Importance of Inter-generational Mutual Respect and Solidarity
By Lorenzo Kom'boa Ervin
My wife and comrade, JoNina Ervin, and I are so honored to have been the guests of the revolutionary alliance in Dallas, TX. made up of Guerrilla MainFrame, the Indigenous Liberation People's Party, and the Huey P. Newton Gun Club this past weekend. These comrades gave us tremendous support and respect in putting together this event where we spoke. [We spoke at the Pan African Connection, and I/we will put out a report about that later today or tomorrow, this is a tribute]. Serious-minded, young activists who have clearly seized the time in this period, have built a self-defense unit as the first step to a mass militia.
Inspired by the original Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, and searching for mentors and comrades, we are truly honored they have united with us in Black Autonomy Federation. It is not often in this period that young comrades unite with veteran activists, less known on the basis of mutual aid and respect. This is one of the things that has held back previous attempts to deal with the building of revolutionary BPP-inspired tendencies. I have talked about this often, the disrespect and uncomradely behavior in the past by new BPP movements that earned them deep anger among original Panthers, but neither my wife or I experienced any insincerity, opportunism, or disrespect that the other formations have exhibited for years that started in Dallas.
So, we unite in revolutionary solidarity. We may not agree on everything, but we do agree on many things, and what we don't agree about, we will try to work out in a comradely fashion. All Power to the People, hold up the banner of GMF, its community programs and its allies, and move to strengthen the revolutionary united front! The people want unity, honest leadership, and lifesaving revolutionary programs in this period, if any of us are to survive. Now let us give it to them. All Power to the People!