[News] Cointelpro 101 in San Juan, PR Thursday November 15
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Mon Oct 29 20:07:16 EDT 2012
*COINTELPRO Then and Now
Scheduled Time:* Thu, Nov 15 - 6:00pm - 7:45pm
*Building/Room:* Puerto Rico Convention Center, 204*
*Showing of the film COINTELPRO 101, produced by the Freedom Archives &
*COINTELPRO (for Counter-Intelligence Program) is an acronym that has
come to represent not only the formal FBI program of the 1950s, 1960s,
and 1970s, but also the entire repressive apparatus of and collusion
between government agencies, local, state, and federal, to destroy
movements for Black, Brown, Asian, and Indigenous self-determination and
liberation, and to divide and disrupt progressive movements in general.
The film combines rare historical footage with interviews of activists
who were targets of that repression. The panel discussion will urge
serious integration of this history into critical scholarship and raise
the possibility of creating a movement to demand accountability and
restitution, as well as considering the ways that counter-insurgency
strategies and methods have continued and intensified. The struggle to
free US Political Prisoners is also central to dismantling the US system
of mass imprisonment.
Emphasis will be placed on the resistance of the Puerto Rican
independence movement to US colonialism, appropriate given the location
of the ASA meeting in San Juan in light of the conference theme of
“Dimensions of Empire and Resistance: Past, Present, and Future.”
Panelists will include:
— Lucy Rodriguez, who is a lifelong Independentista and a former Puerto
Rican political prisoner.
— Akinyele Umoja, who is an Associate Professor and Chair of African
American Studies at Georgia State University and discusses Cointelpro
and the Black Liberation Movement.
— Claude Marks, is the director of the Freedom Archives, and former
Freedom Archives 522 Valencia Street San Francisco, CA 94110 415
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