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The Bombing of Osage Avenue

The Hollywood Theatre presents a special screening of THE BOMBING OF OSAGE AVENUE benefiting Liberation Literacy, a non-profit organization bringing social justice literacy to those living inside the Oregon prison system. While this event is a benefit, nobody will turned away at the door for lack of funds until capacity is reached.

On May 13, 1985, the Philadelphia Police Department orchestrated a military-style raid on the communal home of the Black Liberation organization MOVE, dispatching a small army of almost 500 cops to the residential neighborhood of Cobbs Creek and assaulting their building with automatic gunfire, tear gas, and bombs dropped from a helicopter. Six adults and five children were murdered; the ensuing fires – left intentionally to burn – destroyed more than sixty nearby homes. Writer/narrator Toni Cade Bambara and director Louis Massiah’s THE BOMBING OF OSAGE AVENUE provides a radically different perspective from the standard narrative that emerged across national media, focusing instead on the testimony of local black residents as a way to articulate “the dismemberment of a community, the relation of a people to a place, ruptured.”

About Liberation Literacy:

Liberation Literacy's mission is to build social justice literacy in prisons in order to reimagine and re-articulate the relationship between incarceration, our community, and ourselves. We are a non-profit led by formerly and currently incarcerated members of our community. We meet weekly inside of Columbia River Correctional Institution to discuss readings on a range of topics, including “Studies in Mass Incarceration,” “Policing and the Criminalization of Blackness,” and “Contemporary Social Movements.” Current projects include a weekly reading group inside CRCI, a bi-annual newsletter with writing and art by members of Liberation Literacy, monthly screenings of movies about social justice issues in partnership with Cinema Project, and a Freedom Library which provides full sets of books and a variety of movies inside Oregon prisons. To get involved or find out more about our projects, visit Liberation Literacy’s website, Facebook, and Twitter.

Year 1986
Format Digital
Runtime 58mins
Wheelchair accessible Yes
Assistive Listening Available