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George Jackson and the Black Condition Made Visible

Dan Berger

in Captive Nation: Black Prison Organizing in the Civil Rights Era

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9781469618241
eISBN:
9781469618265
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469618241.003.0004
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter focuses on George Jackson, prisoner A63837, who wrote “Soledad Brother,” a collection of letters he wrote to his parents, sisters and younger brother while he was in prison. It became a ... More


Guerrilla USA: The George Jackson Brigade and the Anticapitalist Underground of the 1970s

Daniel Burton-Rose

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520264281
eISBN:
9780520936485
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520264281.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

“We are cozy cuddly/armed and dangerous/and we will/raze the fucking prisons/to the ground.” In an attempt to deliver on this promise, the George Jackson Brigade launched a violent three-year ... More


Woman over the Edge of Crime: In which Rita Browns criminal past is related and she is introduced to the political thought of George Jackson in time to understand the significance of his death

Daniel Burton-Rose

in Guerrilla USA: The George Jackson Brigade and the Anticapitalist Underground of the 1970s

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520264281
eISBN:
9780520936485
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520264281.003.0010
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

As a child, Rita Brown found sanctuary from the violence of her home in the bookmobile that visited her school. One of the first books that made an impression on her was a biography of Captain Jack, ... More


Winding Down: In which the Brigade continues on its course for lack of a more-appealing option

Daniel Burton-Rose

in Guerrilla USA: The George Jackson Brigade and the Anticapitalist Underground of the 1970s

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520264281
eISBN:
9780520936485
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520264281.003.0025
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

In the fall, the collective relocated from their working-class digs in southern Seattle to the more middle-class north Seattle. As usual, the banks robbed by the members of the George Jackson Brigade ... More


Liberating the New World from the Old: In which a furtive effort to launch a guerrilla cell out of an anarchist bookshop ends in disaster and the Brigade turns itself into Public Enemy Number One with its poorly thought out response

Daniel Burton-Rose

in Guerrilla USA: The George Jackson Brigade and the Anticapitalist Underground of the 1970s

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520264281
eISBN:
9780520936485
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520264281.003.0015
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Edward Allen Mead and Bruce Seidel both found their May 31, 1975, bombing of the Division of Corrections headquarters in Olympia empowering. In the absence of immediate repercussions, Mead and Seidel ... More


Clueless in Seattle: In which the U.S. Attorney uses the Brigade as an opportunity to investigate the city’s Left, provoking popular ire

Daniel Burton-Rose

in Guerrilla USA: The George Jackson Brigade and the Anticapitalist Underground of the 1970s

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520264281
eISBN:
9780520936485
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520264281.003.0020
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

On January 28, 1976, a month and a half before John Sherman's escape from prison, Jill Kray attended the arraignment of her ex-boyfriend, Edward Allen Mead, with her two-year-old daughter Odessa. ... More


Ed Mead Gets His Day in Court: In which the Tukwila robber puts U.S. Imperialism on trial but is himself convicted

Daniel Burton-Rose

in Guerrilla USA: The George Jackson Brigade and the Anticapitalist Underground of the 1970s

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520264281
eISBN:
9780520936485
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520264281.003.0022
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

On February 26, 1976, an inmate tried to give Edward Allen Mead a note. Written on it was a proposal to riot, take hostages, and escape. The author of the proposal, Mark LaRue, had been involved in ... More


A Night without City Light: In which the Brigade deprive an affluent suburb of power on New Year’s Eve and bomb Safeway-again-to show that they can be precise in the damage that they inflict

Daniel Burton-Rose

in Guerrilla USA: The George Jackson Brigade and the Anticapitalist Underground of the 1970s

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520264281
eISBN:
9780520936485
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520264281.003.0017
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

One evening in October 1975, Rita Brown and a companion were sitting in a Pioneer Square bar across from the train station on Jackson Street in Seattle, Washington. Suddenly everything went dark. ... More


Invitation to a Bombing: In which Brown is invited to join the Brigade and decides to do so on the condition that the organization make a public apology for its carelessness in its first Safeway bombing; and in which Mead’s old friend Sherman signs on as well

Daniel Burton-Rose

in Guerrilla USA: The George Jackson Brigade and the Anticapitalist Underground of the 1970s

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520264281
eISBN:
9780520936485
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520264281.003.0016
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

In the midst of the storm of criticism, Rita Brown received an intriguing invitation from Bruce Seidel, a fellow prison organizer with whom her girlfriend Therese Coupez had first became acquainted ... More


Diverging Paths to a Common Dream: In which Seattle’s communist, socialist, and anarchist revolutionaries exchange dueling polemics regarding the propriety of the Brigades activities

Daniel Burton-Rose

in Guerrilla USA: The George Jackson Brigade and the Anticapitalist Underground of the 1970s

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520264281
eISBN:
9780520936485
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520264281.003.0021
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

In his second month in jail, Edward Allen Mead publicly acknowledged his membership in the George Jackson Brigade. His jailhouse interview with two contributors to the countercultural biweekly ... More


Back with a Bang!: In which the Brigade returns to Seattle with a high-profile string of bombings

Daniel Burton-Rose

in Guerrilla USA: The George Jackson Brigade and the Anticapitalist Underground of the 1970s

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520264281
eISBN:
9780520936485
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520264281.003.0024
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

In returning to Seattle, the George Jackson Brigade chose a residence in South Seattle, near the Seattle-Tacoma airport. The perennial issue of prison struggle cropped up again in the late spring. As ... More


Jailbreak!: In which the remaining Brigade members free Sherman, shooting a police officer in the process

Daniel Burton-Rose

in Guerrilla USA: The George Jackson Brigade and the Anticapitalist Underground of the 1970s

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520264281
eISBN:
9780520936485
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520264281.003.0019
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Bruce Seidel's death came as a shock. Members of the George Jackson Brigade had made a personal commitment to die for their cause, but they had not foreseen one of their own being killed so quickly. ... More


The Destroyer’s Creation: In which the Brigade comes into existence

Daniel Burton-Rose

in Guerrilla USA: The George Jackson Brigade and the Anticapitalist Underground of the 1970s

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520264281
eISBN:
9780520936485
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520264281.003.0009
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

In December 1974, Seattle Police Chief Robert Hanson decided to arm his force with hollow-point bullets, highly lethal projectiles designed to explode inside their target. Local organizers ... More


Crying a River: In which the disintegration of the Brigade is related through the diary entries of a heartbroken Janine

Daniel Burton-Rose

in Guerrilla USA: The George Jackson Brigade and the Anticapitalist Underground of the 1970s

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520264281
eISBN:
9780520936485
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520264281.003.0026
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Janine Bertram was devastated by the capture of Rita Brown. Compounding the pain of the abrupt loss of her partner was her isolation from her friends and loved ones in the community in Seattle. ... More


America Is the Prison: Arts and Politics in Prison in the 1970s

Lee Bernstein

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807833872
eISBN:
9781469604046
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807898321_bernstein
Subject:
History, Cultural History

In the 1970s, while politicians and activists outside prisons debated the proper response to crime, incarcerated people helped shape those debates though a broad range of remarkable political and ... More


US convict criminology comes of age

Rod Earle

in Convict Criminology: Inside and Out

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781447323648
eISBN:
9781447323662
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781447323648.003.0003
Subject:
Law, Criminal Law and Criminology

This chapter sets out the emergence of convict criminology in the USA through a discussion of the life and work of John Irwin. It traces Irwin’s progression from prisoner to professor via Soledad ... More


Underground in Oregon: In which the Brigade licks its wounds and debuts “The Gentleman Bank Robber”

Daniel Burton-Rose

in Guerrilla USA: The George Jackson Brigade and the Anticapitalist Underground of the 1970s

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520264281
eISBN:
9780520936485
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520264281.003.0023
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

The collective decided that it was time to get out of the city. John Sherman and Therese Coupez drove south until they arrived in Coos Bay, Oregon. Rita Brown stayed on a little longer in Seattle to ... More


Dog Day Afternoon: In which an overambitious bank robbery ends in disaster

Daniel Burton-Rose

in Guerrilla USA: The George Jackson Brigade and the Anticapitalist Underground of the 1970s

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520264281
eISBN:
9780520936485
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520264281.003.0018
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

After the New Year celebration, cash became a pressing issue for the George Jackson Brigade. With each of the three bombings costing approximately $250 in preparatory materials, the New Year's Eve ... More


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