310 W Locust Street, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Milwaukee Public Library, 6-8 P.M.
Join Milwaukee IWOC at the Martin Luther King Library Community room at 6pm for a screening of the The Gentleman Bank Robber: The Story of Butch Lesbian Freedom Fighter rita bo brown.
Following the screening will be a discussion and letter writing to lgbtq+ people in prison. The Moving LibrAry will bring their lending library and zines about GJB and other militant queer resistance. The event will be free and snacks provided, donations to Bo’s medical fund will be accepted.
Learn more or donate to fund now here: https://www.youcaring.com/bo-brown-655777
About the Film: The story of rita bo brown, a working-class butch lesbian from rural Oregon. She was an anti-authoritarian, anti-capitalist, ex-prisoner and a member of the militant, underground George Jackson Brigade, active in the 1970s in the Pacific Northwest.
She became known as “The Gentleman Bank Robber” in the 1970s for combining her butch style of dress with a polite demeanor while demanding funds from bank tellers. The film moves between everyday moments with bo in and around her current home in Oakland, California, and retelling the events of bo’s extraordinary life through interviews with bo and her collaborators, archival materials, and rare social movement ephemera.
The Gentleman Bank Robber weaves together personal and political perspectives on 20th century social movement histories, including queer liberation in the 1960s; militant, underground activity with the George Jackson Brigade in the 1970s, a revolutionary prison abolitionist group; political prisoner support work in the 1980s, and prison activist work into the present day. bo brown is a model for how to lead a life of committed activism while maintaining a sense of humor and humanity.
Director Julie Perini is an experimental and documentary videos and film maker from Portland, Oregon.