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.
00:00Copy video clip URL This tape begins with static.
00:16Copy video clip URL A speaker receives a warm round of a applause from a room full of supporters and show ssupport towards the Palistinian movement. The speakers begins to name off several Puerto Rican Nationalists and supporters, thanking them for their involvement with the cause. Some are in attendance, some are not. The names include, but are not limited to: Marion Stamps, Ed Marksman, Pedro Archuleta and Luis Rosado (two of four Puerto Rican Nationalists who spent nine months in prison after refusing to testify before a grand jury investigating the FALN), Oscar Collazo (imprisoned for attempting to assassinate President Harry Truman), Rafael Cancel Miranda, Irving Flores, and Lolita Lebron (three Puerto Rican Nationalists responsible for an attack on the U.S. House of Representatives in 1954), Antonio Marin, and Oscar Lopez (arrested and sentenced to 70 years in prison for seditious conspiracy charges in 1980). The speaker also introduces various members of the Puerto Rican Nationalist League. The entire speech is in Spanish. He goes on to ask everyone to travel to Western Avenue and Division Street in Humboldt Park for protest later in the evening.
09:20Copy video clip URL Attendees eat their dinners and talk with one another. This lasts for several minutes.
10:24Copy video clip URL The camera operator gets a shot of a large banner that has the name of Andres Figueroa Cordero across it. Cordero was also involved in the House of Representatives attack in 1954. The speaker goes on to make a few closing statements about some of the larger inspirational figures in their movement, including Lolita Lebron (leader of the group of nationalists that attacked the House of Representatives in 1954), and Carlos Torres (involved in the bombing of Fraunces Tavern in New York City, 1975).The speaker continues to address the crowd. The dinner guests continue to eat. Marta, a blind folksinger, also appears at the event. This lasts for several minutes.
19:46Copy video clip URL Cut to footage from the protest at Western Avenue and Division Street. It is relatively quiet as people roam the streets waiting to begin. Slowly but surely, the crowd grows and is eventually seen marching down the street, chanting about the Puerto Rican and Chicano fighting hand in hand, working together, “Boricua, Chicano, luchando mano en mano.”
23:45Copy video clip URL A group of people people pass by holding two large banners, and there is more footage of the march. This lasts for the remainder of the tape.
26:20Copy video clip URL Tape ends.