Black August: “A month of meaning, of repression and radical resistance, of injustice and divine justice.”
- Mumia Abu-Jamal

Black August ori­gin­ated in the con­cen­tra­tion camps of Cali­for­nia to honor fallen Free­dom Fight­ers, Jonathan Jack­son, George Jack­son, Wil­liam Christ­mas, James McClain and Khatari Gaulden. Jonathan Jack­son was gunned down out­side the Marin County Cali­for­nia court­house on August 7, 1970 as he attemp­ted to lib­er­ate three imprisoned Black Lib­er­a­tion Fight­ers: James McClain, Wil­liam Christ­mas and […]

Hugo ‘Yogi’ Pinell, komrade of George Jackson

August 25, 2015 by Urszula Wislanka and Gerry Emmett On Aug. 12, Hugo “Yogi” Pinell (1944-2015) was killed in the California State Prison-Sacramento. Pinell was a comrade of George Jackson, W.L. Nolen, James Carr and other founders of the modern prison movement. He was released from solitary confinement in 2014 after 45 years, the longest […]

Hugo Pinell by Jaan Laaman

Death and Life of Hugo Pinell      It was with true sadness that, on August 13th, I received the news that legendary California prison activist Hugo Pinell was killed in a California prison.  This is Jaan Laaman, your political prisoner voice and let me share a few thoughts about the life and death of […]

Revolutionary Daily Thought

This monster – the monster they’ve engendered in me will return to torment its maker, from the grave, the pit, from the profoundest pit. Hurl me into the next existence, the descent into hell won’t turn me. I’ll crawl back to dog his trail forever. They won’t defeat my revenge. Never never. I’m a part […]

Hugo “Yogi Bear” Pinell

On Wednesday August 12th, 2015, Hugo Pinell was murdered in the midst of a prison riot. Rest In Power Yogi Bear. – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Remember Yogi Bear: Hugo Pinell is a Nicaraguan prisoner currently incarcerated at California State […]

Revolutionary Daily Thought

“I deny the existence of Black racism outright, by fiat I deny it. Too much Black blood has flowed between the chasm that separates the races, it’s fundamentally unfair to expect the Black man to differentiate at a glance the self-accepting racist, the self-interdicting racist, and the unconscious racist. The apologist’s term “Black racism” is […]

On visiting George

Black August iz a few dayz away. U know wha time it iz.It iz a holi-day all month long.. by Dr. Tolbert Small George Jackson was a legendary prisoner who was attempting to organize the Blacks, Latinos and poor whites under their common linkage as victims of an exploitative class system. At that time, he […]

Black Prison Organizing

‘If prison walls could talk,’ Dan Berger tells us, ‘their stories would reveal profound and largely untapped reservoirs of politics and culture. by James Kilgore Dan Berger’s latest volume, Captive Nation, is perfectly timed. In a moment where interest in mass incarceration across the political spectrum is on the rise, sanitized versions of carceral history […]

Defying the Tomb, Defying Illogic

Jared A. Ball *Originally published as a radio column 09/20/2011 Earlier this year when we received word of an attempt by Maryland prison officials to ban the recently published book by former Black Panther Party leader and current political prisoner Marshall “Eddie” Conway, we were reminded of the immediacy of the threat ideas can represent […]