Philadelphia: Political Prisoner/POW Panel And Discussion

Release the Dragons !

"When the prison doors are opened the real dragons will fly out."
-Ho Chi Minh-

Political Prisoner/POW Panel and Discussion
MARCH 16, 2003
12:00 noon- 5:00 PM
Minority X-Perience Network
2200 North Broad Street; Philadelphia PA.
(Corner of Broad and Susquhanna)

Directions:
http://www.mapquest.com

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**There are currently hundreds of political prisoners in the united states. They have been incarcerated because of their political beliefs and activism.

**Over the past 20 years the number of people incarcerated in the united states has risen to over 2 million.

**Recently, thousands of Muslim, Arab, and Asian immigrants have been detained and imprisoned because of the state's new "anti-terrorism" laws.

Join former political prisoners and former inmates; family and friends of current political prisoners and inmates; and the organizations, activists, and allies that support them for a day of discussion and education about political prisoners, prisoners of war, the prison industry and the erosion of our civil liberties.

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Panel and Discussion: 12:00 - 2:00
Lunch: 2:00 - 2:30
Strategy Sessions: 2:30 - 4:00
Closing Discussion and Speak Out: 4:00 - 5:00

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Speakers:

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Shujaa Graham: Former death row inmate, prisoner rights activist.

Kwasi Sietu: Prisoner rights activist, former DC panther, organizer with the Mississippi Prisoner's Union.

Pam Africa: Former Political Prisoner, Family and Friends of Mumia, the MOVE Organization.

Bob Smith: Director of Brandywine Peace Community, associated with Plowshares.

Ade Oba Tonkunbo: Marshall E. Conway Support Committee

Imam Musa: Jamil Al Amin Freedom Campaign

ACT UP Philadelphia: Speaking on Greg Smith, HIV/AIDS political prisoner.

Isis Rose: People's Community Organization

Suncere Ali Shakur: (MC) Organizer with TRiBE (Tribal Revolutionary ideas for Black Emancipation) and anti-police brutality activist.

Xan: (MC) TRiBE (Tribal Revolutionary ideas for Black Emancipation)

Strategy Sessions:

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Following the panel there will be three "break outs" where people can brainstorm, exchange ideas, information, and form next steps. The strategy sessions are still being developed, so if you have any ideas or input please let us know.

1) Ex-inmates, family and friends of current inmates. Opportunity for those directly affected by the prison industry to meet and brainstorm together.

2) Activists, support organizations, and collectives involved with political prisoner, prison, and human rights work will have the opportunity to network and exchange ideas.

3) Educational Workshop: Anarchist Black Cross; This workshop is for people not involved with political prisoner work, but want to get involved.

For more information contact:

Samantha Levens (Philly Contact: 215-222-4302; saoirse@celticcrow.com)
Suncere Ali Shakur( DC Contact: bigblackafrica2000@yahoo.com

Organized by: TRiBE (Tribal Revolutionary ideas for Black Emancipation), Anarchist Black Cross, Minority X-Perience Network, A-CUP (Anarcho-Communist Union of Philadelphia)-NEFAC, ACT-UP Philadelphia, Panther Collective, and The Mawonja Cafe

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"I've tried to integrate the prison issue with other movements. My politics go far beyond prison itself, but because I've been in prison, I felt a responsibility to try to expose the conditions of prison life, to fight against new prisons, to address how the disenfranchised will be tomorrow's victims of the prison system."
-Shujaa Graham-