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BLACK AUGUST TELECONF:PP/PoW/Exiles/Legacy of Repression,Resistance/8/31,2:00pm
by Sis Marpessa on Thursday, August 26, 2010 at 1:11pm


Black August Commemorative Educational Call: United States Political Prisoners, Prisoners of War, Exiles and the Legacy of Repression and Resistance

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

2 pm EST

A Combined effort of the Political Prisoner and State Repression Working Group and USHRN Training Committee

To participate in this call, please register using the following link:

https://www.accuconference.com/customer/Registration/index.aspx?pkRegQG=f1ff4601-bf8f-46fe-a9eb-b09670208ef2Black August

is a month of great commemorative significance for peoples’ of African descent throughout the African Diaspora, but particularly those in the U.S. where the commemorative tradition originated. Black August, as noted by Mumia Abu-Jamal, “is a month of divine meaning, of repression and radical resistance, of injustice and divine justice; of repression and righteous rebellion; of individual and collective efforts to free the slaves and break the chains that bind us” (http://sfbayview.com/2009/black-august/).THE ORIGIN OF BLACK AUGUST

As the battle for civil come human rights raged in the streets across the United States and around the world, the awareness of those incarcerated for social as well as political action grew and the prisons also caught afire. There arose behind the prison walls a consciousness and resistance, from the Montgomery Bus Boycotters, Birmingham Children's Crusade, Greensboro Sit-in, and Freedom Riders, which persists to this day. While Black August originated in the prisons of California in the 1970’s to honor Jonathan Jackson, George Jackson, William Christmas, James McClain and Khatari Gaulden, it is widely commemorated across the United States.

It was sparked when Jonathan Jackson, 17 year old brother of imprisoned revolutionary human rights activist, George Jackson, was gunned down outside the Marin County California courthouse on August 7, 1970. Johnathan had attempted to liberate three imprisoned Black Freedom Fighters: James McClain, William Christmas and Ruchell Magee. Ruchell Magee is the sole survivor of the August 7th rebellion. He was the co-defendant of former political prisoner Angela Davis. There trials were severed and though he was acquitted of the most serious charges, including kidnapping, Ruchell has been locked down for 45 plus years; most of it in solitary confinement.

George Jackson was assassinated on August 21, 1971 by San Quentin prison guards. The assassination was a deliberate move by the US government to eliminate his successful and revolutionary leadership. In the midst of the government orchestrated murder of George, three prison guards were killed and six Black and Latino prisoners were charged with the guards' deaths. These six human rights activists became known as the San Quentin Six.

Khatari Gaulden, a key intellectual architect of the Black August commemorative tradition, was murdered as a result of the government's malicious denial medical treatment. He suffered a mysterious accident on the San Quentin Prison yard in August 1978.

To honor these sacrifices and the revolutionary vision advocated by George Jackson and others, brothers throughout the prisons of California banded together to continue the fight for dignity and human rights. Black August commemorators in the prisons wore black armbands on their left arm and studied revolutionary works, particularly those of Comrade George Jackson, abstained from music and television, and fasted from sun-up to sundown. Commemorators also exercised daily to sharpen their minds, bodies, and spirits in honor of the collective principles of self-sacrifice, inner fortitude, and discipline needed to advance the struggle for self-determination and other human rights. Black August is...

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