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Black August ‘05
by Bay View (reposted)
Friday Aug 5th, 2005 7:20 AM
Black August is a time when we remember the plight of freedom fighters, behind enemy lines, who gave their lives to the cause of Black and oppressed people being free from the shackles of capitalistic slavery – people like George Jackson, Jonathan Jackson and Khatari Gaulden, to name a few. It is also a time when souljahs recommit and deepen their commitment to the Movement, realizing that ain’t nobody going to free us but us.

Black August is practiced by people in the Movement by fasting from sun up to sun down on all the days of August except on the martyr days: Aug. 2, Aug. 7 and Aug. 21, which are days when some of the most committed comrades fast completely. Exercise, organizing and study are also intensified, recognizing that we have to be of strong mind, body and soul if we are to win this 500-year battle.

Black August ‘05 will also be celebrated with two events, one on Aug. 17 at 2232 MLK Way in Oakland and a second one on Aug. 21 at 1933 Broadway in Oakland. At the Aug. 17 event, there will be African dancers, Taiko drummers, Polynesian dancers and Pomo dancers among the many acts that are scheduled to perform.

On Aug. 21, Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. of the POCC (Prisoners of Conscience Committee), Pam Africa, dead prez, the Nappy Tongues Poets from LA, Rico Pabone of Prophets of Rage, the Showstoppers, Baysho Business, Herm Lewis and XO from Under Survalence are some of the people featured at this 12-hour concert/forum. Instead of supporting Clear Channel’s Summer Jam, people need to come out and bring their friends and family to a revolutionary event where everybody is destined to learn something as well as find out how they can get involved. Free Hugo “Yogi” Pinell, Ruchell “Cinque” Magee and all political prisoners!

You can buy tickets for Black August ‘05 at Oaklandish, 411 Second St. in Oakland, at Wisdom Records on Mission and Silver in Frisco and many other locations around the Bay. I’ll see all of the souljahs there. Don’t miss out on one of the most politically relevant events of the year.

For more info, call Shaka at (510) 658-7079. Email JR at blockreportradio [at]

Fly the RED, BLACK and GREEN this Black August

“Show me the race or the nation without a flag, and I will show you a race of people without any pride,” declared the Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey.

The red, black and green flag was unveiled to the world by Garvey and the members of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League of the World at its first international convention on Aug. 13, 1920. The UNIA-ACL knew that Africans at home and abroad needed their own flag, as other flags around the world could not represent the collective of African people.

The use of red, black and green as colors symbolizing African nationhood was first adopted by the UNIA-ACL as part of the 1920 Declaration of Rights as the official colors of the African race.

What do the colors stand for?

l Red is for the blood that our people have shed and must continue to shed until we have freedom.

l Black is for our beautiful black skin that represents us all.

l Green represents our beautiful Motherland: Africa.

Garvey said, “Respect and honor your flag as it stands...a Universal banner for African People.”

Go online to to buy a beautiful, very reasonably priced RBG flag to fly with pride this Black August.

§Black August ‘05 Tribute to Assata, Mumia, Evelyn Williams, Esq.,
by Bay View (reposted) Wednesday Aug 17th, 2005 6:58 AM
by Sundiata Acoli

All of the above comrades deserve our highest tribute for this Black August – and they deserve our strongest support always.

Assata is our National Treasure, Mumia our International Icon, and they both represent the best of what Black August is all about and what it means to be a revolutionary.

Assata needs our utmost protection and support – and she needs clemency. Mumia and Zolo are both PP/POWs (political prisoners/prisoners of war) on Death Row. They need our strongest support to prevent reinstatement of their death penalties and, like all PP/POWs, they need freedom.

Evelyn Williams, Esq., commands our highest respect as an esteemed elder who has spent the better part of her life, health and wealth rearing, nurturing and defending Assata – and defending other political and/or oppressed people in need. See Evelyn’s very important statement of facts in Assata’s New Jersey trial – see “Assata Shakur’s appeal attorney explains her case” in this paper.

Lynne Stewart, Esq., our White comrade and a 65-year-old grandmother, not only commands our highest respect, but her present situation also demands our strongest support. She has been on the front lines over 30 years unflinchingly defending political people of all nationalities, particularly Black and other people of color, and oppressed peoples in general.

Because of Lynne’s staunch defense of unpopular political defendants, her own freedom now hangs in the balance. She was recently convicted of violating “special administrative measures” in her defense of the blind Egyptian Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman and now faces up to 30 years in prison. Her sentencing date is scheduled for Sept. 23, 2005.

Lynne urgently needs all the “letters to the judge” that we can write to try to convince him that Lynne’s age (65 and counting), her 30 years of service to communities that rarely see vigorous lawyering, and the weakness of the government’s charges and proof should lead to a sentence of no incarceration.

We strongly and fervently urge everyone to flood Lynne’s designated address (listed below) with letters to the judge. Instructions and suggestions for the letters are as follows:

Letters for Lynne Stewart

Details: We are trying to amass thousands of letters to show massive community support in favor of leniency.

MARGIN: Please leave at least a one-inch left-hand margin to allow us to bind the letter into the appendix to the sentencing memorandum that is being filed on Lynne’s behalf. Typewritten letters, if possible, are preferred.

INSIDE ADDRESS: Honorable John G. Koeltl, United States District Judge, Southern District of New York, United States Courthouse, 500 Pearl Street, New York, New York 10007

GREETING: Honorable Sir or Dear Judge Koeltl:

BODY: Briefly say who you are and your relationship to Lynne, if any. Briefly discuss yourself – your position in work and society.

State that you are aware that Lynne is to be sentenced following a jury verdict of guilty, on serious charges. Tell the judge why you believe she should be treated with compassion (i.e. age and lifetime of service to the community). If possible, you should tell of an incident where she helped you out or what you may know of her commendable community service. Do not try to argue that she is not guilty or was unfairly convicted. Focus on the unfairness of the government’s actions in bringing the charges, the way in which the government portrayed her, etc. You are asking the judge to view her with mercy.

WHEN LETTER IS COMPLETED: Please mail the final product to the following address: Jill R. Shellow-Lavine, Esq., 2537 Post Road, Southport, CT 06890.

Do NOT send your letters to the judge. We ask that you forward your letter to that address so that the lawyers can present it to Judge Koeltl with the other letters being written for this purpose. This is the manner in which letters will have the greatest impact. If they are sent directly to the judge’s chambers, they may not be accounted for and could cause the judge a substantial inconvenience (and annoyance).

Thank you for your cooperation. If you know others who will also write favorable letters, please give them this or refer them to the Lynne Stewart website. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the defense committee by email at info [at] or find the link at the website: or telephone (212) 625-9696.

Sundiata may be reached to writing to Sundiata Acoli, 39794-066, P.O. Box 3000, USP Allenwood, Allenwood PA 17887.
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