[Pnews] Stiff Resistance is a Human Right! - Parole Commission refuses to release Mutulu Shakur

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    Stiff Resistance is a Human Right!: Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
    Statement on Mutulu Shakur

April 13, 2016<http://mutuluiswelcomehere.com/author/dawtaofthedust/>

Stiff Resistance is a Human Right!
Mutulu is Welcome Here

Malcolm X Grassroots Movement

On April 7, 2016 the US Federal Parole Board continued it’s blatant 
violation of the human rights of Dr. Mutulu Shakur by refusing to 
release him from federal captivity after 30 years of time served even 
though he is up for “mandatory parole release” based on the guidelines 
under which he was sentenced. While this is a major blow to our movement 
we are not surprised by the outcome. This refusal by the board to parole 
Dr. Shakur is evidence of the continuation of COINTELPRO low intensity 
warfare on the Black Freedom Movement and on our Freedom fighters held 
in captivity.

Though the board continues to frame its decision and the entire case as 
a legal issue of punishment for crimes, it is clear that this recent 
decision is a political one aimed at disheartening our people, weakening 
our movement and forcing us to submit to the ongoing colonization and 
domination of the US empire’s will.

It is clear to us that the Parole Board had no intention of seriously 
considering Dr. Shakur’s release on parole after 30 years. After 
allowing the prosecutor of the case, as well as family and friends of 
officers killed in the Nyack New York incident from which the case 
stems, to testify by Skype, the hearing examiner asked several highly 
charged political questions such as, “What do you mean when you sign off 
letters and statements with ‘stiff resistance’?” He then proceeded to 
answer his own question, “It sounds like you mean stiff resistance 
against the Government”. The examiner also asked Dr. Shakur, “Why do you 
think you are a political prisoner?” He than again responded to his own 
question, “you were convicted of murder and robbery, not political 
offenses”. Based on these and other questions, the examiner declared 
that because Dr. Shakur does not take responsibility for his so-called 
crimes and he ends his letters with “Stiff Resistance” and he continues 
to claim to be a “political prisoner” he is likely to reoffend if let 
out into the community.

It is evident with this hearing that the State sees ongoing resistance 
to colonization and oppression of Black people as a threat. This is why 
the current strategy of the State is to criminalize resistance! The 
State is attempting to force Black revolutionaries to denounce the 
history of resistance and cry “uncle”. This is a similar tactic that the 
South African government attempted to use on Nelson Mandela and other 
South African freedom fighters. The American government (the State) 
wants to eliminate the memory of our historic fight for freedom and 

It is important that we not allow political repression to silence our 
voices or frighten us into discontinuing our charges of human rights 
violations. We must declare to the world that there are Political 
Prisoners and Prisoners of War being held in US prisons. We must stand 
and defend our political prisoners and POWs and declare them to the 
world without submitting to the States intimidation! We have to continue 
to declare that there are PPs and POWs not only as a result of 
COINTELPRO but increasingly as the struggle heats up, new political 
prisoners and prisoners of war are being created as our people are once 
again taking to the streets. Already several activists from Black Lives 
Matter are being tried after actions carried out in Los Angeles, St. 
Louis and Baltimore. The State will not stop its oppression and 
imprisonment of our people and we cannot stop the fight for our liberation!

In the face of this blatant continued attack on Dr. Mutulu Shakur and 
our liberation movement, we say STIFF RESISTANCE and STRAIGHT AHEAD! We 
will not back up one step! We will continue to build a broad based 
national, and international human rights campaign that educates and 
exposes the colonial repression of the Empire not only against our 
nation New Afrika but also against the indigenous First Nations 
(American Indians) and prisoners like Leonard Peltier and the Puerto 
Rican nation and prisoners like Oscar Lopez Rivera. We are all colonized 
peoples and our freedom lies in telling the world and in moving Straight 
ahead with Stiff Resistance! Freedom for Dr. Mutulu Shakur and all the 
political prisoners and POWs of the American Empire!

We call on Black people and all people who love freedom and justice to 
continue to support the movement to free Dr. Mutulu Shakur and all of 
our political prisoners and prisoners of war. Continue to declare Mutulu 
is welcome here. Spread his name and image so that the world knows about 
Mutulu and about our struggle for human rights and self-determination. 
We call on artists to create cultural expression to educate the people 
about Mutulu. Write letters, sign petitions and organize actions in your 
local areas to educate the people and to encourage the people to take a 
stand for Mutulu's freedom and for the liberation of Black people! Stiff 
resistance is a human right. Like Malcolm we declare that we will have 
our human rights "by any means necessary".

Download a copy of the statement here 

April 13, 2016
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