41st Anniversary of Massacre at Attica

Attica prison rebellionToday, September 13, marks the 41st anniversary of the brutal attack by New York police officers and prison guards which ended the Attica Prison Rebellion which began on September 9, 1971.

People’s Law Office was among a group of civil rights attorneys around the country who immediately responded to the massacre and provided legal representation to inmates who were charged with crimes due to their involvement in the rebellion.  Many of the participants, particularly key organizers, were subjected to abuse and torture by guards after the rebellion was suppressed.  Lawyers from People’s Law Office, along with other civil rights attorneys, represented the Attica Brothers in a class action civil rights lawsuit which settled in 1999 for $12 million.

For more information on the Attica Rebellion and subsequent massacre:

Attica Is All Of Us from Freedom Archives on Vimeo.

Attica Prison Uprising 101: A Short Primer by Mariame Kaba, Project NIA

For more on our work representing the Attica Brothers:

Remembering Attica Forty Years Later, article in Prison Legal News, co-written by Michael Deutsch of People’s Law Office

Attica Rebellion Radio documentary featuring Michael Deutsch

Portion of the History page on this site discussing Attica