The First Rainbow Coalition (Indie Lens Pop-Up)

Playing at Pickford Film Center

56 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .

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In 1969, the Chicago Black Panther Party began to form alliances with other community-based movements in the city, including the Latino group the Young Lords Organization and the southern whites of the Young Patriots organization. Banding together in one of the most segregated cities in America to collectively confront issues such as police brutality and substandard housing, they called themselves the Rainbow Coalition. By 1973, the coalition had collapsed under the weight of relentless harassment by law enforcement. Although short-lived, it had an outsize impact: Breaking down barriers between communities, it created a permanent shift in Chicago politics and an organizing model for future activists across the nation.

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Tuesday, December 10th