David Hilliard considers Eldridge Cleaver's return from exile

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KPIX Eyewitness news footage from July 31st, 1969 featuring a press conference by David Hilliard and Bobby Seale about Eldridge Cleaver, who was in exile in Algiers at the time. Hilliard says that Cleaver would prefer to return home to America and continue the revolutionary struggle rather than remain inactive in exile. Hilliard says that Cleaver is willing to return and stand trial "and even go to prison if convicted as long as he's allowed to go to court and have the due process of law rendered to him." According to Hilliard, Cleaver's return is in part contingent on the protection offered to Cleaver by San Francisco's Mayor Joseph Alioto, and also on "the action and attitude" of the governor of California Ronald Reagan to allow Cleaver a fair trial. Also features silent footage of a poster of Eldridge Cleaver and shots of spectators watching the press conference. Remastered, edited and catalogued for the web by Shira Peltzman.

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archival newsfilm
KPIX 39289

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