[News] The Freedom Archives needs your support

Anti-Imperialist News news at freedomarchives.org
Thu Dec 24 16:52:52 EST 2009

Dear Friends.

We just celebrated our 10th Anniversary!  Thanks 
to so many of you for joining us for this 
successful event. If you missed the party, you 
can still contribute to making our next decade even more significant.


In 1999 we became an organization “on paper” and 
on January 1st, 2000 we moved boxes of tapes into 
our present space. We built shelves. We started 
to gather equipment and began sorting through 
many thousands of hours of materials­a task that 
continues today. We continue to add to the 
growing audio and video collection. Ten years ago 
we began with a modest budget of $100 per month 
which covered rent, phones, and little else. As 
you may know, we’ve never requested government or 
corporate funding. We receive no operating 
support from large foundations. We raise funds 
among a small number of people. We knew then that 
a community-based, grassroots approach would lead 
to a much stronger type of organization – an 
archive not tied to any outside agendas or funding trends.


Leticia Miranda, Prentis Hemphill, Sele Nadel-Hayes & Claude Marks
The staff over the last 10 years

Today we have a viable community organization 
that works with high school and college students 
in an active youth training program and serves as 
a source of unique historical materials for 
researchers, teachers and documentary producers. 
In ten years, we’ve produced CDs and videos, 
catalogued thousands of hours of media, been 
sampled by garage bands and professional rockers, 
spoken-word artists, jazz musicians, and DJs. 
These amazing sounds also live at the Museum of 
the African Diaspora, in murals on the streets of 
the Mission, and in documentaries done by 
independent artists who seek context and content. 
The audio and video collection of the Freedom 
Archives is sampled, broadcast, and web streamed 
in schools, festivals, and community 
centers.  Our materials are used throughout the world.

We’ve met amazing people and collaborated in 
creative ways­across generations and with all the 
richness that collectivity promotes.  Our video 
Legacy of Torture played an important role in the 
victory of the San Francisco 8. We’ve gained 
support and supporters by organizing, rather than 
turning to the corporate and non-profit game. We 
are there for the community, and that community 
is there for us. That’s why we’re celebrating ten strong years!

We’ve enclosed a flyer that lists the CDs and 
DVDs we have produced and announces our next film 
– COINTELPRO 101 – which will be released in the spring of 2010.

Looking toward the future, our ability to 
maintain our integrity and continue to expand our 
capacity depends on you. Every contribution 
counts, no matter the amount. Please show us that 
you agree with our goals – the need to preserve 
radical history and culture – the need to spark 
the imagination of new generations by introducing 
them to the inspiring voices and images of the 
past – and the need to create tools that can 
succeed in strengthening social justice work for years to come.

Thanks to those of you in the Bay Area who joined 
us to celebrate the Archives’ anniversary with a 
great party. Thanks to our contributors who have 
provided the “fuel” for the first ten years of the Freedom Archives.

Please consider supporting our work. You can make 
a donation by sending us a check or by making an on-line contribution.


Through our website you can also become a monthly 
sustainer. Here’s to the next ten years!

Our sincere thanks

Freedom Archives
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

415 863-9977

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