In Memory of G. Ji Jaga

Some say they, "can't get no satisfaction", and sing a sad song over trifles.
I too have grieved over trifles,
Yet though I am sad, I have some satisfaction
For I think vindication is precious,
And he was vindicated a decade and a half before he returned to our faith filled ancestors.
I have some satisfaction,
For I witnessed an adamantine integrity,
(yes adamantine means diamond-like, hard, bright, unbreakable),
Set in a sterling character that valued humanity more than diamonds and gold.

Every effort to Free Geronimo was justified and rewarded by his conduct;
Everyone who joined the struggle to Free All Political Prisoners was renewed and refreshed by his commitment to humanity and clean water,
Every where he went he left evidence of compassion and good deeds.

So, although I'm sad, I have some satisfaction,
Geronimo is free!

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Greeting Comrades,


When i received the news yesterday, about yet another, I was in that poetic mode from having just returned from burying the dead and a visit with the darn near dead, so I composed something else very similar to the one forwarded in this email: It seem that we now have evolved to that place where death is a common place,we are now more than our parents's keepers, we are our parents. Our ancestors have treaded these grounds, and so we salute them and ask them to receive our brother our comrade, our beloved commander, "G". If any of you feel so moved, I would like that you help me call their name by adding to this, help me make this a collective ..."Litany to Fallen Comrades. "


They are falling all around us

and we call their name

Sha, Sha Brown,

Field Marshall DC,


Gil Scott,----

Janet Cyril

Safiya Burkari...

Miriam Monges

Miriam Makeba...

the list continues to grow with names

of the recent and the long bygones..and here

and now we call his name

Geronimo Ji ja

Today, here in the Sippi we laid to rest yet another

homegrown brother from the hood....

Must be our season to bear witness to the invitable unveiling

of immortality...


Re: Our Fallen Comrade..........



They are falling all around us;


having treaded those hallowed grounds of our ancestors,

those great heros and sheroes of our glorious past,

we seem to come more rapid to joining them in the after life; 


casting yet another bright star for a young generation,

leaving behind a burning torch for a young generation to carry it on 

carry it on, til victory is won.


Lift every voice and sing to THE SPIRIT OF GERONIMO "ji Jaga" PRATT


Let our rejoicing rise let our heart feel THE PRIDE OF THE PANTHER!!!!


Rest in Peace Our Brother, Our Mentor, Our Comrade


Sistah, Frankye (aka/Malika)




My friend G passed away about 8 hours ago..........after his lady called me at 1:30am, I rushed to his shamba and into his bedroom  and I found him laying there with a near smile on his face as if he was aware of something we were not.


I cannot believe this!!!!!


Sunday we hung out after having a great lunch........and today I send him to a mortuary!!


I have lost a dear friend and progressive forces have lost a true revolutionary!.............Long live Geronimo!!!!


Pete O'Neal,

Panther In Exile



Candlelight Vigil Set for Elmer ‘Geronimo’ Pratt in LA’s Leimert Park

What: Candlelight Vigil in memory of Elmer “Geronimo” Pratt

When: June 3rd 2011

Time: 6:00 pm

Where: Leimert Park 3415. W.43rd place Los Angeles CA. 90043

Contact Najee Ali 323 275 8219

Sponsored by Project Islamic HOPE


Black Panther Leader Geronimo Pratt Dies In Tanzania

Written by Associated Press on June 3, 2011 3:49 am Click for More Next Post LOS ANGELES — Elmer “Geronimo” Pratt, a former Black Panther Party leader who spent 27 years in prison on a murder conviction that was later overturned, has died. He was 63.

Pratt died at his home in a small village in Tanzania, where he had lived for at least half a decade, lawyer Stuart Hanlon, who helped Pratt win his freedom, told The Associated Press from San Francisco on Thursday.

Hanlon said he learned of Pratt’s death through the former activist’s family members. He did not know what caused Pratt’s death, but said he had suffered from high blood pressure.

Hanlon said Pratt refused to carry any resentment about his treatment by the legal system.

“He had no anger, he had no bitterness, he had no desire for revenge. He wanted to resume his life and have children,” he said. “He would never look back.”

The Los Angeles Times, which first reported Pratt’s death, quoted a family member as saying he died Thursday.

Pratt was convicted in 1972 of being one of two men who robbed and fatally shot schoolteacher Caroline Olsen on a Santa Monica tennis court in December 1968. No one else was arrested.

Pratt claimed he was in Oakland for Black Panther meetings the day of the murder, and that FBI agents and police hid and possibly destroyed wiretap evidence that would prove it.

His lawyers, who included high-profile defense attorney Johnnie Cochran, blamed his arrest on a politically charged campaign by J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI against the Black Panthers and other perceived enemies of the U.S. government.

Pratt’s belated reversal of fortune came with the disclosure that a key prosecution witness hid the fact he was an ex-felon and a police informant.

Superior Court Judge Everett Dickey granted him a new trial in June 1997, saying the credibility of prosecution witness Julius Butler — who testified that Pratt had confessed to him — could have been undermined if the jury had known of his relationship with law enforcement. He was freed later that month.

Cochran, best known representing such clients as O.J. Simpson and Michael Jackson, called the day Pratt’s freedom was secured “the happiest day of my life practicing law.”

Prosecutors announced two years after the conviction was overturned that they would abandon efforts to retry him.

“I feel relieved that the L.A. DA’s office has finally come to their senses in this respect,” Pratt said at the time. “But, I am not relieved in that they did not come clean all the way in exposing their complicity with this frame-up, this 27-year trauma.”

He settled a false imprisonment and civil rights lawsuit against the FBI and city of Los Angeles for $4.5 million in 2000