Moonbeam and The Rainbow Coalition

The main goal of the KKK was to prevent intercourse between white and black people For this reason the Black Panthers were attacked. Bob Jones outlawed interracial couples on it campus, and lost its tax shelter. Blaming the Civil Rights Movement, Jones put together a think tank and Paul Weyrich came up with the Right to Life movement as a means to TRUMP Martin Luther King who was a Doctor of Divinity. The Rainbow Coalition was a great threat to the KKK that was still strong, and had roots in the evangelical South – as well as the Puritans church in Boston. There was a break away movement that ended up down South and the Southern Baptists – who saw the British was ending slavery, and thus began a Redneck Presbyterian Revolt against the crown. John Witherspoon brought this revolt from Scotland. I am with his great granddaughter in the pic above. I did my DNA and discovered John Wilson was a Puritan leader. In studying his history I conclude the Southern Puritans feared the North would become Abolitionists and form their own revolt. Washington and Jefferson owned slaves. So did Witherspoon. They got the Billyboys Hillbillys, and Rednecks to do most of the fighting as they did against the British on Scotland and Ireland. They knew how to fight.

What I am telling you, is, our Founding Fathers were PRO-SLAVERY and this is why they did not free the slaves in the Constitution – or give women the right to vote. Puritan Women in the North were the first abolitionists and suffragettes. They far outnumbered the Southern Puritan branch.

I declared myself the head of OCCUPY in Eugene due to the attacks by Anarchists – who do not care about black people and the big government programs that help them since the Civil War. They want to get rid of all government and have them own all the power trough terrorist.

On this day I found the Cal-Oregon Rainbow Coalition.

I demand the Anarchists relinquish their power – and stop putting Replicons in power. Fifteen years ago I discovered Jesus was restoring the Jubilee and setting Indentured Slave – FREE! Many Jews sold themselves to other Jews in order to pay for Temple sacrifices. For this reason I call most evangelicals members of a cult and heresy. Below is a video of a dance I did honoring their lunacy. My evangelical neighbors – may have seen it – which caused them to riot and harass cats. Kim Haffner said I brought it on myself by showing her this blog, which she shared with our neighbors.

https://rosamondpress.com/2019/12/10/john-wilson-has-risen/

http://www.congregationallibrary.org/blog/201301/puritans-and-gun-control

John Presco

President: Royal Rosamond Press

https://rosamondpress.com/2017/06/26/booth-kelly-lumber-company-in-springfield/

https://sites.google.com/site/mhsyounglords/impact/short

https://rosamondpress.com/2011/09/11/the-fremonts-at-black-point/

Bill “Preacherman” Fesperman, Bob Lee, Lamar Billy “Che” Brooks, and Fred Hampton at a Rainbow Coalition rally in Grant Park, 1969.

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/03/bob-lee-black-panthers-fred-hampton-chicago/

https://www.pbs.org/independentlens/blog/finding-common-ground-the-story-of-an-unlikely-chicago-alliance/

https://www.kpbs.org/news/2020/jan/22/independent-lens-first-rainbow-coalition/ 

https://rosamondpress.com/2019/10/20/high-noon-high-school/

https://rosamondpress.com/2018/08/24/the-zulu-nazarites/

https://rosamondpress.com/2019/06/22/high-noon-canceled-2/

https://rosamondpress.com/2017/05/31/the-high-noon-blood-train/

https://rosamondpress.com/2016/08/05/oakland-high-noon-in-eugene/

https://rosamondpress.com/2016/01/29/lavoys-high-noon-end-time/

https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Bobby-Lee-Co-Founder-of-Original-Rainbow-Coalition-Dies-20170325-0002.html#!kalooga-35489/~%22Black%20Panthers%22%20~%22Social%20movements%22%5E0.75%20~Politics%5E0.56%20~%22Anti%5C-racism%22%5E0.42%20~%22Bobby%20Lee%22%5E0.32

Bobby Lee — lifelong community organizer, Black Panther, and along with Fred Hampton, a co-founder of the original Rainbow Coalition — passed away on Tuesday at the age of 74.

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Born in Houston, Texas, Lee began his career as an activist and organizer in San Francisco working with children with disabilities as part of the VISTA program, an anti-poverty domestiv version of the Peace Corps.

While there, he was radicalized by his cousin Bobby Seale, co-founder of the Black Panther party, who eventually promoted Lee to become a field organizer in Chicago.

It was in Chicago that along with Hampton, Lee played a pivotal role in bringing together Puerto Rican radicals in the Young Lords, as well as a group of poor white activists known as the Young Patriots, to form the groundbreaking Rainbow Coalition.

“The Rainbow Coalition was just a code word for class struggle,” Lee told James Lee in a lengthy interview published in AREA Chicago.

“Looking back, was there enough basis for unity? Hell, yeah! When I went to Uptown Chicago, I saw some of the worst slums imaginable. Horrible slums, and poor white people lived there. The uptown neighborhood was a prime recruiting zone for white supremacists. Most of the cats who were in the Patriots also had at least one family member in the Klan, (but we) drove a wedge in that bullshit, that white supremacist bullshit,” he said.

Lee, who later converted to Islam and was also known as Robert Alwalee, recalled that it was the patient organizing and service model of the Panthers that made the coalition possible

“It wasn’t easy to build an alliance. I advised (the Young Patriots) on how to set up “serve the people” programs—free breakfasts, people’s health clinics, all that. I had to run with those cats, break bread with them, hang out at the pool hall. I had to lay down on their couch, in their neighborhood. Then I had to invite them into mine. That was how the Rainbow Coalition was built, real slow.”

Lee, who shared his birth name with the white supremacist Confederate General Robert E. Lee, said that this played a role in his activism.

“I got into a lot of fights about my name (growing up), but it served as an advantage for me as an organizer going into southern white communities, I was accepted just by name,” he recalled in an interview with the Houston History Collective.

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Lee came to prominence through the documentary “American Revolution 2” which documented his and Hampton’s work in Chicago. One famous scene records him in his first meeting with the Young Patriots and Young Lords.

“Once you realize that you are paying taxes – taxes – for the cops to whoop your ass. … You’re paying them to come in to beat your children. You’re paying them to run you off the corners and you’re paying them to kill you and deal from there. The same thing is happening on the south side and the west side. And when you can realize that concept of poverty – the concept of poverty – a revolution can begin.”

Lee noted that it was precisely the power of that coalition of Black, white, and Latino working class activists which led to the intense government repression that culminated in the FBI assassination of Hampton in 1969.

“It seems to me that a lot of the real intense government repression didn’t happen until the Black Panthers started building coalitions. Once the party departed from the “hate whitey” trip and got serious about building real politics, we were a threat—plain and simple. The FBI were always watching us. But the Rainbow Coalition was their worst nightmare,” he recalled in an AREA Chicago interview.

After Hampton’s murder, Lee returned to Houston where he continued to play a key role in community politics as a social worker and organizer.

“Bob had a knack for just connecting with people. Whatever the need was, people knocked on his door. He gave his last. If they needed a job, he helped them find a job. He would go lacking to help others,” his friend Robbie Lee told the Houston Chronicle.

“He never wanted any recognition during life for what he did. He helped so many people behind the scenes with their campaigns. He was truly an activist and a warrior and will be sorely missed.”

The Fremonts at Black Point

 

Jessie Benton held a Salon at the Fremont home on Black Point. Hermnan Melville stayed with the Fremonts, and Bret Harte was a frequent guest. Three miles away in Belmont, William Ralston was entertaining Mark Twain in his Salon. You can see Jessie’s features in my niece, Drew Benton. How could the so called “Caretaker” of the Rosamond legacy miss all this important family history?

Jon Presco

Jesse Benton Fremont by Susan Saperstein She is thought to be the real author behind the successful writings of John C. Fremont (general, senator, presidential candidate, and the Pathfinder of the West) describing his explorations. Jesse Benton Fremont (1824– 1902), Fremont’s wife, was also the daughter of Missouri Senator Thomas Hart Benton, a leading advocate of Manifest Destiny, a political movement pushing expansion to the West. And in her event-filled life, some of her happiest times were at her house in San Francisco’s Black Point area, now known as Fort Mason. The Fremonts lived there between 1860 and 1861. The prop- erty included three sides of the point, and Jesse described it “like being on the bow of a ship.” They had a clear view of the Golden Gate, so named by John when he first viewed it in 1846. Alcatraz was so close that Jesse is said to have called the lighthouse on the island her nightlight.

The Spanish called the area Point San Jose and built a battery in 1797. However, cold winds and fog soon made the cannons useless. By the time the Mexicans were ruling in the 1820s, the area was known as Black Point for the dark vegetation on the land.

Their house was one of six on the point. Jesse remodeled the house and added roses, fuchsias, and walkways on the 13 acres. Their home became a salon for San Francisco intellectuals. Thomas Starr King, the newly appointed minister of the Unitarian church, was a fixture for dinner and tea. Young Bret Harte, whose writing Jesse admired, became a Sunday dinner regular, as did photographer Carleton Watkins. She invited literary celebrities when they came to townó including Herman Melville, who was trying to get over the failure of Moby Dick. Conversations in her salon led to early conservation efforts when Jesse and a group including Watkins, Starr King, Fredrick Law Olmsted, and Israel Ward Raymond lobbied Congress and President Lincoln to preserve Yosemite and Mariposa Big Trees. Jesse’s husband, however, often away on business ventures, was not a regular at her gatherings.

Jesse’s education was unusual for a woman of her time. She accompanied her father to the White House when he visited presidents and spent time at the Library of Congress while he was working in the Senate. In her childhood home she heard William Clark tell stories about his travels with Meriwether Lewis.

The sixteen-year-old Jesse met the handsome and dashing Fremont when he worked at the mapping wing of the United States Army, where her father spent time because of his interest in Western expansion. When her parents noticed Jesse’s interest, they forbade her to see Fremont. After the two eloped, her parents stopped speaking to her, but later reconciled. Thomas Hart Benton then pushed funding for Fremont’s 1842 trip to explore the Oregon Trail. On returning from Oregon, John Fremont was required to report his findings to Congress, but suffered writer’s block. As Jesse later recalled, “the horseback life, the sleep in the open air” made him “unfit for the indoor life of writing.” She offered to write as he dictated to her, and the report with its descriptions of the western lands was a success. Succeeding expedition reports made Fremont and his scout Kit Carson famous. People heading west for gold bought copies with their supplies. Historians are mixed on who was the actual writer. One, John W. Caughey, indicated that Fremont was one of those writers who “acquired by marriage a very attractive literary style.” During an 1846 expedition to California, Fremont found himself caught between conflicting orders of feuding Army General Stephen Kearny and Navy Commodore Robert Stockton. He declared himself military governor and was subsequently arrested and court-martialed. In a strange twist of fate, Fremont asked American Consul Thomas Larkin to purchase land in the San Jose area before he left California for his trial. Larkin instead purchased land in Mariposa, where a few years later gold was discovered, making the Fremonts very rich. When Fremont lost his trial, he left the Army and headed west on another expedition. Just as the discovery of gold was announced, Jesse traveled to California to meet him, using the Isthmus of Panama route. This was something very few women did–even fewer with only a six-year-old child, her daughter Lily, as a companion. Fremont tended his business at the mines in Mariposa, and the Fremonts lived in Monterey, Bear Valley, and San Francisco at periods between 1849 and 1861. Fremont bought the house at Black Point in 1860 for $42,000. When civil war seemed likely, the Fremont family returned east for John’s new Army appointment, which lasted only a few months. (He decreed his own emancipation proclamation in Missouri, which angered Lincoln.) He lost control of his mines, and after a number of other job attempts declared bankruptcy in the 1870s. Jesse supported the family with her writing. Fremont died during a trip to New York in 1890, and Jesse died twelve years later while living in Los Angeles. Black Point was taken by the military for defense during the Civil War, and the Fremont home was demolished. One of the original six houses is used today as the Fort Mason Officers Club. Jesse filed lawsuits for compensation for the property, but the government countered that the families living on the point were squatters and produced documentation from President Millard Fillmore reserving it for military use. After Jesse’s death, her daughter continued to file claims, but the family was never reimbursed. Some of the heirs of Black Point families, including the Fremont’s great-grandson, were still pursuing legal action in the 1960s. The area was renamed for Colonel Richard Masonóappointed military governor of California in 1847 when his predecessor, Stephen Kearny, went to Washington to testify against Fremont in his court-martial. Sources: Jesse Benton Fremont, American Woman of the 19th Century, Pamela Herr
Jesse Fremont at Black Point, Lois Rather The Age of Gold, H. W. Brands You can walk the area where the Fremonts and the other Black Point families lived following the Fort Mason walk described in Stairway Walks in San Francisco by Adah Bakalinsky. Historic photos reprinted with permission, SF History Center, SF Public Library Black Point with the Fremonts house on the far right. Today this is Fort Mason land, bordered by Aquatic

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