Monday, December 04, 2006

Pages From History: Historical Document on the Martyrdom of Spurgeon Jake Winters, November 13, 1969

PANW Editor's Note: The following article was published in the December 6, 1969 issue of the "Black Panther: Black Community News Service" publication. It is being published in commemoration of the 37th anniversary of the martyrdom of Jake Winters as well as Illinois Black Pahter Party leaders Fred Hampton and Mark Clark (December 4, 1969).

Illinois Chapter Black Panther Party
Special News Bulletin
November 19, 1969

Jake Winters
"The racist dog policeman must withdraw immediately from our communities, cease their wanton murder and brutality and torture of Black people, or face the wrath of the armed people."

Because of this statement made by Huey P. Newton, our minister of defense, and point 7 of the ten-point program and platform that says: "We want an immediate end to police brutality and murder of black people," we must stand firm on the ten-point program which was canvassed from the Black community by the founders of the Black Panther Party, Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale.

Jake Winters, a brother, a much beloved brother, a revolutionary, a Black Panther made of red-hot nigger steel, and the baddest son of slaves that ever came from the womb of woman. I have said these things about Jake Winters, because they are already fact. It's objective reality, proven by words and actions in defending the Black community.

On November 13, 1969, Jake Winters stood face to face and toe to toe, his shotgun in hand, with pig Daley's murderous task force. He defined political power by blowing away racist pig Frank Rappaport and racist pig John Gilhooley and retired 8 other reactionary racist pigs before he was shot down.

It is also a proven fact and reality that Daley's task force makes daily and weekly raids on the Black community. They murdered little John Soto, 16 years old. They murdered Michael Soto, 20 years old, and shot wildly and unconcerned through every window in one of the buildings in the Henry Honer project, injuring scores of children. They murdered Jimmy Tucker and untold others.

Jake Winters understood that the only way to stop fascist pig forces from invading and slaughtering Black people and people, period, and that is by defending yourself with arms in hand! He didn't talk about Black capitalism for surviving nor did he talk about teaching "pork chop" cultural nationalism for surviving like Ron Karenga US organization in L.A. Jake Winters was 18 years old and he made a far greater commitment than most men will ever make in their entire life time. This brother was an honor student, a graduate of Engleworth High School who turned down five scholarships to work for the people. He helped as much as he possibly could at the free breakfast for children centers, plus he worked 7 days a week at the post office to bring in money to keep the center operating.

Jake Winters is the highest personification of Huey P. Newton and Malcolm X. The spirit of these revolutionaries is manifested in each member of the Black Panther Party and we will always remember Jake Winters. Because of Jake Winters we will intensify the struggle, because of Jake Winters we will continue serving the poor oppressed people--the proletariat.

Long Live The Spirit of Jake Winters
All Power to the People
Right On Jake
Seize The Time

Deputy Minister of Information
R. Chaka Walls
Illinois Chapter Black Panther Party
2350 W. Madison, Chicago Illinois

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