Political Prisoner Radio Weekly 6/8/2014

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Dhoruba Bin-Wahad is an author, activist, former political prisoner, former NYC Black Panther Party leader and a co-founder of the Black Liberation Army. After hearing about COINTELPRO, which was run by the F.B.I. with the intent to murder, frame and imprison Black and other leftist leaders, Bin-Wahad filled a lawsuit that led to the release of 300,000 pages of documents regarding COINTELPRO and helped to obtain his release. Recently, Bin-Wahad became a victim of police violence while attempting to move into a new home in Clayton County, Georgia that was videotaped. The taped shows Bin-Wahad sitting on his porch talking with deputies before being snatched up, slammed face first into the brick wall of his home, and falsely detained.

Bin-Wahad along with other Clayton County community leaders have formed a group to address the violence he suffered at the hands of deputies and the violence the community suffers at the hands of officers. It was recently discovered that Al Sharpton’s National Action Network and the NAACP legal defense arm met with the county Sherriff behind the communities back and held a secret meeting without informing members of the community. We will talk to Dhoruba Bin-Wahad or a member from his camp tonight.

Noelle Hanrahan of Prison Radio joins us for her second appearance on Political Prisoner Radio. She is most responsible for distributing the commentaries of political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal. She will share information concerning political prisoner Kevin Rashid Johnson. Johnson is the Minister of Defense of a prison chapter of the New Afrikan Black Panther Party, has been held in solitary confinement for decades, and is currently experiencing a medical emergency.

In addition, before we close out the program, we will speak with New York Jericho Chair Anne Lamb and political prisoner advocate Jenn Murnam. They will provide us updates on the parole situation of political prisoners Seth Hayes, Jalil Muntaquim, and Sekou Kambui.

We will hold a moment of silence in recognition of Yuri Kochiyama, the Japanese-American activist who was a victim of America’s concentration camps during WWII. She would become a life long activist and was close to the Black liberation movement while living in public housing in New York. It was there that she met Malcolm X. She was present when Malcolm was assassinated in the Audubon Ballroom and held his head in her lap as he lay dying from his gun shot wounds.

Political Prisoner Radio is a program that seeks to educate the public on the individual cases of political prisoners and prisoners of war being held by the United States government, many for decades under torturous conditions. It features former political prisoners, advocates, family members and organizations working to free these individuals. The program often discusses the historical political repression and social conditions that existed and still exist within the United States of America.

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