Press Advisory: Representatives Cohen, Rush and Lee to Hold a Forum on the FBI’s COINTELPRO Programs

May 7, 2021
Press Release
Virtual event on Monday will examine the unconstitutional COINTELPRO programs, their continuing impact today, and lessons for policymakers


WASHINGTON – Representatives Steve Cohen (TN-09), Barbara Lee (CA-13) and Bobby L. Rush (IL-01) will hold a virtual forum on the FBI’s notorious COINTELPRO program recently featured in the Academy Award-winning film “Judas and the Black Messiah,” which dramatizes the FBI-orchestrated assassination of Black Panther Party leader Fred Hampton in 1969. The forum will be on Monday, May 10, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern time.

Members of the press can watch the forum via Zoom or Facebook.

Witnesses testifying at the forum include:

  • Akua Njeri (partner of the late Fred Hampton Sr., mother of Jr.)
  • Fred Hampton Jr. (Chairman, Prisoners of Conscience Committee/Black Panther Party Cubs; son of Fred Hampton Sr.)
  • Nkechi Taifa (Civil Rights activist and author)
  • Mike German (Former FBI Special Agent now with the Brennan Center for Justice)
  • Ericka Huggins (Human Rights activist and former Black Panther)
  • Bobby Seale (Political activist, author and co-founder of the Black Panther Party)
  • Betty Medsger (Reporter for The Washington Post who helped break the story of the existence of COINTELPRO programs)