About this project
Be a part of an exciting new project documenting a vital member of the West Coast's revolutionary history! The life story of Rita Bo Brown is not one story but many stories. It is the story of a white, working class Butch growing up in rural Oregon in the 1950s, joining struggles for queer liberation in the 1960s and 1970s. It is the story of a former prisoner now organizing to support other people in prison through her work with the Prison Activist Resource Center in Oakland, California. It is the story of a member of the George Jackson Brigade, a militant, revolutionary, prison abolitionist group based in Seattle, Washington in the 1970s. As a member of the George Jackson Brigade, Bo became known as "The Gentleman Bank Robber" for combining her butch style of dress with a polite way of demanding funds from bank tellers, one of the ways the Brigade funded its militant activities to protest military aggression, injustice, and exploitation in the United States and around the world. This short documentary tells all of these stories and more, through interviews with Bo herself, her friends and collaborators, and others inspired by her life’s work.
We are looking for funding to support our trip to Oakland this coming summer to interview Bo and document her life, and to create a DVD to distribute the documentary. This may become part of a larger project about Bo and the George Jackson Brigade in which case we’ll look forward to your participation again. Due to current health issues, Bo asks that questions about and support for the project be directed to one of us working on the project - Lydia Bartholow, Erin McNamara, and Julie Perini. You can reach us at the general email address for the project, firstname.lastname@example.org. Find out more about the project at http://gentlemanbankrobber.tumblr.com/.
Sound in video by Lisa Schonberg.
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