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Prisoners and Politics: from the San Quentin Six to Pelican Bay

SQ6 defendants Fleeta Drumgo; Hugo Pinell; and David Johnson stage an impromptu sit in at San Quentin in 1975 when trial jurors toured the prison
SQ6 defendants Fleeta Drumgo; Hugo Pinell; and David Johnson stage an impromptu sit in at San Quentin in 1975 when trial jurors toured the prison.

Greetings,

Last Wednesday we co-sponsored Prisoners and Politics: from the San Quentin Six to Pelican Bay with Shaping San Francisco. 518 Valencia was standing room only with the space packed to capacity. The four panelists all shared interesting perspectives and drew important connections between historical and contemporary prison resistance. If you missed it, or just want to hear it again, follow the link below to a podcast of the entire event. We’ve also included the approximate timing for each panelists if you want to jump around. Thanks to everyone who helped make this a great event!

Prisoners and Politics Podcast

Author of Captive Nation Dan Burger (08:00- 32:00); original member of SQ Six David Johnson (32:30-48:00); original member of SQ Six Luis “Bato” Talamantez (48:00-54:30); National Lawyer’s Guild attorney Caitlin Kelly Henry (54:30-1:12:00); Q and A (1:12:00-end).

-Nathaniel

 

Rest In Power Hugo Pinell

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Hugo faceWe are saddened by the news of Hugo Pinell’s death. Hugo Pinell always expressed a strong spirit of resistance and worked tirelessly as an educator and activist to build racial solidarity inside of California’s prison system.

At the time of his death, Hugo had been locked behind bars for 50 years yet his spirit was unbroken.

You can learn more about Hugo’s life and contributions to the movement by visiting our tribute page here.

Listen to a 20-minute program commemorating the life of Hugo Pinell below:

 

Its Bigger Than Hip Hop

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dead prezWhat an incredible show!  Last Thursday’s Benefit Concert for the Freedom Archives at the New Parish was an amazing experience. Intimate venue, wonderful crowd, positive energy, conscious messages and world class musicians. The night opened with impactful spoken word from YGB Gold (Young Gifted and Black), a youth creative arts group from Oakland. Their selection Don’t Shoot was specifically powerful and unfortunately relevant as protests for Michael Brown (in Ferguson, MO) and Eric Garner (in NYC) continue. Bato Talamantez, one of the San Quentin Six, followed with a moving tribute to George Jackson. Sellassie was up next and represented the Bay while delivering a fiery performance evoking Africa, police brutality and black history. Ja’hi as PE 2.0 ripped the mic and incorporated most of the original elements of hip hop as he DJed, MCed and featured a break dancer on stage. Jennifer Johns rocked the crowd with her soulful and vibrant voice and was joined onstage for a couple cuts by Ryan Nicole Austin, a very talented Bay Area female MC. Kev Choice was next and brought a DJ and live drummer to complement his vocal and keyboard skills. DJ Leydis kept the crowd rocking throughout the night.  All this really grounded the evening in the Bay Area progressive community and brought the energy to a peak. Finally after midnight headliners Dead Prez took the stage. They did not disappoint, ripping through their catalog, speaking on political prisoners, discipline, health, revolution, love and activism. In all this was a great benefit, we’re happy so many folks came out to support and a big thanks to all the people who made this possible especially Ankh Marketing. Stay tuned for more information about our 15th anniversary on October 16th at the African-American Arts and Cultural Complex, 762 Fulton Street in San Francisco!
-Nathaniel
 
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