Film Showing: "Bastards of the Party"
The rise of the Bloodz and Cripz
This Friday, February 29, 7pm
2295 Adam Clayton Powell (on 135th Street)
2/3 or B/C to 135th Street
Through reading and talking to peers and older members of the community, Sloan, a Blood member since age 12, discovered that "gangs" first appeared in Los Angeles in the late 1940's, when Black people started to move from the south into the predominantely white Los Angeles area.
"Bastards of the Party" traces the timeline from the 'great slave migration' to the rise and demise of both the Black Panther Party and the U.S. Organization in the mid-1960's, to the formation of what is currently the culture of street organizations across America.
The documentary also chronicles the role of the LAPD and FBI organizations in repressing the legitimate aspirations of the "gangs." During his tenure from 1950 to 1966, Chief Parker bolstered the ranks of the LAPD with white recruits from the south, who brought their racist attitudes to Los Angeles. This recruitment policy laid the groundwork for the volatile relationship between the Black community and law enforcement that continues until this day.
$7 donation suggested. No one turned away for lack of funds.