Wounded Knee 40 Years On

Guest post by Amber Black, RFC Public Relations & Technology Coordinator

Honoring resistance is at the core of what we do here at the RFC.  A lot of our focus right now is on the lead-up to the 60th anniversary this June, of the executions of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg - our namesake and inspiration, and a mighty symbol of resistance.

But this week we’re marking other anniversaries, and standing in solidarity with other resisters.  We’re thinking about Bradley Manning, who last weekend reached the shameful milestone of 1000 days in prison without trial.

We’re remembering Russell Means and other AIM leaders and fighters, who 40 years ago today rose up at Wounded Knee.

And we’re thinking about how the torch of resistance has been passed through generations and across movements.  It's still burning in the care of activists like those with Idle No More and the Overpass Light Brigade, and Parents for Occupy Wall Street, and grand jury resisters, and countless others.

In the last few hours of their lives, the Rosenbergs wrote in a letter to their sons that they were “comforted in the sure knowledge that others would carry on after us.”  To Bradley, and Russell (shown here at a rally in NYC in 1978 commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Rosenbergs’ deaths), and all the other principled and courageous people who have carried on as days, months, and years pass in the struggle, we stand with you.

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Bradley Manning, white American; Russell Means, Native American; Mumia Abu Jamal, Black American; they are torch bearers to stand with. I must add to the list 70-year-old Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López-Rivera, condecorated Vietnam veteran, who has spent 32 years in jail for "sedition" (12 of them in solitary confinement). They light the World.

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