Lorenzo Kom'boa Ervin and JoNina Abron-Ervin, veterans of the Black Panther Party and organisers with the Memphis Black Autonomy Federation discuss the rise of the Ku Klux Klan, new Confederacy movements, and the Anti-Racist movement today.
Lecture Theatre 3, 7 Bristo Square
The Ku Klux Klan is beginning its new push to build a fascist and racist-based mass movement among the white population in the United States. After building and rebuilding itself for the 5th time since it's establishment in the 1870's, this racist terrorist organization is in the midst of its latest re-formation. Seizing upon the election of Barack Obama, the first Black U.S. president, and racial resentments around loss of housing, jobs, and other middle class gains which have effected the American working class with poverty, unemployment, and economic distress, the Klan has been at work scapegoating Blacks and rallying whites around the fascist agenda. Memphis, Tennessee has been chosen as the first major city where the Klan feels they can take over. However, when they trooped out on March 30, 2013, they were met by over 1,500 anti-Klan protesters who stood for hours in a driving rain, and facing 500 riot police. Learn how the anti-fascist activists beat back the Klan in Tennessee, what they believe the Klan is up to, and how the fascists can be beat back in every country.
JoNina Ervin, author of "Driven by the Movement: Activists of the Black Power Era", will speak about her interviews with some 20 Black Power activists as well as about her activity in the Black Panther Party in the 1970's. Lorenzo Ervin, author of "Anarchism and the Black Revolution", "The Progressive Plantation", and "Black Power, Black Autonomy" is an ex-civil rights and Black Panther Party member will speak on his years as a civil rights/Black Power activist, Black Anarchist political prisoner, and contemporary anti-racist organizer. They are both active in the Memphis Black Autonomy Federation, and on the national board of the Black Autonomy Federation of North America.