Tuesday, February 7
from 7:00 - 8:30 PM
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Presenter Lawrence "Larry" Hamm, chair of the People’s Organization for Progress (POP), has been a leading New Jersey activist for justice and peace for over 50 years.
Larry is an African-American community activist and has been a Democratic political candidate. Born in Newark, New Jersey, he became a spokesperson for the educational needs of Newark students at the age of 17 and was appointed to the Newark Board of Education, making him the youngest school board member in the United States, serving from 1971 to 1974.
We are honored to present this urgent and timely presentation. Larry has been a leader against police brutality in our region for decades, He has not just “talked the talk” but has really “walked the walk.” In 2021, CFPA co-sponsored POP’s multi-day Walk from Newark to Trenton to advocate for legislation to give subpoena power to civilian review boards, an important step to reduce police brutality toward people of color.
In the early 1970s, he became a black nationalist, adopting the name "Adhimu Chunga" after it was given to him by Amiri Baraka. He went on to become a self-proclaimed "human rights activist". His campaign identified him as "the Afrikan centric Black conscious New Jersey State Chairman of the People's Organization for Progress and longtime human rights activist", saying "This Blackman is truly for Black people, Latino people, marginalized people, poor White people, Union workers, Immigrants, Muslims, working class people, and oppressed people!!!!!!!!".
He was also said to be "up against big money, Republicans, Democrats, the Democratic machine, the system of racism, White supremacy, Black people connected to the Democratic machine, Black people connected to the Republican Party, elected officials connected to the Democratic machine, Black people protective of the power structure, people in general connected to the power structure, and the power structure itself".
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