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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)



Fight the Good Fight – Brooklyn NYC & Toronto – November 10th & 17th, 2013

PrintStay tuned to the Facebook page for the November 2014 annual event info in NYC and Toronto. Get in touch if you would like to join the list of cities that host this event in coming years.

2013 Event information:

NYC ->

Sunday, November 10th
11am – 7pm

Brooklyn Open Acupuncture (88 S. Portland Ave.)

Book an appointment for acupuncture or herbal medicine for yourself or as a gift for someone who deserves it.  Your $15 – $50 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

The Family & Friends of Dr. Mutulu Shakur, in collaboration with colleagues and comrades, dedicate this day to fighting the new norm of rampant chronic disease.  We do so in the spirit of Dr. Shakur and all of those who fight for holistically healthy lives: mind, body and spirit.


NOVEMBER 17, 2013

Fight The Good Fight: Treat Yourself to Traditional Health Care to Benefit Dr. Mutulu Shakur

Please join us on Sunday Nov. 17th from 11am-7pm in a day of traditional health care, education and empowerment.  Six Degrees Community Acupuncture alongside Drop The Needle Acupuncture Advocacy will be hosting the first fundraiser of its kind honouring the revolutionary Dr. Mutulu Shakur (Doctor of Acupuncture) and all the Healer Activists who continue to struggle to keep traditional medicine alive.

Heal & Honour – We will be offering Acupuncture (community & private sessions), Shiatsu, Reiki/Energy Work, Yoga, Tai Chi and other classes all at PWYC (Pay What You Can) and Sliding Scale rates.

Educate & Empower – Keeping aligned with the Health Activist movements from the 60s & 70s in America, we will also host an informative panel on self-care, running an “ask the practitioner” area and closing the day with a screening of BET’s American Gangster episode on Dr. Mutulu Shakur and more.




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

11:30AM-12:30PM – MARTIAL ARTS FOR KIDS with Adisa of Courage Warriors
12:45PM-1:45PM – TAI CHI with Dondrub Wangchuk
2:00PM-3:00PM – BROWN BEINGS YOGA with nisha ahuja of Brown Girls Yoga


11:30AM-3:00PM – COMMUNITY ACUPUNCTURE with Kandiss Fernando and Amrit Singh of Drop The Needle Acupuncture Advocacy


11:30AM-3:00PM – Book any treatments from:
Ayurvedic Head Massage and/or Ayurvedic Consultations with
Sairupa Krishnamurti
Naturopathic Doctor Consultations and/or Bowen Treatments with
Jiselle Griffith (www.jisellegriffith.ca)
Traditional Chinese Medicine Consultations with
Amrit Singh (www.droptheneedle.ca)
Shiatsu with Rian Opeifa
Acupuncture and/or Shiatsu with Lamia Gibson (www.pokeme.ca/)
Reiki Energy Work with nisha ahuja (www.nishaahuja.com)


4:00PM-5.15PM – PANEL: How To Own Your Own Health – A discussion on self-care, how to empower yourself in the western medical system, learn about traditional health care options for yourself and how food security is affecting our communities.

5:30PM-6:30PM – SCREENING: BET’s AMERICAN GANGSTER: MUTULU SHAKUR – A short video biography on Dr. Mutulu Shakur discussing his life with the Black Liberation Army, Republic of New Afrika, being Tupac’s Father and how he used Acupuncture to heal and empower thousands of local, poor & people of colour communities.

Please visit www.facebook.com/fightthegoodfightfundraiser event for more information.
Bookings and inquiries can be made at [email protected] or by calling 416.662.0564

Funds raised will be going The Family and Friends 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 Anishnawbe Health Centre, to honour our Indigenous comrades whose land we practice on.

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

A Message to the Montefiore-Einstein Medical Center Doctors of Family & Community Medicine

montefiore-einstein-signIn extending great enthusiasm and support for the objectives of the Montefiore Medical Center Community Doctors (MMCCD), I have kept in mind that 45 years ago an army of committed and concerned have-nots did take a realistic look at the state of the under-served health population in the City of New York, and; From all angles in the streets, community centers, hospitals and mobile experimental units tried to apply a predictable skill, and alternative modalities in which to give some predictability and healing for our community.

That (MMCCD) has decided to resuscitate/professionalize and to apply the same theory in these days and times could not have come at a more crucial stage in the role health care is playing or not playing in the political theater of the United States political paradigm. The awareness of the masses to the motives of the state must ultimately be revealed, by an astute politically conscious and medically deprived population. The revealing stage of the objectives of the American Medical Association and the pharmaceutical companies of 45 years ago was revealed when the collaboration of the state, city and national political apparatus made an attempt to convince the population that the war on drugs could be won and controlled by the introduction of a deadly chemical methadone.

I salute you, the medical cadres of the Black Panther Party, The Young Lords Party, Peoples Free Health Centers, Lincoln Detox, May 19th, John Brown Anti-Klan and; The Republic of New Africa salutes them as well for utilizing all the powers at their disposal to force the victims of the drug plague to submit to extraordinary doses of medication just so they would not be a part of the so called criminal class. We called it then as it was, chemical warfare, and chemical Genocide.

Today we have tons of research and great practitioners such as doctors, nurses, acupuncturists, midwives and activists that are trying to make up for the lack of consistent consciousness of the masses as to the effectiveness of alternative medicine. The task will be hard, and the opposition by the pharmaceutical companies and the media, will be severe.

I look forward to see the day that the work of our past comrades will be carried on by the work of MMCCD and others; Because so many of those comrades are underground, in prison, martyred or in exile. They suffered tremendous damages and casualties because of their effort to provide health care to the masses. If there are those who doubt this, then they should join me in calling for a Truth and Reconciliation Commission on how the FBI’s illegal Counter Intelligence Program (COINTELPRO) conducted low intensity warfare waged against alternative health care in the 60′, 70′s, and 80′s.

Thank you all who provide the opportunity for resurrecting the work of community-based medicine and; I am very proud that the municipal hospitals in the city of New York make available the alternative acupuncture treatment that we started at Lincoln Detox and carried on in BAAANA for the victims of the Drug Plague, Post-Traumatic Stress, and secondary conditions.

I congratulate Montefiore-Einstein for this innovation.

Aim High and Go All Out,
Long live the spirit of Lincoln Detox and BAAANA,
Stiff resistance,

Dr. Mutulu Shakur

Fight the Good Fight: A Holistic Healthcare Fundraiser- Brooklyn, NYC – November 11, 2012

For everyone fighting the good fight: Treat yourself to holistic health care to benefit Dr. Mutulu Shakur!

Choose from acupuncture, herbal and flower essence consultations, massage, private yoga lessons, & reiki, or book a treatment as a gift for someone who deserves it.

When: Sunday, November 11th from 12-7 pm

Where: Brooklyn Open Acupuncture

$15 – $60 sliding scale*

Walk in or Schedule Your Appointment: http://bit.ly/R3NVnF

*Donations are tax-deductible go to support Dr. Shakur’s legal defense, commissary essentials, and projects promoting justice for the Black community.

The Brooklyn Open Acupuncture Clinic where this event will be held is located near the following subways and buses:

More information on Dr. Shakur:

In 1970 Dr. Shakur was employed by the Lincoln Detox Community Program for addiction treatment as a political education instructor. His role evolved to include counseling and treatment of withdrawal symptoms with acupuncture. Eventually, he became the Program’s Assistant Director and remained associated with the program until 1978.

From 1978 to 1982, Dr. Shakur was the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Black Acupuncture Advisory Association of North America (BAAANA) and the Harlem Institute of Acupuncture. Where, at Lincoln, Dr. Shakur had managed a detox program recognized as the largest and most effective of its kind, at BAAANA he continued his remarkable work and also treated thousands of poor and elderly patients who would otherwise have no access to treatment of this type.  By the late 1970′s Dr. Shakur’s work in acupuncture and drug detoxification was both nationally and internationally known.

In 1986, Dr. Shakur was charged under the “Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization” or ‘RICO’ laws for 8 counts of conspiracy to aid bank expropriation and aiding in the prison escape of Assata Shakur. The U.S. government alleged that Mutulu’s political associates constituted a racketeering enterprise. He was convicted on all counts and sentenced to 60 years imprisonment with a recommendation of no parole.  While all appeals have been denied, he does have an application for sentence reduction that is pending and is preparing a presidential pardon application.  Dr. Shakur has now been incarcerated for over 20 years!  This event will support the next phase of work for Mutulu’s freedom.





Health Activist Award Ceremonies

The following Health Activist Awards were presented at a series of ceremonies to honor healthcare workers promoting social justice.  Dr. Shakur was instrumental in hosting the ceremonies honoring their achievements.  Family and Friends of Mutulu Shakur now continue to host annual holistic healing events now in the form of the Fight the Good Fight fundraisers.

dr_mcintosh2008: Dr. James McIntosh

Dr. McIntosh is a psychiatrist and Co-Chair of CEMOTAP (Committee to Eliminate Media Offensive to African People).  For years, the Queens, NY based organization has been actively confronting various members of the local and national media for inaccurate negative media portrayals. [Read Dr. Shakur’s statement honoring Dr. McIntosh]

2005: Dr. Jewel Pookrum

JewelPookrumA pioneer in wholistic™ medicine; with a strong emphasis on healing through mental and spiritual wellness. Dr. Jewel created The J.E.W.E.L Network with a mission to broadcast the sciences of life and living in a clear and accurate format. She, also, educates on the importance of nurturing the brain to support the health of the body through Dr. Jewel’s Balancing Program, which uses ancient sacred geometry to increase brain power and neuron activity through a focusing exercise; ultimately balancing the left and right hemispheres of the brain empowering participants to create the life they desire.


2004: Midwives – Nonkululeko Tyehemba, Tioma Allison, and Nakawe Cuebas

Nonkululeko Tyehemba, Nurse-Midwife

Nonkululeko Tyehemba, Nurse-Midwife

Nonkululeko Tyehemba is a Harlem, New York Midwife-Activist and Co-Founder of the Harlem Birth Action Committee (HBAC) along with Nakawe Cuebas. HBAC is a non-profit, grassroots, community-based organization, founded in 1989, which has done much to motivate, agitate, and educate women and their families, about overuse of medicalization of childbirth techniques. Tioma Allison, RN, is a certified nurse-midwife with extensive experience in home birth and well-woman gyn care based in Brooklyn. [Read Dr. Shakur’s statement honoring the midwives.]

2003: HIV/AIDS Activists – Dr. Barbara Zeller, Dafine Biyete, Dr. Alan Berkman, Yolanda Castro and Jackie Haught

Dr. Alan Berkman discussing AIDS in Tanzania

Dr. Alan Berkman discussing AIDS in Tanzania

In 2003, Dr. Zeller volunteered as a physician in Durban, South Africa, hoping her experience treating HIVers in New York City could be of use in the coastal Kwazulu-Natal (KZN) province where leaders have been outspoken in challenging the government for not providing HIV medications through the public health system.

Dr. Berkman is a renowned HIV/AIDS doctor who founded of Health GAP (Global Access Project) in 1999.  Health GAP is dedicated to eliminating barriers to global access to affordable life-sustaining medications for people living with HIV/AIDS.

Jackie Haught founded Blue Lotus Acupuncture Center, which provides Traditional Chinese Medical services for a broad range of conditions including HIV/AIDS.

2001: Acupuncturist – Beverly Hutchinson

At the end of the 1980’s, out of the Peoples Alternative Health Center providing low cost fasting, acupuncture, massage, meditation, and herbs, began the First World Women of Color Healing Circle founded by Esperanza Martell, Urayoana Trinidad, Marta Morales, and Beverly Hutchinson. The Healing Circle targeted community organizers to train them in the areas of natural healing and emotional release. The mission was that they would in turn take the information and heal their communities. The Healing Circle utilized ancient healing techniques to work with community organizers who were in deep emotional and physical pain and burning out fast while trying to do grassroots work. Serving hundreds of women in all areas of work (teachers, social workers, organizers, health care workers etc.) the Healing Circle was successful in providing an alternative for emotional healing and helping realize many women’s dreams. [Read Dr. Shakur’s statement honoring Beverly.]

2000: Dr. Walter Bosque and Dr. Kokayi Patterson

Walter Bosque

Dr. Walter Bosque

In the 1960’s, young people began to seriously organize their communities in response to the oppressive conditions in education, housing, health and the general deterioration of our communities nationwide. In New York, the Young Lords party and the Black Panther Party started attacking the problem by organizing garbage protests, freedom schools, and health care actions. As a coalition they began Health Revolutionary Action Movement (HRAM), which organized against lead poisoning, took over Lincoln Hospital and the Department of Health Immunization Van to do community TB testing and began to develop grassroots community health care programs and models.  Among the participants was Drs. Walter Bosque, Mutulu Shakur and Urayoana Trinidad who founded the Lincoln Detox Acupuncture Clinic. [Read Dr. Shakur’s statement honoring Dr. Bosque.]

Dr. Kokayi Patterson is the founder of the African Wholistic Health Association.  Prior to his becoming an Acupuncture Specialist in Detox in 1979 Kokayi Patterson was a Drug Counselor and Program Manger/Director specializing in Residential Treatment, Community Outreach, Youth Counseling for 35 years, where he first witnessed acupuncture being used in 1970 at a local Drug Center. He assisted in the development of a Wholistic Approach to Residential Treatment, which included exercise, meditation, quality water, partial vegetarian diet, herbs, vitamins, AcuDetox, massage etc. [Read Dr. Shakur’s statement honoring Dr. Kokayi.]

1999: Acupuncturist – Urayoana Trinidad

Urayoana Trinidad is the first Puerto Rican woman to be a licensed acupuncturist. She graduated from The Black Acupuncture Advisory Association of North America and The Quebec Institute of Traditional Acupuncture. She has studied different aspects of Chinese medicine in depth and has dedicated herself to the study of Classical Chinese medicine with Jeffrey Yuen, who is internationally renown for sharing the advanced wisdom of Daoist medicine to practitioners. She brings this knowledge to every patient and through the Rooted in Health workshops shares this knowledge with folks who want to empower themselves to conserve or regain their health.

Urayoana has taught oriental medical theory to acupuncture students and been in the forefront of using acupuncture and other modalities in the Latino and African American communities since 1981. During this time, as well as, having a private practice she has founded community alternative health programs and worked in HIV / AIDS and drug treatment programs in the Bronx, Harlem and Queens. Urayoana is committed to bringing quality health care and holistic health education to all who seek to integrate this type of health care into their lives. [Read Dr. Shakur’s statement honoring Urayoana Trinidad.]


1998: Acupuncturist – Dr. Shadidi Beatrice Kinsey

In 1992, Dr. Kinsey became the first African-American to be licensed by New York State to practice acupuncture. Her interest in acupuncture began in 1981, when she read a story in the New York Amsterdam News about the Harlem Institute of Acupuncture. 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. [Read Dr. Shakur’s statement honoring Dr. Kinsey]

Honoring Dr. Beatrice Kinsey



It brings me great joy to bestow the Health Activist Award upon our sister Dr. Beatrice Kinsey. This is the first award granted in the field of acupuncture from our community to one of our own.

Dr. Kinsey searched out The Black Acupuncture Advisory Association of North America (B.A.A.A.N.A.) in Harlem in the late 1970’s. B.A.A.A.N.A. was the forerunner of New African acupuncture in Harlem and North America. Our organization was under intense repression and media attack for providing alternate health care in general as well as for treatment of drug addiction. Dr. Kinsey chose our school knowing the risk of being labeled politically and professionally.

B.A.A.A.N.A. was not just a health care provider. It maintained a connection and support for the various struggles of self-determination of Third World people. As a result the FBI’s Counterintelligence program (COINTELPRO) targeted and attacked B.A.A.A.N.A. in the early 1980’s to the degree that we were unable to survive in that form.

Remaining in our community, Sister Beatrice followed our first B.A.A.A.N.A. graduate cadres under the able and dynamic leadership of Sister Dr. Urayoana Trinidad at the First World Acupuncture Association of Harlem.

Finishing her training at First World, Dr. Kinsey was accredited internationally by the International Association of Acupuncture headquartered in Montreal. Our historical ally and professional master of acupuncture Dr. Mario Wexu representing the great Dr. Oscar Wexu did this.

Dr. Kinsey fought with Dr. Trinidad to force New York State to fulfill its obligation and commitment, demanded by the earlier work of B.A.A.A.N.A. to establish acupuncture licensing in New York. The end result has brought into reality the organization Positive Education Always Corrects Errors (P.E.A.C.E.) Health Center located in our community of Brooklyn making alternative health care available to our people.

What I’ve outlined is a description of what our Sister Dr. Beatrice has done to become a healer. I will attempt to outline the type of person she is to master the art of healing. The art of healing requires a high form of spiritual intuitiveness. The struggle to learn acupuncture over the last three decades within the context of our political and philosophical view was not easy. It required a realistic New World view after experiencing COINTELPRO and the resistance of the American Medical Association.

The skill of treatment required that we become spiritually based. I’m not talking about the “spirit” unconnected to matter or spirit on a cerebral intellectual level. I’m talking about the spirit, which is a part of your own spirituality that gives you an appreciation of cosmic inter-relationships. One’s ability to relate to metaphysical levels of experiences. It unites thought and feeling and therapy. Specifically and most important as a healer the spirit gives us health intuitiveness, an understanding of our environment, community and interpersonal thought that guides us to our future. A future unattainable without the spiritual guidance in “Bolekaja,” a Yoruba term meaning “Come on down let’s fight.”

This is the type of person Dr. Beatrice Kinsey is. We thank you Sister Beatrice. It is my hope that a tradition has been established in honoring you.

It is written, “Be not impatient in delay but wait as one who understands when spirit rises and commands, the gods are ready to obey.”

The vision that you glorify in your mind, the ideal that you enthrone in your heart-this you will build your life by. This you will become. Congratulations on Becoming.

I am honored to be a part of this history.






Dr. Mutulu Shakur

In Honor of Walter Bosque

Dr. Walter Bosque has been a pillar of the struggle for alternative healthcare for three decades.  His struggle for accreditation was not to validate himself professionally but to allow his skills as a healer to be placed at the service of people in need.

As part of the organized acupuncture collective I had the honor and privilege to be a comrade with Brother Walter in the struggle to advance acupuncture as a method for treating drug addiction.

The role people play is best understood within the context of history.  In the early 1970’s Dr. Bosque was involved in the struggle for the independence of his nation, Puerto Rico.  He also fought to improve the quality of life of the people who were targeted for a drug plague- a plague started by the same government that has been oppressing his nation.

In the south Bronx, the Lincoln Detox Program was started by the people of two nations struggling for their right to self-determination.  The trust gained in order that we might be allowed to research the effect if acupuncture on drug addiction and the related secondary symptoms required honor among our collective- a code made among ourselves that had to be evident to patients and the masses.  Within this context, the Counterintelligence Program (COINTELPRO) made it a high priority to divide the Puerto Rican and New Afrikan people.  Dr. Bosque responded by demonstrating such a high degree of cross-cultural competence and skill that it could only have been due to his love of all people.  Thus, without his work, the efforts of the US government and the various pharmaceutical companies in their war against Lincoln Detox to divide and conquer would ave succeeded.

We honor a man with a wonderful spirit- a man whose contributions have gone unrecognized for too long.  We honor a man who has fought his battles and has survived to struggle another day.

Today I have a chance t express my respect and love to Dr. Walter Bosque, my friend and comrade.  Long live your example.  Congratulations.

Dr. Mutulu Shakur