New Film about the First Rainbow Coalition


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Many young people are unaware that the Black Panthers sought out and formed alliances among Black and white, Puerto Rican and Native American working people. The first “Rainbow Coalition” was created in the 1960s in Chicago and became an example to others across the country. There’s going to be film about it, but the makers need your help. Go here to see a trailer.

At the urging of Fred Hampton, the Black Panthers, the Puerto Rican Young Lords, and the Young Patriots, made up of Appalachian migrants. Native Americans living in Chicago were also draw into the coalition. Soon there will be a film about this.

Ray Santisteban has produced documentary films for over 26 years, exploring history, memory and transformation in films such as “Passin’ It On,” about Black Panther leader Dhoruba Bin Wahad, “Voices from Texas,” featuring Texas-based Chicano poets, and as Senior Producer of “Visiones: Latino Art and Culture in the U.S.,” a PBS series. His work has been broadcast nationally and featured in film festivals internationally. He is a Rockefeller Fellow, and a graduate of NYU’s film production program. Now he is making the film on the first Rainbow Coalition.

Go here to see a trailer. And contribute.




About Author
DAN LA BOTZ is a Brooklyn-based teacher, writer and activist. He is a co-editor of New Politics.

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