Oct 6, 2020
In this episode we interview Laura Whitehorn.
Laura Whitehorn is a co-founder and organizer with the RAPP Campaign (Release Aging People in Prison). Whitehorn is a veteran organizer of numerous organizations, including Friends of SNCC, the Weathermen, Prairie Fire Organizing Committee, the John Brown Anti-Klan Committee, the May 19th Communist Organization, and the Madame Binh Graphics Collective among others.
A committed anti-imperialist, Laura Whitehorn spent 14 years incarcerated in federal prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy and destruction of Government property in what has been called the “Resistance Conspiracy” case.
We talk to Whitehorn about her organizing history, anti-racism, the work of the RAPP Campaign, freeing political prisoners, COINTELPRO, and some of the errors made by white activists during the New Left era that we must still grapple with today. Whitehorn also discusses Zoom, youtube, and Facebook, banning a recent talk she gave with Leila Khaled. Along that topic, Whitehorn talks about being an anti-Zionist Jew, and the violence of settler colonialism in the US and the Israeli state.