I’ve been working on a two-disk DVD which includes three Newsreel films on the Black Panther Party along with Black Panther stories, photos, and FBI documents It contains never before seen interesting historical material.

The Newsreel films are “Mayday” and “Off the Pig,” both made by San Francisco Newsreel along with “Repression” made by Los Angeles Newsreel.

“Off the Pig” contains interviews with Party leaders Eldridge Cleaver and Huey Newton describing why the Party was formed and its goals. It includes footage of Panther recruitment, training, demonstration opening day of Huey’s trial and the Party’s original 10 Point Program laid out by Bobby Seale.

“Mayday” (Black Panther) film: On May 1, 1969 the Black Panther Party held a massive rally in San Francisco with speakers Kathleen Cleaver, Bobby Seale, attorney Charles Garry, and Bob Avikian. The footage includes footage of the police raid on the Panther headquarters a few days prior to the rally and the Panther’s Breakfast for children Program.

“Repression,” recently discovered, was made by Los Angeles Newsreel and has never been distributed. It is about the police attack on the Los Angeles BPP office including footage of the shoot out, breakfast program, confrontation between Panthers and Ron Karanga’s US group , the funeral of Bunchy Carter and John Huggins, and music by Elaine Brown.

Additional interviews with the following will be included along with the Newsreel films:

* FBI Special Agent WAC (William A. Cohendet) , San Francisco case agent who opened the FBI file on the Black Panther Party. He was responsible for the bi monthly reports to FBI headquarters. He is the only FBI agent to reveal his role against the Panthers. He was a great writer and knew all the gossip. This is the only interview he gave.

* Donald Cox , Field Marshall of the Black Panthers presently exiled in France and wanted for murder in the USA. DC was in charge of the Panther military and discusses politics, military actions, and other events that most Panthers have not talked or written about.

* Attorney Beverly Axlerod was responsible for getting panther leader Eldridge Cleaver out of jail. The book “Soul on Ice” by Cleaver is dedicated to her and includes her letters. The famous picture of Huey sitting in the chair with the gun and spear was shot in her home and the first BPP newspaper was made on her mimeograph machine. (This interview was shot a year before she died)

* Attorneys Jessie Berman and Jerry Lefcourt discuss the New York Panther 21 trial . After two years in the court the 21 Panthers were found Not Guilty.

* Attorney Bob Bloom tells the story of Panther Geronimo Pratt who was released from jail after being held for 21 years.

* Attorney Robert Boyle discusses Panther Dhoruba bin Wahad and how he was released after 17 years in jail.

* Attorney Mike Meyers tells a story of the Detroit Panthers.

Interviews with Newsreel members and supporters of the Black Panther Party:

* Marilyn Buck (presently in jail) Newsreel member, Black Panther and Black Liberation supporter

* The Falk family and friends including Newsreel members Nancy Falk, Michael Falk, Gay Falk and children Christipher and Melanie Falk. Along with Phil Spinelli. Including a story of the New Haven woman’s march and demonstration in support of the New Haven Panthers.

* Vince Tao, talking about NYC Panther support

* Cindy Fitzpatrick and Christine Hansen from Los Angeles Newsreel talk about LA Panthers

* Debra Shaffer Newsreel member and Academy Award Winner talks about Detroit Newsreel and Panthers.

* Dozie McFadden and Gail Dolgin, San Francisco Newsreel members tell NR/Black Panther stories.

* Marty Kenner, was the major fundraiser/money manager for the Black Panther Party. He spent time in Algeria with Panthers in Exile, confidant of Huey and more.

* Peter Kuttner, Chicago Newsreel member footage of Chicago Black Panthers .

* Roz Payne Newsreel member, Newsreel third world section tells her Black Panther story with photos she shot.

* FBI Drawings of Black Panther members from FBI files.
* Important FBI documents and Cointelpro files
* Photos of arrest of Curtis Powell Panther 21
* Photos of opening day of Huey P Newton trial in Oakland
* Panther 21 trial demonstrations
* Photos of Panther reunions and other events
* Posters, buttons, small press, leaflets and artifact

All material for the DVD has been digitized and editing is beginning. The funds I am asking for will be used to pay for the actual production of the DVD and to pay Nat Beaman of Urban Rhino Visual to provide all services in combining the mass amount of historical media, materials, and the Newsreel Panther films into one media rich DVD.
Anyone with access to this DVD will not only be able to see and hear the stories behind the Black Panthers from the source, but they will also be able to navigate their way through and read actual documents. The services that Urban Rhino Visual will provide include: the encoding of all provided materials for DVD Playback, image and audio quality correction of these materials, DVD layout, authoring and design. Urban Rhino Visual will provide packaging, label and insert design as well as assisting with or refining of editing, document preparation for DVD or any other media related service.

The Black Panther Newsreel DVD will stand to be an invaluable, uncensored, and unique resource of a crucial Civil Rights movement in American History.

All donations are tax deductible ( 501 (C) (3). Donations over $50.00 will receive a copy of the DVD.

I need to raise another 1500 in the next two weeks.

Checks can be made out to Green Valley Media and sent to:

Roz Payne
P O Box 164
Richmond, Vermont 05477

Information (802) 434-3172

Check out my web site

Be sure to include your address, email and phone
Please forward this to anyone you think would be interested.
Profits will donated to Black Panther Prisoners.”

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About Jay Babcock

I am an independent writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona. In 2022: I publish a weeklyish email newsletter called LANDLINE = Previously: I co-founded and edited Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curated the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was somehow listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. From 2010 to 2021, I lived in rural wilderness in Joshua Tree, Ca., where I practiced with Buddhist teacher Ruth Denison and was involved in various pro-ecology and social justice activist activities.


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