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Darnell Summers is confronted with what now is clearly an offensive by authorities to fabricate a third legal case against him after murder charges were dropped in both 1969 and 1984.
We are asking for donations to cover:
• legal expenses so far
• ongoing and future legal expenses
• costs of publicity and organizing to wage this battle
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Darnell’s supporters include young people who have changed the political atmosphere as they take the streets with the truth that Black Lives Matter; as well as so many who have stood with Darnell over the decades.
The story of Darnell Summers is the story of resistance to a 52-year-long witch hunt against him by a whole system of oppression. (Darnell, left, in Chu Lai, Vietnam, 1969)
Darnell’s story crosses borders and oceans and defies the established “rules” enforced by governments. (Darnell and fellow anti-war Vietnam vet Dave Blalock on stage in Heidelberg, Germany, 2014)
Above: On stage with the Just Say No Posse, 2004 Below: Filming at the Detroit Vote Count Center, 2020
This resistance embodies a creative cultural and political defiance inspired by the struggles of millions of Darnell’s brothers and sisters across the planet — who have been and are still rising up AGAINST white supremacy, the murder and brutality brought down by authorities, mass incarceration, displacement, and colonialism; and FOR a world in which those who are now the “wretched of the earth” become those with the power to determine their own destiny.
The government targeting of Darnell is in sync with and consistent with the full-scale attacks on front-line fighters in this country throughout its history. From displaying the decapitated heads of leaders of slave rebellions; to the Counter Intelligence Program (COINTELPRO) that assassinated and framed leaders of the Black Liberation Movement of the 1960s; to the over 300 indictments of activists in Black Lives Matter protests in the last months— the authorities aim to intimidate and silence the broad numbers of people who want and need to end systematic oppression, exploitation and repression.
This news report from FoxTV Detroit on November 13 features Darnell speaking at his press conference on that day and in 1984 after the charges were dropped the second time:
In this photo from late 1968 or early 1969, Darnell is brought into a Wayne County Michigan courtroom after being arrested and brought back from Vietnam on trumped up charges of killing MI State Police Red Squad Det. Gonser.
Darnell and his son Malik returned safely to Germany on November 20. He will be back soon to continue filming his documentary "No End in Sight." There is much work to do to bring about an end to this 52-year-long witchhunt and this requires serious funding.
Please get in touch if you have ideas for fundraisers and/or individuals and groups who could be approached for donations.
Thank you for your support!
- Hope Brustein
- Elise Williams-Jones
- Gerry Condon
- Susan Horowitz
Organizer and beneficiary
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