Hillbilly-Nationalists-235x300Last week, my Hillbilly Nationalists co-author Amy Sonnie and I travelled to Philadelphia to take part in the opening events of Organize Your Own: The Poetics and Politics of Self-Determination. Curated by the powerhouse Daniel Tucker, the series brings together performance, visual art, film and political discussion to critically examine the meaning of solidarity today. We took part in a panel discussion at the Slought Foundation, of the legacy of the Original Rainbow Coalition with Hy Thurman of the Young Patriots Organization, Jakobi Williams, author of From the Ballot to the Bullet: The Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party and Racial Coalition Politics in Chicago and moderator Edward Onaci.

12523914_1074516495921594_2864019730981259948_nI hope that Slought will eventually post the recording of Hy’s fantastic introduction to the documentary American Revolution 2. AR2 depicts the one of the first meetings between the Chicago Black Panther Party of Self-Defense and the Young Patriots Organization. Currently they have an excerpt from the film available on the website as well as a soundclip of the panel discussion.