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Robyn Spencer's 'The Revolution Has Come' - On The Oakland Black Panthers, Gender Politics, Internationalism, and Repression

Millennials Are Killing Capitalism

Release Date: 08/03/2020

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In this episode, we interview Robyn Spencer. Robyn Spencer is a historian and the author of The Revolution Has Come: Black Power, Gender, and The Black Panther Party In Oakland

Our conversation is centered around Spencer’s organizational history of the Oakland chapter of the Black Panther Party. Her work pays particular attention to the experiences and reflections of women who joined the Oakland Panthers, and to the political struggles of the party on issues of gender and patriarchy.

Spencer discusses the Panthers internationalism, and legal defense strategies, the counter insurgency and repression they faced, and lessons that can be learned through a deep engagement with their efforts to build a better world.