The Young Patriots, The Original Rainbow Coalition and Rising Up Angry

Publisher:  Be Freedom
Date Written:  27/08/2017
Year Published:  2017  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX21673

A look back at the social movements The Young Patriots and Rising Up Angry in the 1960's and 70's; the seventh article in the series 'Organize the White Working Class!'.



In the late '60s and early '70s, the social movements crossed over into revolutionary territory. The victories and the failures of the civil rights movement, the intensification of the Vietnam War and anti-war movement, the assassination of MLK, the emergence of a new feminism, the revolt of soldiers and veterans, the stunning militance of the Stonewall rebellion and gay liberation, and the emergence of a mass environmental movement meant that people were moving toward solutions outside of the existing order.

In the white hot heat of the time -- as the movement simultaneously approached the revolutionary threshold and the deeply entrenched power of the established order -- working-class whites joined with the Black Panthers and Young Lords in the original "Rainbow Coalition." Inspired by Black Panthers Fred Hampton and Bob Lee, a group of "dislocated hillbillies" with organizing experience in JOIN's police brutality committee founded the Young Patriots.
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