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URGENT Week of Action for Dr. Mutulu Shakur

Join the URGENT WEEK OF ACTION February 21st-28th!

Day 1: Friday, February 21st

* Send cards and letters of love, support and healing energy to Mutulu! Given his medical situation, Mutulu may not be able to respond, but he appreciates mail. Send printed articles and/or tell him what you are doing in your community. Show the Bureau of Prisons a flood of support for him, so they know people are watching!

Dr. Mutulu Shakur #83205-012
FMC Lexington
P.O. Box 14500
Lexington, KY 40412


Day 2: Monday, February 24th

* Post your strong support for compassionate release for Dr. Shakur on social media! Use hashtags #MutuluisWelcomeHere, #FreeDrShakur, #StraightAhead and tag us on:

Twitter – @freedrmshakur

Instagram – @freedrmshakur

Facebook – Join the ‘FreeMutuluShakur’ group, create a post, & share it on your timeline


Day 3: Tuesday, February 25th

* Urge your member of Congress to sign a letter supporting Dr. Shakur’s compassionate release for humanitarian reasons. For routing to your Representative, go to Most Members of Congress provide email contact information on their websites. For telephone contact information, call the U.S. Capitol switchboard, (202) 224-3121. Please use the cover letter, compassionate release support request flyer, and sample letter below to ask them for a letter of support to send to Dr. Shakur’s attorney:

Brad Thomson, Attorney
People’s Law Office
1180 N. Milwaukee
Chicago, IL 60642

Cover Letter for Requests to Support Compassionate Release
The Compassionate Release Support Request
Sample Letter to Edit in Writer’s Own Words 


Day 4: Wednesday, February 26th

* Sign and share the petition for compassionate release for Mutulu!


Day 5: Thursday, February 27th

* Donate whatever amount you can for family visits, medical records analyses and experts, legal visits.

Please send financial donations to Family and Friends of Dr. Mutulu Shakur on Paypal.




Veronza Bowers again denied parole

by Mary Ratcliff

Veronza Bowers Jr. plays his Shakuhachi flute for a Rastafarian meditation group at the federal medical prison in Butner, North Carolina.

Veronza Bowers is an internationally known man of peace, famous for his mastery of the Shakuhachi bamboo flute that he plays to relieve the suffering of sick and dying prisoners. Now 73, this former Black Panther who has proclaimed his innocence during 46 years of incarceration, has just learned that once again he has been denied parole.

According to Wikipedia, his sentence dictated that “he was eligible for mandatory parole after 30 years.” When that day arrived, he was dressed to leave to join his family at the prison gate when they were bitterly disappointed.

“In February 2005,” reports Wikipedia, “10 months after he’d served 30 years in prison, his parole was postponed in order to give the victim’s relatives a chance to express their opposition at a new parole hearing. Bowers was denied parole in December 2005.”

At that parole hearing, Veronza’s unit manager testified: “I have been with the Bureau of Prisons for 25 years in March and this is my first time ever speaking on behalf of an inmate. … Incident reports are very easy to get and he has set the standard for not getting any incident reports. I can address the fact that as a Bureau of Prisons employee, we all wish we had an institution full of inmates who can go 21 years without an incident report.”

In a message received May 30, Veronza writes: “The way I look at news is that it is neither bad nor good; it just IS what it is. And once received, then we can move forward.

“I do appreciate very much that people are very concerned about me. Please let folks know that I am fine. I talked with my Freedom Team today and they are busy preparing our next step.

“In short, we are not giving up. And I am confident that truth and justice are on my side and that I will be taking my long overdue long walk to FREEDOM in the not too distant future.

Please let folks know that I am fine. I am confident that truth and justice are on my side and that I will be taking my long overdue long walk to FREEDOM in the not too distant future.

“It is the Bay View, my legal team, all of you supporters who continue to show your love and concern and, of course, my entire family and all my friends who provide the WIND under my wings that allows me to hold my head high and soar to the heights where only eagles dare fly – on wings unbroken!”

Send our brother some love and light: Veronza Bowers Jr., 35316-136, Butner FMC, P.O. Box 1600, Butner NC 27509.