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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.  

Maroon Party for Liberation Gathering (March 20, 2021)

Join Maroon Party for Liberation this Saturday, March 20th from 3-5pm EST, for a screening of a short film on the radical history of acupuncture produced by Eana Meng followed by a discussion featuring:

  • Talib Shakur (son of Dr. Mutulu Shakur)
  • Dr. Shadidi Kinsey (former student of Dr. Shakur & founder of PEACE Health Center)
  • Bro. Shep (Veteran Black Panther & Zulu King)
  • Laura Whitehorn (former political prisoner & activist)

Join via Zoom

We, the North Sphere of the Maroon Liberation School, have initiated a response to the opioid epidemic (along with addictions of all kinds, trauma and stress relief) in a way that amplifies some of the genius that emerged after the Human Rights Movement through the efforts of Dr. Mutulu Shakur, Republic of New Afrika healer and acupuncturist.

We are inviting people to come together and extend the celebration of 50th Anniversary of the Lincoln Detox Center by considering it’s contribution to our current health crisis through a national Zoom Gathering on Saturday, March 20th from 3 to 5 pm Eastern.

The week following that gathering, we are inviting organizers to create Healing Hubs in tune with the unique needs of their communities. Right now, we have Healing Hubs being coordinated in Vermont, Los Angeles and Chicago (New York needs a co-coordinator) and are inviting others to consider generating a healing hub in their respective communities anytime March 20 – 28.

NADA, an easily accessible acupuncture technique developed by Dr. Mutulu Shakur was a grass-roots, people-powered response to heroin being planted in Black communities to halt/slow the progress of Human Rights for all. Now, with almost 2 million suffering from opioid addiction in the United States, we wish to emphasize this effective solution made available by Dr. Mutulu Shakur and support actions that can free him as a political prisoner.

Acu-Points: Black Acupuncture Meet & Greets – July 26, August 2, 9 & 16 (Online)

The next four events in Dr. Tenisha Dandridge’s ‘Acu-points: Black Acupuncture Meet and Greet’ series will direct donations to the Family and Friends of Mutulu Shakur organization. These online events are held every Sunday featuring Black acupuncturists from all over the country, and everyone is welcome to participate!

Register now on Eventbrite!

July 26 – 8pm EST
Dr. Lorena White on Women’s Health

August 2 – 8pm EST
‘Meet Our Elders’ feat. Dr. Tolbert Small, the renowned People’s Doctor and Acupuncturist in Oakland, CA

August 9 – 1pm EST
‘Meet Our Elders’ feat. Dr. Shadidi Kinsey, Dr. Shakur’s former student and acupuncturist at PEACE Health Center in Brooklyn, NY

August 16 – 8pm EST
Alison Reid-Bretell, Herbologist

Learn more about this fabulous medicine we all love. Ask us questions and get to know your melanated healers. What’s better than the gift of health, wellness, and peace of mind? Be sure to check the bottom of your confirmation email to get the link for the Zoom meeting!

Premiere of ‘Dope is Death’ at the True/False Film Fest – March 6th-7th (Columbia, MI)

Family and Friends of Mutulu Shakur is please to announce the premiere of this feature-length documentary by acclaimed filmmaker Mia Donovan.

‘Dope is Death’ has three showings at the True/False Film Fest:

Friday, March 6 – 11:30am at the Big Ragtag theatre

Saturday, March 7 – 12:45pm at the Showtime theatre at Blue Note                                  7:30pm at the Willy Wilson theatre at Ragtag

Passes to the film fest can be purchased at

For information on future showings stay tuned to

Healing & Justice: A Fundraiser feat. Holistic Treatments – Philadelphia, PA (Dec 7th, 2019)

We are pleased to announce the first Philadelphia-based Healing & Justice benefit event: a day of rejuvenation and inspiration in honor of Dr. Mutulu Shakur!

Saturday, December 7th  –  1-6pm

Six Fishes Neighborhood Acupuncture  –  2308 Grays Ferry Ave

Book an appointment for acupuncture, massage or an herbal consultation for yourself or as a gift for someone who deserves it. Through his revolutionary work with Lincoln Detox, Black Acupuncture Advisory Association of North America and the Harlem Institute of Acupuncture, Dr. Shakur utilized acupuncture to not only heal but also empower. In honor of this legacy, licensed acupuncturists, massage therapists and herbalists will come together at Six Fishes Neighborhood Acupuncture to provide care for sliding scale donations of $25- $50 (cash preferred).

This event is hosted by Philly ABC and donations support Dr. Shakur’s legal defense, commissary essentials, and projects promoting justice for the Black community. In solidarity with long-term political prisoner from Philadelphia who is battling cancer, Russell Maroon Shoatz, a portion of proceeds from the event will go to his support fund.

Since space is limited, use the form below to schedule an appointment:

Thank you for supporting this fundraiser for Dr. Mutulu Shakur by requesting an appointment, and we will contact you as soon as possible to confirm your appointment! Acupuncture is provided by Vito Leva (Acupuncture off Broad) and Margie Navarro (Vivacity Acupuncture), bodywork by Lore Elizabeth, massage by Dro and herbal consultations and onsite remedies by Feonix Rose and Kenton Cobb.

As of December 6th, we are no longer taking appointments for this event but walk-ins are welcome on a first come basis!


The Social Justice Collaboration Quilts Project Gallery Showing – Newark, NJ (October 5th-November 22nd, 2019)

Curated by Maureen Kelleher

October 5th – November 22nd, 2019
Opening Reception – October 5th 7-10pm
Gallery Aferro

73 Market Street, Newark, NJ

Wednesday – Saturday 12-6pm and by appointment

Participating Artists:

Maureen Kelleher
Ramsey Orta
Dr. Mutulu Shakur


An exhibition can act as an undeniable clarion call to the world and all who wish to see it transformed for the better. The Social Justice Collaboration Quilts Project featuring the Quilts of Angola Prison is such an exhibition. A loving, compelling collaboration of creativity, the exhibit features the work of free persons and lifers of the infamous Louisiana State Penitentiary, better known as Angola Prison.

Artist and private investigator Maureen Kelleher has curated an ongoing collaboration between individuals incarcerated  at Louisiana State Penitentiary and elsewhere, alongside free civilians, utilizes handmade quilts, musical accompaniment, and experiential narratives to connect two worlds.

Kelleher’s skills have been instrumental in helping exonerate 3 men off Louisiana’s death row, in addition to assisting the renowned justice reform organization, The Innocence Project, on a non-DNA case to aid in the release of an innocent man with a life sentence. She has crafted a showcase that includes music from artists such as Irma Thomas, Delfeayo Marsalis, Cat Power, and the Venerable Robina Courtin, with endorsements from Harriet Tubman scholar Dr. Kate Clifford-Larson and others. The original fabric art created by the hands of inspiring artists, including members of the Louisiana State Penitentiary Hospice Program; Dr. Mutulu Shakur, the stepfather of Tupac Shakur; and Ramsey Orta, the man who recorded the death of Eric Garner, will grace Aferro’s Main Gallery, creating an immersive environment for affirming our collective humanity.

Back by Popular Demand: ‘The People’s Detox’ at Spectacle in Brooklyn

The October 23rd screening of the film ‘The People’s Detox’ was such a success that they have added four showings in November:

Dir. Jenna Bliss, 2018
NYC. 56 mins.




THE PEOPLE’S DETOX is a contemplative look at how the history of a revolutionary drug clinic reverberates through to contemporary notions of health and care. In November 1970, Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx was taken over through the collective organizing of local heroin addicts, revolutionary health organizations, the Young Lords, members of the Black Panther Party as well as other organizations. Through political education, the clinic examined the role of global politics in the influx of heroin into urban centers as well as the economic incentives of the established protocols for drug treatment. With the introduction of acupuncture as an aid in detoxification, eventually replacing pharmaceutical treatments, it was not only the the walls of the hospital that were breached but the very apparatus of addiction and recovery.

JENNA BLISS (b. 1984 Yonkers, NY) is an artist and filmmaker. Previous films include POISON THE CURE (2017) and two video series, DAY ONE (2017) and LETTERS (2013).

NYC DSA OOPP (THE NYC DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISTS OPIOID OVERDOSE PREVENTION PROGRAM) dispenses naloxone to people and communities who experience high risk of overdose. We seek to work on the front lines of the overdose crisis, and to educate people who use drugs as well as the general public about the structural nature of addiction. Overdose reversal is an immediate emergency measure, but we recognize that the problem is structural, and requires structural solutions. Along with harm-reducing measures like needle exchanges and safe injection facilities, we demand healthcare without a profit motive, patient involvement in their own care, as well as decriminalization, total decarceration, safe housing, education, and healthy food as fundamental rights, and an end to segregation, deprivation, and dispossession, to poverty and the wage system. We recognize that capitalism itself is the fundamental cause, the vector of disease. The same brutal system that requires and feeds on extraction, marginalization, racialization, and oppression to uplift a wealthy few creates the conditions for disease among the people. capitalism is the disease vector–socialism is the means for the cure.