[IMC-DC] Fwd: San Francisco 8 in DC --- Some schedule changes
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Wed Dec 3 19:19:05 PST 2008
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For those of you who made plans to attend any of the events this week that
feature the San Francisco 8, we thank you for your intention. However,
please take note of a few changes:
Thursday's event at Howard University has been moved from the Blackburn
Center to the Drew Hall student lounge. Drew Hall is on 511 Gresham Place
between Georgia Ave and 4th street, one block before Harvard Street if
traveling north, one bloc after if traveling south. It will go on as
scheduled from 1-3pm. Attorney Soffiya Elijah will be there, but due to a
change in flight plans the SF8 may not make it to DC by 1pm. However, Dr.
Kokayi Patterson (co-founder of the African Wholistic Health Association)
has agreed to speak from his experience as a former member of the Black
Panther Party-DC chapter.
Friday's party was mistakenly advertised as 6-8p, the correct time is 8-11p.
Saturday they will be at the Convention Center from 4-6p and at Busboys &
Poets from 6-8p.
Below are all of the details; we apologize for any inconvenience:
In 1971, a police officer was killed in San Francisco and two years later,
13 "Black militants" were arrested in New Orleans; several of them were
tortured in order to extract forced confessions. The torture methods
included severe beatings while naked, electric shocks on the body (including
genitals), waterboarding, boiling water soaked wool blankets placed on the
body, urinating and defecating on the detainees, and more. Despite having
obtained confessions from their victims, the prosecution had their case
dismissed because of their misconduct and their victims were released. In
2005, Homeland Security provided the funding and demanded that this case be
reopened and the individuals being charged have become known as the San
Francisco 8 (www.freethesf8.org). They have spent the last three years
defending themselves and developing a support base. They started in DC in
December '05 and will be back in December '08. We welcome them and we call
upon all peoples of conscience to come out and support them, encourage
others to do the same, and take a position on political prisoners. These
freedom fighters are being attacked in order to send a message to us all
that any manifestations of self-determination will not be tolerated. We
need to respond to this challenge resolutely and firmly. *HANDS OFF THE SAN
**INTERNATIONAL REVOLUTIONARY DAY**
*Thursday December 4*, Howard University, Drew Hall student lounge (511
Gresham Place), 1-3pm, 'Legacy of Torture' film showing and discussion the
SF8 and their attorney (Harvard Law School Professor) Soffiya Elijah.
*Friday December 5*, Peoples' MEDIA Center 4132 Georgia Ave, 8-11p
Friendraiser/Fundraiser: Join us as we honor the SF8 and raise funds and
friends for their defense. DJ Soyo will be spinning and food will be
available. [sug. Donation $5].
*BE SURE TO COME OUT AND HONOR OUR ELDERS THAT ARE UNDER ATTACK AND IN NEED
OF OUR HELP!*
*Saturday December 6*, Black Memorabilia Show at the Black Panther Party
Exhibit (Wash. Conv. Ctr.), 4-6pm. Members of the SF8 will be available to
discuss their case and history.
*Saturday December 6*, Busboys and Poets (5th & K sts), 6-8pm, 'Legacy of
Torture' film showing and 'Let Freedom Ring' book showcase and signing with
discussion featuring members of the SF8 with Soffiya Elijah and Naji Mujahid
& Ryme Katkhouda of the DC Radio Co-op.
*Sponsored by the Black August Planning Organization of DC, FTP (For The
People) Movement, Prisoners of Conscience Committee (POCC), S.A.L.S.A,
Peoples' MEDIA Center, Students for a Democratic Society, Jericho Amnesty
Movement – UDC, Howard University Student Association (HUSA), Malcolm X
Grassroots Movement (DC chapter), Campaign to Free Troy Davis. *
*FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
**black.august07 at gmail.com*<black.august07 at gmail.com>
* or 202-271-7763*
The spirit of Black August moves through centuries of Black, Indian and
multi-cultural resistance. It is an emblem of the spirit of
freedom. It is a long smoldering spark of the fire in the hearts of a
people, hearts burning and yearning for freedom.
-Mumia abu Jamal
visit us at www.myspace.com/blackaugust_dc
"I would like to leave behind me the conviction that if we maintain a
certain amount of caution and organization we deserve victory... You cannot
carry out fundamental change without a certain amount of madness. In this
case, it comes from nonconformity, the courage to turn your back on the old
formulas, the courage to invent the future. It took the madmen of yesterday
for us to be able to act with extreme clarity today. I want to be one of
those madmen. We must dare to invent the future."
Thomas Sankara, 1985
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