The First Rainbow Coalition


Available To Stream Thu, Sep 10 12:00 PM - Thu, Sep 24 11:59 PM
Film Info
Program Category:Community Health and Well-Being
Release Year:2019
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United States
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Ray Santisteban
Producer:Michael Ehrenzweig
Leslie Fields-Cruz
Sally Jo Fifer
Susanne Mason
Sandie Pedlow
Ray Santisteban
Lois Vossen
Cinematographer:Gustavo Aguilar
Rick Butler
Jason Chiu
Vicente Franco
Ray Santisteban
Editor:Leah Marino


In 1969, the Chicago Black Panther Party, notably led by the charismatic Fred Hampton, began to form alliances across lines of race and ethnicity with other community-based movements in the city, including the Latino group the Young Lords Organization and the working-class young southern whites of the Young Patriots. Finding common ground, these disparate groups banded together in one of the most segregated cities in postwar America to collectively confront police brutality and substandard housing, calling themselves the Rainbow Coalition.