The People’s Army Rise, Then The System Will
-M1 Dead Prez/POCC Minister of Culture
This Tuesday Nov 2,
2004 "Black Solidarity Day" marks 25 yrs of freedom for our Comrade Black
Panther/BLA member Assata Shakur, Our Warrior was liberated from a NJ prison by
fellow Comrades (for more info on Assata check out http://www.assatashakur.org/ ) .
Join the POCC
and The Drum Collective as we dedicate the"RBG
our Warrior Comrade and celebrate the 25th
Anniversary of the liberation
of our Sistah!
Militant MIC" Every Tuesday @ 10 pm
following the FTP Survival Program. RBG Nights Include a Militant ( Open)
Mic, featuring Revolutionary & Uplifting Spoken Word, Hip Hop and Words of
Hosted by Kalonji Jama Changa w/ Young Chose "Riding
Shotgun" on the sounds. This is Revolutionary Edutainment not the same
ole' song and dance. The event is
THE SURVIVAL PROGRAM <<<<
Survival Program (Feed The People) has been switched to
Tuesday Nights. The new meeting place is @ The Royal Peacock (Bottom
level) 186 Auburn
Avenue. If you have donations or
would like to assist in preparing the food call M'shaniyah @
We will begin preparing the food @
the Royal Peacock @
and plan to hit the streets by
To date we have fed over 4,000 people.
HELP WITH DONATIONS, WE ARE IN NEED !!!
do we need:
We are accepting monetary donations, volunteers and food stuffs
(i.e. bread, turkey or turkey bologna, peanut butter, jelly, bottled water,
small bottled/carton juice, small bottled/carton milk,). We also need packaging
materials (i.e. paper lunch bags, plastic sandwich bags).
This is a people program, not a government run program so we
need the help of the people. Make a commitment!Tell A
WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT, SO THAT WE CAN PROVIDE MORE
"We ain't got nothing to lose except our
chains, and our chains ain't platinum".
-POCC Chairman Fred Hampton
Jr.(As told to Russell Simmons at the Hip Hop
Support the African Anti-Terrorism Bill- Free
"Black brothers, Black sisters, i want you to know that i love you and i
hope that somewhere in your hearts you have love for me. My name is Assata
Shakur (slave name joanne chesimard), and i am a revolutionary. A Black
revolutionary. By that i mean that i have declared war on all forces that have
raped our women, castrated our men, and kept our babies empty-bellied. "I
have declared war on the rich who prosper on our poverty, the politicians who
lie to us with smiling faces, and all the mindless, heartless robots who protect
them and their property.
"I am a Black revolutionary and, as such, i am
a victim of all the wrath, hatred, and slander that amerika is capable of. Like
all other Black revolutionaries, amerika is trying to lynch me."
statement "To My People," written in prison, July 4, 1973
Shakur spent her early childhood in North Carolina and experienced the bitter
realities of the segregated South. She later moved to the northern part of the
country--where she realized that "Black people were equally victimized by racism
Assata became a political activist in the upsurge of
the 1960s, participating in the student struggles, the anti-war movement, and
especially the Black liberation movement. She joined the Black Panther Party and
became an active member. The Panthers were a key target of COINTELPRO--an FBI
program to carry out operations against the Black liberation movement and other
revolutionaries. As Assata recalls inn her autobiography, the COINTELPRO
operations and internal struggles led to divisions among the Panthers. Assata
eventually associated herself with those like Sundiata Acoli who believed that
organizing small, armed, underground groups was the way to carry on the
struggle. They were part of a network of clandestine organizations known as the
Black Liberation Army (BLA).
The FBI accused Assata of participating in
attacks on law enforcement personnel, and this made her a hunted person. Posters
in police precincts and banks described her as being involved in serious
"criminal" activities. She was high on the FBI's "most wanted" list.
May 2, 1973 Assata, Sundiata Acoli and Zayd Malik Shakur were ambushed by state
police on the New Jersey turnpike. One state trooper shot Assata in the arm and
back as she had her hands in the air. Another trooper was killed. Zayd Malik
Shakur was gunned down. Sundiata escaped and was later captured after a massive
One of the state troopers admitted that he shot and
killed Zayd Malik Shakur. But Assata was charged with the killing of Zayd--who
she described as her "closest friend and comrade"--as well as with the death of
the trooper. Sundiata Acoli waas also charged with both deaths. No credible
evidence linked either of them to the shooting of the state trooper. Their
trials were a blatant political railroad wrapped in manufactured hysteria. The
two revolutionaries were denied access to the media, while the New Jersey police
and the FBI fed daily lies to the press. In 1977 Assata was convicted by an
all-white jury and sentenced to life plus 33 years in prison. Sundiata was
sentenced to life plus 30 years. He remains a political prisoner today.
The authorities were out to break Assata, if not kill her outright.
After her arrest, Assata was shackled and chained to a hospital bed--one arm
paralyzed from a bullet wound and another bullet wound in her chest--as police
guarding her shouted Nazi slogans, jaabbed her with shotgun butts and threatened
her life. In a foreword to Assata's biography, Lennox Hinds wrote, "In the
history of New Jersey, no woman pretrial detainee or prisoner has ever been
treated as she was, continuously confined in a men's prison, under 24-hour
surveillance of her most intimate functions, without intellectual sustenance,
adequate medical attention, and exercise, and without the company of other women
for all the years she was in their custody."
Assata wrote of her flight
from prison: "In 1979 I was able to escape with the aid of some of my fellow
comrades. I saw this as a necessary step, not only because I was innocent of the
charges against me, but because I knew that in the racist legal system in the
United States I would receive no justice. I was also afraid that I would be
murdered in prison. I later arrived in Cuba where I am currently living in exile
as a political refugee."
The Fight to Defend All Political
Prisoners In her recent open letter, Assata Shakur said that her main concern
is not for herself but the pressing issues facing the people today: "I am more
concerned about the growing poverty, the growing despair that is rife in
Amerika. I am more concerned about our younger generations, who represent our
future. I am more concerned that one-third of young Blacks are either in prison
or under the jurisdiction of the `criminal in-justice system'; I am more
concerned about the rise of the prison-industrial complex that is turning our
people into slaves again. I am more concerned about the repression, the police
brutality, violence, the rising wave of racism that makes up the political
landscape of the U.S. today. Our young people deserve a future, and I consider
it the mandate of my ancestors to be part of the struggle to insure that they
have one. They have the right to live free from political repression. The U.S.
is becoming more and more of a police state and that fact compels us to fight
against political repression. I urge you all, every single person who reads this
statement, to fight to free all political prisoners. As the concentration camps
in the U.S. turn into death camps, I urge you to abolish the death penalty. I
make a special, urgent appeal to you to fight to save the life of Mumia
Abu-Jamal, the political prisoner who is currently on death row."
Whitman claims that the government's pursuit of Assata Shakur is about going
after "crime." This is a gross lie. The government of this country always
claims, "We have no political prisoners." But, as the Jericho '98 Amnesty
Campaign has made clear, there are many men and women who are locked up in U.S.
prisons for their political beliefs and actions. Carl Dix, a national
spokesperson for the RCP, said in his statement to the Jericho '98 march: "All
of them stood up and fought the hell this government brought down on the people
in this country and worldwide. Many were down with the Black Panther Party and
other revolutionary groups in the 1960s. Some took up arms to liberate the
people. The cause they fought for is as just as what Nat Turner, Harriet Tubman,
John Brown, and Pedro Albizu Campos fought for many years ago." The fight to
defend Assata Shakur from the attacks of the U.S. government is closely linked
with the fight to defend all political prisoners.
Assata Shakur was once
one of those political prisoners--and her escape from their prisons made her one
of the "most wanted" fugitives from their system of injustice. The people must
not allow the united snakes government to get their hands on Assata
"I would rather be a member of this race than a Greek in the time of Alexander,
a Roman in the Augustan period, or Anglo-Saxon in the nineteenth century." -
Edward Wilmot Blyden
"However much we may detest admitting it, the fact
remains that there would be no exploitation if people refused to obey the
exploiter. But self comes in and we hug the chains that bind us. This must
cease." - Mohandas Gandhi