[Video] 45 Years Ago Today, Jonathan Jackson Took Over the Marin County Courthouse to Save Soledad Brother George Jackson

Jonathan Jackson, 17, with William Christmas, James McClain and Ruchell Magee take judge, prosecutor, three jurors as hostages to waiting van Aug. 7, 1970

1: “Today is Jonathan Jackson Day” [Summary] From FTP Movement

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Today is “Jonathan Jackson Day”-45 years ago today, 17 Year old Freedom Fighter, Jonathan Jackson walked into the Marin County Courthouse (California) armed (with guns that were in Angela Davis’ name) and with the assistance of James McClain, William Christmas and Ruchell Magee announced “Gentlemen, we will be taking over from here”. And at that point they took Judge Harold Haley, Deputy District Attorney Gary Thomas and a few jurors hostage as they exited the building. Jonathan, William Christmas, James McClain and Judge Harold Haley were gunned down when police opened fire on the van they were driving. Ruchell Magee and Thomas survived. Ruchell Magee has been held over 45 years and is currently one of the longest held political prisoners in US. Jonathan (along with his Brother George Jackson), McClain, Christmas, Magee and other are a few of the reasons we commemorate Black August… Rest In Power  to “the ManChild” Jonathan Jackson!

2: Watch Short Film: “Hit the Floor” [Summary] By Race fot the Times ( RFT)

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[Video] Intense Preview of a Documentary on the November 2012 Cleveland Police Chase and Shooting


Originally Posted in Clevescene


A documentary about the infamous November 2012 Cleveland police chase and shooting of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams is coming soon and, according to a six-minute clip that was just uploaded online, it looks to be extremely compelling and in-depth.

The documentary’s producer, Mike Milano, uploaded the preview to Vimeo on Sunday, and has not yet responded to a message asking about when the full thing will be out. But in the meantime, you should watch the clip.

It features interviews and segments on both sides of the issue, and key figures involved with the case. The following people and incidents are featured in this clip: Continue reading

Cesar Chavez Documentary: “They Erased Us Like Gentrification”


Reposted from Needa Bee’s Facebook

(BAI did minimal minimal editing in order to preserve the tone and voice of this comrade.)

The Cesar Chavez movie would have been a real good film if it were historically accurate. The line in the Cesar Chavez movie that summed it up for me was when Chavez’s brother said “Who gives a f* about the Philippinos.” According to the movie, the white lawyers, the European Union members and Robert Kennedy had way more invovlement in the United Farm Workers (and talking parts) than the Philippinos. Shit, if i didn’t know my history, if i hadn’t taught my child her history, we would have seen that film and believed the UFW founders and shot-callers were all Mexicans and one white laywer. My chican@ comrades argue, “Hey, it’s Hollywood,” or why can’t I understand how important this movie is for latinos to see powerful role models? Yeah I do. and I ask them: Can’t you understand Diego Luna robbed Philippinos of that oppirtunity to feel pride and see MILITANT role models? That he robbed our two communuties of the opportunity to see what our shared history was? (And why there are so many Mexipinos in California?)

To quote my daughter: “That wasn’t right, mama. That movie made us disappear like gentrification.”

Read Jen Soriano’s post on The Center for Media Justice. Soriano provides links to a clearer history of Phillipino farmworkers.: “Not Just Sour Grapes: Why it Matters That the Cesar Chavez Movie Rewrites The History of Filipino Farmworkers.”

Read the Filipino American National Historical Society’s statement here.