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Seize the Time

Seize the Time

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Black Panther Bobby Seale's book on the organisation and most well-known activist, Huey Newton. We do not agree with all the politics but reproduce it here for reference.

Seize the Time was first published more than twenty years ago. I [Bobby Seale] tape-recorded and wrote most of this book under the strain of being a political prisoner in the San Francisco County Jail in 1969 and 1970. At that time, most protest organizations, particularly anti-war and civil rights groups, were targeted for attacks by all levels of government. Seize The Time was published while I was incarcerated and a defendant in two major political trials-consecutive, racist, political trials that I eventually won.

I am often told that Seize The Time is a 1960's protest-era classic. Whether it is indeed a classic or not, I am uncertain. However, I am certain that the Black Panther Party For Self-Defense, as it was originally called, founded during that era and depicted in this book, remains a classic example of African and African American people's age-old resistance to racism and class oppression


Black Panther Bobby Seale's book on the organisation and most well-known activist, Huey Newton. We do not agree with all the politics but reproduce it here for reference.

Seize the Time was first published more than twenty years ago. I [Bobby Seale] tape-recorded and wrote most of this book under the strain of being a political prisoner in the San Francisco County Jail in 1969 and 1970. At that time, most protest organizations, particularly anti-war and civil rights groups, were targeted for attacks by all levels of government. Seize The Time was published while I was incarcerated and a defendant in two major political trials-consecutive, racist, political trials that I eventually won.

I am often told that Seize The Time is a 1960's protest-era classic. Whether it is indeed a classic or not, I am uncertain. However, I am certain that the Black Panther Party For Self-Defense, as it was originally called, founded during that era and depicted in this book, remains a classic example of African and African American people's age-old resistance to racism and class oppression

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Seize The Time: The Story of the Black Panther Party
 
Bobby Seale
 
FOREWORD
 
GROWING UP: BEFORE THE PARTY
 Who I am I Meet Huey Huey Breaks with the Cultural Nationalists The Soul Students Advisory Council We Hit the Streets Using the Poverty Program Police-Community Relations 
HUEY: GETTING THE PARTY GOING
 The Panther Program Why We Are Not Racists Our First Weapons Red Books for Guns Huey Backs the Pigs Down Badge 206 Huey and the Traffic Light A Gun at Huey's Head 
THE PARTY GROWS, ELDRIDGE JOINS
 The Paper Panthers Confrontation at Ramparts Eldridge Joins the Panthers The Death of Denzil Dowell 
PICKING UP THE GUN
 Niggers with Guns in the State Capitol Sacramento Jail Bailing Out the Brothers The Black Panther Newspaper Huey Digs Bob Dylan Serving Time at Big Greystone 
THE SHIT COMES DOWN: "FREE HUEY!"
 Free Huey! A White Lawyer for a Black Revolutionary Coalitions Stokely Comes to Oakland 
 
Breaking Down Our Doors Shoot-out: The Pigs Kill Bobby Hutton Getting on the Ballot Huey Is Tried for Murder Pigs, Puritanism, and Racism Eldridge Is Free! Our Minister of Information Bunchy Carter and Bobby Hutton Charles R. Garry: The Lenin of the Courtroom 
CHICAGO: KIDNAPPED, CHAINED, TRIED, AND GAGGED
 Kidnapped To Chicago in Chains Cook County Jail My Constitutional Rights Are Denied Gagged, Shackled, and Bound Yippies, Convicts, and Cops 
PIGS, PROBLEMS, POLITICS, AND PANTHERS
 Do-Nothing Terrorists and Other Problems Why They Raid Our Offices Jackanapes, Renegades, and Agents Provocateurs Women and the Black Panther Party "Off the Pig," "Motherfucker," and Other Terms Party Programs - Serving the People
SEIZE THE TIME
 
Fuck copyright. Feel free to mirror this book, print it out, quote parts of it, or better yet -- ACT upon it!
 
 
PUBLISHER'S NOTE
 This book derives from tape recordings made by Bobby Seale in the early autumn of 1968and the autumn and winter of 1969-70. The first series was made with the cooperation of theeditors of Ramparts magazine. The second series was made in the San Francisco County Jail.Art Goldberg, formerly an editor of 
 Ramparts
, was responsible for the editing of thetranscribed tapes; however, Mr. Seale supervised the preparation of the final manuscript andevery word is his.* * *Huey P. Newton, Minister of Defense of the Black Panther Party, the baddest motherfuckerever to set foot in history. Huey P. Newton, the brother, black man, a nigger, the descendantof slaves, who stood up in the heart of the ghetto, at night, in alleys, confronted by racist pigswith guns and said: "My name is Huey P. Newton. I'm the Minister of Defense of the Black Panther Party. I'm standing on my constitutional rights. I'm not going to allow you tobrutalize me. I'm going to stop you from brutalizing my people. You got your gun, pig, I gotmine. If you shoot at me, I'm shooting back."* * *
FOREWORD
 There are a lot of misconceptions about the Black Panther Party. I wanted to write this book so people could have better insight into the inner workings of the Party, so that people wouldhave a more true understanding of the Black Panther Party - what it really does, the kind of people who are in it, their everyday lives, the things that have happened to the Party.Many things about us that appear in the mass media are distortions. In addition, thedemagogic politicians have lied about the Party and have lied about who the real enemy is.But here are the facts - a picture of what the Black Panther Party really is and how itoperates. This book shows the chronological development of our Party and how it grew outof the social evils of an unjust, oppressive system. It also shows that repression is a naturalproduct of this wealthy, technological society, owned and controlled by a small minority of the people.Many things about us that appear in the mass media graves if they could see lumpenproletarian Afro-Americans putting together the ideology of the Black Panther Party. BothMarx and Lenin used to say that the lumpen proletariat wouldn't do anything for therevolution. But today, in a modern, highly technological society, with its CIA, FBI,electronic surveillance, and cops armed and equipped for overkill, here are black Americans
demanding
our constitutional rights, and
demanding
that our basic desires and needs befulfilled, thus becoming the vanguard of a revolution, despite all attempts to totally wipe usout.We're not the vanguard because we wanted to be, but because it was given to us through the

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