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COINTELPRO may not be a well-understood acronym but its meaning and continuing impact are absolutely central to understanding the government’s wars and repression against progressive movements. COINTELPRO represents the state’s strategy to prevent movements and communities from overturning white supremacy and creating racial 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 mount an institutionalized attack against allies of these movements and other progressive organizations.
COINTELPRO 101 is a 56-minute educational film that will open the door to understanding this history. This documentary will introduce viewers new to this history to the basics and direct them to other resources where they can learn more. The intended audiences are the generations that did not experience the social justice movements of the sixties and seventies.
Interviews in the video include (Click on the links below to view Bonus Feature Videos):
Andres Alegria, Prentis Hemphill, Anita Johnson and Claude Marks
With additional camera & sound work: Isaac Ontiveros, Prentis Hemphill, & Camilo Landau, CAN TV—Chicago, Greg Bozell & Luis Roman.
Original Music: Camilo Landau
Narration: Liz Derias - Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
Post production sound: Anita Johnson
“COINTELPRO” – closing music produced by illmind productions, inc
Written and performed by DProsper (R.Ibanga, D.Prosper)
Recorded and Mixed by T.L. Smith @ SouthBank Recording Studio
Writing and narrative assistance—Lincoln Bergman
Extras Editor—Oriana Bolden
Spanish subtitles— Tlaxcala, the international network of translators for linguistic diversity
Additional contributions from Greg Boozell—CAN TV Chicago, Bill X Jennings, California Newsreel, CSUP Chicano Movement Archivesl—Reyes Martinez, Freddie Freak, Roz Payne—Newsreel Films, & Denis Mueller.
Also thanks to Betita Martinez, Alicia Rodriguez, Asha Bandele & Cynthia McKinney
Additional Thanks: Marita Alegria, California Newsreel , Sam Green, Ilka Hartmann, Kamel Jacot-Bell, Alejandro Molina, Roz Payne
Thanks for the generous support of the Akonadi Foundation, John Brown Education Fund, Funding Exchange, LEF Foundation, Peoples Life Fund, Rainbow Grocery Cooperative, Roddick Foundation, Solidago Foundation, B. Wardlaw, Louis Wolf & Dolores Neuman.