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The Freedom Archives contains over 10,000 hours of audio and video tapes. These recordings date from the late-60s to the mid-90s and chronicle the progressive history of the Bay Area, the United States, and international solidarity movements. The collection includes weekly news/ poetry/ music programs broadcast on several educational radio stations; in-depth interviews and reports on social and cultural issues; diverse activist voices; original and recorded music, poetry, original sound collages; and an extensive La Raza collection.

These materials constitute a compelling record of forty years of recorded sound, images and cultural diversity. The music/poetry mixes, production techniques, and sound collages represent an innovative contribution to the art of radio and the cultural ambiance of "the 60s" and subsequent decades.

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Symbols of Resistance: A Tribute to the Martyrs of the Chican@ Movement
Producer: Freedom Archives
Publisher: PM Press/ PM Video
ISBN: 978-1-62963-504-0
UPC: 760137047797
Published: 11/01/2017
Format: DVD (NTSC)
Size: 7x5
Length: 75 minutes
Subjects: Chican@ History/Political Activism
$19.95

Symbols of Resistance illuminates the untold stories of the Chican@ Movement with a focus on events in Colorado and New Mexico. The film engages student activists, the effect of police repression, and how issues of identity, land, and community still resonate in the Chican@ struggles of today. Through interviews with those who shaped the movement and rare historical footage, Symbols of Resistances offers a window into a dynamic moment in history and movement building.

Interviews include prominent Chicana leader Priscilla Falcón, activist lawyer Francisco “Kiko” Martínez, Mexican Liberation organizer Ricardo Romero, former director of El Pueblo History Museum Deborah Espinosa, and veteran reporter, photographer, and newspaper editor Juan Espinosa.

Closed captions and with Spanish subtitles.

Praise:

Symbols of Resistance is an important contribution to the critical understanding of the 1960s/1970s Chicano movement.”
—Dr. Carlos Muñoz Jr., author of Youth, Identity, Power: The Chicano Movement

“We are indebted to the recent documentary Symbols of Resistance for bringing to life courageous student leaders in Colorado engaged in the newly formed Chican@ movement for respect and justice.”
—Kathleen Cleaver

“This is a brilliant project of un-forgetting the paradigm shifting Chicana/o movement of the 1960s and 1970s, essential history to be celebrated and emulated.”
—Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States

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COINTELPRO 101
Producer: Freedom Archives
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 978-1-60486-522-6
UPC: 760137517498
Published: May 2011
Format: DVD (NTSC)
Size: 7.5 by 5.5
Length: 60 Minutes
Subjects: Politics, History
$19.95

COINTELPRO 101 exposes illegal surveillance, disruption, and outright murder committed by the U.S. government in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. “COINTELPRO” refers to the official FBI COunter INTELligence PROgram carried out to surveil, imprison, and eliminate leaders of social justice movements and to disrupt, divide, and destroy the movements as well. Many of the government's crimes are still unknown. Through interviews with activists who experienced these abuses first-hand and with rare historical footage, the film provides an educational introduction to a period of intense repression and draws relevant lessons for present and future movements.

Interviews in the video include:

  • Muhammad Ahmad (Max Stanford), Founder of Revolutionary Action Movement, author of We Will Return In The Whirlwind: Black Radical Organizations 1960–1975.
  • Bob Boyle, Attorney representing many activists and political prisoners targeted by COINTELPRO.
  • Kathleen Cleaver, former leader of the Black Panther Party, now Professor of Law at Emory and Yale Universities, and co-editor of Liberation, Imagination, and the Black Panther Party: A New Look at the Panthers and Their Legacy.
  • Ward Churchill, co-author of The COINTELPRO Papers and Agents of Repression.
  • Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Native American activist and author of Outlaw Woman: A Memoir of the War Years 1960–1975.
  • Priscilla Falcon, Mexicana activist and professor whose husband was assassinated for his leadership in the Chicano struggle.
  • Geronimo Ji-Jaga Pratt, former leader of the Black Panther Party who was falsely imprisoned for twenty-seven years in a COINTELPRO case.
  • And many others

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