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Guerrilla USAThe George Jackson Brigade and the Anticapitalist Underground of the 1970s$
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Daniel Burton-Rose

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780520264281

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520264281.001.0001

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Back with a Bang!

Back with a Bang!

In which the Brigade returns to Seattle with a high-profile string of bombings

(p.232) 23 Back with a Bang!
Guerrilla USA

Daniel Burton-Rose

University of California Press

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 with the Brigade's first bombing—that in support of prisoners on June 1, 1975—the long-term isolation unit at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla was the flash point. A triumvirate of interests was in conflict: prisoners, caged for indefinite periods in dismal circumstances; prison guards, who despised and feared their charges and complained of a lack of support from their superiors; and policy makers in Olympia, whose dreams of reform became nightmarish realities when implemented. After the Brigade discovered an interlocking directorate joining the Seattle Times to Rainier National Bank, it decided to use actions against the bank's branches as a launching pad for its objections to the circumscribed public debate over prisoners' rights. This chapter discusses the Brigade's return to Seattle with a high-profile string of bombings.

Keywords:   George Jackson Brigade, bombings, Seattle, Seattle Times, Rainier National Bank, Washington State Penitentiary, prisoners, prison guards, prisoners' rights

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