[Pnews] Attica Means Fight Back: Cultivating Resistance Then & Now - Tuesday, September 8th

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Thu Sep 3 11:06:33 EDT 2020

Join us for a panel discussion & video commemorating the Attica 
rebellion and resistance today.

Facebook Event Here! 

*Attica Means Fight Back!
Cultivating Resistance Then & Now:*
Panel Discussion & Video
*Tuesday, September 8th | 5:00-7:00PM PST

Link to Register: bit.ly/AtticaFightBack <http://bit.ly/AtticaFightBack>*
Event will be Facebook livestreamed! 
*You are welcome to register, but as we approach our capacity limit we 
recommend you plan to watch the event via FB livestream on the page of 
Freedom Archives. 

This event is part of a national month of actions marking the Attica 
uprising and demanding decarceration now!
September 9-13, 2020 marks the 49th anniversary of the Attica Prison 
Rebellion. In 1971, united around demands for better healthcare, 
education and against unrestrained violence by the state, over 1200 
incarcerated people of all races rebelled, took hostages and occupied 
parts of Attica Prison. For four days, prisoners worked collectively to 
negotiate the end of the inhumane conditions at the prison. An invasion 
by the New York State Police Troopers ordered by Governor Rockefeller 
resulted in the deaths of 43 people - 33 prisoners and 10 correctional 
officers. 49 years later, Attica serves as a rallying cry for those 
working for self determination inside of prison walls, an essential 
lesson in state violence and an enduring symbol of resistance and unity.

Today the conditions in U.S. prisons are more barbaric than in 1971 with 
massive overcrowding, extreme sentencing, gendered violence, and a 
health care crisis made much worse by the COVID pandemic. The lessons of 
Attica are as important as ever. Join The California Coalition for Women 
Prisoners and the Freedom Archives as we host a panel discussing the 
historical legacy of the Attica Prison Rebellion, sustaining resistance 
behind bars and how Attica can inform the ways we fight back!

*Featured Panelists:*

• *Romarilyn Ralston* — Lead Policy Analyst, formerly incarcerated, 
California Coalition for Women Prisoners
• *Paul Redd* — Formerly incarcerated organizer, one of the leaders of 
the historic CA prison hunger strikes
• *Michael Deutsch* — One of the main lawyers for the Attica prisoners 
following the 1971 uprising

/*Moderated by Nathaniel Moore of Freedom Archives/


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