This week on KPFA Women's Magazine, we talk with Bo (Rita D.) Brown, who spent eight years in prison for her work as part of the revolutionary George Jackson Brigade. A white working-class butch from rural Oregon, Brown was known as the "Gentleman Bank Robber," for a number of years in Seattle. In this interview with Kate Raphael, she talks about coming out, becoming politicized and her relationship with Black Panther Assata Shakur. Bo Brown is now dealing with Lewy-Body dementia; a benefit for her expenses will be held on May 13 in Oakland. (If you can't make it but want to contribute, you can do so here.)
Sparks Fly for BO! May 13th, 2017
First Unitarian Church
685 14th Street Oakland Ca. 94612
Doors Open at 6pm
Event will include:
- First screening from documentary "The Gentleman Bank Robber"
- Live Music:
- Mama's Boyz
- Live screen printing of Vintage queer T-shirts!
- Prints, Posters & Art for Sale:
- Doug Minkler
- Terry Forman
- Miranda Bergman & more
All funds raised will go directly to Bo Brown
The Gentleman Bank Robber (sample) from Julie Perini on Vimeo.
Click here to listen to entire show. 59:50
Also on today's show:
Author Ellen Meeropol
Author Susan Griffin