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The Attica Rebellion


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The Attica Rebellion. Source: The Freedom Archives

The Attica Rebellion. Source: The Freedom Archives

September 9-13th, 2006 marks the 35th anniversary of the Attica Rebellion, a massive prison rebellion, massacre and cover-up in New York. The story of Attica is one of the most brutal and heroic chapters in United States history. After a five-day occupation, 45 people were killed, 150 were shot and hundreds were tortured. As one slogan from 1971 read, “Attica is all of us.”

Currently, with more than 2 million people imprisoned in the U.S., the story of Attica needs to be told, and the origins of the current anti-prison movement discussed. On this edition, we present a documentary produced by the Freedom Archives.


Frank ‘Big Black’ Smith, Attica Brother and prison activist; L.D. Barkley, Attica Brother killed during the re-taking of the prison; Elizabeth Fink, attorney for the Attica Brothers; Michael Deutsch, attorney for the Attica Brothers; Historical recordings in Attica prison of guards and prisoners during the rebellion and the bloody retaking of the prison.

For more information:

The Freedom Archives – San Francisco, CA

Remembering Big Black
by Bo Brown on The Real Costs of Prisons Weblog

All of Us or None

American Indian Prisoner Support

Barrios Unidos

Books Not Bars

California Coalition for Women Prisoners

Critical Resistance

Death Penalty Focus

Equal Justice USA

Ex-offenders Action Network

Family and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children

Jericho Movement for Political Prisoners

Innocence Project

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children

Prison Activist Resource Center

Restorative Justice Campaign

Safe Streets/Strong Communities

Western Prison Project

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