Saturday, November 29, 2008

Support the Work of the Freedom Archives

“The future belongs to those that prepare for it today.” –Malcolm X

Dear Friends,

With your help over the past year, the Freedom Archives’ youth program has grown substantially. We have trained over 25 young people in archival and production work, and have continued to partner with other local organizations and schools to expand our impact. We are co-teaching an after-school program with Galeria de la Raza that explores the history of youth-led movements in the Bay Area and guides youth through creating multi-media projects inspired by and re-imagining this history.

Our work in classrooms is reaching a greater number of students and includes a five-part series on progressive Bay Area history in a social studies class at June Jordan High School for Equity. In this series we utilize the unique and rich media in the Archives to create a dynamic approach to teaching this important movement history. We continue to strengthen our community programs at San Francisco City College, San Francisco State, and other community institutions.

With the release of our Paul Robeson CD “Words Like Freedom” earlier this year, we were touched to discover how many were inspired by the timeliness and continued relevance of Robeson’s anti-imperialist and internationalist message. It’s also amazing to realize that it was only through your support in the past year that we were able to complete that important project which has been so greatly received.

And With Your Continued Support, We Just Keep On Rolling Along…

In the last 18 months Freedom Archives has taken on one of our most ambitious projects-a documentary film on the history of the FBI COINTELPRO program.

We are confident that this project, like many Freedom Archives’ efforts, addresses contemporary issues and stories that are at the core of why the Freedom Archives exists and why you have supported our work for the last nine years. We know that you realize that it is more important than ever before to not only maintain but build community projects that address our youth, our families, our political prisoners, our communities, and our future.

Now we need YOUR HELP to raise $10,000 to complete COINTELPRO 101.

We previewed a 10-minute segment of the film at the recent Critical Resistance 10 conference in Oakland where our COINTELPRO panel featured human rights attorney Soffiyah Elijah, former Congressperson Cynthia McKinney, Elliot Monteverde, an attorney and NY Puerto Rico Grand Jury resister, and Lucy Rodriguez, a Puerto Rican Independentista and former political prisoner.
The response to the film and the panel was overwhelming. Our plan for distribution of COINTELPRO 101 is scheduled for next year and our hope is that it sparks renewed interest in re-opening an investigation into government repression that includes accountability for agents and agencies who have violated people’s civil rights – including the ongoing imprisonment of those targeted by COINTELPRO and other programs of political repression.

We need you to continue to be a part of this significant work by inviting you to join our new monthly sustainer program at the rate of $25 a month or more. Monthly sustainership allows you to give an amount that’s meaningful to you but fits your monthly budget while also allowing us to plan more accurately and continue our work knowing we can count on your regular donation.

--A $25 monthly donation would strengthen our operating budget insuring that we can continue to produce important documentary projects.
--A $35 monthly donation would allow us to invest in much needed equipment for our youth programs.
--A $50 monthly donation would help us complete COINTELPRO 101 and create an effective distribution plan.

Join other community members, friends, and family in giving monthly by visiting our website: and following the link on any page to make a contribution. You can also make a one time online contribution or simply send your check in the return envelope to the Freedom Archives. You can maximize your contribution this way by helping us avoid credit card transaction fees.

Please also visit our web site to see some of the exciting projects that our joint efforts have produced. We are especially proud of the internationally recognized video “Legacy of Torture” that continues to mobilize and educate people about the ongoing case of the San Francisco 8. More information can also be found at

We thank you deeply in advance; for nine years the support of hundreds of people like you has sustained us as a radical independent organization, keeping us from being reliant on foundations. We hope you will continue to support The Freedom Archives knowing that our work is especially important now in these difficult but hopeful times.
Freedom Archives
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
415 863-9977

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