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.
Police report forwarded to Newark Legal Services Project director, Oliver Lofton, from Newark Police Director Dominick Spina on June 19, 1967. The report was based on information provided by the City Clerk regarding alleged plans of the UCC Area Boards 2 and 3 to bring the Black Panthers to Newark. The report names several influential Black and Puerto Rican community leaders, including Lofton, Robert Curvin, Louise Epperson, Honey Ward, George Richardson, and Jesse Allen, as accomplices to a planned “revolt” by the “Spanish and Negro population” on June 27. The UCC and other community organizations in Newark were continuously subjected to official surveillance and later blamed for the outbreak of the 1967 Newark rebellion. — Credit: Junius Williams Papers