GCCT - An African-American man was sitting in his vehicle parked at Circle K in Stanley, North Carolina earlier this month. From his perspective, he was suddenly surrounded by 4 Gaston County Police officers who took him by surprise.
Tonight we are discussing the history of the Young Lords Party which started out as a Puerto Rican street youth gang as protection from violent racist attacks in white neighborhoods and police oppression. The street gang would evolve into a revolutionary Puerto Rican nationalist group that partnered with the Black Panther Party and worked in solidarity within communities of non-white people to administer survival programs for the poor. The organization like most of its time, fell victim to the FBI’s illegal COINTELPRO.
Political Prisoner Radio is a program that seeks to educate the public on the individual cases of political prisoners and prisoners of war being held by the United States government, many for decades under torturous conditions. It features former political prisoners, advocates, family members and organizations work to free these individuals. The program often discusses the historical political repression and social conditions that existed and still exist within the United States of America.