A new campaign to liberate Black Panther activist Dr. Mutulu Shakur was launched on March 1 after several fallacious reports were circulated in February that he had been released from a federal prison in California. He was scheduled to be released on Feb. 10, 2016, to “mandatory parole,” according to the United States Parole Commission. However, Shakur was informed on Feb. 8 that he’d be getting a mandatory parole “hearing” on April 4, 2016. Therefore negating the Feb. 10 release.
On Feb. 11, Shakur’s son, Mopreme Shakur, clarified the situation on a Facebook post, stating that the 65-year-old prisoner of war is “supposed to be out, but he’s not out yet, and they’re still “dealing with that [expletive] now.” He added that the confusion was because of the mishandling of the case.
Shakur’s legal team is set to argue for his release at a hearing Monday, where they’ll argue that he has not had any disciplinary incidents since being incarcerated in the mid-1980s.
On Feb. 29, Shakur released this letter:
Dear family and friends and supporters,
Like many of you, I was of the belief that I was to be released from prison, effective February 10, 2016. That belief was based on the 30 years I was required to serve. I have fulfilled that commitment while following all rules and regulations like any other prisoner would be expected to. Having been sentenced under federal statute 4205(a), any person serving more than 45 years must serve 30 years to receive mandatory release.
For the past 30 years, my target release date has been February 10, 2016. Whosoever had legitimate concerns had the same time to come forward to argue that I should not be released.
To deny me release at this stage, the Parole Commission must determine that I have either repeatedly or seriously violated the rules of the institution, or there exists a great probability that the inmate will commit any federal, state or local crime following his release.
My son Tupac acknowledged in the context of the struggle to overcome oppression that, “we’ve come so far, but still have so far to go.” To that I say, we must continue to be guided by the essence of our circumstances that has brought us to these points, which encourage us to be principled, honest and continue to search for the truth.
Brotha Kendrick Lamar taught us “to pimp a butterfly.” From that we must always remember that we can evolve and to have faith in the power of transformation, that has been evident throughout the saga of our journey.
I thank you in advance for your continued love and support.
MutuluIsWelcomeHere.com reads, “There are enemies of our struggle who are intent on proving that Dr. Mutulu Shakur is a threat and danger to the community and society and does not deserve to be let free to come home. It is important that we challenge that narrative with true stories of personal experiences with Dr. Mutulu Shakur and how we have benefited from knowing him. We are asking that you take the time to describe the impact he has had on your life.”
Shakur has been in the belly of the beast since his Feb. 11, 1986 capture. He was charged and convicted of allegedly helping liberate Sister Assata Shakur from prison in 1979, and supposedly masterminding an October 1981 expropriation of a Brinks armored truck, as well as for the deaths of two cops and a security guard during the heist, which netted $1.8 million. The funds supposedly were meant to “fund the revolution.”
Shakur was sentenced to 60 years in prison for his alleged crimes.
Prosecutors argue that Shakur is still a threat to society and that the severity of his crimes negates his early relevance, claiming, “He was someone who was violent, responsible for death and terror for people living in the metropolitan region.”
Please write a parole support letter to the Parole Board (Case Operations, U.S. Parole Commission, 90 K Street, N.E., Third Floor, Washing
ton, D.C. 20530). You can send emails to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Shakur can be reached here: Mutulu Shakur, 83205012, United States Penitentiary, P.O. Box 3900, Adelanto, CA 92301.