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Bo Brown

Julie Perini & Josh MacPhee


Revolutionary Abolitionist – Political Prisoner – Mentor & Educator – Gender Outlaw

“I am an anti-authoritarian lesbian feminist anarcho-communist. I am an urban guerilla committed to give my white life is necessary” —Rita “Bo” Brown (1947–2021) read this statement at her sentencing in Portland, Oregon in 1978. Bo Brown was a formerly incarcerated working-class butch from rural oregon and member of the militant underground George Jackson Brigade. While living in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1980s, she co-founded Out of Control Lesbian Committee to Support Women Political Prisoners.

This CPH poster printed at the worker-owned and union-run Community Printers, Santa Cruz, CA.

This is #174 in the Celebrate People’s History Poster Series.

Julie Perini makes experimental and documentary films/videos, as well as photographs, installations, events, and works of creative writing. Her film about Brown, The Gentleman Bankrobber, can be seen HERE.

Josh MacPhee is an artist/designer/archivist based in Brooklyn.