by Clarence B. Jones, co-written with Stuart Connelly
Sept. 9, 2013, marks the 42th anniversary of the prison uprising at the Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York. Forty-two men, mostly inmates, were killed in the armed retaking of the prison under the orders of Gov. Nelson Rockefeller.
I was there, as one of the “observers” specifically requested by the inmates. I, along with Tom Wicker, then associate editor and columnist for the New York Times; Bobby Seale, chairman of the Oakland-based Black Panthers; Bill Kunstler, noted civil rights attorney; and others tried to negotiate a peaceful, non-violent settlement of the dispute.
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