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Free Los Tres!
Maker: National Committee to Free Los Tres
Date Made: circa 1973-1975
Place Made: North America: United States; California, Los Angeles
Measurements: 57 cm x 44.5 cm; 22 7/16 in x 17 1/2 in
Main Subject: Political Prisoners; Chicano/Latino; Viet Nam War Era; Alcohol, Tobacco & Drugs
Materials: paper (fiber product); wrapped, corners
Air America U.S. Gov. Approved Drug Traffic 100% Pure Free Los Tres! National Committee to Free Los Tres P.O. Box 33522 Los Angeles, CA 90033 223-2471
Acquisition Number: 1992-098
The “National Committee to Free Los Tres,” was created by former (?) members of MECha to defend Rodolfo Sanchez, Juan Fernandez and Alberto Ortiz , members of La Casa de Carnalismo who were convicted of assaulting a federal narcotics officer posing as a drug dealer in East Los Angeles. The primary purpose of La Casa de Carnalismo was to drive dope-pushers out of the community. The three activists and the Committee to Free Los Tres accused the authorities of planting drugs in order to make the bust, with the purpose of subverting the organizing efforts of La Casa del Carnismo . source: Carlos Munoz, "Youth, Identity and Power: The Chicano Movement", 1989, pg. 92
LOS TRES DEL BARRIO Los Tres were three Chicano-Mexicano activists fighting drug-dealing in East Los Angeles during the 1970s. They were charged with shooting several apparent drug dealers who turned out to be undercover police officers.