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Book: A Panthers Story - Storia Di Una Pantera by Alberto Zanini

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TALES FROM THE TIME CAPSULE

Finally done. Following up on Funk Investigators, although no longer with an autobiographical slant but as a real journalistic novel, was not easy task. I hope you will enjoy reading it at least as much as I enjoyed writing it, although I would have preferred to do it in a less complicated period of my life.

I am also happy to announce that, in the coming months, both books Funk Investigators and A Panther's Story will also be published in Spain by Colectivo Bruxista, the most eclectic and underground publishing house in the Country.

Thanks to Carlo Babando (of Blackness fame) for the superb preface. "A Panther's Story" is dedicated to my father, my children and my brothers and sisters (you know who you are). It is also dedicated to liars. There ain't no hole deep enough.
 
Scroll down for excerpts from both Italian and English editions
 

A PANTHER'S STORY
English Edition
Hardback - 360 pp.
 
A Panther on the run. Hunted down by J. Edgar Hoover's Special Agents over one of the most turbulent years in recent American history. Dirty cops, mobsters, civil rights activists, street gangsters, investigative journalists and secret services from Nations afar intertwine in a time capsule on which the Funk Investigators are called to shed a light once again.

 

Excerpt
Chapter I
Jalon Perry & The DeVonne Brothers
Harlem, April 1969


Jalon Perry was sad to leave New York in a hurry in spring, the most beautiful season for that city, but there was nothing he could do about it. He would have to do without the light green of the first leaves on Mount Morris' oaks and the darker one of the new ivy at St. Nicholas Park. No more spliffs while watching kids shooting basketball at the Rucker Playground. Worst thing was, due to the pace with which events chased each other, he could not even stop by one last time to say adiós, to those places. To promise them he'd be back.


The day before the police stormed the Party’s headquarters, a tip came from a copper who the DeVonne Brothers used to bribe. They imported to the hood some special heroin from Southeast Asia and had run the city's largest clandestine betting ring for decades, the so-called Numbers, so they were always craving for information and protection.


That tip was bad news. Jalon could not allow himself to waver while waiting for them to be confirmed by facts. Not that he was guilty of anything, not anything he had done or anything the cops thought he was going to do, but in those tense times there was no need to actually be guilty. If you were a member of the Black Panthers the cops wanted to arrest, they would have set you up and make it to prove your guilt by all means available. To make certain and demonstrable facts that never happened. So it was better to disappear, and quickly.


The copper's mind wasn't bright about what was going on in those days. He said that strange people were over at 28th Precinct, up in Manhattan North. Folks you’d never seen before, going back and forth from Captain’s office in cheap gray suits instead of standard issue blue uniforms, plotting diagrams on large urban maps of the hood, wide open on the meeting room’s table. Maps of Harlem with notes and symbols scribbled on 7th Avenue and 141st Street, exactly where the Black Panther’s chapter of New York had office.


Established just a year earlier, it was among the younger sections of the Party and its ranks had rapidly grown to make it one of the most important branches in the entire nation. The members had increased exponentially just when the hostilities with security forces had turned in what Jalon Perry and his crew called a real guerrilla. The murders of Malcolm X in '65 right there in Harlem, of Martin Luther King in April of '68 down in Memphis and, two days later, that of Bobby Hutton of the Oakland Panthers had done nothing but increase the fear and the level of self-awareness in all black communities of America. The Black Panthers were taking...


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STORIA DI UNA PANTERA
Edizione in Italiano
Brossura - 360 pp.


Una Pantera in fuga. Braccata dagli Agenti Speciali di J. Edgar Hoover in uno dei periodi più turbolenti della storia americana recente.  Poliziotti corrotti, mafiosi, attivisti per i diritti civili, banditi di strada, giornalisti investigativi e servizi segreti di nazioni lontane si mescolano, a distanza di generazioni, in una capsula spazio temporale su cui i Funk Investigators sono chiamati a far luce ancora una volta. 


Estratto dal Capitolo Primo
Jalon Perry & The DeVonne Brothers
Harlem, Aprile 1969


A Jalon Perry dispiaceva lasciare New York in fretta e furia a primavera, la stagione più bella per quella città, ma non poteva farci nulla. Avrebbe dovuto fare a meno del verde leggero delle prime foglie sulle querce di Mount Morris e quello più scuro della nuova edera al St. Nicholas Park, e di fermarsi a fumare uno spliff guardando i ragazzini tirare a canestro al Rucker Playground. Il peggio era che, a causa della velocità con cui si inseguivano gli eventi, non avrebbe potuto nemmeno passarci un’ ultima volta per salutarli, quei posti. Per promettere loro che sarebbe tornato.


Il giorno prima che la Polizia assaltasse la sede del Partito era arrivata una soffiata da uno sbirro che i DeVonne di Harlem, che importavano eroina dal Sud Est Asiatico e gestivano da decenni il più grosso giro di scommesse clandestine della città, i cosiddetti Numbers, pagavano da tempo in cambio di informazioni e protezione.


Quella soffiata portava pessime notizie e Jalon non poteva permettersi di tentennare aspettando che venissero confermate dai fatti. Non che lui fosse colpevole di nulla, nè di qualcosa che aveva fatto nè di qualcosa che gli sbirri ritenessero lui stesse per fare, ma in quel periodo di tensione non serviva essere effettivamente colpevoli. Se eri un membro delle Pantere Nere che gli sbirri volevano arrestare, ci avrebbero pensato loro a incastrarti e a fare in modo che fosse possibile provare la tua colpevolezza. A rendere certi e dimostrabili fatti mai avvenuti. Quindi era meglio sparire, e alla svelta.


Lo sbirro non aveva le idee chiare su cosa stesse succedendo ma diceva che in quei giorni, per il 28º distretto di Polizia su a Manhattan North, si vedeva girare gente mai vista prima. In completo grigio, anziché nella classica uniforme blu, andavano dentro e fuori dall’ufficio del Capitano confabulando e tracciando diagrammi a matita su grandi carte geografiche della città spiegate sul tavolo da riunioni. Mappe urbane di Harlem. Note, appunti e simboli scarabocchiati sull’ angolo tra la 7ª Avenue e la 141ª Strada, esattamente dove le Pantere Nere avevano la sede.


Nata appena un anno prima, era tra le sezioni più giovani del Partito e le sue fila si erano rapidamente infoltite fino a farne una delle filiali più importanti dell’ intera nazione. Gli iscritti erano aumentati esponenzialmente proprio quando le ostilità con le forze dell’ ordine erano sfociate in quella che Jalon Perry e i suoi compagni definivano una vera e propria guerriglia. Gli omicidi di Malcolm X nel ‘65 proprio ad Harlem, di Martin Luther King nell’ aprile del ‘68 giù a Memphis e, due giorni dopo, quello di Bobby Hutton delle Pantere di Oakland non avevano fatto altro che aumentare la paura e il livello di autocoscienza in tutte le comunità nere d’America. Le Pantere Nere stavano assumendo il delicato e pericoloso ruolo di megafono politico del ghetto...


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FUNK INVESTIGATORS | A PANTHER'S STORY
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