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Another Year of COINTELPRO

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March 8th marks the 44th anniversary of the Media, Pennsylvania break-in that helped expose COINTELPRO to the world. The story received even more attention last year when after living with the information for 43 years, the eight anti-war activists who broke into the FBI field office, decided to come forward. For some, the identity of the burglars signaled the end of a 40 year mystery. However for the multitudes of people who lost friends and family members as a result of state sanctioned police violence, frame-ups and illegal prosecutions, COINTELPRO is still a very real part of their lives that continues past the media coverage. In addition to our documentary COINTELPRO 101, which is still shown in national and international spaces, we have a detailed collection focusing on the program as well as the efforts by grassroots organizers and activists to hold the FBI and other government agencies accountable.

For the first time, you can now stream COINTELPRO 101 on vimeo.

Cointelpro 101 from Freedom Archives on Vimeo.

And with Spanish subtitles here:

Cointelpro 101 from Freedom Archives on Vimeo.

Check out our archival collection on COINTELPRO:


Puerto Rican Independentistas Speak

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Happy New Years,

My name is Erin Hutchinson and I am a sophomore at Mount Holyoke College. I am majoring in History with a focus on the United States. The past two weeks I’ve been interning at the Archives and researching the Puerto Rican independence movement. I gained hands-on experience working with newsletters, pamphlets and monographs, in addition to reel-to-reels and other audio formats. Being exposed to these primary sources was a powerful experience, as these documents challenged the dominant historical narrative and illustrated the colonial relationship between the United States and Puerto Rico. My time at the Archives furthered my understanding of the struggles of the Puerto Rican peoples and the continuing presence of colonialism. Below are two audio clips of Puerto Rican independentistas I digitized:


Alejandrina Torres (Lexington Prison):


Lolita Lebron (Alderson Prison):



COINTELPRO 101 Extra Footage Now Available!!

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Greetings friends,

If you think government surveillance started with exposures by Bradley Manning or Edward Snowden, or even Daniel Ellsberg…check out our film COINTELPRO 101. We have just posted ALL the bonus features from the film at http://www.freedomarchives.org/Cointelpro.html

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Take this opportunity to check out some of the first-hand perspectives and intriguing stories that did not make the full length film. Interviewees include Laura Whitehorn, Jose Lopez, Priscilla Falcon, Akinyele Umoja, Ward Churchill, Kathleen Cleaver, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Francisco “Kiko” Martinez, Ricardo Romero and Muhammad Ahmad. This release of new footage can also serve as a friendly reminder to check out the film out if you haven’t already!

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