[Pnews] Please support the Freedom Archives!
ppnews at freedomarchives.org
Thu May 22 10:38:25 EDT 2014
Dear Friends of the Freedom Archives,
We are deeply saddened by a number of recent losses to our Freedom
Archives family. In addition to Amiri Baraka and Chokwe Lumumba, we lost
both Mabel Williams and Fred Ho in April. All of them participated in
and contributed to our work over the
last 15 years.
The legendary Mabel Williams, along with her husband Robert F.
Williams, fought for and carried out the right of armed self-defense
against the vicious attacks of the Ku Klux Klan and white
supremacists throughout the South. She militantly represented the
liberation struggle of her people during exile in Cuba, China, and
Africa, and upon their return to the US, continued an active
lifelong engagement in social justice struggles. Although often
overshadowed by her husband's fame, Mabel Williams made
revolutionary contributions in her own right that deserve to be
recognized and celebrated.
We had the good fortune of working closely with Mabel Williams on
several documentaries and events, and we are honored to present audio
and video clips in special tribute to her on our website.
(http://www.freedomarchives.org/Mabel.html) Our thoughts and support are
with the Williams family.
Inspired by the Black Power movement and other liberation struggles,
Fred Ho played a powerful baritone sax and combined Indigenous,
traditional Asian, and African melodies in big band compositions. Fred
Ho was not only a personal friend, but shared his music in our
productions, most notably the Robert F. Williams - Self Respect, Self
Defense & Self Determination as told by Mabel Williams Audio
Documentary. He also generously contributed his music to our video on
the San Francisco 8 -- Legacy of Torture.
We were honored to participate in a community event paying tribute to
Chokwe Lumumba on March 16th of this year. Organized by the Malcolm X
Grassroots Movement at Eastside Arts and Cultural Center in Oakland, the
event brought together a large and diverse group of friends and
supporters of Chokwe's, and was truly a testament to his dynamic life's
work. In addition to his amazing work and lifelong dedication to Black
liberation and human rights, Chokwe was a supporter of the Freedom Archives.
Your ongoing support of the Freedom Archives makes possible our ability
to honor the legacies of Robert and Mabel Williams, as well as the work
of Fred Ho, Amiri Baraka, and Chokwe Lumumba. More importantly, your
help makes possible the preservation of these important contributions
and those of many others within a rich history of radical politics and
culture---and, as generations pass, your help ensures that this resource
will serve many generations to come.
On May 31st 2014, we will travel to Denver to document the Chican@
Movement's Symbols of Resistance gathering to honor Ricardo Falcón, Luis
'Junior' Martínez, Los Seis de Boulder, and Carlos Zapata. We will
conduct extensive interviews with both movement veterans and today's
activists, to delve more deeply into and build upon our segment on the
Chican@ movement in Cointelpro 101. We hope to develop a documentary
that more fully and critically explores our understanding of the Chican@
movement's resistance and government repression against it.
Our internship program continues to attract talented young folks from
around the Bay Area. Our current interns include students from MetWest
High School in Oakland who not only contribute to the Archives, but also
publish on our blogsite and have started an online newspaper, entirely
staffed by high school students and focusing on news relevant to youth
Our online search engine continues to grow and expand. Among recent
additions is our collection on African Liberation Movements, featuring
materials from Eritrea, the Congo, South Africa, Angola, Mozambique,
Namibia, and Guinea-Bissau. Check out the site at
search.freedomarchives.org to get an idea of the depth and breadth of
this growing collection.
You can help us increase our capacity and continue our work by sending
us a donation. You can also become a contributor or monthly sustainer
online. Thanks very much for your continued support!
*You can donate online here:
Freedom Archives 522 Valencia Street San Francisco, CA 94110 415
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