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Fight the Good Fight – Portland, Oregon (February 7, 2016)

seven-starSunday, February 7, 12pm – 4pm

Seven Star Acupuncture & Apothecary
436 SE 12th Avenue

Make an appointment by buying a ticket, as space is limited! Acupuncture treatments are sliding scale, $25 – 75 and massage is $50 – 100; cash or check.

After 30 years of incarceration, Black Liberation Army (BLA) political prisoner Dr. Mutulu Shakur is up for parole next month! To raise money to assist with his transition, a group of licensed acupuncturists and massage therapists are offering treatments to our community, with all proceeds going toward Shakur.

Organized by: Portland Anarchist Black Cross and the Hella 503 Collective. Endorsed by: Oregon Jericho, KBOO Community Radio, and the Northwest Alliance for Alternative Media and Education.

Fight the Good Fight – Toronto (November 15, 2015)

The 3rd Annual FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT fundraiser is being held at:

Six Degrees Community Health on SUNDAY NOV 15th from 11am6pm 

Located at 204 Spadina Ave, 2nd Floor

We will be offering a variety of treatments at Sliding Scale rates to raise funds for the revolutionary Doctor of Acupuncture, Dr. Mutulu Shakur.

Drop The Needle Acupuncture Advocacy and Six Degrees Health are teaming up for the THIRD annual Dr. Shakur Fundraiser in Toronto.

We will be hosting our first collaboration with Black Lives Matter – Toronto Chapter, who will be joining us on our EDUCATE & EMPOWER closing panel. We will also be offering last year’s successful NADA detox treatment throughout the day in addition to a variety of natural health services.


This is an important time for the fundraiser as this is the last stretch to make an impact before Mutulu’s release, said to be early 2016. Fight The Good Fight has also spread to Durham, North Carolina, and New York City which has already completed its fourth successful fundraiser.


Every year we are overbooked so please book your appointments in advance with Google docs and help us support this cause:

Fight the Good Fight – Durham, NC (November 1st, 2015)

Fight the Good Fight: Treat Yourself to Traditional Health Care in Support of Dr. Mutulu Shakur

Sunday Nov 1st

1005Wellness Center
1005 Broad St, Durham NC

Join us for a day of affordable health care, rejuvenation, and inspiration in honor of Dr. Mutulu Shakur, Doctor of Acupuncture, Revolutionary, Freedom Fighter, and Healer Activist.

Book an appointment for acupuncture, ayurvedic marma, or reiki treatments for yourself or as a gift for someone else. All treatments are available at a sliding scale donation of $20 – $60.

To book a sesssion, fill out the form online, email, or call 740.417.3922.

This is the First Annual Fight The Good Fight Fundraiser in Durham. Your donation is tax-deductible and supports Dr. Shakur’s legal defense, commissary essentials, and projects promoting justice for Black communities. All funds will go to the Friends and Family of Dr. Mutulu Shakur Organization in NYC. For more information on Dr. Shakur, please visit

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Fight the Good Fight – NYC (August 16th & 21st, 2015)


The 4th Annual NYC ‘Fight the Good Fight’ benefit event, a day of rejuvenation and inspiration in honor of Dr. Mutulu Shakur

Sunday, August 16th
11:30am – 5:30pm

40 Exchange Place, 3rd Floor, Manhattan
J/Z to Broad Street, 2/3 or 4/5 to Wall Street

Book an appointment for acupuncture or massage 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, Dr. Shakur’s former student Dr. Shadidi Kinsey and licensed acupuncturist Margie Navarro will provide acupuncture for sliding scale donations of $20- $60.  Licensed massage therapist Sherley Accime will provide Kan’Yah Afro-Caribbean Bodywork also for $20 – $60 sliding scale. Donations are tax-deductible & support Dr. Shakur’s legal defense, commissary essentials, and projects promoting justice for the Black community.  Since space is limited, follow the link below to schedule an acupuncture or massage appointment:

-> Schedule an Appointment

Birthday Party for Dr. Mutulu Shakur
at PEACE Health Center

Friday, August 21st
5-10 pm
582 Halsey Street, Brooklyn
A/C to Utica or J/Z to Gates; B26 or B46 buses

Please join us for an evening of live jazz by the Donald Smith trio, plus a 70′s set by DJ Jah Medicine, and dancing in celebration of the birth and struggle of Dr. Mutulu Shakur.  Food (vegetarian options) and beverages (alcoholic and non) available by donation. Brief presentations will be made by Family & Friends of Mutulu Shakur and the PEACE Health Center.

Fight the Good Fight – Brooklyn, NYC (November 15, 2014)

We invite you to the 3rd Annual NYC ‘Fight the Good Fight’ benefit event, a day of rejuvenation and inspiration in honor of Dr. Mutulu Shakur.

PrintSaturday, November 15th
2pm – 8pm

Third Root Community Health Center
380 Marlborough Rd.

Heal & Honor (2-6:30pm): Book an appointment for acupuncture, East Asian massage or herbal medicine for yourself or as a gift for someone who deserves it.  Your $20 – $60 sliding scale donation is tax-deductible & supports Dr. Shakur’s legal defense, commissary essentials, and projects promoting justice for the Black community.

-> Schedule an Appointment


Educate & Empower (7-8pm): A closing discussion will feature comrades of Dr. Shakur speaking on the legacy of radical healthcare in revolutionary social change.

Dr. Shadidi Kinsey
became the first African-American to be licensed by New York State to practice acupuncture in 1992. Her interest in acupuncture began in 1981, when she read a story in the New York Amsterdam News about the Harlem Institute of Acupuncture directed by Dr. Mutulu Shakur. She subsequently enrolled in the school, and later became a certified doctor of acupuncture at the International Institute of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine in Canada and co-founded the P.E.A.C.E. Health Center in Brooklyn.

Susan Rosenberg is an American radical political activist, author and advocate for social justice and prisoners’ rights. She studied acupuncture with Dr. Mutulu Shakur at the institute he founded in Harlem. Like many activists of the 60’s and 70’s she was targeted by political repression and went underground for two years before she was captured and sentenced to 58 years in prison on weapons and explosives charges. She spent 16 years in prison, during which she became a poet, author and AIDS activist. She is the author of a memoir An American Radical.

Bob Lederer has been an anti-imperialist, anti-racist activist supporting U.S. political prisoners for 35 years. He has also been a health journalist and activist, having worked in the past with ACT UP (where he helped organize protests for alternative HIV/AIDS treatments, needle exchanges, and affordable anti-viral drugs, among other issues) and LGBT rights groups. He is a co-host of the “Health Action” program on WBAI (99.5 FM,, for which he has produced many critiques of corporate medicine and prison healthcare and segments about the importance of nutrition and holistic healthcare. As a current student in Hunter College’s Master’s in Public Health Program, he is now pursuing a study of NYC acupuncture clinics serving low-income communities today in comparison with the model set by the radical Lincoln Detox Program in the 1970s.

[Donations appreciated.]

thirdrootDirections: Third Root is accessible by the Q train off the Cortelyou Road stop, and the BM1, 2, 3, 4; B23 or B103 buses. Click here for a map.




Fight the Good Fight – Toronto (November, 9, 2014)

Fight the Good Fight: Treat Yourself to Traditional Health Care in Support of Dr. Mutulu Shakur


Join us again on Sunday Nov 9th/14, from 11.30am-7pm for a day of affordable traditional health care, education, art, and self-empowerment. At this event, Drop The Needle Acupuncture Advocacy will be working with Six Degrees Community Acupuncture to host the Second Annual Fight The Good Fight Fundraiser in support of Dr. Mutulu Shakur, Doctor of Acupuncture, Revolutionary, Freedom Fighter and Healer Activist.


Our day will be honoring values important to all participating organizations such as providing accessible Traditional Medicine to the public and educating people about their health care options while providing a creative, safe, and open space to share, connect, and heal. We are also excited to announce the newest addition to our fundraiser: an interactive art space. In here we will be hosting a photography exhibit showing us images that break down the barriers of what we think Acupuncture and healing looks like, complete with an interactive section that will allow you to share in a creative way your hopes and ideas of what an ideal heath care system would look like.


Our day will be broken down into three parts:


Heal & Honour – We will be offering Acupuncture (community & private sessions), Shiatsu, Reiki/Energy Work, Ayurvedic Appointments & Head Massages, Naturopathic Consultations, and Yoga ¾ all at PWYC (Pay What You Can) and sliding scale rates.


Educate & Empower – Education is the one of the best ways to empower people regarding their health care decisions. Join us for three informative mini-panels designed to help you take health care back into your own hands.


Art & Advocacy – Interactive art space for you to share your ideas and thoughts on an ideal health care system and view an Acupuncture photography exhibit showcasing healing on all body types. We want to hear from you!


Please see below for a full schedule:


Please visit for more information.


Funds will be going to the Friends and Family of Dr. Mutulu Shakur Organization in NYC to support his legal defense, commissary, and publishing projects promoting justice for the Black community. In addition we will also be offering a share of proceeds to Annishnawbe Health Centre, to honour our Indigenous comrades whose land we practice on.


For more information on Dr. Shakur, please visit


PLEASE NOTE: This is a safe space for all beings.



CLASS SCHEDULE || FRONT ROOM (PWYC, suggested donation $10)


11:30AM-12:30PM – YOGA with Kim Crosby of Brown Girls Yoga & The People Project – ALL are welcome!

12:45PM-1:45PM – NADA Circle with Phil Jacobs (R.Ac) – Acupuncture for Anxiety, Addictions, Stress

2:00PM-7:00PM – Photography Exhibit & Interactive Art Space


Acupuncturist Amrit Singh practicing community acupuncture at last year's event

Acupuncturist Amrit Singh practicing community acupuncture at last year’s event



12:00PM-4:30PM – COMMUNITY ACUPUNCTURE with Kandiss Fernando (R.Ac), Rian Opeifa (R.Ac), Nada Askar (R.Ac), and Susanda Yee & Lamia Gibson of Six Degrees

5:00-7:00PM – Three mini-panels on Traditional Healthcare




11:30AM-3:00PM – Book any individual treatments from:

–       Ayurvedic Head Massage and/or Ayurvedic Consultations with Sairupa Krishnamurti

–       Naturopathic Doctor Consultations with Melissa Chan, ND, Birth Doula

–       Acupuncture with Amrit Singh R.Ac (

–       Shiatsu and/or Acupuncture with Rian Opeifa R.Ac/Shiatsu Therapist

–       Acupuncture and/or Shiatsu with Lamia Gibson (

–       Reiki Energy Work with nisha ahuja (


Workshop Summaries



Building Your Birthing Dream Team – 5-5:30pm


This workshop will focus on pregnancy and birth from different alternative healthcare perspectives. It will examine the differences in several alternative healthcare models; the intersections between them, and how each one can be integrated into the best possible birth experience.


–       Nayani Thiyagarajah, Provisional Full-Circle Doula (ICTC)

–       Dr. Melissa Chan, ND & Birth Doula

–       Heather Rule, Health Advocate


Eating with the Seasons – 5:30-6:00pm


For most of us on Turtle Island; we live in the land of four very defined seasons. The ancestors understood how our internal systems are integrated with the natural world. This workshop will focus on creating awareness around healthy eating and ways you can easily nourish and improve your vitality throughout the year with some easy recipies.


-Lamia Gibson, R.Ac, Shiatsu Therapist, Co-owner of Six Degrees Community Acupuncture



Navigating The Traditional Medicine Landscape – 6.15pm-6.45pm


There are many forms of Traditional Medicine and determining which forms of medicine address our needs is fundamental to achieving our health goals. This workshop aims to educate us as to what types of medicine and healing modalities would best serve us at which times and how to maximize and empower ourselves through the current western medical system.


–       Amrit Singh, R.Ac, Japanese Acupuncturist and Founder of Drop The Needle Acupuncture Advocacy

–       Rian Opeifa (R.Ac)