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Philadelphia Running Down The Walls in Honor of Dr. Mutulu Shakur – September 17

Philadelphia Anarchist Black Cross and MXGM Philly invite you to our sixth annual Running Down The Walls (RDTW)! Join us for another revolutionary 5K run/walk/roll and day of solidarity amplifying the voices of our comrades behind bars, lifting them up in their struggles, and maintaining material support.

Running is not required! You can also walk, roll, or cheer. While this event will be held in person in Philadelphia, we will ship official shirts nationwide to people who register by the September 3rd deadline, pay online and leave their shipping address in the comment box! Register now

This year’s event will benefit the ABCF Warchest and Weelaunee forest defenders facing repression from the ongoing efforts to #StopCopCity. Join us as we once again raise energy and funds for the freedom of political prisoners and the struggles they are caged for.

Cop City Will Never Be Built!

Vive vive Tortuguita!

#StopCopCity #DefendWeelaunee #JusticeForTort

The Family Statement Honoring Mutulu’s Life and Legacy

Dr. Mutulu Shakur, a highly esteemed acupuncturist, healer, revolutionary, and leader in the Black liberation movement, peacefully passed away on Friday, July 7, 2023 at 72 years old. He courageously battled multiple myeloma, a blood cancer that damages the bones and kidneys, since 2019. In December 2022, he was released on parole from federal prison, affording him the opportunity to spend his remaining days surrounded by loved ones. Having endured nearly 37 years of incarceration, his profound legacy will serve as a timeless inspiration for future generations.

Born Jeral Wayne Williams on August 8, 1950, in Baltimore, Maryland, Dr. Mutulu Shakur was raised in Jamaica, Queens, under the loving care of his blind mother. It was within the struggle of helping his mother navigate an unjust social service system that his political consciousness awakened. At the tender age of 16, he joined the New Afrikan Independence Movement, and in the late 1960s, he actively participated in the Revolutionary Action Movement (RAM), a Black Nationalist group advocating for Black self-determination and socialist change across the nation.

Driven by his unwavering commitment to the cause, Dr. Mutulu Shakur was a conscious citizen of the Provisional Government of the Republic of New Afrika. He was a leader of the Black Liberation Army (BLA), and worked closely with the Black Panther Party. He was a founding member of the New Afrikan People’s Organization (NAPO) and Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM), acting as a pillar of strength and leadership.

While his revolutionary activism influenced countless lives, Dr. Mutulu Shakur also made groundbreaking contributions as an acupuncturist, affectionately known as “Doc.” After receiving training in Canada and China, he obtained his license in California in 1979. Dr. Mutulu Shakur practiced holistic medicine with unwavering dedication, working tirelessly to empower his community. His journey started at Lincoln Detox, an addiction treatment program. The program was founded in 1970 in the South Bronx, by a coalition that included revolutionary healthcare workers, the Black Panther Party, the Young Lords and drug-addicted individuals seeking treatment. Dr. Mutulu Shakur served as executive director and pioneered the use of acupuncture in treating withdrawal symptoms. His innovative five-point protocol, which remains widely used in addiction treatment today, brought relief and healing to countless individuals. In the late 1970s, he co-founded and co-directed the Black Acupuncture Advisory Association of North America (BAAANA) and the Harlem Institute of Acupuncture, both established
during a time when acupuncture faced legal challenges in New York. Dr. Mutulu Shakur’s influential work in acupuncture continues to resonate in clinics and treatment centers across the globe.

In 1988, Dr. Mutulu Shakur faced a profound legal ordeal. He was convicted for leading a group of revolutionaries involved in a series of armed robberies in New York and Connecticut in 1981. The charges were brought against him under the conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act and included his role in the liberation of fellow activist Assata Shakur from a New Jersey prison in 1979.

While incarcerated, Dr. Shakur was active in various prison programs and was a mentor to many within the system. He prepared a lot of young men on how to handle life in prison and for life after release.

Dr. Shakur was deeply influential in the social and political messaging of his sons’ creative output. Ever present as a mentor, even while imprisoned, he was instrumental in developing the Thug Code, which created a framework for the brothers’ vision to create a social movement with the group THUG LIFE as the voice.

Dr. Mutulu Shakur is survived by his six children – Maurice “Mopreme” Shakur [Talia], Talib Shakur [Nichole], Ayize Jama-Everett, Sekyiwa “Set” Kai Shakur [Branden], Nzingha Shakur-Ali, and Chinua Mutulu Shakur. Additionally, he is fondly remembered by his six grandchildren — Nzingha Afeni Shakur, Malik Mutulu Shakur, Cheyenne Kai Harding, Tyrone Campbell, Cameron Rahmell Jackson and Mia Voight, his loving sisters Sharon Howell, Janice Ruth Williams and Yaasmyn Fula, his brothers Sekou Odinga [Dequi], Bilal Sunni-Ali and Watani Tyehimba [Ahadi], (many) nieces and nephew — Nicole Howell, Sharon N. Williams, Tyree N. Williams and Chandra D. Williams-Phillips, and his godchildren — Aiyisha T. Obafemi, Chaka Zulu, Iras Levi, Zayd Akinshegun Sefu Akinyela, Kamau Ayyubi, Sulay Majid, Malika Majid, Ayesha Jabbar, Nora Hasna Majid, and Mohammedeen Majid. His former wife, Makini Shakur, and his son-in-law, Gregory Jackson (who he named Bahanee Lajah) are also cherished members of his family.

Dr. Shakur was preceded in death by his mother, Dolores Porter, his revolutionary and spiritual father, Salahdeen (Aba) Shakur, his son, Tupac Amaru Shakur, godson, Yafeu Fula, his brothers Lumumba Shakur, Zayd Shakur and Wakil Shakur, his sister Fulani N. Sunni-Ali and his former wife, Afeni Shakur, a remarkable political activist, philanthropist, and Black Panther.

Dr. Mutulu Shakur is also preceded in death and survived by many many comrades. 

As we honor the life and legacy of Dr. Mutulu Shakur, let us remember him as a healer, an unyielding revolutionary, and an advocate for social change. His contributions as an acupuncturist and his unwavering dedication to the Black liberation movement will forever inspire generations to come. May his spirit of resilience and commitment guide us as we strive for a more equitable and just world.

‘Dope is Death’ showing at Black Health’s “What Is Normal” Film Series in Harlem – May 20, 2023

The “What is Normal” film series, May 18th – May 20th at Harlem’s historic AMC Magic Johnson Theater, 2309 Frederick Douglass Blvd., is a celebration of community and mental wellness focused on education and advocacy. It is three days of interactive experiences featuring compelling and thought-provoking films, conversations with expert panelists, tangible resources and information for the next steps in mental wellness, maternal health and substance treatment within Black communities.

Day Three, Saturday, May 20, 2023, 10 am – 6 pm “We Have The Power: Stories of Communities Rising“ is a full day of activities. From 10 am-2 pm, the Black Mental Wellness Resource Hub offers music, dance, song, hands-on activities, and skills for maintaining mental wellness. A 24-hour listening session will provide opportunities for sharing and releasing.

From 3-6 pm, there’s a special viewing of the documentary, “Dope is Death”, the truly inspiring story of the historic action of healthcare providers and community members in NYC to provide addiction treatment to East Harlem’s communities of color. A discussion of how we can learn from this influential movement with the Director, Mia Donovan and a panel of experts concludes the program.

The series and all activities are free, to register to go to Eventbrite.

Mumia Abu-Jamal calls on the people to ‘Support Dr. Mutulu Shakur’

Today, Dr. Mutulu Shakur is free. But after decades in federal prisons, he now needs your help to pull his life together. Support Dr. Mutulu Shakur. For more information, go to

Mumia Abu-Jamal

Listen to the recording of Mumia reading his full May 1, 2023 statement supporting Dr. Shakur at Prison Radio. Like Mutulu, Mumia is a Black liberation elder with severe health issues who has been subject to unjust prison conditions for far too long. Join in on the campaign to Bring Mumia Home!

Announcing Dr. Shakur’s First In-Person Los Angeles Event at UCLA on February 27, 2023 – 5-7 pm PST

Please join us for an evening of celebration to welcome Dr. Mutulu Shakur home!

TICKETS WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ENTRY! Reserve yours via Eventbrite.

On December 16th, 2022, Dr. Mutulu Shakur was released on parole after serving 37 years in prison. Dr. Shakur participated in civil rights, Black liberation, harm reduction acupuncture and healthcare movements from the late 1960s to the 1980s. The acts of which he was convicted some thirty years ago were committed in the context of a movement seeking equal opportunities for Black people who, it is widely conceded, were suffering catastrophically from disenfranchisement, segregation, poverty and exclusion from many of the fundamental necessities that make life worth living. The decision to grant parole is based on federal law guidelines for “old law” prisoners, finding that Dr. Shakur poses no threat to the community, taking into consideration his exemplary conduct in prison, his medical condition and how much time he has served. He has taken full responsibility for his actions, served as a force for good and anti-violence throughout his decades of incarceration as an elder with multiple health complications. This victory was secured by the steadfast support of his legal team, his family and his community.

Co-sponsors: Afrikan Student Union, Allied Community Arts Brigade, Campus Programs Committee of the Program Activities Board, Dr. Robin Kelley, Institute on Inequality and Democracy, UCLA Law Criminal Justice Program, UCLA Center for Justice/Prison Ed Program, Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance