Making Contact

The Struggle Inside: The Murder of George Jackson

On this edition of Making Contact we present, The Struggle Inside: The Murder of George Jackson, a program about the modern anti-prison movement. This year marks the 38th anniversary of Black August, first originated in the California prisons to honor fallen Freedom Fighters, George and Jonathan Jackson, Khatari Gaulden, James McClain, and William Christmas.

Jonathan Jackson was gunned down outside the Marin County courthouse on August 7, 1970 as he attempted to take hostages in a plan to negotiate the release of his brother, George. This action liberated three imprisoned Black Liberation Fighters: James McClain, William Christmas and Ruchell Magee. Ruchell Magee still imprisoned, and is the sole survivor of the Marin County Rebellion.

Featuring

  • Angela Davis, UC Santa Cruz professor, who supported George & Jonathan Jackson
  • David Hilliard, former Black Panther Party leader
  • Ruchell Magee, prison activist and leader, still in prison for his political activities
  • Georgia Jackson, mother of George and Jonathan Jackson
  • Harry Belafonte, performer and human rights activist
  • James Baldwin, outspoken writer and social activist
  • George and Jonathan Jackson, activist
  • David Johnson, Hugo Pinell, Luis Talamantez and Sundiata Tate, all charged with the San Quentin rebellion following the murder of George Jackson
  • Narrated by Jonathan Jackson, Jr.

Credits

  • Host: Anita Johnson and Jonathan Jackson, Jr.
  • Special thanks to the Freedom Archives for producing and allowing us to share it.
  • Producers: Monica Lopez, Marie Choi, RJ Lozada, Anita Johnson
  • Executive Director: Lisa Rudman
  • Web Editor and Audience Engagement Director: Sabine Blaizin
  • Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker

Photo Credits:  Freedom Archives

For More information:

Freedom Archives

The Struggle Inside – George Jackson

US Prison Culture

Soledad Brother: The Prison Letters of George Jackson

Blood in My Eye, by George Jackson

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