People’s Defense Program


The People’s Defense Program is a response by the Chicago Socialist Party to the rise of the Far-Right and ultraconservatives as a result of the 2016 election. Inspired by the revolutionary programs of the Black Panther Party the purpose of this program  is to educate, train and organize working people in skills and subjects that will increase their ability to defend themselves in the face of increasing violence on workers in Chicago and this nation. The program consists of four aspects, each designed to be practical as well as educational:

  1. Self Defense
  2. First Aid
  3.  Legal Aid
  4.  Community Organizing

If you are interested in teaching a class or workshop for the People’s Defense Program or have any questions about this program send us an email at:

“We’re gonna organize and dedicate ourselves to revolutionary political power and teach ourselves the specific needs of resisting the power structure, arm ourselves, and we’re gonna fight reactionary pigs with international proletarian revolution. That’s what it has to be. The people have to have the power: it belongs to the people.”

– Chairman Fred Hampton, Black Panther Party