Sat., Sept. 10th: 40th Anniversary of the Attica Prison Rebellion
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WE RECOMMEND: Received in an email from readers of Revolution newspaper:
40th Anniversary of the Attica Prison Rebellion
Saturday, Sept. 10th 4:00 to 6:30 pm The World Stage
4344 Degnan, L.A. Leimert Park
Event is free; donations requested.
"We are not beasts and we do not intend to be beaten or driven as such."
-- L.D. Barkley, 21-year-old spokesman for
theAttica prisoners, killed by New York
state troopers on September 13, 1971
9-13 will be the 40th anniversary of the Attica Prison
Rebellion, and the police massacre of 43 prisoners and guards. Forty
years ago, the men
locked down in Attica rose in rebellion
to be treated like human beings.
Their heroic actions and the
way they conducted themselves
showed that people who had been condemned
as the "worst of the
worst" could rise above the muck and mire, and
in ways that pointed to the possibility of radical
social change. The
memory of Attica is
something people, especially young people, need
to know about today.
This legacy counters justifications given for
warehousing 2.4 million
plus in jails across the U.S. today. It could
spark discussion and debate over whether those locked down today
common criminals who deserve to be locked in these dungeons
victims of a new system of control. -- Revolution Newspaper,
Issue #242. Read more in Issue 245 at [revcom.us]
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