New York, New York

Daniel Burton-Rose

in Guerrilla USA

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780520264281
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520946033 | DOI:
New York, New York

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As the summer came to a close, Rita Brown and Therese Coupez decided to solidify their ties with their colleagues in Attica Brothers Legal Defense by attending the annual Attica Day demonstration in Buffalo, New York, on September 21, 1975. After the protest, they drove to Brooklyn and met others who provided support to incarcerated women. Two of the Attica Brothers they had brought out to Seattle, Frank Smith and Akil al-Jundi, lived in the collective houses of prison activists in Buffalo. Brown and Coupez were hosted by the collective where Akil stayed, as were a pair of black lesbians—perhaps students at the University of North Carolina in Durham—who represented a women prisoners' group similar to Women Out Now. The Durham activists expanded their attention in order to confront the atrocious conditions in the Correctional Center for Women in Raleigh. Brown and Coupez also attended the trial of fugitive Pat Swinton.

Keywords: Rita Brown; Therese Coupez; New York; women prisoners; prison activists; Pat Swinton; Correctional Center; Attica Brothers; Attica Day

Chapter.  2132 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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