I come to you as a political prisoner and human rights activist, who has observed your amazing campaign to engage our people and others in the struggle for human dignity, confirming that black lives matter and that we have a responsibility to that task. I have been in contact with various sections of your organization, through Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and Watani Tyehimba. I have always had an overview of your formation and supported it, as it has been proven to confront the stereotypical mistakes inherent in grassroots organizing. Let me state emphatically that I am proud of the whole of your collective’s work and I would be honored if I could be considered as a political prisoner that you would support.
This request comes to you to aide and assist me in the pursuit of freedom, by gathering the target number of 100,000 signatures, or as many as possible in order to encourage president Obama to review my petition for executive clemency. The place for the public to sign on is at https://campaigns.organizefor.org/petitions/grant-mutulu-shakur-executive-clemency, if you wish to sign on and share on social media.
My background can be found on my public website (mutulushakur.com), but it should be enough to say that I have served 31 years as required by my sentence.
What might be of interest to your campaign is that I was charged and convicted with the liberation of my sister Assata Shakur, that I am the father of hip-hop artists Mopreme and Tupac Shakur, and that Afeni Shakur was both my comrade and wife in the struggle for human rights. Much of my efforts were involved in furthering community health care programs such as Lincoln Detox and BAAANA (Black Acupuncture Advisory Association of North America), where we used acupuncture as the primary detoxification treatment against the heroin epidemic.
One of the groups I worked side by side with, were Puerto Rican activists known as the Young Lords. In case we don’t share the knowledge of this history, consider that basketball star and young activist Carmelo Anthony, who not that long ago discovered that his own father was a member of the revolutionary Young Lords and has since become motivated to use his platform to speak out and raise social consciousness amongst the people. A little knowledge can go a long way.
I want to thank you for your time and assistance with this matter, in the struggle for freedom, clearly I have served the time and my continued incarceration is politically motivated.
-Dr. Mutulu Shakur