"The exact date of this episode is unknown. We've filled in the date above with a placeholder. What we actually have on record is: 1971-11-uu.
Eleanor Fischer explores the issue of prison reform two months after the Attica Prison uprising of September 1971. The interview includes a discussion with former inmates and William vanden Heuvel who was the Chairman of the New York City Board of Corrections."
"The following documentaries and interviews pertaining to the 1971 Attica insurrection were all produced at WBAI, KPFK, and other affiliated stations of the Pacifica Foundation. We wish to thank the Foundation for their generous permission to make them available to students, teachers, and the general public at this website."
The Prisoners Solidarity Committee was organized in 1971 by the Workers World Party, a revolutionary Marxist organization made up mainly of white radicals, to provide outside help for the incarcerated after a prison uprising in Auburn, New York. Initially formed in New York, the PSC ultimately spread to other locations across the country, including Buffalo, Syracuse, Rochester, Boston, Cleveland, Detroit, Milwaukee and Wilmington, Delaware. In addition to white leftists, the group also included relatives of prisoners and some ex-prisoners. The PSC sought to publicize the conditions inside U.S. prisons and advocate for reform.
The group also played a role in the Attica Prison uprising. This special newsletter on Attica includes articles on conditions inside the prison; prisoner demands; prisoners’ relatives; a meeting with community members; solidarity protests in other cities.
"The Meyer Report was presented to former New York State Governor Hugh L. Carey and former New York State Attorney General Louis J. Lefkowitz in October 1975 by Special Deputy Attorney General Bernard S. Meyer. Governor Carey appointed Meyer Special Deputy Attorney General in April 1975 “to inquire into and evaluate charges related to the conduct of the investigation into the retaking of the Attica Correctional Facility and related events subsequent thereto.” The Meyer Report is a report on Meyer’s inquiry and evaluation."
The second and third volumes of the report were kept under seal for decades. In September 2013, the Office of Attorney General filed a motion in Erie County Supreme Court seeking permission to unseal Volumes Two and Three of the Report. In 2014, Supreme Court Judge Patrick A. NeMoyer approved their release, but ordered material derived from Grand Jury proceedings to be redacted.
This pamphlet includes a chronology of events and a series of interviews with prisoners from Attica, including Roger Champen, Frank Lott, Donald Noble, Jerome Rosenberg, George Nieves, Carl Jones-El and Frank Smith.
"What's Happening" was a "street newsletter" put together by NewYork City-based Yippies in Project Y.E.S. This issue includes an update on the Attica Prison massacre; two letters about the death of Sam Melville; poetry from the street; local Yippie happenings.