Daughter of a Jewish family from Brooklyn, she was a militant of the Weathermen Underground, the main legend of the white revolutionary left. She belonged, afterwards, to one of the organization’s descendants, the May 19th Communist Organization, which specialized - during the 70’s and 80’s - in the explosion of military installations, mainly in New York and Washington DC.
Arrested in May 1985, Whiteborn ended up sentenced to 20 years in prison, but received probation after serving 14.
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She was able to return to political activity in 2005 and since then has participated in several associations that collaborate with the prisoners, in addition to acting in publications dealing with themes directly or indirectly linked to carcerary issues.
Her ideas on what to do, however, are quite peculiar.
“The case of political prisoners is marginal in our country," she says. "As much as we work to their advantage, there is a huge public opinion retaining wall. We can only break through this isolation if we approach the subject as part of the fight against mass incarceration, one of the most brutal and explicit faces of state violence."
The path she points to passes by flags such as maximum age restriction to imprisonment, release in case of severe illnesses, more generous criminal progression mechanisms and the elimination of solitary confinement for bloodless crimes.
Her former partner in the organization and jailmate Susan Lisa Rosenberg, 61, found another way to contribute to the libertarian campaign: she devoted much of her time after leaving prison to writing her biography, entitled An American Radical: a Political Prisoner in My Own Country, released in 2011.
Several former political prisoners have chosen to put their experience on paper . In fact, in the last decade, there has been a small literary wave with publications on the subject, which end up assisting in the dissemination of this drama that originated in the rebel years.
Susan was arrested with explosives in 1985, during a police operation. It was the latest chapter of her political life, which started in high school, before she knew the worst of the country’s dungeons.
Sentenced to 58 years, she benefited from the pardon given by President Bill Clinton on the last day of his mandate, which reduced her sentence to 23 years and allowed for her immediate parole.
For her, the solidarity towards prisoners goes beyond a humanitarian issue; it represents the rescue of a generation’s commitment.
"We made terrible mistakes, believing in alternatives that had no chance of succeeding," she confesses. "We fought for what was worthing fighting, for dreams that are still current. But I still believe in socialism and see myself as an anti-imperialist activist. Nothing we did was in vain. "
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