[Pnews] This Black August, Show Your Support for Black Political Prisoners

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This
Black August, Show Your Support for Black Political Prisoners
August 18, 2021
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This Black August, Show Your Support for Black Political Prisoners

Fam,

We’re midway through Black August, a revolutionary tradition launched in
the 1970s and dedicated to honoring, commemorating, and supporting the
countless freedom fighters who have sacrificed their lives in the struggle
for Black liberation.

Many Black organizers and activists have been targeted and vilified in
attempts to dissuade the movement for Black liberation. Many of them have
lost their freedoms for speaking out against white supremacy and state
violence. Some leaders who fought hard for a future in defense of Black
lives have spent decades in prison. We have not been deterred in our
efforts to achieve Black liberation, but as we continue the fight to free
ourselves, we must uplift our comrades’ sacrifice and struggle.

For so many of our radical leaders, incarceration is not only a loss of
time, but an active daily battle for survival. Our incarcerated comrades
experience significant harm while in prison: isolation, abuse, indignities,
grief for their time lost, and so much more. In honoring our comrades, we
must acknowledge the abuses and injustices they—especially women and trans,
gender non-conforming, and intersex people (TGNCI)—are facing.

Women are more likely to face harassment, sexual violence, and other
harrowing conditions in prison; TGNCI people face increased risk of
violence, including misgendering upon intake and sentencing, denial of
gender-affirming medical care, as well as various types of assault.
Violence against TGNCI people in prisons is also more likely to be fatal.

We as a community must show our love and support for incarcerated comrades
who have fought so hard for our movement. *Join us now, and for the rest of
month, as we lift up a few of the many petitions for clemency and
fundraising campaigns of Black political prisoners currently experiencing
the indignity and harm of incarceration:*

*Reverend Joy Powell
<https://u1584542.ct.sendgrid.net/ss/c/atcYNHk4Eh2YdGnwBh-YDM-Tycqb2qJ6xhGbZz0pga6wZXJ-Q8axHHRjl97QZXnLF_AVESHzgTratauOPtswdHxVmqpdiQZiWPzC09u6Ly5z7ROwpNUMLiNmmyVGT6Ko1chR1dHdSpghff8zTlZSv8GidGbviQrUWgYSGHYRGhSfg9-aVSMawaXHgNHpklN4OtHC5DevrdY_BF5r4GQkQ13VnfITGJutbEQ8NXaW7_rTmu_8nauYx1PtX_J6qfwf91xInWHWKr2mqqXwJ58LKBP5zagcwTm-zMrViPssiIDMyVzATd_0cXLKCfqfT3jaZZRfjgl78E4dajTtyfsoGg/3ej/Ora0dcUrToeqzVZC-WjwXQ/h0/peghfWvG3r_6FVorLftTHuCD2_NHtEW02YFivJD9wtc>*
*Rev. Joy is a pastor and an activist against police brutality, violence,
and oppression in her community. That work made her a target for the
Rochester police, leading to false charges against her. After a flagrantly
corrupt trial process, Rev. Joy is facing a lifetime in prison. As she
seeks an appeal to overturn this cruel sentence, donate
<https://u1584542.ct.sendgrid.net/ss/c/atcYNHk4Eh2YdGnwBh-YDM-Tycqb2qJ6xhGbZz0pga6wZXJ-Q8axHHRjl97QZXnLwt-hhHtTZdNuBbQ47qAW2DxXe7asU2XW2-gUK1iY5Y5TrBR-J_EB2vojxKP3UumZKZeDvhcY10ydrSp6u3wrQX-MVsRyxTROjrcgn9Rzdz3e6bzkZw-IUpK2bPw_EntElIDiT6SkJT_B9BR---72wm40bI2SWVuUE1Aob5z53jGjKg7ZxfHOXnWfmFrgHA9rzUZ35VRmIHrUj2ErXYHkVPrnpDOilrgAhHH7IS44UhlMS0iArrSDIu2DmyPXizFE1WwPvdWec3HyU-Zps0RVQA/3ej/Ora0dcUrToeqzVZC-WjwXQ/h1/moCm9isNW1LGTE3LU7i5HwPeP5TcblzQg3O-hZ6Yhw8>
to help sustain and support her during her incarceration.*

*Sundiata Acoli
<https://u1584542.ct.sendgrid.net/ss/c/I9icjlwV0dDgFZC3jkrNvQ7mqODDYdc746Tfekv96qWpGGYZxS2a9_1kPbvLo5ows6NfvqrpCm2T8G0SSjgUxM4Zb2hZ9rYxbdV5ArIbVJVncIg33-5MHPjPpJSUEAwCZiG4m6LRrV44rwAncNVHz7Su0XCG_YjF8jFOJDTndjUzuG_aSDlgaqSActEaXE9gjejhmKA1nQahgA6CJM1B7eXPRJGdo8diPIeup_NkVMIIryrDuDoqInorqEecH04dZrx9Nhm9QZxoIzmqgD0sj6z5zgDPbY3dkO-pMJTXenb9emG3JF_WHkhqIQtJAWMZ/3ej/Ora0dcUrToeqzVZC-WjwXQ/h2/Wh7UgUcIUiFTrfItpAQdwcRji6Fq4PsWKeHHOGAPS_U>*
*Please sign and share this petition
<https://u1584542.ct.sendgrid.net/ss/c/I9icjlwV0dDgFZC3jkrNvQ7mqODDYdc746Tfekv96qXFAfiieeP0Lw_Y6vVcDGEGdUaBUiOalYQ0m13FT4ErLwLDSYHti5K5yjfnCxVlhaI9v_5dAZni6NLXj8G5gVM2RCiaki60H3FSithwSNRkJUh54YFQUACx4eM-bh0sUEYkF5q6ku03gDKx7qvH-pnwxRpI2TNB_zvZ-Gyir1UIIk2kaKYeGjGR1qKVMPMUd7kHIULC6Mfn6jLf_Lxrb920NnPRp1y7_0ewONlwQlyqVT0mx5GvPyoZaRjkiE9bYpi_xNseeXPYBFuXyMzbcJ1h/3ej/Ora0dcUrToeqzVZC-WjwXQ/h3/cVX2e7QdNGIqNVVpATzXhWTnLrLBZ-lOg1s_sRszw7s>
demanding New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy commute the sentence of
84-year-old Sundiata Acoli. Sundiata is a grandfather, poet, mathematician,
and profoundly talented visual artist. This May marked 48 years of his
incarceration. Sundiata’s health is deteriorating in his late stage of
life. Currently, he is suffering from advanced dementia, cardiovascular
disease, hypertension, emphysema, post–COVID-19 symptoms, and glaucoma.
Sundiata must be released before his health is further compromised. It’s
past time to #BringSundiataHome.*

*Ashley Diamond
<https://u1584542.ct.sendgrid.net/ss/c/atcYNHk4Eh2YdGnwBh-YDKRH_RH_9TLJrouqKmm6kaTNswf8y-GAo98y00DRsqtiwYrYBoEMWBwJm6bBn0kZQFYNn8GEoqmi42kmW21NyCPxZGHDtZCVsXWS0EVJjBGzUiSd54m3WNEEP0q_vsO2hQxK2NpKuif1XAo-riltP9FYarPQNIw1wyAkEsZTSvQORE9kaFXj99jyWx8GU2bxmDgBWrfDdBrgPR8h067qLb7IMbVQFGIDTqiCB1UXw8wp8T25OUqcZunj5WkhhGvR24capfJnikwFzsqlcnBb42jlhoFUSBk5rhB1SMIa8A1PtBtlATh2sVHhtJp6boHNBRe6-ig7HONWqIrxmSvJpec/3ej/Ora0dcUrToeqzVZC-WjwXQ/h4/mt5pJznxozR0s_N_LVgNyX75-lBQrq5hWDqT4abuDHA>*
*Ashley Diamond is a Black trans woman and prisoners’ rights activist. She
made national headlines in 2016 for her landmark victory against the
Georgia Department of Corrections. Ashley has since been re-imprisoned
because of a technical parole violation and is currently incarcerated at
Coastal State Prison in Garden City, Georgia. Her situation is urgent. She
has faced repeated sexual assault and denial of health care, which has only
been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Sign the petition
<https://u1584542.ct.sendgrid.net/ss/c/atcYNHk4Eh2YdGnwBh-YDKRH_RH_9TLJrouqKmm6kaTpUZN18iF_Gyv_h9PGjm_2uhyuuL4CUV_Azm7H_wQpVA_yaiR-YQBOZZ8_Y-gSOMhf5ZdEgGfhNPJNnQrOIPfA0ebK44rcTjfxRC-MrbcZKvXxgwhkDloOdKCjIcE-0HBnlIRXrBDLCv0DY3boyunqztj51EKsF8ODdez7XjjeFCqFturI52FYApVMqaMz6saWb8E1Ka2ISMU7b0iO7TJXhWdhd83X9gdzLxuy1axFvJYAYxC9tPlTyrvF6sz8nXrHxexXzPiKK0FCmre9uwrxJSiCJTWhSRZOYfsNOz5YPw/3ej/Ora0dcUrToeqzVZC-WjwXQ/h5/umO8AWy3MNr_3853KLsMDwd_eivSdC6_05jKnnp61u4>
demanding that Ashley be immediately transferred to a women’s facility with
vital access to the health care she needs, and that she be given an
expedited parole date given the violence she has experienced during
imprisonment. Please also donate
<https://u1584542.ct.sendgrid.net/ss/c/atcYNHk4Eh2YdGnwBh-YDKRH_RH_9TLJrouqKmm6kaTNswf8y-GAo98y00DRsqtiwYrYBoEMWBwJm6bBn0kZQGOXm99lCSMZDuSGUP0pYeIYhkhQ_08MTg8aAmCulfdxifrfJVxkLgMZ-dJ-sSJFa8EshK2Xnl_Ii9XTIIm2LgaSAnM4bzA2LPpj-wORFA_3tokA7akpt6iGiZe2Q09kGZ6dSDzRyuDtANay1ApArxL9r2i55wKqEAricNyWat6Ppu9eM1UhwUF-G0Mi2YrmsfkhKo7RLYznJM3QcOZNPOZGd6PNpHZWL7Ja0GMVS_babbviCIBa4FfnT03t3B1yL02L69d-Zlhz2ge4zbbcDz8/3ej/Ora0dcUrToeqzVZC-WjwXQ/h6/_JBV0yi9F26WbM9y7Ibvkc6HvhDGbvqO1Cdbft9Kmmw>
to further support her in this fight.*

*Dr. Mutulu Shakur
<https://u1584542.ct.sendgrid.net/ss/c/Mqag7sW8TIW-nixyBdulQrcfsy7BzEGC7Q2rn1P55vzVwzgO1iAO-2VoTnoP4L3XmIqhmpPqWxnrMmV23YU-Mt_F4jyf_cJOfX_3fk-nQGUBloq0rhKbrTLpgU7-MNLLHwK2Qxcj8e_MsUDXgAJVNN-BZREAuUiQzsYT9uMSm6IZmSQEpzB7Bsn38de29js-NpTgra0EiAYR4xAwBFtxQ663B0IO0gApgrY4_FUnahsLLsA-n11hTdlBb9gpP5l3YhXtrMP968v1QU8cK42v2XfA81C4gzdcBWE2Vtz07kv9QkzT-typY0clfofgfSKDNZ--37aaPhCbf-wJaQK6XtjqA2xlCK8qLWYxCdHntZemWy0WgDEVAtqmTPnepH-Pow-QZ7rdoXsZ6HM0QiwlzwaDgaPiI86J2Qn450SjGm-3ayp42ahLhcsFRhmwHB5uB8rNoeipUcFa1GLIKZrgmQ/3ej/Ora0dcUrToeqzVZC-WjwXQ/h7/elhFpVZBziOtUV2zBVBFth4HJDWYFWN1VC_xsL2svjg>*
*Dr. Mutulu Shakur is a father, grandfather, healer, and human-rights
activist who has been in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons for more than
35 years. He is now 70 years old, has suffered two strokes, glaucoma, and
Stage 3 bone-marrow cancer for the last 2 ½ years. Dr. Shakur was sentenced
to 60 years in prison because of actions based on his political beliefs. He
was targeted and victimized by the now-infamous Counter-Intelligence
Program (COINTELPRO) as early as 1968. Sign this petition
<https://u1584542.ct.sendgrid.net/ss/c/Mqag7sW8TIW-nixyBdulQrcfsy7BzEGC7Q2rn1P55vzVwzgO1iAO-2VoTnoP4L3XmIqhmpPqWxnrMmV23YU-Mt_F4jyf_cJOfX_3fk-nQGUBloq0rhKbrTLpgU7-MNLLHwK2Qxcj8e_MsUDXgAJVNN-BZREAuUiQzsYT9uMSm6IZmSQEpzB7Bsn38de29js-oOJxk0MyQIa3kwqXjzopKleOdQZ5IerX_1Nwan92WivMmspPw2WKc_prDO10CWojtpXi9SZM6V11XVfRugY_jSGDfzyiN4Lqp4WIixxjcozWxnuETR9fjKt3mFaCKnPpaykK0dAc64n3l2sXtT-huWSeF7R30gT059feoMiLID7Grgf4nEQhZPeB_iJhpXDHOCMwcID7pgslGaNMZZ-_tuw_q9RUQAxaBVUYv6Kyn3Ia5Ixo_ipnkUoTojN56FubrLV6xHB9cAMw2QJsrfruDg/3ej/Ora0dcUrToeqzVZC-WjwXQ/h8/Iw6qvX0nMCLa0UHpc9p4wC_pBvpLJb96abUgRYoeuE8>
to call on President Biden to release Dr. Shakur, a Black elder who has
spent his life advocating for our community.*

*Comrade Alyssa*
<https://u1584542.ct.sendgrid.net/ss/c/atcYNHk4Eh2YdGnwBh-YDK7b6Fqbor3bYFGUJCwWOApJkeIT-WhbDvRclgb5zfygY4eXyq5NVJXgxFU9HHZMDPocZ8sFx1w2URLIWJLpYxU46MlZ52638380JLI7wuEwGgPsgId0KlvaIz4BoxSrZ2NrPcalkjovMF7YGjqNngKMSRiOhlZAFLW32ehfCNPBnxhVtuQJobCFEgAoke_brcqe8JAFSPUQHI0VolvUcTZ36i1lMxYxEX5DnFd31NSMIM6oM9hpEJRIYcJzl3wpCLkR5gY3zZEiWdgBJ1hFrwhM_vj8NLjLubeEWGmXinR1QbsCQtl8EQgm5hOuvyxJ3aPB5T_ftykYephq1e6_kns/3ej/Ora0dcUrToeqzVZC-WjwXQ/h9/7qNGd-2PS3tXGWDsfF7YhFWgSyYdkYGhGQTT-0NpgnE>
*Alyssa is a Black trans woman who has been incarcerated in Maryland for
more than a decade. She’s a writer and an avid reader, with books serving
as her only company while she is regularly faced with solitary confinement,
especially during the pandemic. Her pen pal and friend has become her
advocate outside of prison, fundraising for Alyssa to receive more books
and other support that she needs. Donate
<https://u1584542.ct.sendgrid.net/ss/c/atcYNHk4Eh2YdGnwBh-YDK7b6Fqbor3bYFGUJCwWOApJkeIT-WhbDvRclgb5zfygY4eXyq5NVJXgxFU9HHZMDBAuAF3DdadwHpFZY4wJMcdNkNAav8gPzXkIn2G9hui3JrSA7Ansyux91QfLcEngSJAl6vGuZZ4XuBjm3c_i59PA8DHoMlUlaFrnUZtjxF_2NinD-8pSistxaM72HF70Ov1o5BTfOk8f0R9CSUYu2NXxs3RUxPzQWR6GRJdVB7ubK6xJF1_FlPYRmdknSQcD8mM8GJA6z1Ba8zhJYuNCymvcIQSd7Eq1uwKmusLdoVdDlHqQz6Q4AneZKjDYJ1-f-HEfXcOCrBELe9smy1fYBdE/3ej/Ora0dcUrToeqzVZC-WjwXQ/h10/5p5zDQYNETfgXiJ8L1kviRFHmFKaSA03MRFurBP50_w>
to support this fund now and provide Alyssa with what is needed to sustain
her during her incarceration.*

We will one day tear down the cages that have held our comrades for so
long. But for now, we will do all we can to ensure our love and support
help sustain them in this fight. Join us in bringing them love. Join us in
bringing them justice.

In solidarity,
Movement for Black Lives

PS – Looking for more ways to get involved, check out these resources
provided by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement:

The National Jericho Movement
<https://thejerichomovement.com/?link_id=11&can_id=ee4922e57be7b63b31fba406a7827406&source=email-further-resources-on-cuba-3&email_referrer=email_1262022&email_subject=this-black-august-show-your-support-for-black-political-prisoners>

Free the Land MXGM
<https://freethelandmxgm.org/?link_id=12&can_id=ee4922e57be7b63b31fba406a7827406&source=email-further-resources-on-cuba-3&email_referrer=email_1262022&email_subject=this-black-august-show-your-support-for-black-political-prisoners>
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