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(en) Freedom 6323 Nov 30 2002 - Prisons on Fire: George Jackson, Attica and Black Liberation

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Date Mon, 16 Dec 2002 03:07:50 -0500 (EST)


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Thirty years ago, prisons across the United States burned.
This CD tells the story of what happened and provides a
shocking insight into the assassination of George
Jackson. He'd served 11 years by the time of his death in
1972, a victim of an oppressive system that brutalised and
demeaned the whole prison population. He fought to
expose the injustices it caused, despite numerous
attempts on his life. The system never broke him.
His resistance won supporters in Attica, the notorious
New York State prison complex. When they made a stand
against the tyrants who ran it, it became the scene of the
worst prison riot in modern American history. Prisons on
Fire reveals the strong fight from the people inside, who
occupied the jail and took their guards as hostages.
Thirty-one of the prisoners were massacred when the
government retook it.
This is a moving account of how a life was transformed,
as George Jackson changed from criminal to political
revolutionary. It clearly demonstrates the full oppression
that was brought to bear by the American government in
order to eliminate brothers who could unite forces to bring
about change. Music, archive material and interviews are
used to answer the question of what George Jackson's
struggle can tell us about prison repression and the
struggle for freedom today.
Ray Gilbert

Prisons on Fire: George Jackson, Attica and Black Liberation
AK Press/Alternative Tentacles Records, £10


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