May 19, 1973
Mr. David Dawley
Boston, Mass. 02133
I was sitting here thinking about the radio show June 1, and thought I
would drop a line to see if I can be of some help to Cupid. I listen to
Contact often. They had Bobby Rush on May 18, and the topic was community
control of police districts. He did not do too swell because he went on
the program unprepared. The terminology some of the callers used, Bobby
did not understand as a result he did not answer some of the caller’s
questions that were put to him. Tell Cupid or whomever, that if they do
not understand the questions asked, to ask the caller to rephrase their
question so they can understand the questions.
Remind Cupid of the economic base the Lords were trying to build in order
to employ community people skilled and unskilled, high school grads and
dropouts, people who for some reason were unemployed or had dropped out
of school. Some of them quit because they did not have shoes, carfare,
or the proper cloths to wear to school, some because they had to stay
in the home because the parents/parent had to both work to make ends meet
and some of them had to quit school and try to work to help in the home.
Tell them to explain that the Lords on 16th were trying to use themselves
as models to prove to our people, the system and society that if given
the opportunity we could make it. We wanted to prove to the system that
there is no such thing as a useless human being. That every man has something
to contribute to society if given a chance. Tell them that we were making
our point by using useless human beings (as the system calls them) to
manage our businesses, run programs, etc.
Explain our objective was to start businesses and programs in every community
that Lords were living in. That our main goal was that any profit made
in any of these communities would be used to open other businesses or
programs for the public use, in that community. That the Lords in the
community would be in full control of the business and it was up to them
to build the business into a profit making business. The only thing the
planning office demanded were the right to audit the books and to see
that they were kept right and in order.
Tell them about the programs the Lords created whereby they would take
young brothers and sisters out of the community on field trips, zoos,
plays and cookouts, etc., and that some of these kids would not have ever
seen outside of Lawndale had it not been for us. There are young brothers
there 21 years of age and older who have never been out of the community
because of the conditions of their family structure. Talk about the scholarship
plan we had started to help the kid who could not help himself through
school. Though it was not a lot of money, it was a start for some of them.
Be sure to tell them about the amount of money given to us was just enough
to insure our failure, but we did not fail (that is not in the span of
time they had set). That in showing and doing so that the community could
see and feel rather than talking and promising we began to get community
backing, the older people were coming out of there homes/house’s
and given us a helping hand, not asking any question, just glad to see
young people doing some good and earning an honest dollar.
Tell them how we tried to motivate the youth into staying in school because,
these businesses were theirs and they would have to get the education
needed to run them. That our objective was to work ourselves out of a
job, and let them run it. That we had job training in each of the businesses
where the kid was earning while he was learning.
Make it known that we only (16th) had two moneymaking businesses, the
African Lion and Teentown. Explain that the House’s of the Lords
was designed to keep kids off the street; the planning office was for
T.R.A.G, and other business ventures. The Art Soul was to tap the community
for talent, and to expose this talent to the right people once discovered.
Malcolm X street academy was to channel youth to the college or back into
high school, the Management training was to teach the youth the management
of the business already going, (the teacher was professional) and the
poolroom was for the older brothers 18 years of age and up. We also found
a number of people jobs, fed, and clothed over 8,000 during the riot of
Tell them your position with the beautification program, as a supervisor
and that your job was not one planning any of the new programs or business
ventures, and that because of that, there might be questions brought to
you that you can not answer in detail or at all. Tell them about the positions
we took in trying to work with the local schools in trying to get a meaningful
education for the kids. How we use to go and stop fights at some of the
schools, etc. and speak to student body on some occasions, about what
we were attempting to do in the community. You can also speak about the
invitation to the police to visit our places of business and community
Make it clear that we handled no cash money, that we had a fiscal agent
to handle the money and the only way money could be exchanged was by check
and requisitions and had to be submitted, for whom and for what. Make
it clear that we were not buying guns as Hanrahan would want them to believe.
Tell the people that we sent money back that was not used on some occasions.
Those if we needed money to aid our plight that we would always ask permission
from the donor and wait for approval. Talk about Bootstrap and how we
put the programs together by going to the police commanders and asking
their help in involving the big businesses, Sears, Reyerson Steel, Western
Electric, Illinois Bell, and others to take a position in helping the
community rid itself of some it’s ills. Tell how the man played
games with us and iced us out of the program by letting it get infiltrated
by the very people who have aided in keeping the community down under
the guise of getting to the youth and creating programs for them. When
all the time, all they did was use what money that came in for big salaries
for themselves and what was left they would buy a couple of balls and
pass them out to the youth.
Talk about how the crime rate dropped because of our efforts. Tell them
kids did not have to steal, snatch a pocket book, rob anybody, etc., because
they had a chance to earn their own money cleaning up their own neighborhood,
planting grass, flowers and whatever else had to be done. Tell the pride
they had when the flowers and grass came up, where there had been none
for twenty years. Nothing but mud holes, broken bottles and tin cans etc.
Tell them about the conditions we have to live in are (by design not chance)
to breed young brothers and sisters who will have to steal, stick-up,
and sell their bodies to make a buck to buy food, shoes, clothes, etc.,
because they do not have a high school education to get a job. If they
did then there are other things to stand in their way, unions, PhDs and
Tell them about the conditions we are forced to live in drives a kid
to drink scrap iron, shoot dope, an pop pills to forget that he has two
or three little brothers or sisters at home naked and damn near starving.
He might drink to get his nerves together to stick someone up, steal or
kill because he is not in his right mind, while under the influence of
drugs, drinks, etc., that he can not handle. Say that this is the same
reason that some fathers and mothers shoot dope and leave home to get
drunk… to forget what is at home that he can not provide for, but
wants to. Tell that these conditions and other things help in banning
youth together, once they are together they find out their problems are
common to each other, they can then understand one another, then they
began to love one another and look out for each other and as they began
to get themselves together they think about John and ask him if he wants
to go on the next job. They then find a place to hang around they pick
up more and more brothers in the neighborhood as they go along and so
forth. Cupid can go into this without my help. I know he knows what time
it is in this area.
I hope this helps some. Pleas excuse all mistakes I was in a hurry to
get something done tat I might help, so I almost threw this together.
If you cannot understand it Dave I think Cupid will (smile). I hope this
gets to you in time.
Hope to see you soon.
Peace and Freedom________________________
Bobby Gore…….Slave Name