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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.

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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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!

How the Young Lords Took Lincoln Hospital, Left a Health Activism Legacy

by Sessi Kuwabara Blanchard on filtermag.org

“They just took over the Nurses’ Residence at Lincoln Hospital,” says Walter Bosque, an acupuncturist and community organizer. His salt-and-pepper eyebrows are an archive.

I sat down with Bosque at the New York City Botanical Garden cafe on a brisk fall afternoon to discuss his involvement in the radical health activism of a fabled group in the history of grassroots organizing: the Young Lords.

The Puerto Rican liberation organization–founded in Chicago in 1968 and pollinated to New York in 1969–kicked off its activism around issues like failing garbage collection services, infrastructure laced with lead paint, and lethal medical services. In ‘69 and ‘70, the Lords took direct action with the Black Panthers and other allies against derelict facilities and care deficits at Lincoln Hospital–known locally as the “Butcher Shop.” It was the only medical facility in the majority Black and Latinx South Bronx.

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Montreal, the South Bronx and the Early Days (Acupuncturist Mark Seem on Dr. Shakur)

In the spring of 1977, a colleague of mine in the human services field invited me to attend an open house announcing the Lincoln Detox School of Acupuncture in the South Bronx. I went and we listened to a fascinating story about Black and Puerto Rican activists who were working as drug counselors at Lincoln Hospital. They had heard of ear acupuncture being used to detox addicts in East Asia, and that lead them to search for possible acupuncture training closer to home. They learned of the Quebec Institute of Acupuncture in Montreal founded in the 1960’s by Oscar Wexu, a Romanian physiotherapist who fled the Nazi invasion and moved to Paris, where he learned acupuncture. He made his way to Montreal where he settled with his family and began practicing.

Mario Wexu, Oscar’s son, had been sent to New York City to help these Lincoln Hospital acupuncture pioneers establish their training program as a branch of the Quebec Institute and to teach the students in English. Unfortunately, none of the French texts used by the Montreal school were available in English and the only text in English was the Outline of Chinese Acupuncture from China.

After listening to the director of the Lincoln Detox school, Mutulu Shakur, and speaking with the other faculty– Richard Delaney, Walter Bosque and Wafiya, who were all gainfully employed drug detox counselors in the satellite clinic where this orientation was held– I approached Shakur and spoke to him in French, mistakenly assuming he studied in French in Montreal. When he saw that I was fluent and had worked as a translator, he asked if I would translate some materials they had in French. As I began working on some articles, I was immediately hooked, and the course of my professional life was altered forever. Following the advice of one of my professors, the well-known French philosopher Michel Foucault, I drop my plans to use my PhD in French studies for an academic teaching job and I became a student in the first class.  

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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 – 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, wbai.org), 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 www.facebook.com/fightthegoodfightfundraiser 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 www.mutulushakur.com


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 (www.droptheneedle.ca)

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

–       Acupuncture and/or Shiatsu with Lamia Gibson (www.pokeme.ca/)

–       Reiki Energy Work with nisha ahuja (www.nishaahuja.com)


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)