00:00 This tape begins with static and a black screen. 00:27 Color bars and tone. 00:31 Title screen. The narrator gives a brief overview of the 1954 attack on the U.S. House of Representatives. The leader of the group, Lolita Lebron, has been in jail for twenty-three years. She and many other Puerto Rican Nationalist leaders we’re tried for their crimes in New York, including her fellow cohorts in the attack: Rafael Cancel Miranda, Irving… Continue reading
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…uerto Rico should become a U.S. state. Puerto Rican governor Romero speaks about why he is pro-statehood. 12:55 FALN member Horacio Morales explains why they reject statehood and demand independence. 14:45 TV hosts debate the issue. 15:15 Two on Two ends. It appears that this was taped over something else, because we start in the middle of what seems to be a raw tape. A woman interviews residents of a working class Chicago neighborhood after a ma… Continue reading
00:00 This tape begins with static. 00:16 Poster-sized pictures of Oscar Collazo, Rafael Cancel Miranda, Lolita Lebron, and Irving Flores lay atop an altar at a local church. The four are in attendance and sit on the altar throughout the night. Various speakers address the small congregation for most of the tape. This is followed by a performance from activist and musician Marta Rodriguez. 01:16 Irving Flores poses for a few pictures with a supp… Continue reading
0:00 Unrelated TV news reports. 2:40 FALN were arrested in Evanston, where they had been hiding out, wearing”dangling moustaches.” Witness Mrs. Walter Jacobsen speaks to the news crew. She was the person who called the police and caused the police to find the suspects. The police had no previous knowledge that the FALN were hiding in Evanston until Mrs. Jacobsen made this phone call about suspicious activity. We get historical inf… Continue reading
00:00 This tape begins with static. 00:15 Rafael Cancel Miranda speaks with a few supporters before the rally. The camera operator gathers footage of the setting. 01:08 Supporters struggle to open a door to reveal a large crowd of people waiting outside the building for the arrival of the four figureheads of their movement. A ladder is used as a makeshift barrier to keep the crowd at bay. Miranda, Lolita Lebron, and Oscar Collazo are seen approa… Continue reading
…about the development of the Chicano-Mexicano and Puerto Rican national liberation struggle. “We see [the FALN] not only as an entity that rids colonized people of their mentality of inferiority and impotence that have been imposed on us through constant military subjection, but it also poses the possibility of bringing the war of National Liberation to the entrails of imperialism.” Later: “We don’t have to worry about sen… Continue reading
00:00 This tape begins with static. 00:13 Open on a shot of Pedro Archuleta sitting with Luis Rosado, Maria Cueto, and a few others. They are seen talking with one another before the speeches begin. 01:31 Cut to a shot of a banner that reads: “GRAND JURY FBI / U.S. JUSTICE IS A LIE. BIENVENIDOS COMPANEROS.” We then watch as a speaker makes a few remarks and introduces Archuleta to the stage. The speaker talks about the unity between… Continue reading