On Wednesday, May 18th, UCSB’s MultiCultural Center’s weekly Cup of Culture presents a free screening of the documentary COINTELPRO 101, starting at 6pm. A discussion with co-director Claude Marks (Director of the Freedom Archives media collective in San Francisco), and former Black Panther Hank Jones follows the film, which is being co-presented by KCSB-FM and UCSB’s Department of Asian American Studies.

COINTELPRO is an acronym for Counter Intelligence Program, which was a series of covert, and often illegal, projects conducted by the FBI from the mid-1950s into the 1970s. The term is also frequently used to describe a conspiracy among local, state, and federal agencies to destroy movements for self-determination and liberation for Black, Brown, Asian, and Indigenous struggles, as well as mount an institutionalized attack against allies of these movements and other progressive organizations. It represents the state’s strategy to prevent movements and communities from overturning White supremacy and creating racial justice.

COINTELPRO 101 will introduce viewers to the history of social justice movements in the sixties and seventies. For more information on the May 18th screening of COINTELPRO 101 visit the MCC website.