Culture is a Weapon Spoken Word/HipHop Benefit for Freedom Fighters Dr. Mutulu Shakur, Sekou Odinga & Sundiata Acoli NYC, March 16 & 17 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Labor Center Auditorium 310 West 43rd St. (between 8th & 9th Aves.)
As we celebrate International Women’s Day and pay tribute to the amazing feats that women have accomplished globally, we should also take note of the work that remains to be done in making sure that women do not suffer disproportionately due to their gender.
A Rally in Support of Imam Jamil Al-Amin on March 19 from 3-5PM Join the effort in Atlanta, Georgia to demand justice for Imam Jamil and bring him back to Georgia For Immediate Release: March 11, 2012 Contact information: Heather Gray 404 234 4630 - firstname.lastname@example.org ATLANTA....On Monday, March 19, 2012, there will be a demonstration in front of the Georgia Capitol from 3-5PM for Imam Jamil Al-Amin (the former H. "Rap" Brown). It is designated as a "Day of Action in Support of Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin". The Capitol is located at 206 Washington Street in Atlanta, Georgia. "Please join us on March 19 as we inform Georgia and the country that we call for justice for Imam Jamil," said Mauri' Saalakhan of the Peace and Justice Foundation. "Our voices will demonstrate that we across the country demand that Georgia end its excessive punishment of the Imam." The major demand by family, friends and supporters who will gather at the Capitol will be that the State of Georgia bring the Imam back from the federal supermax prison in Florence, Colorado to a prison in Georgia. In 2002, Imam Jamil Al-Amin was found guilty of shooting and killing a Fulton County Sheriff's deputy. Issues surrounding the case and the Imam's conviction have always been problematic with serious questions of the Imam's guilt in the whole shooting incident, especially given a confession by another. All of these questions and issues became compounded when, in 2007, the State of Georgia suddenly moved the Imam from Georgia's Reidsville State Prison to the supermax prison in Florence, Colorado. This abrupt move, without informing the family, led to pressing questions regarding the federal government's complicity in the case. Was the Imam being punished because he is Muslim? Just prior to his abrupt move to Florence in 2007, Muslims in Georgia's prisons had asked that he serve as the Imam for Muslim prisoners throughout the State of Georgia. This was without the Imam's prompting but it was clearly an acknowledgement by others of the respect for him and his leadership. Is he also being punished because of his extraordinary civil rights history through the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in the 1960's and his ongoing demands and activism for civil and human rights? The Imam's case regarded a shooting incident in Atlanta, Georgia. It was a local, not a federal case. There were no federal charges, conviction, or sentences. Even in spite of this, the State of Georgia chose to move him out of Georgia's prison population to a federal prison 1,400 miles away from his family and attorneys. The conditions in the prison are extraordinarily punitive including 24-hour isolation in an underground facility with no human contact. And we, Georgia's taxpayers, are paying the federal government for the Imam's punitive conditions. Notwithstanding the moral considerations, paying for such punishment is un-called for. Imam Jamil Al-Amin's family, friends and supporters are demanding on March 19 in front of the Georgia State Capitol that the State of Georgia bring the Imam back to Georgia with all deliberate speed. For those of you who would like to add your voice to this demand and explore other ways to assist in Imam Jamil's case please go to the Free Imam Jamil website at www.freeimamjamil.com. For additional information please go to the Peace Through Justice Foundation at www.peacethrujustice.org . For interviews on Imam Jamil's case please call Heather Gray at 404 234 4630 or email her at email@example.com.
The NYC Anarchist Black Cross collective is back at it, serving up amazing food and knowledge about our folks behind bars. In light of March being women’s history month, this is the first letter-writing dinner this month where we’ll be focusing on a few of our female comrades behind bars. We’ll provide brief background and recent updates on Leah Henderson, Mandy Hiscocks, Patreese Johnson, CeCe McDonald, and Rev. Joy Powell. All you need to bring is an appetite, but friends and partners are welcome.
If for some reason you can’t make it out, but still want to support these comrades, you can write to them at: Leah Henderson Vanier Centre for Women at Milton 665 Martin Street Milton, Ontario L9T 5E6 Canada
Amanda Hiscocks Vanier Centre for Women at Milton 665 Martin Street Milton, Ontario L9T 5E6 Canada
Patreese Johnson 07-G-0635 Taconic Correctional Facility 250 Harris Road Bedford Hills, New York 10507
Chrishaun Reed McDonald* #2011014667 401 South 4th Avenue, Suite 100 Minneapolis, Minnesota 55415 *Address the envelope to Chrishaun and the card/letter to CeCe
Joy Powell #07-G-0632 Bedford Hills Correctional Facility Post Office Box 1000 Bedford Hills, New York 10507-2499
Spoken Word/HipHop Benefit for Freedom Fighters Dr. Mutulu Shakur, Sekou Odinga & Sundiata Acoli NYC, March 16 & 17 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Labor Center Auditorium 310 West 43rd St. (between 8th & 9th Aves.)
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