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Upcoming Richard Aoki Event: Cointelpro Attacks And Reclaiming the Legacy

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On Sunday September 9th the Freedom Archives and Eastside Arts Alliance are hosting an event to celebrate the legacy of Richard Aoki and challenge his snitch jacketing. This event is intended to bring together various communities to challenge the dominant Cointelpro-like politics that have framed the unsubstantiated allegations against Richard and ensure that the community has a time and place to gather and reclaim his memory. This event also offers space to re-center the conversation around ethnic unity, militant politics and state efforts to discredit movements, organizations and individuals who reject white supremacy, pacifism and electoral politics. The current attack on Richard’s legacy is more than simply a journalist’s ploy to sell more books; one must consider the larger context and meaning of these assaults. Similarly to the SF8 case which began in 2007, the attack on Richard is an additional campaign of the state to politically re-criminalize and discredit the Black Panther Party specifically, the Black liberation struggle more generally and in this case, foster disunity between the common interests of Black and Asian liberation. We look forward to hearing from those knew and struggled alongside Richard and to discuss how our communities can come together and move forward. Please join us – the event information follows!

Richard Aoki – Black Panther & Asian American Activist

Cointelpro Attacks & Reclaiming the Legacy
Sunday, September 9th 4-6 pm

EastSide Cultural Center
2277 International Blvd
Oakland

with Diane Fujino,
Emory Douglas, Tarika Lewis
& Bobby Seale
Cosponsored By EastSide Arts Alliance and the Freedom Archives
for more information call: 510-533-6629 or 415 863-9977

Also, take a look at the Freedom Archives face book page to find additional information and challenges to the claims made against Richard Aoki.

-Nathaniel

Reflections on a Legacy of Torture

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Legacy of Torture War Against the Black Liberation  Movement(This post was written by Juan Manjivar, a sophomore at June Jordan School for Equity and an intern at the Freedom Archives.)

From watching The Legacy of Torture, I learned about a group of Black activists who were arrested in 1973 on suspicion that they were a part of a 1971 shooting in San Francisco. They were caught in New Orleans and then taken to jail cells. They were tortured into saying they were guilty.

Another thing I learned is that they never charged the police department for torturing the group of men. Even after a couple decades, there hasn’t been a trial against the torturers.

I think that the police who tortured them should be prosecuted. It is unbelievable that they were not charged. Racism was bad in those days, and what is hard to believe is that it still happens today.

SF 8 Northwest Tour a Success

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Hank Jones, Maisha Quint and I just returned from a 5-day San Francisco 8 trip to the Northwest. Inspiring turnouts of people at numerous campuses and community events saw the film “Legacy of Torture” and engaged in discussions about the case. Much time was spent connecting this case (the SF 8) with other issues –  locally, nationally and through out the world – and the challenges and necessity to organize in this repressive era. People especially made connections to the Green Scare Cases and, in Portland, to political prisoner Patrice Lumumba Ford & the Portland 7. The events drew diverse crowds, particularly important were students and other young people. Continue reading

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