Category Archives: From the Archives…

Flyers from La Raza

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Hello,

In preparation for our upcoming documentary premier, we’ve been combing through our Chican@ Movement collection. Check out these new arrivals, click here to see the whole collection.

And please join us on Saturday August 12th at 4pm for the Bay Area premier of Symbols of Resistance at the Roxie Theater!! Get your tickets here.

peace Nathaniel

Created by the San Patricio Corps Solidarity Organization Flyer for talk by Gabino Gomez on work of CDP in Mexico (front) Flyer for talk by Gabino Gomez on work of CDP in Mexico (back) Created by the New Movement in Solidarity With the Mexican Revolution (front) Created by the New Movement in Solidarity With the Mexican Revolution (back) Flyer citing repression against the Left in Mexico (front) Flyer citing repression against the Left in Mexico (back) Created by the New Movement in Solidarity With the Mexican Revolution
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Created by the New Movement in Solidarity With the Mexican Revolution (front)

 

No Justice No Peace

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This clip is taken from a 1988 speech by Ahmed Obafemi of the New Afrikan People’s Organization in San Francisco. Obafemi speaks of the death of Michael Griffith, a Black youth murdered in a racist attack in Howard Beach, New York., and how the Black community came together following Michael’s murder.

 

Learn more about New Afrikan politics here.

No Justice, No Peace!

-Nathaniel

The Story of Manuel Ramos

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This article in the Movement (June 1969) covers the the murder of Manuel Ramos. Manuel was a 20 year old member of the Young Lords Organization (YLO) in Chicago, IL. On May 4th, 1969 Manuel was shot and killed by a police officer outside of the apartment of another member of the Young Lords at 2am. Another member of the Young Lords was wounded and four others were arrested. Manuel was unarmed at the time of his murder.

As the details of the case surfaced, the Chicago police department did the best they could to cover up Manuel’s murder including trying to plant a weapon into evidence and claiming in the media that a police officer had been critically wounded in the incident. Both of these were exposed as lies soon after.

Over the next weeks, in response to the police violence, cover up and lack of judicial transparency, the Rainbow Coalition [Black Panther Party; Young Lords Organization and Young Patriots Organization] and community members organized numerous protests and a funeral attended by several hundred people. These protests culminated in the takeover of McCormick Seminary.

On May 15th, the Young Lords, supported by Panthers, Patriots, SDS and McCormick Seminary students seized the brand new W. Clement Stone Academic-Administration Building and renamed it the Manuel Ramos Memorial Building. McCormick Seminary is located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood in Chicago and although it maintained a liberal facade, it restricted community members from entering its property (community members had to walk several blocks around the seminary to get to a shopping strip), using its playground, enjoying its ample green space, or using its library. W. Clement Stone was also Richard Nixon’s largest contributor, further exemplifying the institutions’ detachment from the community.

The Young Lords presented 10 demands to the administration at McCormick Seminary. With support and material assistance being supplied by community member coalition allies, the YLO stayed in the Manuel Ramos Memorial Building for a full week despite constant threats of physical eviction by the police. By the end of the week, the administration had agreed to all of the Young Lords’ demands including pledging nearly $700,000 (and institutional support) for the creation of a low-income housing development, a children’s center, and a Puerto Rican cultural center. Unfortunately, it is unclear how much of the money pledged by McCormick leaders was actually delivered. In the fall of 1969 the YLO claimed in their newspaper that “McCormick still wasn’t coming through.”

The mobilizations around the murder of Manuel Ramos demonstrate not only the decisive and effective actions taken by the Young Lords Organization (Chicago) but also the importance of cross class and cross racial organizing in achieving ones’ demands.

-Laura

 

New Additions to the Freedom Archives

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We’ve got some great new materials up on our search site!

Statements from International Women’s Day: Statements in honor of International Women’s Day, 1983, in solidarity with all freedom fighters and prisoners of war. Published by Women Against Imperialism.

3 poems from Chicano Poet Tomas Vigil: Originally recorded by SF Bay Area radio collective Comunicacion Aztlan.

Critica:

Marche:

Nation:

 

I-Hotel Calendar: This calendar focuses on the struggle to keep the tenants of the International Hotel from being evicted during 1977. Each month has a pertaining photo that features photography from the protests, personal photos of tenants in their rooms, poetry and more.

Don’t hesitate to contact us info [at] freedomarchives [dot] org if you want to donate archival materials to the Freedom Archives and stay tuned for new arrivals.

-Nathaniel

 

New Collection at the Archives

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Hello everyone,

My name is Casey and I’ve been an intern here at the Freedom Archives since September. As a recently-graduated university student earning a minor in Gender Studies, I was tasked to acquaint myself with the sub-collection “Feminism and Women’s Liberation” and get a feel of how I would incorporate new materials. However, after reviewing many of the materials it became clear that several had a reoccurring, specific theme of Gay Liberation and the LGBTQ movement. This realization led to the construction of our newest sub-collection, “Gay Liberation Movement/LGBTQ Community.”

From the “Feminism and Women’s Liberation” sub-collection, I added several articles, pamphlets, and periodicals specifically relating to the LGBTQ community and would be better placed in Gay Liberation Movement/LGBTQ Community. These materials included, “Artificial Insemination: an alternative conception,” “Confronting Homophobia: Notes on Creating a Lesbian Community, A Matter of Life,” “Ache Periodical” which highlights the voices of Black lesbians, and more…

Gender and Sexuality Collection

Gay Liberation Movement/LGBTQ Collection

Working with the Freedom Archives, with Claude and Nathaniel and the several other progressive volunteers and interns, has given me a wonderful opportunity and privilege in embracing such relevant and important history. Reading through the materials in both of the sub-collections mentioned has been incredibly educational and has opened my eyes to the progression of these social movements. Coming here is the highlight of my week and I am grateful for their necessary presence, organization, and overall engagement both in local and global communities. I will never forget seeing the 2nd-3rd wave Feminist documentary, “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry,” and getting giddy when they referenced exact materials I had personally handled, read, and been inspired by from our sub-collection “Feminism and Women’s Liberation.”

In solidarity, Casey

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