Event Information:

  • Mon

    Film: "1971"

    6:30 pmat Peterborough Community Theatre

    We have to share news of this film at the Peterborough Community Theatre. Forty-six years ago a small group of activists—eight men and women—broke into an FBI office in Media, PA and removed every document on file. Their goal was to use an active, nonviolent method of civil disobedience to expose numerous illegal FBI operations which were infringing on the First Amendment rights of American citizens. They succeeded.

    The documents they stole and sent to the press revealed J. Edgar Hoover’s “secret counterintelligence program "COINTELPRO," set up to disrupt dissident political groups, including legal civil rights organizations and antiwar groups that Hoover found offensive, and black activist groups, student activists, anti draft protestors, and conscientious objectors. COINTELPRO was a clear and obvious violation of the Constitution.

    Two of the activists, and the author that persuaded them to come forward after decades of silence, will be part of a discussion that follows, facilitated by Douglas Williams of Peterborough.

    To learn more about this history, the corresponding book by Betty Medsger, “The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI”, is available at The Toadstool Bookshop, Peterborough.

    Tickets are $15 per person and are only available on-line. Click here to purchase tickets.