Black August

by Mumia Abu-Jamal by Mumia Abu-Jamal August is a month to assess and build upon the legacy of Black people’s resistance to the armed repression of the U.S. state and its agents. The author, the nation’s best known political prisoner, wrote this article August 4, 1993. Black August by Mumia Abu-Jamal “George Jackson was my […]

Black August, a story of Afrikan freedom fighterz

by Kiilu Nyasha Black August is a month of great significance for Africans throughout the diaspora, but particularly here in the U.S., where it originated. “August,” as Mumia Abu-Jamal noted, “is a month of meaning … of repression and radical resistance, of injustice and divine justice, of repression and righteous rebellion, of individual and collective […]

“Blood in My Eye” 45 yearz later wit’ David Johnson of the San Quentin 6

The People’s Minister of Information JR interviews David Johnson of the San Quentin 6 about the 45th anniversary since the publishing of the political masterpiece “Blood in My Eye” in relation to the 45th anniversary of the assassination of the late great prison human rights leader and Field Marshall of the Black Panther Party George […]

Why Black August Should Be Celebrated Acrozz the Amerikaz

By: Ajamu Nangwaya On May 2, 1967, Black Panthers amassed at the Capitol in Sacramento brandishing guns to protest a bill before an Assembly committee restricting the carrying of arms in public. Self-defense was a key part of the Panthers’ agenda. This was an early action, a year after their founding. | Photo: AFP “The […]

Black August and the Unmasking of the US Police State

By: Jared A. Ball A demonstrator confronts police near Camden Yards during a protest against the death in police custody of Freddie Gray in Baltimore in this April 25, 2015. | Photo: Reuters Black August, paradoxically, shines a light on the contradictions of a country that never was, yet must always be. “The reason you […]

We Who Like It Hot Call It ‘Black August’ (The 2016 Update) – ‘bro. zayid’

It is the month when our oppressors have nothing to celebrate. It is the month where the nature of our oppression and the boldest expressions of our resistance to that oppression have been made most plain. We who like it hot call it ‘Black August’… As a concept of resistance, Black August has its beginnings […]

My first Black August

by Jonelle “We must accept the eventuality of bringing the USA to its knees; accept the closing off of critical sections of the city with barbed wire, armored pig carriers crisscrossing the streets, soldiers everywhere, tommy guns pointed at stomach level, smoke curling black against the daylight sky, the smell of cordite, house-to-house searches, doors […]

Shujaa Graham speakz on the late George Jackson and Hugo Pinell

Legendary California Prison Movement activist and former deathrow prisoner, Shujaa Graham speaks on the inspiration and lessons that he received from brothers like the late Hugo Pinell and George Jackson, while he was a political prisoner in the 70’s. If you would like to hear more from the Block Report, you could tune into BlockReportRadio.com.

A Relentless Will to Win: George Jackson and Afrikan Resistance

In 1960, a skinny 18-year-old African-American named George Jackson walked into a Los Angeles courtroom and pleaded guilty to stealing $70 from a gas station. Though there existed exculpatory evidence, Jackson had already racked up two convictions for petty larceny, and his court-appointed attorney thought it best if he plead guilty in exchange for a […]

Police run feel-good PR campaign while criminalizing Black August

by Davey D Last week I was alerted to an inflammatory story from Bay Area ABC news reporter Dan Noyes that basically sought to disparage the Black August commemorations. The story noted that “police sources” had leaked an FBI bulletin to him stating that prison guards and police were going to be attacked by members […]