Some wonderful folks gave us a box of these cute shirts leftover from the Let Live conference that used to happen in Portland, OR. We decided to sell them as a benefit shirt. 100% of the proceeds go to help fund the documentary: ‘The Gentleman Bank Robber: The Life Story of Rita Bo Brown’.
From their website, “Be a part of an exciting new project documenting a vital member of the West Coast’s revolutionary history! The life story of Rita Bo Brown is not one story but many stories. It is the story of a white, working class Butch growing up in rural Oregon in the 1950s, joining struggles for queer liberation in the 1960s and 1970s. It is the story of a former prisoner now organizing to support other people in prison through her work with the Prison Activist Resource Center in Oakland, California. It is the story of a member of the George Jackson Brigade, a militant, revolutionary, prison abolitionist group based in Seattle, Washington in the 1970s. As a member of the George Jackson Brigade, Bo became known as “The Gentleman Bank Robber” for combining her butch style of dress with a polite way of demanding funds from bank tellers, one of the ways the Brigade funded its militant activities to protest military aggression, injustice, and exploitation in the United States and around the world. This short documentary tells all of these stories and more, through interviews with Bo herself, her friends and collaborators, and others inspired by her life’s work.”