Project NIA (www.project-nia.org)
Attica Prison Uprising 101: A Short Primer
A NOTE FROM MARIAME…
This publication about the Attica Prison uprising of 1971 is not intended to be a cur-riculum guide, but a brief primer for educators and organizers. It includes a timeline of events (with primary sources); testimonies from Attica prisoners; poetry by Attica pris-oners; sample activities for youth; and other suggested resources. We do not claim to have addressed all of the complexity of the rebellion in this short
document. This is by no means intended to be the denitive word about the context and
meaning(s) of the rebellion. We simply offer this resource as another in the long line of publications that have been produced about the Attica uprising. We do so knowing that we will omit a lot important information. This is unavoidable. We had been looking for exactly this type of resource to foster our own popular educa-tion efforts and activism on the occasion of the 40
anniversary of the Attica rebellion.
We didn’t nd anything that quite worked so we took it upon ourselves to create what
would be useful for us. A core value of ours is to share information with others in or-der to facilitate movement-building to eradicate incarceration. As such, we share thisresource with you.This guide was produced by organizers and educators rather than by historians. While we tried to be objective, we are not neutral. We state this unabashedly and honestly. Wesincerely hope that this material is useful to you if you plan to discuss the Attica upris-ing with your students, community members, and others. We encourage others in thefuture to add to our collective knowledge about the Attica Rebellion and its legacy.
If you have any questions about this resource, please feel free to contact Mariame Kaba
at firstname.lastname@example.org.Finally, we invite you to freely reproduce and distribute this primer. We ask that it bedisseminated at no cost and that Project NIA (www.project-nia.org) be acknowledgedas producing this resource. We love hearing from folks about how they have used ourresources so make sure to drop us a line!