By Any Means Necessary: Volume 3, Issue 3

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was denied parole 11 times. He is one of the coordinators of The Spirit of Mandela International Tribunal on US Human Rights. Its primary objective will be charging the United States government, its states, and specific agencies with human and civil rights violations against Black, Brown, and Indigenous people. The Spirit of Mandela International Tribunal on US Human Rights will be held at Columbia University, New York City on October 22- 24, 2021. The Tribunal will build on the work beginning with Du Bois, Patterson, and Roberson published as “We Charge Genocide” in 1951 to the 1990 The Special International Tribunal on the Human Rights Violations of Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War in the United States (The Tribunal examined the situation of the national liberation movements in the U.S.). There are more petitions submitted to the U.N. and its other bodies, and the organizers of The Spirit of Mandela International Tribunal on US Human Rights share a few of those documents on its website (https://spiritofmandela.org/). The Spirit of Mandela further elaborates on the International Tribunal’s objects: The Tribunal will be charging human and civil rights violations for: • Racist police killings of Black, Brown, and Indigenous people, • Hyper incarcerations of Black, Brown, and Indigenous people • Political incarceration of Civil Rights/National Liberation era revolutionaries and activists, as well as present day activists, • Environmental racism and its impact on Black, Brown, and Indigenous people, • Public Health racism and disparities and its impact on Black, Brown, and Indigenous people, and • Genocide of Black, Brown, and Indigenous people as a result of the historic and systemic charges of all the above. The Spirit of Mandela has indicated that there will be thirteen jurists of international stature presiding over three days of witness and expert witness testimony. Further, upon the verdict being rendered the Tribunal intends to strengthen the demand to free all Political Prisoners, Prisoners of war and exiles and establish a Truth and Reconciliation Commission mechanism to lead to their freedom among other community-based initiatives. The complete list is on the Spirit of Mandela website outcome objectives, including coalition and endorser organizations https://spiritofmandela.org/. The success of the outcomes of The Spirit of Mandela International Tribunal on US Human Rights truthfully lies with the independence of the oppressed nations subject to its control. There must be mass participation in our liberation movements. Freeing Political Prisoners, Prisoners of War, and Exiles requires commitment and stamina. A peoples’ demand must never die. Only when this county experiences critical mass will the demands for all of the human rights be recognized and political prisoners, prisoners of war and exiles will be free. There must be a recognition that our enemies will never relent or forget. They never forgave Haiti for establishing the first democracy in the western hemisphere, abolishing slavery by defeating the best military in the world, the French. They have never forgotten Assata Shakur was liberated from prison and lives in exile.

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