Law & Disorder

Black August: A history and tribute

The month of August for many is about Black August and a time to remember and commemorate freedom fighters, especially those who struggled for liberation inside of jails and prisons and paid the ultimate price via assassination by the state, as well as those who continue this struggle today. One of those freedom fighters was George Jackson who was assassinated by the state at San Quintin prison on August 21, 1971.

We start today by bringing in a portion of The Struggle Inside – an audio documentary about the origins of the modern anti-prison movement. It was made by the Freedom Archives on the 30th anniversary of the murder of freedom fighter George Jackson by San Quentin Prison Guards. It is narrated by Jonathan Jackson Jr, the nephew of George. You can listen to the entire documentary and find out more about them at

Then, we go talk about one of these freedom fighters who walked among us in Oakland, CA — that’s Baba Shaka At-Thinin. Our guests today are Ayanna Davis who has worked with many organizations including the Black August Organizing Committee (BAOC) and Malcolm X Grassroots Movement. and Turha-AK of the Anti Police-Terror Project, Community Ready Corps and vice chair of BAOC from 2003-2008.

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