Neoliberal capitalism is carrying out a vicious assault on public education, health care, public transportation, social housing, regulation of corporations, trade union rights and other essential programs that benefit the laboring classes in the Americas. In the same vein, there has been a corresponding expansion of the repressive policing, judicial and imprisonment capacity of the state.
The criminal justice system across the region is being used to police and regulate the effects of social, economic and political inequalities along the lines of gender, race and class, especially for people of African descent. A Relentless Will to Win: George Jackson and African Resistance.
It is in the above context that Black August should be embraced across the Americas as a commemorative month that focuses on the history and present-day resistance against the violence of the state and capital as well as the liberation agenda being pursued. Black August had its origin in the penal colonies of California in the early s. It started in prison as a way to acknowledge the political and militant struggles of politicized New Afrikan or African-American prisoners and those who were martyred in the process of fighting the prison system.
Black August was used to mark the death of revolutionaries such George Jackson, William Christmas, James McClain, Jonathon Jackson and Khatari Gaulden who were killed in prison or during the armed attempt at liberating African prisoners at the Marin County courthouse.
This commemorative month was used to politicize fellow prisoners and build their capacity to engage in the struggle for emancipation. In this broader context, Black August serves as a month-long period to bring attention to significant or momentous Black Radical Tradition events that occurred in August. The month of August is linked to many important and defining moments in the liberation struggle of Africans in the United States and elsewhere in the Americas. However, the radical forces in the United States need to actually center, highlight, and celebrate August-related events such the Haitian Revolution , Emancipation Day in the Anglophone Caribbean, and the Martinique rebellion of The younger Jackson and three others would be killed, including Superior Judge Harold Haley and August 21, , where George Jackson himself, and five others would be killed at San Quentin State Prison , California, during what is described as a prison break attempt.
After a nationwide manhunt, Angela Davis would be captured and stand trial in connection with the Marin County Court House liberation attempt by Jonathan Jackson, accused of conspiracy in supplying year-old Jonathan Jackson with the weapons used.
George Jackson is accused of smuggling a 9mm pistol and extra clips concealed under an Afro-wig, into the prison cellblock following a visit by Attorney Stephen Bingham. Stephen Bingham would leave the country, not returning to face charges until 14 years later. Both, Davis and Bingham would be acquitted.
Others possibly involved in connection with the events of August 21, would never be questioned.
Full Screen, Original Aspect Ratio - 1. Subtitles Original Product Release Date: Therefore, all revolutionaries, nationalists and others who are committed to ending oppression should actively participate in Black August. Such participation not only begins to build the bridges of international solidarity, but it is through such solidarity that we strengthen ourselves to struggle for victory.
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Black Stories , Editorials , News. Black August originated in the California penal system in the s. Black August had its origin in the penal colonies of California in the early s. The Garvey Movement was the point of the emerging politics of New African resistance. More than 16, military and police personnel were required to quell the rebellion. The movie covers the last 14 months of George Jackson 's life as well as the conditions in California's prison industrial complex.
Create a free website or blog at WordPress. History of Black August: Urban revolts took place in Northern Philadelphia.
A large-scale urban revolt was launched in Lansing, Michigan. July August 2, Urban slave revolt launched in Milwaukee. George Jackson shot and killed in San Quentin by tower guards. Tenets of the Black August Program A fast which historically has been used as an expression of personal commitment and resistance.
Hence, from sunrise until evening meal we will abstain from eating. We abstain from consuming any type of intoxicants for the entire month of August.
The necessity for this should be self-evident for all serious participants of Black August BA. We limit our selection of television and radio to educational programs, i. During BA we emphasize political and cultural studies for individuals involved in BA. Participants in BA should pair off with someone else you know to study and share knowledge of African affairs.
As an outward expression of BA we wear a black arm band on the left arm or wrist as a tribute to those Africans who have died as a result of their sacrifice for African Liberation. The arm band can be worn either on the inside or outside of your clothing. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email required Address never made public. Post was not sent - check your email addresses!
Black August is a drama film produced by Tcinque Sampson and directed by Samm Styles. The film centers on the story of George Jackson's life. Inmate activist George Lester Jackson's short life became a flashpoint for revolution, igniting the bloodiest riot in San Quentin's history. (Some Spoilers) The movie "Back August" is named after the bloodiest prison brake in the California state prison San Quentin's history.