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Anniversary of Attica this Tuesday

On September 9, 1971, the prisoners in the Attica Prison in New York fought back, prompted by the inhumane treatment they were receiving, the racial inequalities of both the inmates and the guards and the recent assassination of radical George Jackson. The riots lasted for four days, receiving mass media coverage as well as public support. There were 42 hostages taken, all of which remained unharmed until the police raid on on September 13 under orders of Governor Rockefeller.
Portland Anti-Imperialists are proud to honor those who fought against the system 38 years ago at the Attica prison rebellion with a video presentation featuring Attica survivor Splitting the Sky.

Please join us at the Red and Black Café (400 SE 12th Ave) on Tuesday, September 9, 2008 at 7pm to hear an account of the riots in a video of Splitting the Sky with a lesson on the riots from local activist and historian Dominic. After the speech and video, there will be a Q&A session.

This event is free but donations will gladly be accepted. Also, a safer space policy is in effect so be respectful of others please.

Also, Portland Anti-Imperialists will be presenting a selection of video shorts about the recent RNC protests in Minnesota at Laughing Horse Bookstore (12 NE 10th) at 7pm on Saturday, September 13th. There will be speeches as well by some Portland activists who were at the RNC. More info about that to come later.