COINTELPRO 101 – A Documentary about US Government's Long War Against Dissent and Progressive Movements

What do organizations associated with the civil rights movement, socialist, communist and “new left” organizations, anti-war movement, the American Indian Movement, the women’s rights movement, and movements for independence in Puerto Rico have in common? They have all been surveilled and violently disrupted by FBI’s illegal and covert Counter Intelligence Program (COINTELPRO).   COINTELPRO represents the government’s strategy to prevent movements and communities from overturning white supremacy and creating social justice. COINTELPRO is both a formal program of the FBI and a term frequently used to describe a conspiracy among government agencies—local, state, and federal—to destroy movements for self-determination and liberation for Black, Brown, Asian, and Indigenous struggles, as well as to mount an institutionalized attack against allies of these movements and socialist and communist organizations and other progressive organizations. This educational film will open the door to understanding this history.   Don’t miss this opportunity to watch this unreleased documentary about a part of US’ history that rarely gets talked about.   The documentary is produced by the Freedom Archives, presented by the Cultural House and sponsored by the Department of Multicultural Life, and Sociology, Media&Cultural Studies and History Departments.


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