- It was 46 years ago (1969). I was a 19-year old GI when I attended a BPP rally in a south-side Chicago church on Dec. 4th, 1971, the 2nd anniversary of his assassination,. That night I became a freedom fighter. 5 months later, after refusing to go to Nam, doing a month in the stockade, organizing resistance from within the military, etc. I was given an undesirable discharge for the USAF. It has been a life filled with purpose ever since. Long live the spirit of Fred Hampton!
In 1993 Patrick McCann was a member of Freedom Road/Socialist Organizing Network
Vietnam Veterans Against the War
Revolutionary Student Brigade
Patrick McCann joined the Revolutionary Student Brigade in 1975, and stayed with it for some years after the Revolutionary Workers Headquarters took over the organization, after splitting from the Revolutionary Communist Party .
Maryland Rainbow Coalition
Veterans for Peace
As at 2010, Patrick McCann served on the Board of Directors of Veterans for Peace. He had served in the U.S. Air Force from 1970 - 1972. Veterans for Peace is a member group of United for Peace & Justice and seeks to "protest the immoral and disastrous Iraq War and oppose our government's policy of permanent warfare and empire-building".
McCann was the contact person for the Maryland-DC chapter from 2003 - 2004. He was the president of the Miami/South Florida Chapter from 2004 - 2005. He led workshops at the 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2009 conventions. He was an executive member of the host committee for the 2009 convention. He organized 4 tours of IVAW vets in South Florida during 2005. McCann is also a lifetime member of VFP.