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1A ."STIFF RESISTANCE!!!"  Dr. Mutulu Shakur

1B.  "Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will." Frederick Douglass


April will be 2 years since a Federal Judge Refused to Release Dr. Shakur from Prison after serving 30 years despite the fact that it was a "Mandatory Parole."

The judge gave no explanation for his actions. 

(We know you don't believe this so Go to item 5 in these announcements or go to this link  at end of this announcement to read the New York Daily News account of this outrage. 

 Why did the judge not give an explanation? Our community did not demand one and as Frederick Douglass said

  Dr. Shakur is up for parole again in April 2018.


LINK TO NY DAILY NEWS ACCOUNT read the New York Daily News account of this outrage) 





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This site is hosted by the Family and Friends of Dr. Mutulu Shakur.

Thank you to everyone who supported clemency for Dr. Shakur by signing the Color of Change petition!  See Legal Updates for latest official updates on the status, email us to be added to the mailing list, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

Dr. Mutulu Shakur – It is time for his release

Dr. Mutulu Shakur has been a federal prisoner since 1986. He has been denied parole eight times, has taken full responsibility for his actions, has served as a force for good and anti-violence throughout his decades of incarceration, is an elder and has multiple health complications, has a loving family that needs him, and upon release will continue to inspire people to seek self-improvement through peaceful and constructive means, as he has done while incarcerated.

The acts of which Dr. Shakur was convicted some thirty years ago were committed in the context of a movement seeking equal opportunities for black people who, it is widely conceded, were suffering catastrophically from disenfranchisement, segregation, poverty and exclusion from many of the fundamental necessities that make life worth living.

Dr. Shakur participated in civil rights, black liberation and alternative health care all as part of movements of the late 1960’s to the 1980’s. It was a period of civil conflict in which millions of Americans participated in social movements for justice and freedom.

In 1988 Dr. Shakur was convicted of RICO conspiracy, armed bank robbery and bank robbery killings and sentenced to 60 years in prison. At no time did the evidence show that Dr. Shakur killed anyone. At two trials the evidence indicated others were responsible for the killings (one of which became a government witness in return for a sentencing deal). The remaining defendants were acquitted for the murder allegations presented by the government. At the time Dr. Shakur was a well-known acupuncturist using his skills to address rampant drug addiction among young black people. He was a co-founder of the Republic of New Afrika movement, participated in presentations to the United Nations on discrimination experienced by black communities throughout the U.S. and by 1970 was a subject of the FBI’s illegal COINTELPRO infiltration program.

Dr. Shakur has accepted full responsibility for the acts that resulted in his conviction and for many years has expressed the deepest remorse for those who were killed and their families pleading that there is no justification for the loss of life for the victims. For over twenty-five years, Dr. Shakur has been a leading voice in the black community calling for peace, reconciliation and healing for the countless lives lost in pursuit of basic justice and human rights.

Dr. Shakur has for many years publicly suggested that a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (“TRC”) of elected officials, faith based and community activists and experts be convened to explore racial disparities and how to seriously address these issues through a peaceful, alternative dispute mechanism utilizing democratic process.

Dr. Shakur was scheduled for mandatory release in February 2016, but was held and is currently scheduled for mandatory release on May 26, 2026. The Parole Commission most recently denied parole for the eighth time on April 20, 2016. The Parole Commission may denied Mutulu’s request for reconsideration in late October, 2016, and a Petition for Clemency was submitted for consideration by President Obama the same month.

The Parole Commission’s denial of release is based on several faulty considerations including –

  • Mutulu has not accepted responsibility for the crimes of which he was convicted. However,Mutulu has clearly stated to the Parole Commission: “I accept full responsibility for the crimes involved in my conviction over thirty years ago. I was part of the conspiracy that resulted in those crimes and I deeply regret the loss of life involved … I have for several decades totally rejected the use of violence.”Read more
  • Mutulu often signs off his letters with the words “Stiff Resistance” and this indicates he may once again engage in violent crimes if released.Mutulu responds that the sign off  “Stiff Resistance” is intended to convey a message of resistance to injustice, discrimination, gang recruitment, etc. and is in no way intended as an incitement to anti-Government violence. It means to never give up, to be true to your beliefs, to be true to yourself even when the odds are against you.Read more
  • Mutulu has referred to himself as a “political prisoner” and this shows he is likely to commit violent crimes if released on parole.Mutulu responds that the crimes of which he was convicted were “politically motivated,” not motivated by greed or revenge. The indictment and the trial judge both acknowledge the political motivations of those charged in the indictment. It is in this sense that he has referred to himself (and others refer to him) as a political prisoner. He contends that the label of political prisoner is not mutually exclusive to either rehabilitation or reconciliation.Read more
  • Mutulu has referred to himself as a victim of the FBI’s former COINTELPRO infiltration and spying program and this shows he is likely to reoffend if released. In fact, documents released many years ago under the Freedom of Information Act show that Mutulu clearly was a victim of the COINTELPRO program and the trial judge so acknowledged in several written decisions.Read more
  • In 2013 Mutulu violated a prison rule by telephoning a professor who placed the call on a speaker phone so other faculty and students could listen to Mutulu’s comments. Mutulu responds that he knows of no rule that was violated by the phone call and more importantly his underlying message to the students and faculty was one of pursuing social change through peaceful means, including conflict and alternative dispute resolution.Read more

Documents recently released by the Parole Commission in response to a Freedom of Information Act request show that in the past two years no other federal prisoner has been denied parole because of the types of infrequent non-serious prison rule violations Mutulu has been charged with while incarcerated for thirty years. He has had no serious rule violations in over 25 years and only four non-serious violations, none involving violence or the threat of violence.

For updates about the status of Mutulu’s case or copies of his pending clemency petition or petition for reconsideration addressed to the Parole Commission, please email Peter Schey, President, Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law, or Family and Friends of Mutulu Shakur,

U.S. Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Dr. Shakur has not only taken responsibility for the actions for which he was convicted, but he has also become a staunch advocate for a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (also referred to as Truth and Justice Commission) to address the issue of slavery and racial injustice in the history of the United States.  This is a testament to Dr. Shakur’s non-violent ideology for social and political change. Dr. Shakur’s main life passion now is to advocate for a Truth and Reconciliation Commission, such as the South African Model following the apartheid state, which will address the historical civil rights issues in the United States.

Worldwide, the use of Truth and Reconciliation Commissions (“TRCs”) and equivalent bodies, such as truth projects, appears to be accelerating. In the last thirty years, at least thirty-two TRCs have been established in twenty-eight countries, and half of these have been launched in the last decade. TRCs are independent bodies that examine human rights violations in public forums to help communities address problems together. TRCs recommend remedies, which often include apologies and reparations.

The issues Truth and Reconciliation Commissions have addressed in the past are diverse and range from investigating disappearances, abuse of Native American children, abuses under apartheid in South Africa, crimes of Communism, and to confront past racial, cultural and religious  wrongs in many countries.

Recent Truth and Reconciliation Commissions and Truth Commissions have been established in the following nations:

  • Argentina (National Commission on the Disappearance of Persons, 1983)
  • Bolivia (National Commission of Inquiry into Disappearances, 1982)
  • Chile (National Commission for Truth and Reconciliation, 1990; National Commission on Political Imprisonment and Torture, 2003),
  • Democratic Republic of Congo (Truth and Reconciliation Commission, 2003)
  • Ecuador (Truth and Justice Commission, 1996; Truth Commission, 2007)
  • El Salvador (Commission of Truth, 1992)
  • Germany (Commission of Inquiry for the Assessment of History and Consequences of the SED Dictatorship in Germany, 1992)
  • Grenada (Truth and Reconciliation Commission, 2001)
  • Guatemala (Commission for the Historical Clarification of Human Rights Violations and Acts of Violence which Caused Suffering to the Guatemalan People, 1997)
  • Haiti (National Commission for Truth and Justice, 1995)
  • Indonesia (Truth and Reconciliation Commission, 2004)
  • Liberia (Truth and Reconciliation Commission, 2005)
  • Morocco (Equity and Reconciliation Commission, 2004)
  • Nepal (Commission of Inquiry to Locate the Persons Disappeared during the Panchayat Period, 1990)
  • Nigeria (Human Rights Violations Investigation Commission, 1999)
  • Panama (Truth Commission, 2001)
  • Peru (Truth and Reconciliation Commission, 2000)
  • South Africa (Truth and Reconciliation Commission, 1995)
  • South Korea (Truth Commission on Suspicious Deaths, 2000)
  • Sri Lanka (Commission of Inquiry into Involuntary Removal and Disappearances of Persons 1994)
  • Uganda (Commission of Inquiry into the Disappearance of people in Uganda, 1974 and Commission of inquiry into Violations of Human Rights, 1986)
  • Uruguay (Investigative Commission on the Situation of Disappeared People and its Causes, 1985, and Peace Commission, 2000)
  • Yugoslavia, Federal Republic (Truth and Reconciliation Commission, 2001)

It is well known that between five-hundred thousand and six-hundred thousand enslaved Africans were imported into mainland North America, what is today the United States. Slaves in North America were chattel, no different in law from domesticated animals or pieces of disposable property. Sociologists widely agree that up to the present time the consequences of slavery are enormous and include widespread poverty, inadequate health care, inadequately funded schools, and disproportionate unemployment in black communities.

Traditionally, Truth and Reconciliation Commissions seek to affect positive social change using good will, understanding, healing, and compassion — the antithesis of violence or illegal means to achieve social accountability and change.

Mutulu Shakur has joined numerous prominent academics, elected officials, law societies, and faith-based leaders proposing that a Truth and Reconciliation Commission be established to explore the roots of slavery and its impact on black communities today. Those advocating for the establishment of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission on the long-term impact of racial injustice in the United States are by definition absolutely committed to non-violent restorative justice based on the goodwill, understanding and self-reflection of people.

Dr. Shakur’s transformation and message in support of restorative justice is especially compelling given his background. While serving his sentence he has worked with incarcerated people and formerly incarcerated people in numerous constructive ways to address personal change and broader social change through peaceful and positive ways. He has the support of Homeboys Industries headed by Father Gregory Boyle, one of the most successful non-profit organizations in California engaged in gang intervention programs and job training and placement for formerly incarcerated youth. He has worked with formerly incarcerated people to establish programs such as the Center for Returning Citizens in Philadelphia, a program embracing and promoting family responsibility, community-based work, ethical behavior, and social consciousness for formerly incarcerated people through workshops, individual and group counseling sessions, job training and transitional housing programs. Dr. Shakur has for many years served as a mentor for the Center’s Executive Director Jondhi Harrell.

In summary, for many years Dr. Mutulu Shakur has exhibited a continuum of conduct aimed at peaceful and positive personal development and social change. His transformation has been consistent and long-standing.





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The Center for Black Literature, in conjunction with AKILA WORKSONGS

to Present Douglass Relative LLOYD WEAVER and Best-Selling

Author HERB BOYD to Discuss the Douglass Legacy in the Era of Trump.

Monday, February 26, 2018 at 6:30 pm in Brooklyn • FREE!

In honor of the bicentennial birthday of Frederick Douglass, the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College (CBL), in conjunction with AKILA WORKSONGS, presents a Black History Month program featuring a talk with Lloyd Weaver, the great-great-grandson of Frederick Douglass. “A Celebration of the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial” will take placeMonday, February 26, 2018, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Medgar Evers College at the Edison O. Jackson Auditorium (located at 1638 Bedford Avenue in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Central Brooklyn).


Weaver will share keen insights on the personal and political life of Douglass and on the implications on his legacy today. Weaver will also share insights on Anna Murray Douglass, abolitionist and first wife of Frederick Douglass—insights not previously known. She was very instrumental in facilitating Douglass’ escape from slavery and his rise to prominence as an esteemed writer, orator, and abolitionist. The program will also feature award-winning author and journalist Herb Boyd. Boyd will provide a framework for the importance of the Douglass legacy in the age of Trump. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Brenda M. Greene, Executive Director of the Center for Black Literature.


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Saturday, February 3, 2018

The award-winning Cultural Caravan TV series presents an African American History Month flashback special with a new  which celebrates the history and cultural of Africa and its diaspora. Part I begins with a spotlight on history and cultural contribution of ancient Africa to the world.  Dr. William Seraile, Professor Emeritus of African and African American Studies at Lehman College, will take us on a journey through time and address some of the myths and realities.  The program will also feature a dance presentation which is performed and choreographed by the multi-talented artist, Tracy Viergela Pierre. In addition, musician, poet, and folklorist, Atiba Kwabena Wilson and his band, Befo'Quotet will take us on a musical journey through the Motherland. Join us as we celebrate our history, culture, and artist expressions. Tune in on Sunday, February, from 5:30pm to 6pm on NYC-Life, Channel 25 and 22.

If you are not home, please be sure to record this important program for future review and reflection. NYC Life can be seen on-air, cable, and satellite throughout the five boroughs, Long Island, Westchester.  Viewers in New Jersey and Connecticut must check local listing for stations that carry NYC Life in their area. Cultural Caravan TV is one of the few programs that celebrate the local African and American experience on TV in the Tri-State area.  Please support our programming and tell your friends and family about us. We welcome contribution to keep this program on the air via network television. Check out our website at for more information about our programming and opportunities to support the show and promote your events.




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to Denounce Trump’s
Anti-Africa Insults

IBW Will Join #ProudAfricans Coalition
at Febuary 15th Protest

NEW YORK, N.Y — #ProudAfricans, a coalition of African, Caribbean, and African-American human rights and professional organizations, including the Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW), will lead a protest rally outside the United Nations Headquarters at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza Park in New York City on Feb. 15 to denounce the recent racist and bigoted anti-Africa comments by US President Donald Trump. The rally will also highlight the past and continuing contributions by people of African descent to the creation of wealth and prosperity in the United States and other Western countries.

In addition, the coalition will denounce the brutal exploitation of African migrants whose plight was highlighted in a recent CNN expose showing auctions of African migrants who have been enslaved in Libya.

At the UN rally, the coalition will raise public awareness of the thousands of young Africans who c

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