Ray Luc Levasseur is a former underground participant in the United Freedom Front, which carried out a campaign of attacks from 1975-1984 against South African Apartheid and US intervention in Central America. He spent 13 years in solitary confinement after his capture.

In the first episode of our series on Ray Luc’s experiences in prison and in struggle, he tells the story of how he was radicalized by his imprisonment in Jim Crow Tennessee, his contributions to the movement after his release, his decision to go underground to escape state repression, and his subsequent actions and capture. He also shares his experiences with race and repression, along with other lessons from trial and time on the inside.

We’ll be following up in subsequent episodes with more stories about struggles he participated in during his time in federal prison and since his release.