An undated newsletter from the Committee For Unified Newark (CFUN) carrying a message from Imamu Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones) regarding government surveillance and infiltration of nationalist organizations. The FBI’s Counterintelligence Program (COINTELPRO) actively surveilled, infiltrated, and sought to disrupt and destroy civil rights and black power organizations in the 1960s.
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Preliminary Analysis of Statements Concerning Law Enforcement During Newark Riots by Newark Legal Services Project
Statement prepared by Newark Legal Services Project for the Newark Human Rights Commission regarding the first 225 statements given to NLSP about law enforcement actions during the 1967 Newark rebellion. The actions of law enforcement officers are summarized in four categories: “personal indignities inflicted upon Negroes,” “physical violence inflicted upon Negroes,” “indiscriminate shooting,” and “deliberate destruction of Negro property.” — Credit: Newark Public Library
Article from the Star-Ledger on July 15, 1967 describing President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s offer of federal support to “suppress rioting” in Newark. President Johnson had privately pledged aid to Governor Hughes on Friday July 14, but tried to avoid public involvement in Newark during the rebellion. Johnson was reportedly “furious” when his offer of federal support was made public. — Credit: The Star-Ledger
“Grievance Complaint” compiled by Albert Black, Chairman of the Newark Human Rights Commission, and residents of Beacon Street on July 15, 1967 against police violence during the 1967 Newark rebellion. The complaint describes the shooting and wounding of Karl Green and James Snead by State Police on July 14th on Beacon Street. According to the petitioners, “without warning or provication, the state police began firing upon us.” The petition was submitted to the Newark Human Rights Commission, FBI, State Police, Newark Legal Services Project, and other investigation committees. — Credit: New Jersey State Archives
Witness Testimony of Albert Black, Chairman of the Newark Human Rights Commission, before the Governor’s Select Commission on Civil Disorders. In this excerpt, Black describes assembling a petition of complaints of Beacon Street residents against police violence during the 1967 Newark rebellion. The petition was submitted to the Newark Human Rights Commission, FBI, State Police, Newark Legal Services Project, and other investigation committees. — Credit: Rutgers University Digital Legal Library Repository