Black August is an important zeitgeist towards liberation of the Community through culture and political power within our cities. What Black August is about ain't radical, it's simply common sense! After all, when Tyranny is Fascism, Liberation for Oppressed Communities is a Rational Goal. Ghetto life, REAL Ghetto life, warps the spirit of all people who live within it's confines.
As we know: Communities under Martial Law (Oakland, Atlanta, Vallejo); Most Prisoners on the Planet (6 million in all); 'Economic Sacrifice Zones' ("ghettos"); No recognition of Human Rights; Millions of Dead Civilians from Eternal War, starvation at home; Torture of dissidents in Prison...
2012-08-04 "Gettin’ it right: a message for Black August 2012" by Amy Buckley for the "San Francisco Bayview" newspaper
Comrade Amy Buckley is deputy minister of justice for the New Afrikan Black Panther Party-Prison Chapter (NABPP-PC). This story was approved by Minister of Justice Bobby Dixon. “The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander can be purchased from the oldest Black book store in the country, Marcus Books, 1712 Fillmore St., San Francisco, CA 94115, (415) 346-4222.
Angela Davis takes time to talk with apprentices and programmers after recording an interview with Minister of Information JR at KPFA in 2009. – Photo: Adalia
As women of the struggle, it is time we start gettin’ it right. For too long we have stood against one another, unwilling to put aside our petty issues and stand united. We have allowed ourselves to be disrespected and to become enslaved with the life of crime and imprisonment. Our children should have been our priority, but instead we chose to make the streets, drugs, men and other things our priority. We should strive to follow in the footsteps of great revolutionaries such as Angela Davis, following the example she has given us.
When will we, as women, get it right? We must stop fighting with one another, set aside the things that separate us and work together for equality, justice, peace and freedom. The realization that unity is a key factor in overcoming our struggles should draw us together! Those of us who are older and more experienced need to teach those who are younger and more susceptible to outside influences. We must stand strong, refusing to accept defeat and persevere despite adversity.
Disrespect is a major problem among women, men and youth alike. Many people are caught up in using terms such as nigga, cuz, bitch and ho. This is unacceptable and should not be tolerated! As long as we are drugged out, in prison or dead, we will never get the respect we deserve. It is time for us to command respect from all people, and in return give respect as well. Respect is paramount if we are going to stand united.
We must stop fighting with one another, set aside the things that separate us and work together for equality, justice, peace and freedom. The realization that unity is a key factor in overcoming our struggles should draw us together!
Enslavement to a life of crime and imprisonment has become an enormous problem for women over the years. This problem continues to grow at an alarming rate today. When is enough enough? We need to open our eyes and see that the unjust “justice” system does not care if we are male or female, young or old; they will throw us in prison just the same.
Inside the belly of the beast, I see on a daily basis women who are so institutionalized that they can no longer function in society. They have literally been broken by the system that was supposed to rehabilitate them. It is essential that we lay down the life of crime and turn our focus to our careers as mothers, wives, sisters and comrades. Once we get our priorities in order, we will be able to take our rightful positions in the world and become the leaders we are meant to be!
Let us not forget our children – our future. I cannot stress this point enough. So many children today are left alone in this world because their parents have chosen the fast life and have ended up dead or in prison. Our children look up to and depend on us. Setting good examples for them to follow is of utmost importance. Who will teach them the importance of honesty, respect and education among other things if their parents are in prison? Other people may lead them down the wrong path and teach them the wrong things. We, as women, need to be there to teach and guide our children, being positive role models and ensuring that they are on the right path in life.
The Bay View’s JR and Rashida talk with Kathleen Cleaver in 2004. – Photo: Kamau Amen-Ra
My comrade sisters, let us look at the example set for us by Kathleen Cleaver and follow her lead! This great woman continues to press onward in the revolutionary movement despite persecution. We must start today breaking the chains that have us bound in order to live in the freedom that knowledge has to offer.
Once we have educated ourselves, we will strive for unity, command respect and make our children our priority. We will no longer allow ourselves to become enslaved to a life of crime and imprisonment. Upon realizing our potential, we will be able to stand strong, overcoming the struggles that beset us.
Today is the day: Join together, never give up, never give in, always press onward despite our current circumstances! My sisters, it is time for an awakening – it is time to start getting’ it right!
If you have not read “The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander, it is an excellent book, filled with knowledge and is a must read. I would also like to thank the Minister of Justice, Mr. Bobby Dixon, for his support and friendship. All power to the people! In solidarity, with Panther love.
“August is a month of meaning, of repression and radical resistance, of injustice and divine justice; of repression and righteous rebellion; of individual and collective efforts to free the slaves and break the chains that bind us.” - Mumia Abu-Jamal
Black August originated in the prisons of California to honor fallen Freedom Fighters: Jonathan Jackson, George Jackson, William Christmas, James McClain and Khatari Gaulden. Jonathan Jackson was ambushed outside the Marin County courthouse on August 7, 1970 - as he attempted to liberate three imprisoned Black freedom fighters: James McClain, William Christmas and Ruchell Magee.
Ruchell Magee is the sole survivor of that armed rebellion. He is the former co-defendant of Angela Davis and has been locked down for 40 years, most of it in solitary confinement. George Jackson was assassinated by prison guards during a prison rebellion at San Quentin on August 21, 1971.
To honor these fallen soldiers, the brothers who participated in the collective founding of Black August wore black armbands on their left arm and studied revolutionary works, focusing on the works of George Jackson.
Black August is a time to embrace the principles of unity, self-sacrifice, political education, physical training and resistance.
The tradition of fasting during Black August teaches self-discipline. A conscious fast is in effect FROM SUNRISE TO SUNSET (6:00 am to 8:00 pm) Some other personal sacrifice can be made as well. The sundown meal is traditionally shared whenever possible among comrades. Black August fasting should serve as a constant reminder of the conditions our people have faced and still confront. Fasting is uncomfortable at times, but it is helpful to remember all those who have come and gone before us, Ni Nkan Mase, if we stand tall, it is because we stand on the shoulders of many ancestors.
2012-08-05 "BLACK AUGUST COMMUNITY FEEDING"
85th Ave. between Dowling St. and Bancroft Ave.
BLOC UNITY,BLACK STARLINER COALITION, THE BLACK RIDERS LIBERATION PARTY, PEOPLE'S COMMUNITY MEDICS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS WILL BE SERVING FOOD FOR THE MIND BODY AND SPIRIT. FREE FOOD, EDUTAINMENT (HIP HOP), TRAINING HOW TO DRESS GUNSHOT WOUNDS, INFORMATION ON BLACK AUGUST AND POLITICAL PRISONERS. WE WILL BE WORKING IN UNITY WITH SISTA DIONNE SMITH AND THE FAMILY OF JAMES RIVERA JR. TO SHOW BAY AREA LOVE AND SOLIDARITY WITH THE STRUGGLE THEY ARE FIGHTING IN STOCKTON. WE KNOW THAT JAMES RIVERA WAS UNARMED AND MURDERED BY THE STOCKTON PD TWO YEARS AGO JUST LIKE OSCAR GRANT, ALAN BLUEFORD, RAHEIM BROWN, KENNETH HARDING JR.. DERRICK GAINS AND TOO MANY OTHER YOUNG BLACK MEN TAKEN FROM OUR COMMUNITY BY THE POLICE.
THERE WILL BE A JUMPER FOR THE KIDS!
WE ARE REQUESTING DONATIONS OF
-FOODS: SANDWICH MATERIALS (NO PORK PLEASE), CANNED FOODS, FRUITS AND VEGGIETABLES,
-PAPER PLATES, SANDWICH BAGS, WATER AND JUICES (NO SODA PLEASE), LITERATURE/MEDIA ON THE HISTORY OF BLACK AUGUST
-SIGNS SAYING "BLACK AUGUST COMMUNITY FEEDING"
-ABLE BODIED PEOPLE TO MAKE THE FOOD, SERVE THE FOOD AND CANVASS THE COMMUNITY TO COME TO THE FEEDING
-WHATEVER ELSE YOU CAN THINK OF TO SUPPORT THIS EVENT
POWER TO THE PEOPLE! FREE THE LAND! BLACK AUGUST RESISTANCE! WE ALL DEFINATELY APPRECIATE ALL THE SOLIDARITY ON TODAY'S COMMUNITY FREEDOM FEEDING IN HONOR OF BLACK AUGUST! WE HIT THE STREETS OF DEEP EAST OAKLAND AND FEED I ESTIMATE OVER 70 PEOPLE TODAY. HOT FOOD AND TAKE HOME GROCERIES WITH THE SUPPORT OF MANY LOCAL COMMUNITY MEMBERS. WE HAD EDUCATIONAL PROPAGANDA ABOUT BLACK AUGUST THE PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX, STOP AND FRISK IN SF AND POLICE TERRORISM (EVERY 36 HOURS REPORT BY MXGM). A JUMPER FOR THE CHILDREN TO PLAY IN AND MORE. SALUTE TO THE COMRADES WHO ALL MADE IT HAPPEN PEOPLE'S COMMUNITY MEDICS, BLACK STAR LINER COALITION, BLACK RIDERS LIBERATION PARTY, MALCOLM X GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT Fly Benzo Jameel Rasheed Patterson TaLea Monet Black Riders Sanyika Bryant Jabari Shaw Black Star Liner Incorporated News and information group Sharena Diamond Thomas Sherie NewbAfrican Morer Artavea Smith E DA REF, J EARL BLACK, DIONNE AND KERRY JAMES RIVERA JR'S. FOLKS, CHAPA ZULU, YVONNE, AL OSORIO, ANGEL AND MANY MORE. LETS KEEP THIS MOMENTUM UP AND CONSISTENTLY BUILD UPON THESE CONCRETE PROGRAMS FOR DECOLONIZATION!
2012-08-05: Freedom fighters, community activists, political organizers and people's key resistance forces gathered at sistah's house for a community food give away.
2012-08-11 "Reverse the Hypnosis" (BRLP Hip-Hop show)
Saturday, 10:00pm until 2:00am
La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, California 94705
THE BLACK RIDERS LIBERATION PARTY (OAKLAND, CA CHAPTER) PRESENTS A NIGHT OF CONSCIOUS VIBES AND HIP HOP TO DECOLONIZE THE MIND.
WE BELIEVE THAT SINCE THE CORPORATE TAKE OVER OF HIP HOP AND OTHER METHOD'S OF THE PEOPLE'S COMMUNICATION OUR YOUTH ARE BEING GUIDED INTO A ZOMBIE LIKE SLAVERY OF KKKAPITALISM AND SELF HATRED. THE CONDITIONS WE LIVE IN ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR "BLACK ON BLACK VIOLENCE" AND POLICE TERRORISM. AND THE MUSIC PLAYED BY THE CORPORATIONS REINFORCE THIS SYSTEMS EXPLOITATION OF AFRIKANS AND ALL OPPRESSED PEOPLE.
THEREFORE IN HONOR OF A MONTH OF AFRIKAN RESISTANCE "BLACK AUGUST" WE PLAN TO "REVERSE THE HYPNOSIS"AND EMANCIPATE OURSELVES FROM MENTAL SLAVERY!
SINCE WE BELIEVE IN THE LEARNING PROCESS OF EDUTAINMENT WE WILL LEARN OVER RHYMES AND BEATS! WITH LIVE PERFORMANCES BY
-AUDIOMATIC AKA FIELD MARSHAL SHANGO
-ASKARI MWARI OLUGBALA
-E DA REF
-ALEBO EAST OAKLAND PROPHET
-PROPAGANDA TABLES WITH: LITERATURE ABOUT THE BLACK RIDERS LIBERATION PARTY HISTORY, IDEOLOGY AND BLACK COMMUNE PROGRAM, POLITICAL PRISONERS, HISTORY OF RESISTANCE IN BLACK AUGUST, LOCAL COMMUNITY GROUPS AND ORGANIZATIONS RESISTING EXPLOITATION, CONSCIOUS CD'S AND DVD'S, RBG FLAGS, ETC
-AND MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON
-$5-10 DONATION(S) TO GO TO BRLP "EDUCATE TO LIBERATE" PROGRAM AS WELL AS THE STRUGGLE TO FREE POLITICAL PRISONERS
THE BLACK RIDERS LIBERATION PARTY IS THE NEW GENERATION BLACK PANTHER PARTY FOR SELF-DEFENSE. THE OAKLAND CA CHAPTER HAS BEEN SERVING THE BAY AREA COMMUNITY CONSISTENTLY SINCE 2009 SERVING THE PEOPLE WITH MANY DIFFERENT COMMUNITY PROGRAMS. THE MOST RECENT PROGRAM WE HAVE TAKEN ON IS OUR EDUCATE TO LIBERATE PROGRAM. THIS PROGRAM INCLUDES CLASSES IN KIISWAHILLI, AGRICULTURE, SELF DEFENSE, HOLISTIC AFRICAN CENTERED WELLNESS, BLACK RELATIONSHIPS, BLACK RIDER IDEOLOGY (AFRICAN INTERCOMMUNALISM) AND MORE. IT IS CRUCIAL THAT WE TAKE BACK OUR EDUCATION IN OUR COMMUNITY SINCE IT TAKES "A VILLAGE TO RAISE A CHILD" IT WILL TAKE A VILLAGE TO CURE MENTAL SLAVERY.
THE BLACK RIDERS LIBERATION PARTY IS BUILDING THE FOUNDATION FOR A BLACK LIBERATION SCHOOL IN OAKLAND CA. IT TAKES RESOURCES TO PROPERLY SERVE THE PEOPLE IN BUILDING A MOVEMENT. WE WILL BE RAISING FUNDS TO PROVIDE BOOKS, MULTI MEDIA EDUTAINMENT, A VAN TO BE ABLE TO PICK UP STUDENTS FOR THE EDUCATE TO LIBERATE PROGRAM/BLACK LIBERATION ACADEMY.
2012-08-18 "2nd Annual 'Burning Spear' Festival Honoring Marcus Garvey"Saturday, 2-6 PM
Location: Marcus Garvey Park on 34th and MLK
Contact: Jabari Shaw [email@example.com] [510-472-2066]
“The Burning Spear Pick up the Torch” Second Annual Marcus Garvey Commemoration Celebration is designed with the community/ family in mind and will be presented free of charge on august 18th 2012, the Saturday following Marcus Garvey birth day. This event is also designed to educate, stimulate and broaden minds to the philosophies held by and influenced by the work of Marcus Garvey. This event will encourage youths to aspire for excellence and self reliance through the legacy and lessons of their elders. It will also include physically activity and mental activity games for the youth, adults and elders. The event will include cultural artists of the African diaspora; poets, rappers singers, dancers etc. The event will also include speakers from the community involved in teaching the history of Marcus Garvey and his influence. A portion of the donations and funds raised by this event will go to community programs and organizations working for self determination in Oakland, Ca.
Significance of the event -
This is a call of unity for community and organizations to come together in an fun filled-day that will include: A Cultural Entertainment Package, Market Place & Food Court, Children & Youth Activities, Community Speakers, and a Fund Raising Raffle.
Entertainment Package -
The cultural entertainment component is designed to entertain, educate and motivate in form of reggae, jazz, gospel, dramatic-skits, live bands, cultural chanting, drumming, poetry, comedy, rap and speakers.
Market place/Food court -
The market place will be hosted by local community gardens who will display foods and talk about the importance of growing your own produce. The food court will offer snacks for kids and provide a variety of dishes from the Afrikan diaspora.
Children/Youth activities -
The early part of that day is specially designed for the children, youth and their parents. Among the many activities there will be workshops: historical arts and crafts, story telling, and economic development. With educational cultural fun games destined to stimulate the minds of the youth to encourage further education.
Performers/Community speakers -
Libation will be established to recognize those who have made significant contribution on towards the betterment of Afrikan people at home and abroad. These awards are giving in the names of Afrikan people, who are no longer with us-in the flesh- so that they will be remember for their UN-selfish contribution. The ceremony will commerce with a tribute to the late great Gill Scott Herrion. Followed by a array of speakers, performers, dancers, clergy and community activist. Who will speak on the theme of the day. Encouraging the need for unity, education, and cultural awareness in our community.
Fund-raising Raffle -
This is a very popular component of the celebration. Tickets are sold in advance for the chance to win prizes which will come in the form of donation from local businesses. Each prize will displayed on stage in some form that may include photographs throughout the day's event until the time of the drawings, which will occur in the late afternoon.
The above two components encourage community business owner's participation. This is accomplished by inviting sponsors of prizes to assist with the drawing of tickets and the distribution of prizes. This allow them to personally meet the recipients of the award they sponsored- live on stage. It also gives them the opportunity to promote their products or services, and to participate in the festivity in a visual and meaning way.
It will not be easy to finance due to current economic conditions, however were there’s a will there’s a way. This is what the life of a great man like Marcus Garvy teaches us, a lesson we want future generations to use to become successful. We encourage volunteers to come forward in spite of the fact we realize many may be losing their charitable ways as the demand on their time increases and their dollars buys less.
Marcus Garvey celebrations will be a annual event packed with fun, education and commerce.
International participation and support
Telecast of celebration on local stations
A documentary of celebrations
Establish a building fund for the feed the people program the little Bobby Hutton literacy program, the Laney B.S.U. and the U.M.M.A. Project.
Who is Marcus Garvey ?
The honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey (1887-1940) was the Founder/Leader of the United Negro Improvement Association (U.N.I.A.) The most powerful African organization to date in the Western Hemisphere. In its hey day the UNIA numbered over 11 million members world wide. Marcus Garvey is one of the most influential Black leaders in the history of the African diaspora. In the process of educating the Black community to a knowledge of ourselves we must study, commemorate and build upon the legacy of Marcus Garvey and the UNIA.
"The ends you serve that are selfish will take you no further than yourself but the ends you serve that are for all, in common, will take you into eternity." — Marcus Garvey
2012-08-18 photograph showing Community members enjoying free cookout and free groceries at Marcus Garvey Park on 34th and MLK, Oakland.
Full bags. What stands out in my mind is an old woman came by, five kids at home and she had no food for them. She began crying when people bagged food for her, and would not take money from her.
2012-07-27 "Black August 2012" by Kamau M. Askari
My people, we know that prior to the commencement of Black August memorials from within the foul confines of California’s infamous prison system via our first Black August Organizing Committee (BAOC) in 1979, there existed no established institution fulfilling the special need or purpose of honoring and paying homage to our Afrikan ancestors, Afrikan heritage and long line of New Afrikan (Black) revolutionaries and freedom fighters who made the ultimate sacrifice and waged tireless struggles in service to the interests of our captured and colonized New Afrikan (Black) nation in Amerika to achieve national independence, socialism, human and civil rights.
We further know that misconceptions are prevalent and pervasive, primarily among California state prison officials, relating to our Black August concept. Internal contradictions are inherent in all things and phenomena of nature, having their own negative and positive sides.
For instance, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and its subdivisions, such as the Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP) Security Housing Unit (SHU), Institutional Gang Investigators (IGI), Investigative Services Unit (ISU), Law Enforcement and Investigations Unit (LEIU), Office of Correctional Safety (OCS), Special Services Unit (SSU), et al., routinely and by rote disseminate misinformation rooted in misconceptions regarding Black August to suggest that New Afrikan (Black) prisoners who advocate or refer to our Black August concept in political articles are thereby promoting prison gang activity; that Black August is used as a recruitment tool through which to recruit New Afrikan (Black) prisoners to prison gang membership; and that Black August is a time for acts of retaliatory violence to be undertaken against California prison officials.
The misconceptions, i.e., subjective personal views and opinions of the above-listed California prison authorities relating to our Black August concept constitutes the negative aspect of this existing contradiction currently confronting Black August’s objective reality.
Prison authorities disseminate misinformation that New Afrikan (Black) prisoners who advocate or refer to our Black August concept in political articles are thereby promoting prison gang activity; that Black August is used as a recruitment tool through which to recruit New Afrikan (Black) prisoners to prison gang membership; and that Black August is a time for acts of retaliatory violence to be undertaken against California prison officials.
The positive aspect of this contradiction relative to concrete reality inherent to Black August’s memorial commemorative practice in addition to the commencement has to do with the manifestation of its cultural component. The cultural component of our Black August concept necessarily entails our New Afrikan Nation (NAN) build a revolutionary culture diametrically opposed to the established dominant, oppressive capitalist culture.
A process which also encompasses mass education that heightens the political consciousness of the masses of New Afrikan (Black) people to the inherent defects of capitalist culture and society is antithetical to prison authorities’ innate vested interests, offering practical examples inherent to the science of struggle.
Black August provides New Afrikan (Black) people with a confidence that we can fulfill our historical obligations and win our ideological and political objectives. It inspires New Afrikan (Black) people to wrest control of their own destiny from the hands of their historical oppressors and tormentors and actively participate in the process by which the decisions affecting their daily lives are made, i.e., “democratic centralism.”
Black August provides New Afrikan (Black) people with a confidence that we can fulfill our historical obligations and win our ideological and political objectives.
Black August helps us understand the significance and practicability of providing for the needs of our own, i.e., Ujima (collective work and responsibility) – to build and maintain our own communities together to make our sistas’ and brothas’ problems our problems and to solve them together – and Ujamaa (cooperative economics) – to build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and profit from them together.
Eternal Black August resistance!
Send our brother some love and light: Kamau M. Askari, b/n Ralph A. Taylor, D-03780, D-3-102, P.O. Box 7500, Crescent City, CA 95531. He is coordinator of the NCTT (NAN Collective Think Tank). This story was transcribed by Adrian McKinney.
2012-07-31 "In the true spirit of Black August resistance" by Kijana Tashiri Askari
This rare and precious photo from Kiilu Nyasha shows Khatari Gaulden and Hugo Pinell in the San Quentin yard in the 1960s. For his participation in events that lie at the foundation of the Black August tradition, Hugo Pinell has been locked in solitary confinement for over 40 years, the last two decades in the Pelican Bay SHU.
For the past 10 years in particular, CDCR state operatives have been steadfast in criminalizing the historical-cultural legacy of Black August, under the false pretense of it being a BGF (Black Guerrilla Family) prison gang concept that promotes violence against CDCR’s state operatives. And therefore the commemoration of the Black August memorial over this 10-year period has constituted an alleged threat to the safety and security of California’s slave kamps, i.e., prisons, which has led to several New Afrikan Black captives being arbitrarily placed on indefinite solitary confinement status as alleged prison gang members.
However, on Feb. 22, 2010, Judge Susan Illston of the U.S. District Court issued a court ruling that stated in part: “Defendants appear to contend that a categorical ban on things related to Black August is proper, as they have not identified any particular statement about Black August in Harrison’s mail that actually ‘might be thought to encourage violence.’ Procunier v.Martinez, 416 US at 416. Black August commemorates some people who prison officials may not think are worthy of commemorating, but the defendants have not made an adequate showing of such a close connection between the BGF and Black August that the court could find it undisputed that mail pertaining to Black August actually encouraged violence.” See Harrison v. I.G.I., Case No. C-07-3824-SI, 2010 US Dist. Lexis 14944, dated Feb. 22, 2010, page 10.
I would like to make it absolutely clear that Black August is not a prison gang concept, and it definitely does not entail the promotion of any violence! Black August is a viable community concept that has been constructed under political, social, cultural, economic and spiritual values that speak to the advancement and the building of the class interests of our New Afrikan Nation. So as we continue to wage struggle via our collective efforts to be liberated from the yoke of U.$. colonial oppression, it is imperative for all New Afrikan Black people to have a true and correct understanding as to what Black August resistance really means.
Black August resistance represents the highest consciousness of Afrikan people – consciousness which allows for no quarter of submission, capitulation or abandonment to the unrighteous, decadent, exploitative ways of U.$. imperialism. It is a consciousness which is bred in defiant, fierce and intrepid struggle against all which is exploitative, oppressive and dehumanizing.
Black August is not a prison gang concept, and it definitely does not entail the promotion of any violence!
Black August resistance is exemplified by the profound courage and determination of George Jackson, W.L. Nolen, Jonathan Jackson, Jeffery Khatari Gaulden, William Christmas, Cleveland Edwards, Alvin “Sweet Jugs” Miller etc., just to name a few. Their examples served and continue to serve as a clear and determined line to march upon, which our nation of New Afrikan people and all oppressed people must tread in the perpetual ascendancy towards the historic destiny of humankind.
The defining element of Black August resistance is the struggle against all values, ethics, economics and social philosophy which perpetuates the exploitative, oppressive rule of usury economics – monopoly capitalism – which maintains the systematic denial and colonial slave condition of non-property holders.
Black August is a viable community concept that has been constructed under political, social, cultural, economic and spiritual values that speak to the advancement and the building of the class interests of our New Afrikan Nation.
The class interest represented by George Jackson, W.L. Nolen, Jonathan Jackson, Jeffrey Khatari Gaulden etc. is in the interest of the New Afrikan working class and the oppressed poor. The struggle which they firmly stood upon is born of the revolutionary traditions of those who preceded them, such as Gabriel Prosser, Denmark Vessey, David Walker, Nat Turner etc. George Jackson, W.L. Nolen, Jonathan Jackson and Jeffrey Khatari Gaulden defined struggle on an objectively higher level than those who failed the tradition of Afrikan resistance.
Black August resistance is the defining element for popularizing the revolutionary forms of resistance, which have consciously been liquidated, obscured and hidden from the people by self-serving opportunists of the dominant reactionary culture, such as the Black petit bourgeoisie. So in the true spirit of Black August resistance, we New Afrikans are now here to reclaim and redeem our historical-cultural legacy of Black August that CDCR state operatives have been criminalizing for the past 10 years!
No surrender! No retreat! Black August resistance!
Send our brother some love and light: Kijana Tashiri Askari, s/n Marcus Harrison, H-54077, D3-122 SHU, P.O. Box 7500, Crescent City, CA 95531. You can also reach Tashiri via email, at firstname.lastname@example.org, and visit his MySpace page at www.myspace.com./dare2struggle. This story was transcribed by Kendra Castaneda.