August 17, 2023
The Black Collective

Ruchell Magee is free! This is why we’re honoring Black August

Happy Black August!

Last year, Corporate Accountability, along with other organizations, united to shine a light on Black August — a month-long commemoration of Black resistance against racial oppression. And today, we’re elated to bring you incredible news: Ruchell Magee, considered by some as the longest-held political prisoner in the world, has been granted release in California!

Magee’s journey has been a testament to his resilience and unwavering determination, enduring an unimaginable 60 years of wrongful imprisonment. His release is a momentous step forward in the fight for justice and against the systemic racism that continues to afflict our society. It serves as a potent reminder of the enduring strength of Black resistance and the importance of standing together in the pursuit of liberation.

However, as we rejoice in Magee’s freedom, we must not forget the countless individuals who still endure unjust incarceration for their political activities and beliefs. His release should ignite a fire within us to continue dismantling the mechanisms of oppression and striving for a future that is equitable and just for all.

Corporate Accountability is resolute in the pursuit of systemic change. We recognize that to eradicate racial injustices, we must confront and dismantle systemic racism. And corporations have a significant role in upholding and expanding these oppressive systems.

Corporations like the GEO Group profit immensely from mass incarceration, which disproportionately impacts Black Americans. Moreover, many corporations fund police foundations that supply police departments with the technology and weapons that perpetuate the brutalization of Black communities.

In solidarity with those who face injustice, we reaffirm our commitment to challenging corporate abuse and dismantling systemic racism. Our collective efforts can build a world where the rights and freedoms of all individuals are respected and safeguarded.

While celebrating Ruchell Magee’s release, we must remain vigilant and continue to organize. Our work will not be done until every political prisoner is free, the needs of Black and working-class communities are met, and our prisons are no longer filled with individuals arrested for non-violent crimes.

This Black August, let us renew our determination to push for progress. Together, we can create lasting change and honor the legacy of Black resistance.

You can take action today by donating to Ruchell Magee’s reentry fund, exploring resources and materials about Black August from the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, and supporting the campaigns to free the following Black movement leaders who are facing unjust sentences:

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