by Abdul Olugbala Shakur
Within the California Department of Corrections (CDCr), the name George Jackson evokes both fear and hate among prison guards. His very name represents resistance – the epitome of our Black manhood – and this explains in part why the CDCr has spent the last 44 years attempting to censor the name George L. Jackson from within its prisons.
Between 1988 and 2014, no prisoner within the CDCr or any other prison system in this country has suffered more than I for keeping the name George Jackson alive within the Prison Industrial Slave Complex (PISC), and I embrace this suffering without regrets; instead, I wear it as a coat of arms in the service of our revolutionary struggle.
Many within society had suggested at the onset that I (we) change the name of our movement and organization to avoid confrontation with the CDCr/PISC. Even some prisoners have…
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