For this Black August we wanted to pay homage to Ruchell “Cinque” Magee and draw attention to him since he was one of the participants in the Marin County Courthouse Rebellion.
Ruchell is the longest held political prisoner, not just in the US, but in the world, having been locked up since 1963. Politicized in prison, he later participated in the Marin County Courthouse Rebellion (Aug 7, 1970) in the attempted liberation of political prisoner George Jackson and the Soledad Brothers by Jacksons’ younger brother, Jonathan Jackson. Ruchell has worked tirelessly as a jailhouse lawyer, working on his own case and helping many other prisoners win their freedom. Magee was seriously injured in the incident and subsequently pleaded guilty to aggravated kidnapping. He was sentenced in 1975 to life in prison and has been denied parole numerous times.
This week we are writing letters to him and drawing attention to his struggle, and the larger struggle against US white supremacy, the prison system and the struggle for Black liberation.
Cinque Magee* #A92051 B3-138
California Mens Colony
Post Office Box 8103
San Luis Obispo, California 93409
*Address envelope to Ruchell Magee.