The fight for Black Power requires the immediate release
of all our political prisoners!
On August 15 and 16 the Black is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and
Reparations will hold its 11 th Annual Conference. The Conference will hear reports
from leaders of the more than 15 organizations comprising the Coalition. The
various working groups of the Coalition will also report on their work over the last
year since the last Annual Conference.
The month of August is recognized as “Black August” by many militants
associated with the prison movement. This is due in part to the impact of George
Jackson, imprisoned revolutionary and Field Marshal of the Black Panther Party,
who was killed in San Quentin prison on August 21, 1971. Jackson was murdered
by prison guards one year after his 17-year-old brother, Jonathan, was killed
escaping from a Marin County courthouse siege after taking three people hostage
and demanding the liberation of black political prisoners known as the Soledad
Black August is also significant in the African liberation movement because
it is the birth month of Marcus Garvey, who was born on August 17, 1887. Garvey
built the largest, most influential African liberation organization and anti-
imperialist movement since our colonial enslavement.
The 2020 Annual Conference of the Black is Back Coalition will focus on the
issue of political prisoners and Black Power. It is a theme that speaks to this
moment in history when the resistance of African people threatens to derail the imperialist locomotive that has enslaved and dominated Africans and the world’s
peoples for the last few hundred years.