Honoring 50 Year Anniversary Of Historic Attica Prison Rebellion

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(Photos: Twitter) Monday marked the 50th anniversary of the violent retaking of Attica, ordered by Governor Nelson Rockefeller, in the wake of the prisoner uprising in 1971. At the time, officials claimed that prisoners had murdered 10 hostages by slitting their throats. In fact, state troopers had killed every one of those men, as well as 29 prisoners, and had shot a total of 128 unarmed men—guards and the incarcerated alike—within a span of just 15 minutes.Historian Heather Ann Thompson—whose Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy, offers the definitive history of the infamous uprising, the state’s violent response, and the victims' decades-long quest for justice—is out with a new report for The Nation: “Honoring Attica After Half a Century.”Thompson draws parallels from the historic uprising a half-century ago to today’s protests for racial justice, arguing that it’s time to demand law enforcement accountability for the death of unarmed citizens in our prisons as well as on our streets. She explains that Attica erupted into a full scale uprising because of the systematic and endemic human rights violations at the prison.

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