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Libertad a presos políticos latino Americanos

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    United States (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1971 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    FLOR..S [illegible] (artist)
    National Committee to Free Los Tres (issued by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Lithograph on yellow paper

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of the American Friends of the V&A; Gift to the American Friends by Leslie, Judith and Gabri Schreyer and Alice Schreyer Batko

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case Y, shelf 61, box E

The Committee to Free Los Tres was established in 1971 to support three men (Alberto Ortiz, Rodolfo Sánchez, and Juan Fernández) who were accused of assaulting a drug dealer who was in fact an undercover agent for the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. It was believed that the U.S. government was directly involved in supplying narcotics to the Mexican American community. The accused believed that they had to fight such political injustices, and that the only effective means to do so was through Marxism. The larger defense committee evenutally split into smaller Marxist groups before merging with the mutual-aid group the Centro de Acción Social Autónomo (CASA). The 'Los Tres' case was denied review by the American Supreme Court and the three men went to prison.

Physical description

Portrait of Pedro Castillo of Mexico, head and shoulders illustrated. Below, a smaller bust illustration of Catillo bound about the upper arms in chains. The padlocks hanging from the chains read "USA" and "Mex."

Place of Origin

United States (made)


ca. 1971 (made)


FLOR..S [illegible] (artist)
National Committee to Free Los Tres (issued by)

Materials and Techniques

Lithograph on yellow paper

Marks and inscriptions

inscribed on padlock (lithography)

inscribed on padlock (lithography)


Height: 56 cm, Width: 43.1 cm

Descriptive line

Poster by FLOR..S [illegible]. Issued by National Committee to Free Los Tres. USA.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

CHAVEZ, Ernesto. "Imagining the Mexican Immigrant Worker: (Inter)nationalism, identity, and insurgency in the Chicano Movement in Los Angeles: Committee to Free Los Tres and Centro de Acción Social Autonomo." Aztlan, 25:2 (Fall 2000), pp. 109-135. [ISSN 0005-2604]

Production Note

artist's name is likely FLORES


Paper; Ink



Subjects depicted

Freedom; Propaganda; Foreign policy; Prisoner; Padlock; Portrait; Man; Government; Politics; Chains


Prints; Propaganda; Posters


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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