Colorado State University - Pueblo sponsors film/panel on counter intelligence programs
PUEBLO – The University Archives at Colorado State University-Pueblo will sponsor a film and panel discussion on COINTELPRO 101, which chronicles a series of covert projects aimed at discrediting and disrupting domestic political organizations.
The event will begin with a reception at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4 in the Library and Academic Resources Center 109. A showing of the documentary film begins at 7 p.m. with the panel discussion to follow at 8 p.m.
COINTELPRO (an acronym for Counter Intelligence Program) was a series of covert, and often illegal, projects conducted by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) aimed at surveiling, infiltrating, discrediting and disrupting domestic political organizations. Information about the documentary may be found at http://www.freedomarchives.org/Cointelpro.html
The panel discussion will include three Chicano activists who were interviewed in the film:
Francisco ‘Kiko’ Martinez is a civil rights attorney in Alamosa, who was the target of law enforcement and FBI surveillance in the early 1970s due to his Chicano and leftist political views expressed through his legal and community work. In 1973, Martínez was indicted in Colorado accused of mailing three package bombs in Denver; after a lengthy series of court battles, he was exonerated and lives and practices law in Alamosa, where he remains involved in community and social activism.
Dr. Priscilla Falcon is a Chicana activist and professor of Hispanic studies at the University of Northern Colorado. She is the widow of Chicano activist Ricardo Falcon, who was killed in a racially motivated altercation with a gas station attendant in Oro Grande, N.M. in 1972 en route to the La Raza Unida convention in El Paso.
Ricardo Romero is a Chicano activist for immigrants rights who, in 1981, refused to testify before a Grand Jury, along with other activists, to provide information on the activities of political activist organizations.
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