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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.
At just 19 years old, Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army member Jalil Muntaqim (born Anthony Bottom) became one of the New York Three, after being accused of assassinating two NYPD officers on May 21st, 1971.
The information surrounding Jalil’s case is highly debated, as he was specifically named in COINTELPRO documents as member of the Black Liberation Movement who had to be “neutralized”. During his trial, it’s believed that the FBI and NYPD manufactured evidence to secure a conviction. In fact, in a separate 1971 case related to a BPP member being accused of shooting NYPD officers, Dhoruba bin Wahad was convicted and served 19 years— until he was released in 1990 due to a successful appeal based on information found in COINTELPRO documents, which detailed how evidence was manufactured and testimony perjured.
However, that case (and subsequent acquittal) has not been allowed as evidence in Jalil’s case.
Despite having been eligible for parole since 1993, Jalil has been denied parole 11 times and has been imprisoned for nearly 50 years.
To Send Jalil Money:
State: New York
Inmate Number: #77A4283
To Send Jalil a Letter:
Anthony Jalil Bottom #77A4283
Sullivan Correctional Facility
PO Box 116
This #BlackAugust, Divine Action invites you to write letters and send money to our incarcerated revolutionaries.
Many of them are elderly and have been in prisons for decades as a result of their roles in the fight for Black liberation. In addition to continuing to learn about these leaders and what they attempted/accomplished, we should also ensure that they are supported while incarcerated, and that they know they haven’t been forgotten.
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Ruchell Magee was initially incarcerated in 1963, after he and his cousin got into a fight over a $10 bag of marijuana. After an unfair trial, both Ruchell and his cousin received charges of kidnapping and robbery, and were sentenced to life in prison.
While in prison, he began to educate himself on Black liberation history, and adopted the middle name of “Cinque”, which was the name of the enslaved African who led the rebellion of the slave ship Amistad and freed all Africans onboard.
On August 7th, 1970, Ruchell was in the Marin County Courthouse awaiting an opportunity to testify on behalf of James McClain, who was on trial for assaulting a guard in the wake of a Black prisoner’s murder by prison officials. Ruchell was less than four months from his own parole hearing for his trumped up 1963 charges.
However, while Ruchell was awaiting his turn to testify, revolutionary Jonathan Jackson entered the courtroom armed with several guns, and tossed them to prisoners James McClain and William Christmas. The trio then invited Ruchell to join them as they executed a plan to free the unjustly incarcerated Soledad Brothers, and expose the brutally racist conditions of American prisons. He joined without hesitation.
The plan was to hold the judge, assistant district attorney, and several jurors hostage until their demands were met. However, after the four revolutionaries had loaded the hostages to the getaway van, police opened fire— killing Jonathan, James, and William (and the judge) and leaving Ruchell seriously injured.
In 1971, Ruchell and Angela Davis (to whom the firearms had been registered) became codefendants in the case surrounding the Marin County Courthouse Rebellion. When Angela was acquitted of all charges in June of 1972, Ruchell lost the international and national support that followed her. He was left to continue fighting alone.
He won the right to represent and defend himself in trials, and got his murder charges dropped (leaving him with two kidnapping charges). He was convicted of one of those charges, but according to the sworn affidavit of one of the jurors, the jury voted to acquit Ruchell of the second charge. However, the court somehow handed down a guilty verdict. To this day, Ruchell continues to challenge the denial and subsequent cover-up of that acquittal.
Ruchell Magee is the longest-held political prisoner in the United States, having been incarcerated in 1963. He is currently 81 years old.
To send mail to Ruchell, use the below name and address:
Ruchell Magee #A92051 #T 115
California Medical Facility
P.O. Box 2000
To Send Money, use JPay.com and the below information:
Inmate Number: #A92051