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Emory Douglas Donates Print to Support 15th Anniversary

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motherchildpeace3x5 EmoryExciting news! Emory Douglas has donated an original print entitled Mother, Child, Peace for the Freedom Archives’ 15th anniversary. Emory has been a supporter for years and we’re really appreciative of his continued contributions to radical history and the Freedom Archives. We’ll be taking bids on this print at our event and all proceeds go towards funding our work to – preserve the past – illuminate the present – shape the future.

Join us this Thursday, October 16th, at the African-American Art and Culture Complex on 762 Fulton Street to celebrate! Festivities for the evening include musical performances from Rico Pabon and Friends and Joan Tarika Lewis and her Youth Ensemble; support statements from members of the San Francisco 8 as well as current political prisoners; poetry; culture and more! We ask for a donation at the door of $15 (for 15 years!), however no one will be turned away for lack of funds.*

We’re really looking forward to the opportunity to celebrate the past 15 years with founders, contributors, supporters, former staff and interns, activists, organizers, educators, community members, friends, family and loved ones. See you there!!

-Nathaniel

* If you can’t make it on October 16, please support our important work by making a donation online at: https://co.clickandpledge.com/advanced/default.aspx?wid=33028

 

Honoring the Life and Legacy of Ronald Elder Freeman

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Ronald “Elder” Freeman was a life long Freedom Fighter in the Black Liberation Struggle and Field Secretary and original member of the Southern California Chapter of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense. Ronald Freeman made his transition on October 8th, 2014. Ashe’

You can LISTEN to the Tribute to Ronald “Elder” Freeman broadcast on September 22, 2014 on Africa Today which includes the voices of Roland Freeman, Ericka Huggins, Willie “Sundiata” Tate and Harold Taylor.

Audio produced by Africa Today, Transitions on Traditions, and the Freedom Archives.

Anniversary and Anarchy

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scan412My name is Katie Hanks and I am currently an intern here at the Archives. My most recent task has been diligently working on the Black Flag collection.  With our upcoming 15th anniversary on Thursday October 16th, I want to take some time to highlight this and other recent projects completed at the Freedom Archives. The Black Flag is a periodical devoted to the liberation of political prisoners involved with the anarchist movement.  Additional recent accomplishments include: releasing over 120 Black Panther newspapers and debuting a robust audio collection of recordings taken during the Free Speech Movement.  To show your support for work like this and future projects please join us at our 15th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday October 16th at the African American Art & Culture Complex on 762 Fulton Street at 7:00 p.m.

For more information click on the link below:

https://www.facebook.com/events/258770237650901/

If you would like to show your support but are unable to attend you can donate here.

Can’t wait to see you there!

Katie

 

All Power to the People

Black Panther Party Member Selling Newspapers

Six months ago we announced that a project to catalog and at least partially digitize our collection of Black Panther Party Newspapers had begun. Today, we are proud to report that our entire collection has been cataloged, and we have digitized the front and back covers of each paper! Almost all of the brilliant artwork on the cataloged newspaper covers was created by former BPP member and Minister of Culture Emory Douglas and represent a sizable cultural achievement in and of themselves. Each paper’s annotation contains its main features as well as comprehensive key words representing the articles and topics within. The collection is now available to view on our search site here. This important contribution would not have been possible without the hard work of our volunteers, interns and supporters. Please contact us at info@freedomarchives.org if you would like more information about the collection and specific materials within it.

Also, please join us in celebrating 15 years of this type of work on October 16th at the African-American Art and Culture Complex at 762 Fulton Street in San Francisco. Program begins at 7pm, with a $15 suggested donation. Festivities for the evening include Rico Pabon and Friends, Joan Tarika Lewis and the Youth Ensemble, members of the San Francisco 8, support statements from political prisoners, and more! Check out our Facebook event and we hope to see you on October 16th!!

-Nathaniel

Beyond the Media, PA Headlines, What COINTELPRO Really Did

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On March 8, 1971, a group of eight Vietnam War protestors broke into a FBI field office in Media, Pennsylvania and stole hundreds of government documents. The burglars were never caught but several are now stepping forward and claiming responsibility for the break in. The documents revealed for the first time that the FBI was targeting progressive and radical movements under a program called COINTELPRO. What’s not being reported now by the New York Times, NPR and the rest of the corporate media, is the level of violence unleashed by the government by the FBI and other government agencies.  These agencies have never fully accounted for nor have any agents ever been held responsible for assassinating, neutralizing or imprisoning their targets. Needless to say, political prisoners from that era continue to be kept in dungeons in the US. It continues to be our task to fight for their freedom and to expose the real nature of COINTELPRO. Check out our film – COINTELPRO 101 – which begins to unmask the government criminality first revealed by the Media, Pennsylvania break-in!

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