Freedom for Dr. Mutulu Shakur: More than Tupac’s Stepfather! New Afrikan People’s Organization / Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
Freedom for Dr. Mutulu Shakur: More than Tupac’s Stepfather!
New Afrikan People’s Organization / Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
Dr. Mutulu Shakur, a member of the New African People’s Organization and the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement is one of the longest held political prisoners of war in USA federal detention at this time. He has been locked down and kept from his people for over 30 years since his capture on February 11, 1986. He was charged and convicted of freeing our Sister Assata Shakur from prison and master minding a 1981 expropriation of a Brinks armored truck.
Dr. Shakur was set for release on February 10, 2016 but his release never occurred. Just before this date he was informed that he would only be scheduled to get a hearing for parole on April 4, 2016.
Dr. Shakur has violated no serious rules in the prison in his entire 30 years of captivity. He is an important member of the community and has full intentions of contributing to the welfare and success of his community with no intent of violating any laws of the USA. He will continue to advocate for the human rights and freedom of his community
Dr. Shakur has promoted unity and cooperation between prisoners in the Federal system. He has mentored and guided young brothers in the system as well as youth and students in the community who support him. He has argued and promoted for at least a decade for a “Truth, Reconciliation and Justice” process between the US government and the Black Liberation Movement to bring to the open the harm done from both sides in our people’s struggle for freedom. This would be in the tradition of other Truth and Reconciliation and Truth and Justice processes in countries like South Africa, and Argentina after long and bloody political conflicts between liberation movements and oppressive governments with the aim of peace and justice.
Yet despite this it is clear that the United States Federal Government fears freeing Dr. Mutulu Shakur, not for any harm or disruption he has committed over the past 30 years or for fear of any supposed crime he might commit in the future, but because of his consistent history of commitment to the Self Determination, and liberation of the New Afrikan Nation, so-called African Americans.
While he has become known and popularized among the youth as the step father of revolutionary hip hop artist Tupac Shakur, Dr. Shakur is much more that that. Since he was 14 years old he has committed his life to the liberation struggle of the New Afrikan people, so-called African Americans. In 1969 he defended Republic of New Afrika elders, children and leaders against a vicious military attack by Detroit police on the New Bethel Baptist Church, where Rev. C.L. Franklin, the father of Aretha Franklin was the pastor. Dr. Shakur is an accomplished Doctor of Chinese medicine and acupuncture and the founder of the Black Acupuncture Advisory Association of North America (BAAANA) as well as the Lincoln Detox Center which was responsible for curing hundreds of heroin addicts without drugs through acupuncture until the Center was forced to close after a long struggle by the city of New York. He is a co-founder of the National Task Force for Cointelpro Litigation and Research (NTFCLR) which made it possible for Black liberation organizations and individuals to identify, coordinate and expose exactly how, where, and who the FBI had used in its evil plan called the Counter Insurgency Program or COINTELPRO to destroy organizations like the Black Panther Party, the Us Organization, the Provisional Government of the Republic of New Afrika, and the American Indian Movement and assassinated, imprisoned or exiled so many of our leaders and freedom fighters. The NTFCLR was responsible for the legal strategy that ultimately led to the release of Black Panther political prisoner Geronimo ji Jaga (Pratt). Additionally Dr. Shakur travelled extensively to represent his people at international conferences and to gain international support for our freedom struggle from the international community.
Dr. Mutulu Shakur is being illegally detained in Federal prison beyond his release date because of his past and ongoing contributions to the human rights, self-determination and liberation of not only his nation New Afrika, but to the freedom and justice for all oppressed peoples.
The Federal parole board is assigned to determine whether Dr. Shakur can be a significant and productive contributor to the community. The opponents of his freedom has spread confusion about this by publishing and broadcasting misinformation about Dr. Shakur and about his release in order to create the condition for his continued imprisonment. It is important that the Parole Board hear from the community and that they know that Dr. Mutulu Shakur is welcome in our community. This is the message that must be spoken, written and sung about and that must be sent to the Federal Parol Board! Dr. Mutulu Shakur is welcome in our community.
We call on artists, writers, academics and community leaders to bear witness to the importance of having Dr. Mutulu Shakur returned to the community that loves him. If you know Mutulu, write or record what he has done to make your life or your community better. Let this Board know that his participation, mentorship and contributions are significantly missed and longed for in our community.
DR. MUTULU SHAKUR IS WELCOME IN OUR COMMUNITY!
40+ Asian American & Pacific Islander Organizations, New York City Elected Officials, and Hundreds of Community Leaders Condemn Threats Against CAAAV
Last week, a Brooklyn jury found former NYPD Officer Peter Liang guilty for the death of Akai Gurley.
These events have elicited strong reactions in the Chinese and broader Asian American communities, where some believe former Officer Liang has been treated unfairly by our justice system because some white officers involved in recent high-profile incidents have not been held accountable for their actions. In the days since the jury’s decision, CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities, which has supported the family of Akai Gurley, has received threats and experienced significant harassment from some who disagree with its stance in this case.
It is our position–as Asian American and Pacific Islander community leaders and organizations as well as leaders and organizations representing broader communities of color–that regardless of our stance on this high-profile case, we strongly condemn threats and harassment directed against CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities and individuals affiliated with the organization. We call on those who disagree with CAAAV’s position to express that disagreement civilly.
New York City Elected Officials
New York City Council Member Robert Cornegy
New York City Council Member Antonio Reynoso
New York City Council Member Rosie Mendez
New York City Council Member Ritchie Torres
New York City Council Member Jumaane Williams
New York City Council Member Brad Lander
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC
Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles
Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus
Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)
National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development
Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO
Chinese Progressive Association Boston
Chinese Progressive Association San FranciscoProvidence Youth Student Movement
DRUM – Desis Rising Up & Moving
South Asian Americans Leading Together
MinKwon Center for Community Action
Arab American Action Network (AAAN)-Chicago
Gay Asian Pacific Islander Men of New York (GAPIMNY)
Asian Pacific Environmental Network
Khmer Girls in Action
Chinese for Affirmative Action
Damayan Migrant Workers Association
HOBAK (Hella Organized Bay Area Koreans)
Korean American Coalition to End Domestic Abuse (KACEDA)
Asian American Resource Workshop
Little Tokyo Fraternal Workers Association
New York Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines
From Harlem With Love: A Mural For Yuri & Malcolm
Al-Awda New York , Palestine Right to Return Coalition
GABRIELA New York
Asian Americans United
Asian American Arts Centre
Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) – Seattle chapter
Coalition for the Revitalization of Asian American Studies at Hunter
Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO)
Rebel Diaz Arts Collective (RDAC-BX)
Sadie Nash Leadership Project
Resilience Advocacy Project
Lotus Creations Performing Arts Inc.
ARTs East New York Inc.
GOLES – Good Old Lower East Side
Instituto de Educacion Popular del Sur de California (IDEPSCA)
Citizens Committee for New York City
Cop Watch Alliance
The Center for Anti-Violence Education
Arts East New York
Theatre of the Oppressed NYC
THE POINT CDC
Community Voices Heard (CVH)|
Brotherhood Sister Sol
Universal Zulu Nation
Community Leaders and Members
Juyeon JC Rhee
Diana Pei Wu, PhD
Sine Hwang Jensen
Bill Fletcher Jr
Melvin Rouse, Jr.
Gregory A. Butler
Eunha Jeong Wood
Andrew Sta. Ana
Tammy Vince Cruz
Liz Sunwha Kaufman
Nom Hee hwang
Ben de Guzman
Joan P Gibbs, Esq.
DJ Kuttin Kandi
Robert E. Cornegy, Jr.
The Rev. Noel E. Bordador
Ga Young Chung
Robert Monroe, Jr.
(Feb. 17, 2016) No longer content with suffocating Gaza by air, land and sea, Israel is expanding its blockade below ground with a new tunnel warfare system.
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Last November, I wrote about my experience with corporate “education reform” in my home city of Detroit — led by the Educational Achievement Authority. Since its creation in 2011, the EAA has laid off over 4,000 veteran teachers and used over 10,000 working-class students of color as guinea pigs for untested education software.
Today, I’m ecstatic to tell you that Eastern Michigan University USAS Local 734 has won the fight to end our university’s partnership with the racist Educational Achievement Authority. Over three years, we built relationships with EAA students, occupied our president’s office, and shut down 3 Board of Regents meetings. Now, without my university as its official licenser, the EAA is scheduled to be phased out by next year.
By organizing and winning against corporate education reformers, we’ve joined a national movement demanding locally controlled, fully funded schools. Will you join this movement?
Today, teachers, parents, and students from 500 schools in 30 cities are holding “walk-ins” to demand full and equitable funding for all public schools — and racial justice in our schools and communities. A “walk-in” is just what it sounds like: A school community “walking in” to their school together with signs, chants, songs, and solidarity. Can you add your name to show your support?
If you’re feeling inspired, share your support on social media with the hashtag #ReclaimOurSchools. Below this message are a few ideas of what you could post.
I’m thrilled that we’ve won this victory in Detroit, but the fight doesn’t stop here.
Eastern Michigan University
USAS Local 734
Sample social media posts:
I support the movement to maintain community control over community schools! #ReclaimOurSchools www.reclaimourschools.org
Keep billionaires out of our schools! @USAS supports walk-ins to build the schools every child deserves #ReclaimOurSchoolsbit.ly/1RqIf8X
.@USAS Local ## supports students, teachers, and parents walking in to demand fully-funded public schools for every child #ReclaimOurSchools
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Last week, Clinton slammed Sanders for voting against reform in 2007.
by RAUL A. REYES
An angry teenager feels disrespected by a classmate and initiates a physical fight with another student. The resulting altercation disrupts a classroom lesson. Should these students be expelled? Or should they talk with one another, their fellow students, and a counselor about the consequences of their actions and how to make amends? Increasingly, school districts around the country are choosing the latter approach. Now a coalition of community organizations, educators, academics, and social justice leaders has released a new report to encourage such practices in schools. The groups, including the Advancement Project, Denver Classroom Teachers Association, Denver Public Schools, National Education Association, and Padres & Jóvenes Unidos, collaborated as The Denver School-Based Restorative Practices Partnership to help promote restorative practices in Denver and beyond.Campaigns: Padres & Jóvenes UnidosEnd the School to Jail Track
Bernie Sanders is upping pressure on the Obama administration over one of its immigration enforcement initiatives, taking new aim at a controversial program just days before the Democratic presidential contest in Nevada.
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Economic inequality has reached dramatic levels not seen since the Great Depression — yet with climate change, we face potentially insurmountable environmental challenges in the decades ahead too. Many of us deal with these systemic problems every day — either directly or indirectly — and our struggles are often pitted against each other. An old adage says that in times like these, we must not mourn, but get organized. Join us for these upcoming events — come talk to your neighbors about the impacts of wealth inequality on families and communities.
Community Conversations on Inequality:
- Wednesday 2/17 from 6-8PM at the Old Labor Hall, Barre (childcare provided)
- Monday 3/14 from 6-8PM at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Barre (childcare provided)
- Monday 4/11 from 6-8PM at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Barre (childcare provided)
Canvassing Days and Indoor Tabling - Inequality Survey:
- Saturday 3/5 from 1-4PM at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Barre (Training and Door-Knock Canvass)
- Saturday 4/2 from 1-4PM at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Barre (Training and Door-Knock Canvass)
- Various mornings in February-March from 7-9AM at community breakfasts in Barre (Indoor tabling)
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the latest dates for indoor tabling at community meals and other sites, OR be in touch if you'd like to set up a date in your area.
The Denver School-Based Restorative Practices Partnership is a coalition of racial justice, education, labor and community groups working to ensure widespread and high-quality implementation of restorative practices in Denver Public Schools and beyond. Restorative practices are alternatives to punitive school disciplinary policies that have proven ineffective and racially discriminatory. Using approaches such as dialogues, peace circles, conferencing, and peer-led mediation, restorative practices get to the root cause of student behavior. Educators also say restorative practices identify issues too minor to be addressed with harsh school disciplinary responses—suspensions, police tickets, removal from class and isolation from other students—and create plans for students to both learn from and make amends for mistakes. When fully implemented, restorative practices improve school climate, increase academic achievement and reduce racial disparities in school discipline. Through the Denver School-Based Restorative Practices Partnership, the youth and parent group, Padres & Jóvenes Unidos; the national racial justice organization, Advancement Project; the Denver Classroom Teachers Association (DCTA), Denver Public Schools (DPS), the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver (DU); and the National Education Association (NEA) are documenting successful restorative practices programs in Denver schools and then sharing the model for success with other districts across the country that are seeking to replicate, scale and sustain these practices.
Through interviews and focus groups with staff members at three Denver schools that have successfully implemented restorative practices (RP), four essential strategies for taking this approach school-wide were identified: strong principal vision and commitment to RP; explicit efforts to generate staff buy-in to this conflict resolution approach; continuous and intensive professional development opportunities; and, the allocation of school funds for a full-time coordinator of RP at the site. Additional approaches that supported school-wide implementation of RP are described in the full report.Principal Vision & Commitment
Taking restorative practices school-wide was possible because administrators held the following beliefs:
• Exclusionary discipline practices, such as expulsion and suspension, generally fail to change student behavior.
• Students’ time in class is a key factor in determining their educational success.
• Proactively teaching students social, emotional, and conflict resolution skills improves their behavior and promotes their academic achievement.
• Standing by the philosophy of restorative practices when faced with resistance to change is worth the effort.Staff Buy-In
Widespread buy-in to restorative practices among stakeholders was generated using the following strategies:
• Involving teachers, service providers, and community members in development of policies and protocols that guide the delivery of restorative practices and their integration into discipline processes.
• Soliciting regular feedback from staff throughout the implementation process.
• When hiring new staff, including teachers, assess their support for the restorative practices philosophy.Professional Development
Capacity to implement restorative practices throughout the school was supported by:
• Initial commitment of substantial professional development time to new discipline policies and protocols, restorative practices, and allied relationship-building approaches.
• Availability of “booster sessions” for revisiting discipline processes and restorative practices.
• Allocation of additional resources for individualized coaching among staff members who have difficulty aligning their practices with a restorative philosophy.Full-Time RP Coordinator
To sustain all the other essential strategies for success, schools had to dedicate funding for a person with the following responsibilities:
• Develop positive relationships with students, teachers and families.
• Facilitate formal conferences and mediations.
• Monitor student agreements to repair harm caused.
• Provide coaching and training to other staff members
CONCORD, N.H. — The voter at Marco Rubio’s town hall meeting was worried. One of his most trusted employees, Fernando, is an undocumented immigrant. “He hasn’t raped anybody,” the man said. “He hasn’t stolen anything.” What would Rubio do as president to help Fernando stay here?
Too Few, Too Costly Preschool Opportunities In SW Denver, Study Finds
BY JENNY BRUNDIN ON 02/03/2016 - 5:02PM
A new study finds that while every 3- and 4-year-old in Denver’s Cherry Creek and Congress Park neighborhoods attends preschool, only about a third of young children in the city’s Latino southwest neighborhoods attend.
The study casts doubt on the perception that enrollment is lower because Latino families value keeping children at home or with family. Almost half of the 300 parents surveyed said they couldn’t find open slots in their area.
Parents report waiting lists two years long. The average yearly price-tag of $11,000 for one child is another barrier.
Denver Public Schools acting superintendent Susana Cordova said, "Full day Kindergarten is not even fully funded by our state and then to think about how we extend that down into our 4-year olds and 3-year olds is going to be a really important conversation."
Some parents are calling for universal access to preschool for all 3- and 4-year olds, and the end to suspensions and expulsions from preschool.
The survey was conducted by the group Padres y Jovenes Unidos.College Prep for AllCollege Prep for AllCollege Prep for AllPadres & Jóvenes Unidos
By Ann Schimke
A new report focused on southwest Denver sheds light on the difficulties some Latino parents face finding affordable, high-quality preschool spots for their kids.
The report, released Wednesday by the advocacy group Padres & Jovenes Unidos, found that some parents who responded to the group’s community survey were placed on waiting lists at sought-after preschool sites. Others found open slots, but only at centers with Level 1 ratings, the lowest of five tiers on the state’s child care rating system, Colorado Shines.
Officials from Denver Public Schools, interviewed by phone, say more could be done to connect parents with preschool options in southwest Denver, but too few slots isn’t the main problem there. Such shortages are more pressing in pockets of southeast Denver, they say.
DPS Acting Superintendent Susana Cordova, who spoke at the report release event at the Corky Gonzalez branch of the Denver Public Library, said expanding preschool access is a key strategy for the district, but noted that the state plays a major role in preschool funding and other early childhood issues.
- Provide free full-day preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds from low to moderate income families.
- Prohibit suspensions and expulsions in preschool.
- Require preschool providers to adopt consistent policies to meet the needs of dual-language learners.
- Fund preschool appropriately so that all employees earn a living wage.
- Ensure preschool staff are trained on classroom management, implicit bias, developmentally appropriate discipline methods, dual language instruction and the use of inclusive culturally affirming practices.
“Let’s start talking about the legislative agenda we want to push forward,” she said.Campaigns: College Prep for AllCollege Prep for AllCollege Prep for AllPadres & Jóvenes Unidos