New York: Discussion on Resisting Repression & Supporting Political Prisoners (USA)

Please join us for a follow-up discussion to our July 1st event, “On Jerry Koch, some stories of Political Repression, and Resistance“. In July we were joined by Tarik Haskins, Dequi Kioni-Sadiki, and Bob Lederer. For this event we’ve invited Eve Rosahn, Cisco Torres, and Laura Whitehorn, who will share their analyses and experiences in facing political repression as a result of revolutionary activity.

Thursday, September 12th 2013, 7PM
ABC No Rio
156 Rivington Street, New York, NY 10002, USA


Laura Whitehorn was a member of the Weather Underground, Prairie Fire Organizing Committee, John Brown Anti-Klan Committee, and Madame Binh Graphics Collective. She was arrested in May 1985 as part of the “Resistance Conspiracy case”, along with Alan Berkman (1945-2009), Timothy Blunk, Marilyn Buck (1947-2010), Elizabeth Duke (1940-), Linda Evans (1947-), and Susan Rosenberg (1955-). Laura was held as a political prisoner for 14 years, finally being released in August 1999. She currently lives in New York City with her partner, the writer Susie Day.

Since her release, Laura has been engaged in work to end of mass incarceration and free all political prisoners, especially Release Aging People in Prison (RAPP). The RAPP coalition meets the first Wednesday of every month at the Correctional Association, 2090 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd, 2nd Floor, Manhattan. For more information: Mujahid Farid at (212) 254-5700 ext. 317; mfarid@correctionalassociation.org
Laura has been the subject of the documentary film Out: The Making of a Revolutionary (2000, Sonja de Vries & Rhonda Collins), and also appeared in The Weather Underground (2002, Sam Green & Bill Siegel) and Cointelpro 101 (2010, Freedom Archives). She edited a collection of writings by Safiya Bukhari (1950-2003), The War Before (2010); and an interview with Whitehorn is featured in the pamphlet “Enemies of the State” (Resistance in Brooklyn, 1999), alongside interviews with Marilyn Buck and David Gilbert (1944-). Elizabeth Duke has evaded capture since October 1985. David Gilbert remains in prison, since October 1981, and is currently held at New York’s Auburn Correctional Facility.

Francisco Torres was born in Puerto Rico and raised here in New York City. He is a Vietnam veteran, and was a member of the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army. He was wanted as one of the New York 5, alongside his brother Gabriel Torres, Herman Bell (1948-), Jalil Muntaqim (1951-), and Albert ‘Nuh’ Washington (1941-2000), related to the deaths of two New York City police officers in May 1971. Charges against the Torres brothers were dropped, but Bell, Muntaqim, and Washington were convicted. Beginning in January 2007, Torres was also wanted as one of the San Francisco 8, in a case related to the death of a San Francisco police officer in August 1971. The SF8 included Torres, Bell, and Muntaqim, as well as former Black Panthers Ray Boudreaux, Richard Brown, Hank Jones, Richard O’Neal, and Harold Taylor. Bell and Muntaqim, who were already in prison, plead guilty to reduced charges, and the rest had their charges dismissed. Bell has been in prison since September 1973, and is currently held at New York’s Sullivan Correctional Facility. Muntaqim has been in prison since August 1971, and is currently held at New York’s Auburn Correctional Facility.

Eve Rosahn was one of over 25 people subpoenaed to a grand jury investigating the October 1981 Nyack Brink’s robbery, carried out by allies and members of the Black Liberation Army. Eve (and many others) refused to cooperate with the grand jury, and from 1982-1983 she served 16 months at Metropolitan Correctional Center for civil contempt of court (this is where Jerry Koch and Jeremy Hammond are currently locked-up, Jerry for the same charge as Eve). She’s now a public defender, the Director of the Parole Revocation Defense Unit of the Legal Aid Society of NY. Among those still in prison from the Brink’s robbery include David Gilbert; Judith Clark (1949-), since October 1981, currently at New York’s Bedford Hills Correctional Facility; Sekou Odinga (1944-), since October 1981, currently at New York’s Clinton Correctional Facility; and Mutulu Shakur (1950-), since February 1986, currently at California’s United States Penitentiary – Victorville.


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