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Mutulu Shakur Calls for U.S. Truth & Reconciliation Commission


On May 31, NAACP President Ben Jealous appeared on Democracy Now! and called for a US Truth and Reconciliation Commission which Dr. Mutulu Shakur has been calling for for over 5 years. Watch the video of the interview embedded above, read Mutulu’s comments below, and sign the petition.

“There is a need for a Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the U.S. to resolve the history of slavery, oppression, racism, segregation, lynching and the issues of political prisoners of the Civil Rights Black Liberation Struggle who fought against these gross human rights abuses.”

We seek restorative justice and the immediate release of all of those who put their lives on the line for freedom and justice and thus have been anguishing in prisons across America due to their political activities, associations and views…

A process that is developed on a Truth and Reconciliation Commission and/or the tribunals, has been the model used around the world. It allows for open discussion on the issue of resistance versus the state; it allows for a definition of terrorism that does not criminalize legitimate forms of resistance against oppression. It equally provides an avenue for healing and rebuilding, or at the very least, it provides a starting point post-conflict…

It’s important to acknowledge and understand that activists in our movement, who have made an effort to build support for political prisoners and prisoners of war in the U.S., have utilized and exhausted all available avenues that were open to them to gain relief for our freedom fighters…”

– Dr. Mutulu Shakur

“All of the political prisoner cases from the ’60s are a concern. Closing the unsolved lynchings is something that we’re still working on. It makes you wonder if the country isn’t coming to a place where we need some sort of Truth and Reconciliation Commission to help us deal with what are very painful moments.” – Ben Jealous, NAACP President (2013)

Please read:
Towards a Truth and Reconciliation Commission for New African/Black Political Prisoners, Prisoners of War and Freedom Fighters by: Dr. Mutulu Shakur May 2010

Truth & Reconciliation Commission Follow-up by: Dr. Mutulu Shakur January 2011