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FYI BOBBY RUSH short biography

Discussion in 'Activism' started by barnetmill, Aug 1, 2009.

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  1. barnetmill

    barnetmill Well-Known Member

    I just got a phone call from the NRA over two new firearms law proposals. One of the bills is being sponsered by Congressman Rush. The caller was unaware that Rush was an important officer of the Black Panther Party. Having lived in Chicago during the 1960's I recall certain things about congressman rush that many people do not know. So I goggled his name and found this link: http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=1198

    What is pasted below is about 100% correct and Rush in my opinion is actually worse than what is listed below.


    Democratic Member of Congress
    Member of the Progressive Caucus
    In 1968, went AWOL from the U.S. Army
    Co-founder of the Illinois branch of the Black Panther Party
    In 1969, served six months in jail for an illegal weapons conviction
    Advocates reparations for African Americans

    Bobby Rush is a Democratic Member of Congress who represents the First District of Illinois, which includes roughly half of Chicago's South Side. Nearly two-thirds of the residents of this district are African American, as is Rush.

    Rush was born in November 1946 in Albany, Georgia but grew up on Chicago's North Side, where his mother was a Republican precinct captain. While serving in the U.S. Army from 1963-1968, Rush became involved with the radical Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. In 1968 he went AWOL from the military and co-founded the gangster-ridden Illinois branch of the Black Panther Party (BPP), renowned for intimidating local business people into making "donations" to Panther "charities." One BPP member recruited by Rush was Fred Hampton, who was killed in a December 4, 1969 police raid on Panther headquarters.

    In 1969 Rush served six months in jail for an illegal-weapons conviction. In 1971 his comrades were still describing him as the "Deputy Minister of Defense" for the BPP's Illinois chapter. In 1992 the socialist magazine In These Times would praise Rush, who was, by then, a fledgling congressional candidate, as someone who "has continued to support progressive policies and has never disavowed his Panther past."
  2. John Parker

    John Parker Well-Known Member

    I don't get it.
  3. kingpin008

    kingpin008 Well-Known Member

    This isn't on topic for Activism.
  4. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

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