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11 Apr 2004
Join us for a working conference to build towards freedom for Political Prisoners
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SET THE CAPTIVES FREE Conference on Political Prisoners in the USA

Coming up on Friday April 16 (7pm - 11pm) and Saturday April 17, 2004
(9am - 5pm) in Boston, Massachusetts at Lipke Auditorium, UMASS Boston Info and tickets: 617 - 288 - 1433 email: freedomnow20042000 (at)


Join us for a working conference to build towards freedom for Political Prisoners, Prisoners of War, and Racially Profiled Detainees in the U.S. All have been targeted by the U.S. government. Some were victims of the FBI's vicious COINTELPRO program which lasted from the 50's to the 80's, in which government agents sowed distrust among members of Black Liberation, Puerto Rican Independence, and American Indian Movements, assassinated dozens of leaders in these movements, and imprisoned hundreds more.

Many of our Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War have been locked up for decades and are being singled out for persecution while behind bars. This disturbing trend continues today, and has now been expanded to include people of Arab and Middle Eastern descent. To date, tens of thousands of our Middle Eastern brothers and sisters have been subjected to racial harassment and unjust imprisonment without evidence of wrongdoing or access to lawyers.

The COINTELPRO program is indicative of the government's "respect" for
the right of speech and political action for those who struggle for true freedom for the colonized inhabitants of the United States, as well as those who are colonized abroad: If our dissent threatens to bring about the changes we seek, we're "fair game" for its policies of "neutralization"." Let's enforce our right of speech and dissent by
coming together to *set the captives free.*

Join us on Friday April 16 2004 (7pm - 11pm) for an evening of cultural edutainment with special musical guests Dead Prez, The Foundation, VCR, Blackout Boston, Iyeoka Ivie Okoawo, FTP, Reflect & Strengthen, Curtis King, Simon & Wagner, and PRESENTE!

And Join us on Saturday April 17 all day (9am - 5pm) for workshops on
Political Prisoners, Prisoners of War, and Racially Profiled Detainees
in the U.S with Pam Africa (MOVE), Fred Hampton, Jr., Linda Evans,
Russell Shoates, III, Netdahe Williams, Rod Coronado, Mike Duan, (South Asian Coalition,) Rawan Barakat, (New England Committee to Defend Palestine), Kamel Bell, Michelle Morales, Soffiyah Elijah, Nancy Murray (Patriot Act & Homeland Security), Prof. Robert Hall, Nalda Vigezzi (The Cuban 5) and Jean Day and Marquetta Peltier.

Both events will occur at Lipke Auditorium, UMASS Boston campus. Accessible by red line subway, JFK/UMASS stop.

Cost: $15 for Friday Concert, $10 for Saturday Conference, $20 for both days.


No one will be turned away from the Conference for lack of funds.

Info and tickets: 617 - 288 - 1433 email:

freedomnow20042000 (at)

Sponsored by the Boston Coalition to Free Political Prisoners in the
U.S., the Joiner Center, The Jericho Movement, Mobarezeh Collective,
Boston Area Leonard Peltier Support Group, Leonard Peltier Defense
Committee, Int'l Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu Jamal, AFSC, and PRESENTE!

PRESENTE! is a poetry and theatre collective that for the past three
years has been conducting artistic performances calling attention to the plight of Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War held within the
borders of the United States. Many of these prisoners have been
incarcerated for waging struggle against the U.S. Government's
colonialist and racist policies here and abroad. They are leaders and
combatants for Puerto Rican Independence, Native American rights, Black Liberation; some are North American Anti-Imperialists who interfered with their government's ability to wage war around the world. Some are of Arab and Moslem backgrounds, recent targets of "Homeland Security's" policies of racial profiling and disappearances, which are implemented to silence the most critical voices of protest against colonialism and genocide in the Middle East.

Many of these prisoners have been handed down sentences which amount to life imprisonment -- sentences that are a great deal more severe than what is often imposed on child molesters, rapists, and racists who engage in hate crimes. Some, like the Arab and Moslem detainees have been subject to indefinite incarceration, without charges, the benefit of counsel, or access to their loved ones. Others, like Mumia Abu Jamal, are on death row.

The responses of those who have seen our performances have been very
positive. We have come to the conclusion however that our efforts are
wasted if they do not yield the result of active and massive organizing to seek these prisoners' release from captivity.

It is in the interest of transforming our artistic work into concrete
action that would be useful in securing these prisoners' release, that
we have decided to organize a Set the Captives Free Conference in
Boston. We hope to bring together people from the communities the
prisoners represent, as well as organizers and activists. Our goal is to acquaint those who still don't know of them with their history and
plight, and develop strategies that will lead to their long overdue exit from prison.

Info and tickets: 617 - 288 - 1433 email:

freedomnow20042000 (at)
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