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Free Dessie Woods!
Maker: National Committee to Defend Dessie Woods; Inkworks Press; Allied Printing
Date Made: late 1970s
Place Made: United States; United States: California, Berkeley
Measurements: 40 cm x 57 cm; 15 3/4 in x 22 7/16 in
Main Subject: African Americans; Political Prisoners; Racism
Materials: paper (fiber product); wrapped, corners
Free Dessie Woods! Smash Colonial Violence On February 2, 1976, Dessie Woods, a Black woman, was railroaded into prison for successfully defending herself against a rape attack by an armed white man. For resisting this form of colonial violence, Dessie Woods is now serving 22 years in the Georgia Women's Institute of Corrections. For more information and to contribute to the defense efforts, contact: National Committee to Defend Dessie Woods. Post Office Box 92084, Morris Brown Station, Atlanta, Georgia 30314. Union Label Allied Printing Trades Council Northern Calif. inkworks
Acquisition Number: 1990-066
Dessie Woods (1945-2006): In 1975, Dessie Woods, an African American woman, killed a white man who tried to rape her. She used his own gun. After the Georgia court sentenced Woods to 22 years in prison, a campaign to Free Dessie Woods was conducted nationally and internationally. She was finally released in 1981. During her 6 years in prison, she was kept in solitary confinement for extended periods of time, and given behavior modification drugs.
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