[Pnews] The 50th Anniversary of the August 7th Marin County Courthouse Rebellion

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50th Anniversary of the August 7th Marin County Courthouse Rebellion
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On August 7, 1970 – 50 years ago – Jonathan Peter Jackson the 17-year old
brother of George Jackson, brought 3 guns into the Marin County Hall of
Justice, where Judge Haley was presiding over the trial of San Quentin
prisoner James McClain. He drew weapons from his satchel, and with the
assistance of McClain and 2 prisoners who were witnesses for McClain,
Ruchell Magee and William A. Christmas, took Judge Haley, Deputy District
Attorney Gary Thomas and 3 female jurors hostage. Upon exiting the
courthouse, Jackson and the other kidnappers attempted to flee with the
hostages in tow. Police and prison guards opened fire on the van Jackson
was driving. At the end of the shootout, Jackson, Haley, McClain and
Christmas were dead and McGee and Thomas were seriously injured. The
kidnapping was meant as a tool to negotiate the freedom of the Soledad
Brothers, 3 Black prisoners (George Jackson, Fleeta Drumgo, and John
Clutchette) who were charged with the murder of a prison guard at Soledad
Prison in California.

This moment, like so many others, represents one of the influential Black
Liberation Movement events and asks us to further study historic strugglers
– Angela Davis, George and Jonathan Jackson, The Soledad Brothers, The San
Quentin Six, Ruchell Magee, and organizations like the Black Panther
Party.  Our lessons must include prison resistance, political prisoners,
state violence, and insurgency.

Below we have compiled audio, video, and paper documents from a diversity
of primary resources (most taken from the Freedom Archives but also from
other online sources) illuminating the historical context and lasting
significance of extrajudicial struggle.

Excerpt Taken from Black Journal – Episode 32: Justice? (Originally Aired
April 26, 1971) – a production of NET Division, Educational Broadcasting


*Audio Clips taken from Prisons On Fire
(2001) – produced by the Freedom Archives:*


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The Soledad Brothers:

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Marin County Rebellion:

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*1. “The Web of Death & Struggle: The Genesis of California’s Political
San Quentin Six Collection.*

*2.  “Fallen Comrades,” in The Black Panther Black Community News Service,
Vol. 1-2, 1991. Excerpt from periodical
Black Panther Party News Service Collection.*

*3. “Georgia Jackson Remembers,” in Scanlan’s Suppressed Issue: Guerilla
War in the USA
<https://freedomarchives.org/Documents/Pubs/Scanlans.web.pdf>, January
1971. Article in periodical. North American Social Movement Organizations

*4. “Black August: George and Jonathan Jackson (A Commemoration)
Black Cat Collective, 1995. Speech transcript in Black August Resistance

*5. By Any Means Necessary
Periodical in the Ruchell Magee Collection.*

*6. The Black Panther Black Community News Service, Vol. 5-7
August 15, 1970. Periodical in Black Panther Party News Service Collection.*

*7. “August 7, 1970: Marin County Courthouse,“ in From Soledad to San
Quentin. Excerpt from non-digitized monograph. San Quentin Six Collection.*

*8. Lest We Forget
Safiya A. Bukhari. Poetry booklet in Safiya Bukhari Collection.*

*9. “In Memoriam of Comrade-Brother Jonathan Jackson, Born in this month,
26 years ago,” Excerpt from The Fuse, No. 12
October 12, 1979. New Afrikan Prisoners Organization Collection.*
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