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‘Intoxicating Freedom, Gripping Fear’: Mumia Abu-Jamal On Life As a Black Panther

A brilliant, eloquent, thoughtful man like Mumia Abu-Jamal languishes on death row while a racist, narcissistic sexual predator/economic terrorist resides in the White House corrupting what’s left of a crumbling democracy, furthering the insidious agendas of corporate control and white supremacy, increasing destruction of the environment, creating international tensions that could lead to war, dividing the U.S. population to a level which causes people to fear civil war, continues corporate welfare while helping wealthy business executives financially rape the rest of us and put more families in the streets…

Do I need to continue?

Law, uh, I mean Order Enforcement powers started a war on the Black Panther Party in the late 1960s when they saw people who looked and thought differently than they creating a place where the religion of Capitalism wasn’t needed. They were showing us that you can feed, clothe, educate and provide decent lives for ALL chilldren – not just “our” children. They showed us that medical care could be given to ALL people without putting corporate profits above the well-being of human beings. They tried to show us a different way – one in which compassion counted and profiting on misery is accepted as the horrible crime it is everywhere outside the self-deceived world of Capitalism.

The business executives currently running the U.S. are parasites. Mumia Abu-Jamal is a hero. Let’s regain compassion, justice, integrity and truth.

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Former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal.
 Former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal. Photograph: April Saul/Philadelphia Inquirer

The letter was dated 30 August 2016. Written in black ink in spidery, meticulous handwriting, it proclaimed at the top of the page: “On a Move!”, the mantra of the Move group of black liberationists from Philadelphia who clashed violently with the city’s police force 40 years ago, sending nine of them to prison for decades.

The author was Mumia Abu-Jamal, who is the closest thing that exists today to an imprisoned Black Panther celebrity. He joined the Black Panther party in the 1960s when he was just 14, and later became a prominent advocate for the Move organization.

For the past 36 years he has been incarcerated in Pennsylvania prisons, including two decades spent on death row, having been convicted of murdering a police officer at a Philadelphia street corner in 1981. His case has reverberated around the…

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Robert Seth Hayes Receives Parole

Robert Seth Hayes was born in Harlem, New York in October 1947. His father, John Franklin Hayes, was the child of sharecroppers and came to New York City from South Carolina. His mother, Francine Washington Hayes, moved to New York from Pittsburgh. Both of Mr. Hayes’ parents were employed by the U.S. Postal Service, working to provide a better life for Seth and his four siblings. A desire to better the community was impressed upon the family at a young age.

“My mother taught me to visualize family universally, not individually.”

Growing up in an area ripe with poverty, Seth saw one neighborhood after another suffering from neglect, desperation and frustration – yet he also saw, over the years, flashes of hope and determination which fueled an intensity to fight for justice and a better life for those he saw struggling. 

His desire to help change what he viewed as a despicably unjust system inspired him to join the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Army. As we all know, that is something that is not allowed to happen without recrimination. The powers that be cannot accept a movement with beliefs that conflict with the parasitic system of Capitalism.

Robert Seth Hayes was framed and convicted of the murder of a NYC police officer in 1973. Charged with seven counts of attempted murder and one count of murder in the first degree, he was denied parole many times – strictly because of his political ideology and work with the Black Panther Party. 

As many people have worked hard to undo the injustices inflicted upon members of the Black Panther Party for decades, the work has finally paid off for Seth.

The following is from the NYC Free Mumia Website, via Jericho Movement:

From New York Jericho:

We are elated to report that respected elder Robert Seth Hayes was granted parole and released July 24, 2018, having met all criteria for release according to his sentence.

The parole commissioners recognized his progress after serving 45 years in prison and granted his parole application at his eleventh parole hearing.

He is looking forward to being reunited with his family and friends. We welcome him home!

We are keeping this off of FB, Twitter, Instagram and other social media for now.

We spoke with Seth today, and he is grateful to all of his friends and supporters. Once he gets settled in, he plans to write a statement of his own.

Thank You

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Kevin “Rashid” Johnson is Back at Red Onion — and In Solitary

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Kevin “Rashid” Johnson has been moved to Red Onion State Prison in Virginia. His lawyer’s office received a letter from him sent from Red Onion on Saturday.

All Rashid’s property was transferred with him, but the Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC) confiscated it and won’t give it to him. He has none of his legal materials, no reading glasses, no medications, nothing. This is in a situation where he has litigation deadlines coming up in lawsuits regarding mistreatment in the Oregon and Texas prison systems.

The prison administration had him placed in a pod with all empty cells, totally isolated. They have him in the wing of the prison created to cause sensory deprivation (B-3 pod). Rashid wrote about B-3 pod eight years ago in his article Abu Ghraib Comes to Amerika: Torture Unit under Construction at Virginia’s Red Onion State Prison.

Indeed, this is not the first time…

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Prisoners Endure A Nightmare ‘Gulag’ In Lower Manhattan, Hidden In Plain Sight

Welcome to hell on Earth…

… in the United States of Corporations.

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Half a block behind Manhattan’s federal courthouse, two blocks from City Hall, three blocks from the Brooklyn Bridge, and less than a mile from the hustle-and-bustle of Wall Street, sits a detention center that has been condemned by a United Nations human rights expert for exposing its inmates to conditions akin to torture.

While reports of the horrendous conditions on Rikers Island helped spur Mayor Bill de Blasio’s pledge to shutter the jail’s violence-plagued facilities, far less attention has been paid to the environment inside the Metropolitan Correctional Center, the federal jail which mainly holds people who have been charged but not yet convicted of crimes, who in the eyes of the law are still presumed innocent.

Yet those locked up at the MCC are subject to their own indignities and rights violations, say those who have spent…

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Political Prisoners Of War: Who Are The Criminals?

As usual, we’re pointing fingers at people while putting on a big show to block them from seeing what’s going on in our own backyard. 

Would you listen to Josef Mengele on the issue of humane treatment of patients?

Or to David Duke on the issue of racism?

Would you listen to Benjamin Netanyahu speak about the proper way to achieve world peace?

Amerika Uses Military Grade Weapons On Prisoners That It Bombs Syria For Using In Civil War:

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Tear gas, a banned chemical weapon

Poison gases were first developed and widely used as battlefield weapons during World War I. Among those weapons were chlorine gas, mustard gas and the benignly named “tear gas,” all of which have similar effects, toxicity and lethality.

Because of universal aversion to these weapons, a Geneva protocol was issued in 1925 banning their uses in war. Subsequent international bans followed due to the persistent uses of chemical weapons in war by some countries.

U.S. intervenes against chemical weapons abroad

Playing to the international aversion to these weapons, U.S. rulers have denounced Syrian president Bashar al- Assad as a monster based upon repeated accusations of his using chlorine gas against rebels against civilians during Syria’s ongoing civil war.

In fact, posing as a moral authority, the U.S. led Britain and France in joint missile strikes against the Syrian government on…

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Don’t Do It by Ralph Nader

This is potentially one of the most dangerous foreign policy issues facing the United States today. It scares me to see how many people are able to ignore the extreme danger of the insanely provocative behavior exhibited by the Imbecile-In-Chief.

We are encouraging a new wave of terrorist attacks against civilians who are innocent of actively supporting this criminal administration – but who meekly sit by and do nothing as manipulative war profiteers try and bully the rest of the planet into continuing an existence of perpetual violence. And, we are flirting with the potential to start an all-out war. This is insane. Why aren’t we in the streets saying no more war?

via Don’t Do It by Ralph Nader

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Mergers & Acquisitions Or Murders & Executions?

Are we going to allow Bayer and Monsanto to join forces in their war on life?

Bayer, corporate supporter of Nazi Germany, who used Jewish slave labor in their factories during WWII and whose parent company invested in a company that manufactured Zyklon B nerve gas?

Monsanto, the U.S. company annually voted the world’s most evil corporation?

Damn, this is fucked up. What the hell are we doing? We need to stop this. Wait a second… oh yeah.

A barbaric, violently racist sexual predator/economic terrorist with a frighteningly low level of intelligence and who is devoid of compassion, integrity, a sense of justice or any semblance of shame was “ELECTED” president of our country.

Never mind…

More about Monsanto:

https://ashiftinconsciousness.wordpress.com/2015/02/27/the-monsanto-story-planting-seeds-of-deception/

https://ashiftinconsciousness.wordpress.com/2013/04/12/the-day-the-truth-died/

https://ashiftinconsciousness.wordpress.com/2016/09/15/fuck-monsanto/

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Justice formally announced today its approval of the Bayer-Monsanto merger, contingent upon divestments from the two companies.

Tiffany Finck-Haynes, senior food futures campaigner with Friends of the Earth, issued the following statement in response:

This toxic mega-merger is another Trump Administration handout to an industry that’s poisoning people and the planet. The Department of Justice is prioritizing corporate profits instead of listening to the 1 million Americans who spoke out against the merger. DOJ also failed to listen to more than 93 percent of polled farmers who are concerned about the merger.

Americans deserve better than corporate monopolies that drive up food prices and put family farmers out of business. The DOJ’s weak divestment requirements will do nothing to stop Bayer-Monsanto from controlling more and more of our food system. This merger will damage the bargaining power of family farmers, prevent farmers from accessing diverse seed varieties, and allow seed prices to rise.

 

To contact Friends of the Earth to help:

Communications Contact: Erin Jensen, (202) 222-0722, ejensen@foe.org