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Freedom Archives

The Freedom Archives is a non-profit educational archive located in San Francisco dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of historical audio, video, and print materials documenting progressive movements and culture from the 1960s to the 1990s. Offering a youth development program focused on engagement with these historical materials and providing media production training, we also produce original documentaries and educational resources for use by schools and organizations as tools for community building and social justice work.  

The materials housed at the Freedom Archives—over 12,000 hours of audio and video recordings—include: weekly news, poetry, music programs; in-depth interviews and reports on social and cultural issues; numerous voices from behind prison walls and recordings of diverse demonstrations and activists. We are also in the process of scanning and cataloging thousands of historical documents, pamphlets, journals, newspapers, and other print materials from many radical organizations and movements which enrich our media holdings. The digitized materials in our archives are free for use and constitute a compelling record of 50 years of recorded sound, images and cultural diversity. The collections are an invaluable resource for young people and students, teachers, diverse community organizations, filmmakers, activists, historians, artists, media outlets, and researchers.  

In order to maintain our values and our commitment to illuminating marginalized voices and uplifting stories of resistance, the Freedom Archives does not take any money from government or corporate sources and our budget is comprised of small grants, family funds, and— most importantly—individual donations. 
 
Contact Information
The Freedom Archives 
522 Valencia Street 
San Francisco, CA 94110 
Telephone: (415) 863-9977 
Email: info@freedomarchives.org
https://freedomarchives.org/

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Source: 2 Tapes of 2 - Betacam SP Digitized by the  California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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Description:  Recorded and Produced in San Francisco. Shown on KQED. Tribute to Malcolm X and Ho Chi Minh who share a birthday - May 19th. Utilizes historical Soviet film footage of Ho Chi Minh and the Vietnamese National Liberation Front and film and stills of Malcolm X.  Source:  1 Tape of 1: 3/4 inch videotape Call Number:  V 217; V 218 Digitized by the  California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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Note:  Carrier leak and skew flagging as described. Part 2 begins with unrelated footage, cuts back to convention at 00:13:50. Complete breakup on Part 6 from 00:16:20-00:20:40. Description:  The Comunicacion Aztlan collective was active during the early 1970s and produced many memorable recordings of Chicano/Latino culture, politics and poetry. Most of the activities of Comunicacion Aztlan collective were centered at KPFA-FM in Berkeley. In 1972, members of the collective traveled to Texas...
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Note:  Content begins and ends abruptly. Carrier leak, skew flagging at top of frame, and dropouts as on original tape. Source:  2 Tapes of 2: 1/2 inch videotape: reel-to-reel Call Number:  V 071;  V 072 Digitized by the  California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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Note:  Cut in program at 00:04:18 Description:  International Women's Day March about the links between women's liberation and national liberation struggles in Latin America and elsewhere. Also contains footage from an Anti-Apartheid demonstration and march in San Francisco, where participants symbolically burn passbooks and draw connections between racism in South Africa and the US. Source:  1 Tape of 1: 3/4 inch videotape Call Number:  V 418 Digitized by the  California Audiovisual...
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Note:  Program begins at 00:0047 on Part 1. Freeze frames for first two minutes of Part 1. Content ends abruptly. Description:  International Women's Day demonstration outside the FCI Dublin prison in support of political prisoners and prisoners of war across the country. Includes footage of a march and speakers. At the time FCI Dublin housed approximately ten women political prisoners. Source:  2 Tapes of 2: 3/4 inch videotape Call Number:  V 419; V 420 Digitized by the  California...
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Note:  Audio frequently distorted and recorded at different levels. Video dropouts, tracking errors, flagging, bearding throughout tapes. Description:  The Comunicacion Aztlan collective was active during the early 1970s and produced many memorable recordings of Chicano/Latino culture, politics and poetry. Most of the activities of Comunicacion Aztlan collective were centered at KPFA-FM in Berkeley. Source:   3 Tapes of 3: 1/2 inch videotape: reel-to-reel Call Number:  V 066; V 067; V 068...
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Description:  The Bay Area was a focal point of Anti-Apartheid organizing and solidarity with African Liberation Movements. Pan African Congress (PAC) organizer, Elizabeth Sibeko, talks about the work of the PAC in Tanzania, the violence of the South African state against the colonized Black population, and repression against liberation fighters. Sibeko also talks about the work of the PAC with refugee communities in Tanzania; the conditions of the Bantustans; and the origins of the PAC....
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Description: Multiple residents from the I-Hotel practice for potential media interviews and speak on their lives at the I-Hotel, options for re-location, outside supporters of the I-Hotel, the possible eviction, and more. Source: 3 Tapes of 3:  1/2 inch videotape: reel-to-reel Call Number:  V 073 Digitized by the  California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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Description:  Silvia Baraldini presents a slideshow on Zimbabwe, laying out the history of colonial rule, the national liberation struggle, and postcolonial challenges and opportunities. Silvia, as well as other Bay Area activists, visited Zimbabwe on the eve of its independence. After their return, Silvia presented this to Bay Area solidarity organizations working around issues of African Liberation. Source:  1 Tape of 1: 3/4 inch videotape Call Number:  V 422 Digitized by the  California...
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Note:  Carrier leak, skew flagging, and tracking errors throughout. Content ends abruptly. Description: Lift Every Voice and Sing/Intro -> Illian (entertainment) -> Victor of National Council of Black Lawyers (NCBL) -> Lewis Myers (lawyer for Geronimo Pratt) -> Horace Tapscott (jazz musician) -> Mamado -> Muntu Matsimela (chairman National Black Human Rights Coalition) -> Brother Watani introduces-> Ashaki Pratt (Geronimo's wife) -> Louis Farrakhan -> End....
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Note:  Raw video footage. White balance errors, tracking errors, bearding, flagging, and frame lock errors as on original tapes. Footage of band starts at 00:08:08 on Part 1. Interviews throughout Parts 2-4. Description:  The Looters were political rock band from the Mission District of San Francisco (where most of the original band members lived). The selected reels include footage shot in San Francisco after the band's tour of Nicaragua. They include interviews with band members, rehearsal...
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Note:  Correct order of tapes is Part 1, Part 3, and Part 2. Tracking errors, carrier leak, black levels recorded high, and skew flagging throughout, as on original tapes. Part 1 image only locks around 00:00:50. Description:  Held in February 1975 in San Francisco, the Frente Conference was an effort to highlight the large community of cultural workers in the Bay Area, the role of culture and cultural workers in  struggles for national liberation and against imperialism  and their...
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Note:  Tracking errors, jitters, carrier leak, skew flagging, and white level problems throughout, as on original tape. Content begins and ends abruptly. Description:  The Festival de Sexto Sol was an important series of events bringing together Chicano and Latino poets to create a new artistic aesthetic and consciousness; a link between creation, art, and tradition of the Aztec and Mayans. This event took place at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. Source:  1 Tape of 1:  1/2 inch...
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Description:  Bay Area journalist Lisa Rudman interviews Puerto Rican Independence fighters and prisoners of war, Dylcia Pagan, Carmen Valentin, Ida Luz Rodriguez, and Haydee Beltran Torres. Incarcerated and interviewed at FCI Dublin these women speak on a variety of issues spanning from their childhood to their political development, from their above-ground activism to their lives in clandestinity, and to their lives as revolutionary women locked up as political prisoners. Source:  6 Tapes...
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Note:  Production footage. Some audio is distorted, as on original tapes. Description:  The Bay Area was a focal point for Anti-Apartheid organizing and solidarity with African liberation movements. Pan African Congress (PAC) organizer Joe Moabi discusses the work of the PAC with the South African refugee communities in Tanzania and how they deal with the refugee crisis by helping to build self-determination, space for refugees to engage in political education, participate in cultural...
Source:  1 Tape of 1: 3/4 inch videotape Call Number:  V 413 Digitized by the  California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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Note:  Audio is somewhat distorted and uneven throughout, as on original tape. Description:  The Looters were political rock band from the Mission District of San Francisco (where most of the original band members lived). The selected tape includes footage shot in San Francisco at No Way Studio, interviews with band members and rehearsal footage. Source:  1 Tape of 1: 3/4 inch videotape Call Number:  V 449 Digitized by the  California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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Note: L ive performance on Parts 4 - 6. Break up and dropouts throughout tapes, as recorded. Audio occasionally cuts out on Part 2 and 3. Description:  The Looters were political rock band from the Mission District of San Francisco (where most of the original band members lived). The selected reels include a Looter's concert from the Kennel Club in San Francisco and sets from the Baby Boom. Source: 6 Tapes of 6: 3/4 inch videotape Call Number:  V 443; V 444; V 445; V 446; V 447; V 442...
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