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  • It’s a Living: The Unemployment Line

    It’s a Living: The Unemployment Line

    Part of the “It’s a Living” series created by Videopolis based on Studs Terkel’s book Working, which focuses on workers in Chicago. This tape is the record of a single hour at the state unemployment compensation office in Logan Square on the city’s northwest side. People in the line talk about what it’s like to be out of work as they deal with bureaucratic entanglements of their cases. As the program progresses, a family finally receives the check they needed to survive–after eight attempts. Continue reading

  • [Rally for Andres Cordero upon his release from prison]

    [Rally for Andres Cordero upon his release from prison]

    This tape features footage of a Puerto Rican Nationalist community meeting in Chicago celebrating the release of Andres Cordero, a Puerto Rican Nationalist who had gone to prison for taking part in an attack on the U.S. House of Representatives in 1954. Continue reading

  • [Maria Cueto – Andres Jimenez]

    [Maria Cueto – Andres Jimenez]

    This tape features footage of an interview with Maria Cueto, who had recently been released after being imprisoned for ten months for refusing to give information about FALN bombings to a grand jury. The second segment on the tape features a Puerto Rican Nationalist event, and ends with a musical performance by Andres Jimenez. Continue reading

  • [FALN church rally for four released Puerto Rican Nationalists]

    [FALN church rally for four released Puerto Rican Nationalists]

    This tape features footage of a National Liberation Armed Forces (FALN) support gathering in September 1979 in Chicago. It took place right after Puerto Rican Nationalists Oscar Collazo, Irving Flores, Rafael Cancel Miranda, and Lolita Lebron were released from jail upon President Jimmy Carter’s commutation of their sentences. Collazo was incarcerated for the attempted assassination of President Harry Truman. Flores, Miranda, and Lebron had been in jail for a 1954 attack on the U.S. House of Representatives. This tape features a church service and meeting honoring the four nationalists. Folksinger and activist Marta Rodriguez also performs. Continue reading

  • [Rally for four released FALN members]

    [Rally for four released FALN members]

    This tape features footage of a National Liberation Armed Forces (FALN) support rally in September 1979 in Chicago. It took place right after Puerto Rican Nationalists Oscar Collazo, Irving Flores, Rafael Cancel Miranda, and Lolita Lebron were released from jail upon President Jimmy Carter’s commutation of their sentences. Collazo was incarcerated for the attempted assassination of President Harry Truman. Flores, Miranda, and Lebron had been in jail for a 1954 attack on the U.S. House of Representatives. In this tape, the released nationalists address a crowd of supporters for the first time. Continue reading

  • [Dinner and March]

    [Dinner and March]

    This tape features footage from a National Liberation Armed Forces (FALN) support rally in late 1979 in Chicago. It took place right after Puerto Rican Nationalists Oscar Collazo, Irving Flores, Rafael Cancel Miranda, and Lolita Lebron were released from jail upon President Jimmy Carter’s commutation of their sentences. Collazo was incarcerated for the attempted assassination of President Harry Truman in 1950. Flores, Miranda, and Lebron had been in jail for a 1954 attack on the U.S. House of Representatives. This tape features a dinner and then a march in Humboldt Park. Continue reading

  • [March to United Nations in New York part 2]

    [March to United Nations in New York part 2]

    This tape features footage of a New York City protest against police brutality. A throng of demonstrators march the streets in protest, eventually arriving at the United Nations building for a public address. Continue reading

  • [United Nations rally with Angel Cristobal Rodriguez in New York part 3]

    [United Nations rally with Angel Cristobal Rodriguez in New York part 3]

    This tape features footage of an outdoor rally that took place a day before Puerto Rican Nationalists Oscar Collazo, Irving Flores, Rafael Cancel Miranda, and Lolita Lebron were to be released from prison in 1979. Collazo attempted to assassinate President Truman in 1950, while the other three were convicted for opening fire in the House of Representatives in 1954, wounding six. The sentences of all four were commuted by President Jimmy Carter. The rally took place in New York City near the United Nations building. Continue reading