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Quotation Food For Thought:
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 THE QUESTION http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WHuhL5t0CA
LINK TO NY DAILY NEWS ACCOUNT
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/tupac-shakur-stepfather-mu...and 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.
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 –
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or Family and Friends of Mutulu Shakur, email@example.com.
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:
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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Rally at the U.N.
to Denounce Trump’s
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 chttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WHuhL5t0CA