Legacy of Torture: COINTELPRO and the San Francisco 8
Their arrests and torture were the product of COINTELPRO, an FBI program designed to disrupt, neutralize and destroy radical movements -- from the Black Panthers to the Young Lords to anti-war activists -- by infiltrating organizations, framing people with false criminal charges, and assassinating charismatic leaders.
Listen in to an engaging conversation with three of individuals fighting for the rights of the San Francisco 8:
Torres was one of the activists part of San Francisco 8. He was born in Puerto Rico and raised in New York. A Vietnam veteran, he has been an activist since his discharge from the military in 1969, and has been active in veterans and community affairs.
Elijah is a human rights lawyer and Harvard law professor. She has been working tirelessly on behalf of the San Francisco 8 for more than 5 years.
Marks is the director of the Freedom Archives, producers of a film on the San Francisco 8 called Legacy of Torture. He has been actively involved in work supporting the San Francisco 8.
Recorded Friday, February 13, 2009 at Jane Addams Hull-House Museum.