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NYT notes Mutulu and young Tupac’s backing vocals on ‘A Grain of Sand’ Album

A Grain of Sand: Music for the Struggle of Asians in America, a 1973 Paredon Records release, is widely recognized as the first album of Asian American music. Chris Kando Iijima, Joanne Nobuko Miyamoto, and William “Charlie” Chin deliver their activist message through simply–recorded acoustic guitars and vocals, with the occasional accompaniment of bongos, bass, and di zi, a Chinese flute. Soul, jazz, and blues elements are interwoven in the American folk style of the songs. The artists were also influenced by their solidarity with African American and Latin American social movements; for example, their musical collaboration with Puerto Rican duo Flora y Pepe and exposure to Latino artists while living in New York. The liner notes include a political statement by the musicians, lyrics, and a list of Asian American publications from the era:

All tracks can be purchased through Smithsonian Folkways

The album Yellow Pearl released on Paredon was the poetic and groundbreaking “A Grain of Sand: Music for the Struggle by Asians in America,” which included anthems like “We Are the Children” and “Free the Land,” featuring backing vocals from Mutulu Shakur (his stepson, Tupac Shakur, sang along to “A Grain of Sand” as a child, according to Smithsonian Folkways Magazine). It was recorded in two and a half days at a small New York studio and that no-frills spontaneity brings the music alive still.

New York Times, February, 10, 2021

National Acupuncture Detoxification Association Support for Dr. Mutulu Shakur

The National Acupuncture Detoxification (NADA) is a not-for-profit training and advocacy organization, encourages community wellness through the use of a standardized auricular acupuncture protocol for behavioral health, including addictions, mental health, and disaster & emotional trauma. This organization originated from Dr. Mutulu Shakur’s development and use of what is now known as the NADA protocol to treat heroin and methadone addiction. Thousands of healers continue to be trained through NADA to carry on this healing work in communities all over the world. Due to Dr. Shakur’s foundational role in bringing acupuncture to underserved communities in NYC, organizations such as NADA support his freedom.

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‘Maroon My Love’ by Rev Love <3

Maroon My Love by @revlovemusic
Video directed by @kyjproductions
Produced by @isaacfaith718 and Rev Love for Youth Black Faith Records
Executive produced by Femmes on Film

Please download and stream the single and B-Side as all proceeds go to support Russell Maroon Shoatz and Dr. Mutulu Shakur.

https://music.apple.com/us/album/maro…

https://open.spotify.com/album/02GC4y…#revolutionarylove

Historian Eana Meng on the development of the NADA protocol

Historian Eana Meng shares her excerpt about Dr. Shakur’s role in the development of the auricular 5-point NADA protocol for acupuncture detox on her blog, Of Part and Parcel. Her research is published as Patients in Pain: The Rise of Acupuncture in the Opioid Epidemics that she wrote for The Opioid Epidemic in Historical Perspective: An Anthology in the fall of 2018.

Week of Action for Compassionate Release

Join the URGENT WEEK OF ACTION Feb 21-28:

Day 1: Friday, February 21st (and through the weekend)

Day 2: Monday, February 24th


Day 3: Tuesday, February 25th

*Links to packet for elected officials:

Cover Letter for Requests to Support Compassionate Release
The Compassionate Release Support Request
Sample Letter to Edit in Writer’s Own Words 

Day 4: Wednesday, February 26th

* Link: petition for compassionate release

Day 5: Thursday, February 27th

* Please donate via Family & Friends of Dr. Mutulu Shakur on Paypal

The Nehanda Abiodun Story

[Nehanda spent decades as a political exile in Cuba and passed on January 30, 2019 at her home in Havana. She is an important figure in the history of Dr. Mutulu Shakur]

Carry it on now.
Nehanda Isoke Abiodun, is a name that I am proud to have for many reasons. My first and last name were given to me by very close comrades on my 30th birthday and when Zimbabwe was fighting for its independence. Nehanda was a spiritualist revolutionary who lived in the 1800s and led the first war of liberation against the Rhodesians and I pray that I do her memory justice with my attempts to gain freedom for my people. Abiodun, means born at the time of war and for me was more than appropriate since New Afrikans (African-Americans) born in the Americas have been at war against those that have oppressed them for centuries. Isoke was a name given to me by movement Sisters in the early 1990’s here in Cuba and means a precious gift from God. I cried during the ceremony because it was a blessing to know that my efforts for our collective freedom was appreciated by my peers. 

The Early Days 

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