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1989 @ lexington penitentiary, the first political prison in the US

Alejandrina Torres (left), in prison since 1983. She is serving the equivalent of life in prison for “seditious conspiracy” to end US colonial domination of Puerto Rico. She was an activist and a community leader in Chicago. Alejandrina was a founding member and teacher at the Puerto Rican High School, one of the founders of the Betances Clinic and secretary of the First Congregational Church of Chicago. Her autobiography, The Indispensables, can be found in pdf form on the Freedom Archives website.

Carmen Valentin (middle), was captured in April 1980 and sentenced to 98 years after her work in the revolutionary clandestine armed forces of the National Liberation (FALN). Among a multitude of other things, she established committees to monitor and document police brutality as well as a legal office to teach the public their rights. 

Susan Rosenberg (right), a white North American anti- imperialist, is serving 58 years for possession of weapons and explosives; the longest sentence ever received for a possession offense. She has been a political activist all her adult life, committed to solidarity with the Puerto Rican Independence Movement and the Black Liberation Struggle. A doctor of acupuncture, prior to her incarceration she worked at a community health center in Harlem, New York, using acupuncture to fight the drug plague. She is a published poet, writer and an aids activist in prison


**This information came from a combination of sources that can be found on the Freedom Archives website and archive.org **

Freedom Archives: Cointelpro 101

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COINTELPRO 101 exposes illegal surveillance, disruption, and outright murder committed by the U.S. government in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. “"Cointelpro”“ refers to the official FBI COunter INTELligence PROgram carried out to surveil, imprison, and eliminate leaders of social justice movements and to disrupt, divide, and destroy the movements as well. Many of the government’s crimes are still unknown. Through interviews with activists who experienced these abuses first-hand and with rare historical footage, the film provides an educational introduction to a period of intense repression and draws relevant lessons for present and future movements. Interviews in the video include: Muhammad Ahmad,Bob Boyle, Kathleen Cleaver,Ward Churchill, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Priscilla Falcon, Geronimo Ji-Jaga Pratt, Jose Lopez, Francisco ‘Kiko’ Martinez, Lucy Rodriguez, Ricardo Romero, Akinyele Umoja, and Laura Whitehorn.

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George Jackson - 41 year commemoration from Freedom Archives