Dr. Mutulu Shakur is up for Parole
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I had never heard of Mutulu Shakur until a few years ago, when two of my good friends shared with me the story of how they became acupuncturists. For them, it was part of a human rights struggle. And Mutulu helped train them.
Dr. Shakur is a holistic medicine practitioner and a pioneer in bringing acupuncture into NYC to address rampant drug addiction in his community. He was also a political activist who became very involved in the Black Freedom Struggle that began in the 60s.
He has been in prison for 36 years for robberies related to his political activism and is now suffering with advanced cancer. Below is the appeal from his supporters.
“During the tumultuous era of the 1970s, radical political activists engaged in robberies and other clandestine actions across the country and around the world. In 1982, federal conspiracy charges were brought against a multi-racial group of political activists, including Dr. Shakur, for actions which took place in the Northeastern United States.
Dr. Shakur was convicted of conspiracy and received a sentence of 60 years. Based on the date of the offenses, Dr. Shakur is among a small number of individuals remaining in federal prison under the “Old Law,” making him eligible for parole.”
Dr. Shakur has been engaged in meaningful and productive work throughout his time in prison and is an excellent candidate for parole.
“He has completed thousands of hours of programming and educational courses, including teaching classes on human rights and political science. He has counseled and mentored countless younger prisoners, many who now lead positive lives after incarceration and attribute much of their success to Dr. Shakur. Testimonials from a number of these men are available through Dr. Shakur’s legal team.
At the age of 71, Dr. Shakur is now in an age group with an essentially non-existent risk of recidivism. Studies conducted by the DOJ have found the rate of re-arrest for former prisoners over the age of 70 is 0%.”
Dope Is Death is documentary that sheds light on the impact of his work.
I believe he deserves to spend his remaining days with his family. If you are inclined to help, please join me in writing a letter to his Parole Board.
BRAD THOMSON, People’s Law Office, 1180 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60642
Learn more by visiting https://mutulushakur.com