Dr. Mutulu Shakur became a member of the New African Independence Movement at the age of 16, after being radicalized by his childhood interactions with the social service system. By the late sixties, he had become active in the Revolutionary Action Movement, Provisional Government of the Republic of New Africa, and the Black Panther Party. As a result of his activism, he was targeted by COINTELPRO.
In 1970 two of Mutulu’s children were injured in a car accident, and after they were healed by a Chinese acupuncturist using traditional Chinese medicine, he worked to obtain a Doctorate in Acupuncture from the Quebec Acupuncture Association. He then used his skills to treat narcotics addictions, and by the late seventies, he had founded the Black Acupuncture Advisory Association of North America and the Harlem Institute of Acupuncture. There he managed the largest and most effective detox program in the country, treating thousands of poor and elderly people who would otherwise have no access to treatment of this type.
In 1982, Dr. Shakur was indicted along with 10 others were charged with conspiracy and participation in expropriations from several banks (to acquire funds for the support of the Black liberation movement).He was also charged with participation in the 1979 prison escape of Assata Shakur. After his indictment, Dr. Shakur went into hiding, but was captured and arrested four years later on February 12th, 1986.
In October of 2019, Dr. Shakur received a diagnosis of bone marrow cancer, and despite having served more than 34 years in jail, he was still denied compassionate release.
Please support the official petition for Dr. Mutulu Shakur’s compassionate release, as they are only a few hundred signatures short of their 20,000 signature goal. The petition can be found here: bit.ly/cr-petition.