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A coalition of left-wing racial justice teams that incorporates the Black Lives Matter nationwide group has introduced an initiative calling for the abolition of the U.S. penal complex machine and the discharge of all prisoners, together with more than one convicted cop killers.
The Movement for Black Lives, a coalition of greater than 50 teams, together with the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, issued a weblog publish Thursday commemorating Black August, a debatable prison-based vacation based within the Nineteen Sixties by way of the Black Guerrilla Family.
“This week, in partnership with our comrades at [Malcolm X Grassroots Movement], we’re highlighting five current Black political prisoners to raise awareness and support for these warriors,” the publish states. “We’re calling on you to sign petitions, write letters, donate, and spread the word, as we advocate for the release of all prisoners and the abolition of the prison industrial complex.”
The record of prisoners comprises Mumia Abu-Jamal, a former member of the Black Panthers who was once convicted of fatally taking pictures a Philadelphia police officer in 1981; Kamau Sadiki, a former Black Liberation Army member serving a lifestyles sentence for the 1971 killing of an Atlanta police officer; Mutulu Shakur, a former Black Liberation Army chief who helped perform the 1981 Brinks theft that killed two law enforcement officials in New York; and Ed Poindexter, a former Black Panther who was once convicted along the past due David Rice within the 1970 bombing loss of life of an Omaha police officer.
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The record additionally comprises Imam Jamil Al Amin, aka H. Rap Brown, a Black Panther-turned-Muslim cleric who was once convicted of murdering a Georgia sheriff’s deputy and wounding every other in 2000.
On its web page, the Movement for Black Lives says the gang opposes the capitalist machine within the United States and that they consider “prisons, police and all other institutions that inflict violence on Black people must be abolished and replaced by institutions that value and affirm the flourishing of Black lives.”
The Movement for Black Lives has been touted by way of innovative Democrats like Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota.
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“The fight to #DefundThePolice won’t only happen in the streets. It’s also going to take place in city halls. The Working Families Party and the Electoral Justice Project of the Movement for Black Lives are coming together to launch the WFP Justice Fund,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Facebook in July 2020.