The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement Stands in Solidarity with Jasmine Abdullah Richards

June 8, 2016

Free The Land Comrades:

On June 7th, 2016, the Criminal (In)Justice System of Pasedena, California sentenced Jasmine Abdullah Richards to 90 days in jail for the crime of “lynching.” Jasmine is an organizer and leader in the struggle for Black Lives and for this reason, Jasmine is being targeted and made an example of.  Sentenced for the crime of “lynching”, a sick irony given this nation’s tradition of carrying out racial violence against Black people and in the case of the state, violence it deems lawful.  We recognize that the sentencing of Jasmine, as was the sentencing of Joshua Williams in St. Louis, are a part of a long history of state repression and imprisonment of Black organizers, activist, and freedom fighters like Assata Shakur, Mutulu Shakur, and the over 30 Black Political Prisoners who fought in the Black Liberation Struggle a generation ago. Following the announcement of Jasmine’s sentencing, sisters Dream Hampton and Adrienne Maree Brown put out the call to join in the spirit of Black August and take collective action for 90 days in sharing the sacrifice of Jasmine Abdullah. The tradition of Black August is one founded behind the walls of San Quentin prison by those Political Prisoners who understood very clearly that as Sister Assata put it: “A wall is just a wall, and nothing more. It can be broken down.” Established to honor the legacies of those brothers and sisters, such as George Jackson, who made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of our collective freedom, Black August was to be celebrated with a fast, a commitment to study, physical training and resistance. It is for that reason that the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement joins our collective family in sharing Jasmine’s sacrifice for 90 days. For 90 days we will commit to running study circles for those Black people/New Africans who want to join us in political education and development, we will hold weekly letter writing events where letters will be written to Jasmine and all of our Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War. Chapter members will make various physical sacrifices and commit to engaging in resistance activities throughout and beyond the 90 days of Jasmine’s sentence.

As Yuri Kochiyama put it, “Political Prisoners are the heartbeat of the struggle.” Our modern day Political Prisoners take their place among giants such as Mutulu Shakur, Mumia Abu Jamal, Debbie Africa, Janet & Janine Africa, Jalil Muntaquim, Herman Bell, Sundiata Acoli, and the many other Black Political Prisoners, as well as the prisoners from other oppressed nations such as Leonard Peltier and Oscar Lopez Rivera. It is time to mount a viable movement that demands and wins the liberation of ALL of our people from behind the walls as well as to ensure the safe return of our exiles to their families. “A wall is just a wall. It can be broken down.”

Stiff Resistance!

Malcolm X Grassroots Movement

To connect with MXGM Chapters around local Political Prisoner Work, please contact the following:

Atlanta Chapter: Taliba Obuya, obuya83@gmail.com

Jackson Chapter: Mikea Kambui, mikea.jxn@gmail.com

New York Chapter: Jamal Oliver, jamal.p.oliver@gmail.com

Oakland Chapter: Sanyika Bryant, sanyika.unity@gmail.com

Philadelphia Chapter: Darasia Selby, darasia@gmail.com

Washington DC Chapter: Jonathan Stith, jonathan.yea@gmail.com

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