Author Archives: Family and Friends

Webinar Series on Souls Journal Starts Monday, February 20th!

Join the Family & Friends of Dr. Mutulu Shakur for a series of webinar conversations on the life and legacy of our beloved revolutionary healer and human rights organizer. The series will center around the Souls journal special issue: “Free the Land, Free the People: The Political Significance of Dr. Shakur’s Legacy” (FREE ACCESS to articles until 2/28).

Part 1 of the webinar series, “Straight Ahead: The Life of Resistance of Dr. Mutulu Shakur,” on February 20th at 7PM EST l 4PM PST, will feature a conversation on Dr. Shakur’s life of resistance and activism — primarily prior to his capture in 1986. This webinar will be moderated by Professor Akinyele Umoja. REGISTER HERE

Save the Dates for the Upcoming Webinars:
Part 2: Cointelpro and International Law on Thursday, March 9th 7:00 PM EST | 4PM PSTREGISTER HERE
Part 3: Dr. Mutulu Shakur Revolutionary Healer on Thursday, March 16th 7:00 PM EST | 4PM PSTREGISTER HERE
Part 4: What’s the future? Where do We go from here? on Wednesday, March 29th 7:00 PM EST | 4PM PST

Click here for free access to the journal issue: “Free the Land, Free the People: The Political Significance of Dr. Shakur’s Legacy”

Souls Journal on Mutulu Shakur Released Online

For a limited time, the full text of the Souls Journal volume on Mutulu Shakur (“Free the Land, Free the People: The Political Significance of Dr. Shakur’s Legacy) is available online. Print copies will be available soon and stay tuned for seminars and events in the coming months!

Table of Contents:

Guest Editors’ Note by Akinyele Umoja & Susan Rosenberg

Straight Ahead: The Life of Resistance of Dr. Mutulu Shakur by Akinyele Umoja

The Seed: History of the Original Acupuncture Detoxification Program at Lincoln Hospital by Mutulu Shakur & Urayoana Trinidad

The Struggle for International Political Recognition for New Afrikan/Black Freedom Fighters by Mutulu Shakur

Toward a Truth and Reconciliation Commission for New African/Black Political Prisoners, Prisoners of War and Freedom Fighters by Mutulu Shakur

To My Son Tupac by Mutulu Shakur

Revolutionary Doctor, Revolutionary Lawyer by Rukia Lumumba

Who Is a Prisoner of War? Mutulu Shakur and the Struggle for Black Liberation by Natsu Taylor Saito

COINTELPRO Continues: Dr. Mutulu Shakur by Susan Rosenberg & Linda Evans

“Non-Recognition of the Law Does Not Invalidate It”: The Status of BLA and Provisional IRA Prisoners by Ward Churchill

Interview with Formerly Incarcerated Men about Dr. Shakur’s Impact by J. Jondhi Harrell, Cedric Lines, Leo Sullivan & Mshairi Siyanda

Dr. Mutulu Shakur and the Holistic Healing of Acupuncture and Political Education: A Review of Dope is Death by Asantewa Sunni-Ali


Mutulu is Home with Family!

Today, the morning of December 16th, 2022, Dr. Mutulu Shakur was released from prison on parole! 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. Mutulu is now with his family. This victory was secured by the steadfast support of his legal team, his family and his community comprised of all of you.

Family & Friends of Mutulu Shakur (FFMS) is greatly appreciative of everyone’s support over the course of Mutulu’s decades in prison. We ask that everyone respect Dr. Shakur’s privacy while he spends the holidays with his family and concentrates on his health and healing. Any inquiries to FFMS can be directed to [email protected], and we will be sure to release more information as it is available. May everyone celebrate the achievement of securing his release and deepen our commitment to a more just future.

See the Ways to Support page for the most up-to-date information on how you can reach out to and support Dr. Mutulu Shakur.

Black Acupuncture Advisory Association of North America is Back in Operation

The Black Acupuncture Advisory Association of North America was formed by Dr. Mutulu Shakur in 1979 to foster interest in acupuncture by encouraging research and educational programs and to disseminate information about the practice and application of acupuncture, including but not limited to the use of acupuncture in the treatment of drug abuse.

For more information on how to join and support this important organization, see

Harlem detox clinic featured in ‘Dope is Death’ continues to grow

New York Harm Reduction Educators (NYHRE) is the name of the Harlem-based detox clinic prominently featured as a modern-day extension of the work of Dr. Shakur in the documentary ‘Dope is Death.’

A photo wall at NYHRE features clippings of prominent figures in the development of detox acupuncture, including Dr. Shakur.

Back in May, NYHRE held an outreach event ‘Wellness in the Park’ in Marcus Garvey park. In addition to providing auricular acupuncture, there was drumming, singing, smudging and qi gong.

Juan Cortez practices Qi Gong at Wellness in the Park event

NYHRE and Washington Heights Corner Project (WHCP) just announced their merger and will continue their lifesaving harm reduction work as OnPoint NYC.

In addition to supervised consumption centers in East Harlem and Washington Heights, OnPoint NYC’s staff of 120 people provides wraparound services to meet its underserved participant’s comprehensive set of needs including, medical and mental health care, onsite access to Buprenorphine and other addiction treatment options, Hepatitis C and HIV testing and treatment, holistic services, hygiene and respite, food, clothing and other critical supports.

Los Angeles – December 10, 2022 – Mutulu Shakur Benefit Concert

Saturday, December 10th, 2-5PM
Hot and Cool Cafe, 4331 Degnan Ave. (in Leimert Park, Los Angeles)

$20 donation – proceeds go to Dr. Shakur’s release fund

After over 30 years in prison, the father of Tupac Shakur, Dr. Mutulu Shakur, is finally being released from prison! 

He was granted parole and is now in need of resources to prepare for his arrival.  

Tune In to What’s Happening on WBAI Radio this Wednesday 11/16

TOPIC: Why we call prisons death camps

GUESTS: Verbena, Detroit Shakur Squad

Jihad Abdulmumit, Chairperson of the National Jericho Movement

Kazi Toure, Chairperson Boston Jericho Movement

Gil Obler, NYC – Free Mumia Coalition

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Wednesday, November 16 @ 8 pm ET

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