[Pnews] Attica Means Fight Back! - Web Presentation

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Fri Sep 11 17:03:13 EDT 2020


IN CASE YOU MISSED OUR PROGRAM COMMEMORATING THE 49TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE
ATTICA REBELLION YOU CAN CHECK IT OUT ON LINE.

ATTICA MEANS FIGHT BACK! - WEB PRESENTATION

https://vimeo.com/457048716 

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! 

With: 

Romarilyn Ralston - Lead Policy Analyst, formerly incarcerated,
California Coalition for Women Prisoners 

Paul Redd Formerly incarcerated organizer and one of the leaders of
historic 2011-2013 CA prison hunger strikes 

Michael Deutsch one of the main lawyers for the Attica prisoners
following the 1971 uprising 

Recorded - Tuesday, September 8, 2020 · Hosted by California Coalition
for Women Prisoners [1] and the Freedom Archives. 

Links:
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[1] https://womenprisoners.org/
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