestinian intellectuals to assert the rightful claims of Indigenous Palestinians to their land, culture and history.

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