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This months Liberation Flicks will commemorate the Attica prison uprising that took place 45 years ago this week, September 9th 1971.
The lessons of Attica's heroic uprising and the murderous violence unleashed on the prisoners continue to inspire resistance from oppressed people around the world, inside and outside of prison.
In fact, this September 9th, prisoners, their families, and supporters on the outside are coordinating a nationwide prisoner strike and we urge everyone to support any and all actions happening on this historic day of the people.
The uprising of prisoners at the upstate NY prison was part and parcel of the broader movement aimed at revolutionizing U.S. society that swept the country in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Prisoners, who had studied revolutionary literature from Marx to Fanon and Nkrumah, decided to take action and assert their right to be treated as human beings.
They drew up a 27-point manifesto detailing conditions and demanding action. After receiving no response, and in the wake of the criminal murder of Black Panther leader George Jackson in California, roughly 1,500 inmates, almost all black and brown, took over the prison, taking guards hostage to ensure their demands got a fair hearing.
Join us on this special day as we remember the heroic comrades of Attica and commit ourselves to the struggles up ahead!