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Aug 27, 18

Kite Line: The Real Dragon – George Jackson’s Legacy and the National Prison Strike

Long running anti-prison podcast and radio show Kite Line presents on the legacy of George Jackson and his impact on the ongoing prison strike.

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This week, we’re sharing selections from an historic interview with George Jackson, whose assassination on August 21, 1971, at the hands of San Quentin prison guards, remains a reference point for the US prisoners’ movement.  Indeed, Jailhouse Lawyers Speak called for the 2018 strike to begin on this date in his memory.

George Jackson spent much of his life in prison, after stealing $70 from a gas station at the age of 18, and being sentenced to “one year to life” behind bars.  Jackson spent the next eleven years in the California prison system, where he became a revolutionary, intellectual, and an inspiration to his fellow prisoners. As the Prison Strike enters its fourth day, and word from the rebelling prisoners trickles out to us, it is vital to hear George Jackson’s actual voice, as it continues to resonate now in the mass actions of prisoners in dozens of US states and Canadian provinces.

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Kite Line is a radio program devoted to prison issues around the Midwest and beyond. Behind the prison walls, a message is called a kite: whispered words, a note passed hand to hand, or a request submitted to the guards for medical care. Illicit or not, sending a kite means trusting that other people will bear it farther along till it reaches its destination. On the show, we hope to pass along words across the prison walls.

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