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Maker: Agenzia Masi; Michele Bengali
Date Made: circa 1982
Place Made: West Europe: Italy; Ferrara
Measurements: 96.5 cm x 68 cm; 38 in x 26 3/4 in
Main Subject: Women; Political Prisoners
Materials: paper (fiber product); wrapped, corners
Comitato di Solidarieta' "Silvia Baraldini" Castello Estense Ferrara Silvia una Italiana condannata ingiustamente negli U.S.A. "Per gentile concessione del fotografo Michele Bengali/Agenzia Masi" Perchè torni in Italia firma anche tu!
Acquisition Number: 1998-066
Translation: Silvia - an Italian unjustly condemned in the U.S.A.
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SILVIA BARALDINI, Italian national political prisoner, Silvia Baraldini was born and raised in Italy. When she was in her teens, Silvia's family moved to the U.S. where her father worked at the Italian embassy. Silvia worked to oppose the war in Viet Nam, joined SDS, became active in the women's movement, and organized support for the Black Panther Party. In the late 1970s, Silvia joined the May 19th Communist Organization, traveled to Africa, and worked with the Zimbabwe African National Union. Because of her radical work, she became a target of the FBI's COINTELPRO. COINTELPRO's goal was to destroy resistance to government policy. In 1982, Silvia was arrested, charged, and convicted of the prison escape of Assata Shakur and several other actions. While in prison at Lexington, Kentucky, Silvia (along with political prisoners Alejandrina Torres and Susan Rosenberg) was subjected to a "Small Group Isolation Unit" experiment that was later forced to shut down. Following this experience, Silvia developed cancer and underwent two operations. Then, in 1999, the result of a mass international campaign, Silvia was finally granted a transfer to a prison in her homeland of Italy.