Making the Internet rounds. Except for some absolutely necessary spacing, I have not edited the dispatches.
Elaine Brown’s Open Statement to the Green Party
May 1, 2007
Vicious Rumormongering Will Not Deter Me from My Campaign for the Green Party Presidential Nomination
The vicious rumor being floated among Green Party members that I am or ever have been a government agent is a lie. I have never consorted with the U.S. government or any of its myriad agencies against the interests of black people, the Black Panther Party—of which I was a leading member—or any other people. I have dedicated my very life to the freedom of all oppressed people. Because these rumors are unfounded, unsupported by one scintilla of evidence or any citation to any specific act, they are, in the end, indefensible and, therefore, all the more insidious. I stand on my history of struggle in the Black Panther Party and since that time as the strongest refutation of this lie.
On the occasion of my announcing my candidacy for the Green Party presidential nomination, Mike Feinstein, a ranking California Green, and Nan Garrett, chair of the Georgia Green Party, launched this sinister campaign to discredit me, Feinstein, in a series of telephone calls to key Greens across the country after meeting me in March, and Garrett, in a recent, nationally-distributed, vitriolic email. It is particularly ironic that, while neither Feinstein nor Garrett has any history of involvement with the cause of the freedom of black people, they would challenge the credentials of the former Chairman of the Black Panther Party. This dangerous rumormongering is especially egregious as to Garrett, who, as a lawyer, makes her accusation without even the appearance of presenting evidence.
Their lie is based on a statement made at a meeting held by Cynthia McKinney in 2000, when she was a Congresswoman. Even though this meeting was not a Congressional hearing, Feinstein and Garrett would elevate its record to an “official” document. McKinney, who claimed to be conducting an investigation into the FBI’s COINTELPRO activities against blacks, had invited only two former members of the Black Panther Party to her meeting to serve as ‘witnesses,’ Kathleen CleaverÂ and Elmer “Geronimo” Pratt. At the meeting, Pratt is recorded to have asserted that I was an “agent.” ÂThis is a statement he has never dared make directly to me, and I challenge him now to do so and to present one iota of evidence to support his J. Edgar Hoover-like accusation against me. And, I would assert that, as McKinney has stood by surreptitiously and allowed her so-called forum to be used to validate Pratt’s lie, she has endorsed that lie.
Cleaver and Pratt were expelled from the Black Panther Party in early 1971 as conspirators in a plot led by Eldridge Cleaver to take over the Party, whereby they denounced Huey P. Newton, Bobby Seale, David Hilliard, Fred Hampton and others, called for their deaths and declared the Weather Underground group the “vanguard” of revolution. Their attack against the Party resulted in internecine violence and, even, death. All of this is documented in the Black Panther Party newspaper, housed in its entirety in an archive at Stanford University.
One other glaring irony in all of this is that, while Feinstein is promoting McKinney as the Green Party presidential candidate, despite that McKinney remains a Democrat to this day, it is McKinney who has engaged in activity that has undermined the efforts of black people for freedom, specifically in her vote in favor of the Bill Clinton “three-strikes” crime bill.
Raising suspicion about someone as a traitor, a “government agent,” was a key tactic employed by the FBI under its COINTELPRO operations against the Black Panther Party.Â The resulting distrust frustrated our efforts and destroyed lives. That was what the FBI intended. When J. Edgar Hoover declared in 1968 that the Party was “the greatest threat to the internal security of the United States,” he announced he would wage a campaign to discredit, disrupt and destroy the Black Panther Party. While the Party is long gone and Hoover is dead, COINTELPRO is, clearly, very much alive.
Given all of this, I call for the resignations from the Green Party of Mike Feinstein and Nan Garrett.Â In the alternative, I urge the Green Party leadership to impeach Feinstein and Garrett or otherwise remove them from their ranking positions. Their rumor-mongering has done more than defame and endanger me. It has embroiled the Green Party in destructive, counterproductive activity and at a critical crossroad.
The mass rejection of Bush and his policies has opened a door for opposition. It is the Democrats, however, who are poised to walk through that door, and only to replace this Bush with another Clinton. The Green Party proffers a progressive agenda, though it has failed to gain the support of the very constituencies it would serve—especially blacks—the majority of whom remain dedicated to the Democratic Party. I stand, and still, as a prospective nominee for the presidency who is singularly committed to the Green Party agenda, capable of bringing blacks into the Party ranks, veteran in articulating the contradictions between black and other poor and working people and the Democrats, and able to stir national debate on the issues, toward the election of more Greens and, ultimately, real progressive change in the United States of America.Â Â
Sent To TheBlackList By: Panthershepcat@aol.com
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My First remembrance of Elaine brown was while I was conducting security for Elrage Cleaver, October 1968?. After Elrage gave a rousing speech at Pauley Pavillion, UCLA, this girl came to the security gate crying and begging to meet Elrage.Â Â She was escorted to Bunchy Carter, whom I was standing with and he began to question her. She said that she was Elaine brown and was in awe of Elrage and wanted to meet him. Bunchy arraged the meeting after consulting w/Elrage.Â Â During that period, I was assisting BunchyÂ w/developing his security forces and techniques and made note of this breech of protocol?.(Elrage later explained that she only wanted him to fuck her and he saw it as his duty to implement his “Dick Power” program).Â Â The next time I remember seeing Elaine was a couple of m onths later because it’d been reported to me that she was John Huggins’ new lover while his wife Erika was pregnant . At that time Elaine was dubbed as another girl who wanted to have sex w/men in leadership positions which placed her in a higher suspicion in my security files. Bunchy and I were sharing an apartment and I remember that night we discussed John Huggins’ relationship w/Elaine and how displeased Bunchy was w/John’s sexual activities w/this girl because Bunchy felt very close to Erika and didn’t want her to find this out.
Â I had no idea that but a few weeks after this (1/17/69) on the campus of UCLA at a carefully pre-arranged* meeting between the US group and the Panthers, that elaine brown would incite a ruckus by slapping one of the US members whom she also had sexual relations with, then ran to John Huggins screaming that “She’d” been assaulted by this US member! John Huggins immediately pulled a 357 magnum from his waist and shot at the US member who returned fire resulting in Huggins and Bunchy’s deaths ! ! During the police investigation, Elaine brown lied and wrongfully attested that the Steiner Brothers had murdered Bunchy and John w/out provocation. She then continued this lie all the way to the witness stand in LA Superior court resulting in the wrongful conviction of 1 st degree murder of George and Larry St einer who are still being persecutedÂ till this day. (her testimony a matter of public record).Â The pandemonium and turmoil that ensued the death of our most revered leader Bunchy, made it nearly impossible to get hold of the raging fratricidal situation but as soon as the smoke began to clear. the pieces began to fall into place clearly implicating elaine brown as the instigator of the entire deathly drama !Â Â This information was known to me “Prior” to my agreement to continue Bunchy’s program in the capacity of Deputy Minister of Defense of the Liberation Forces there in Southern California . So it is impossible for Elaine to have joined any formation of which I was in charge as I was very meticulous/selective re new membership . Futher, I am sure that we never permitted membership to ANYONE who testified for the pig so-called justice system as they were known, as “Snitches and/or “Rats”.Â My security reports were sent to various leaders in the movement but was continually watered down by those “Leaders” who had become victim to elaine’s sexual manipulations. Each time I received reports of elaine brown popping up in Oakland, Chicago, Connecticutt, etc., I’d act quickly to banish her and I’d then render whatever form of discipline necessary to those who’d hosted her.Â Â Our main obstacle in handling this at that time was the sad alienation of Elrage who had by then fled and was our International Ambassador?and was adamant in giving Elaine brown “another chance “. So it was decided that she would be sent to work w/Elrage and she’d finally be out of our hair.Â Â Elrage told me years later that that was the biggest mistake he’d made while there cuz as soon as she got to Algeria, unity began to crumble ?,and before he could rectify the situation, Elaine was gone .Â It was now 1970 and Huey had just been released. Elaine somehow ended up right in Huey’s bed and as Huey told me in 1988, “She kept cocaine and sexy women on him everyday/night”. Huey also admitted that it was Elaine who’d inflamed his hatred against Elrage resulting in the infamous phone call that marked a clear split in the top leadership ofÂ that important sector of the Black Liberation Movement.Â Â During that stint in Quentin 1988,Huey refused to leave the prison unless I was released first because he stated that he had ordered key exculpatory witnesses not to testify on my behalf because he was misled to believe what agents like Elaine brown wanted him to believe. I remember Huey reflecting on the strange fact that was revealed in my trial that Elaine brown’s name was on th e receipt from the paint shop that changed the color of my car and how that bit of info opened his ever-drugged eyes to suspect. Then he told me that he learned that she’d testified for the pigs lying on those brothers, as he put it, when everyone knew that they did not shoot Bunchy nor John. H e said it took months for him to raise out of that euporia and realize that he was surrounded by agents. He then put Elaine in his “Panther Jail” but was over taken by a barrage of “Advisors who’d constantly tell him that he was going thru a severe stage of paranoia?.” Next thing he said he remembered was that Elaine was out of his jail and had gotton Masai to get her back in the mix?.All throughout these conversations, Huey made sure to mention Elaine brown’s complicity as an fbi agent ,including her occasional meetings w/the “same white dude”. I remember stopping him to say that way back in 1970, Nsondi (aka Sandra “Red” Pratt) was the first to report to me about elaine’s meeting w/this white fella at a LAX hotel.Â We now know that the white dude was the same “Kennedy” super-mind- control CIA chief of psy-war operations against many key forces for Black Liberation?including SCLC !
There is much much more irrefutable evidence that continues to expose this sad sally for the COINTEL conspirators? but do not lose sight of the fact that this girl Elaine was brought to ucla for psychiatric treatment which seems to be a pre-requisite for patsies of elaine’s type and that she was but one, tho a very important one, of so many others who were used, unwittingly, as moles, provocateurs, et cet ad nauseam.
It’s a low down dirty and a doggone shame that here in 2007 elaine is still being used to now attack the beautiful Fighter for True Justice Cynthia Mckinney and if there is more I can do to assist, don’t hesitate to let me know.