Martin Luther King Jr. remembrance ripens opportunity to raise awareness of political prisoners and police brutality in the US

The activist group DenverABC marches to raise awareness of many US citizens held in political captivity.

The activist group DenverABC marches to raise awareness of many US citizens held in political captivity.

DIANA AQRA, DENVER, CO – The remembrance of the political legacy led by Martin Luther King Jr. heightened the opportunity to raise awareness of the many political prisoners being held captive in US prisons today.

Not many people being aware that the US can detain people solely on their political beliefs, the Denver Anarchist Black Cross, or Denver ABC, shown in the picture above, marched and passed out pamphlets illustrating pictures of the many, mostly black, men and women still being held prisoner in the US for having “against the grain” political beliefs.

The list of political prisoners that DenverABC posted on their website, by category, is below.

Although the Marade in Denver today drew thousands of people, of all races, the crowd was stunned to see that the police broke up the culminating gathering of marchers in front of the State Capitol.  Heavy-duty vehicles rung high-pitched alarms while policemen ordered hundreds through mega-phones to vacate the corner of Colfax and Broadway – the final moment that marchers thought would seal a positive march.

The police force at the end of the march shocked and reminded many that the political and social freedoms we feel so deserved are continually at stake.  Always put more eloquently, I will quote MLK Jr.’s 1963 “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” when he, himself, was a political prisoner:

“We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed… Perhaps it is easy for those who have never felt the stinging darts of segregation to say, “Wait.” But when you have seen vicious mobs lynch your mothers and fathers at will and drown your sisters and brothers at whim; when you have seen hate filled policemen curse, kick and even kill your black brothers and sisters; when you see the vast majority of your twenty million Negro brothers smothering in an airtight cage of poverty in the midst of an affluent society; when you suddenly find your tongue twisted and your speech stammering as you seek to explain to your six year old daughter why she can’t go to the public amusement park that has just been advertised on television, and see tears welling up in her eyes when she is told that Funtown is closed to colored children, and see ominous clouds of inferiority beginning to form in her little mental sky, and see her beginning to distort her personality by developing an unconscious bitterness toward white people; when you have to concoct an answer for a five year old son who is asking: “Daddy, why do white people treat colored people so mean?…then you will understand why we find it difficult to wait.”

Social Movement Prisoners (DenverABC.wordpress.org)

Flyer being passed out during MLK Jr. 2013 Marade in Denver by DenverABC.

Flyer being passed out during MLK Jr. 2013 Marade in Denver by DenverABC.

 

Anarchist Movement Prisoners

Mark Neiween (Migs) NATO Chicago 2012 Prisoner

Sebastian Senakiewicz NATO Chicago 2012 Prisoner

Miguel Balderos

Casey Brezik

Bill Dunne

Marie Mason

Matt Duran

Katherine Olejnik (KteeO)

Matthew “Maddy” Pfeiffer

Jeremy Hammond

The Cleveland 4

Brandon Baxter

Connor Stevens

Doug Wright

Joshua “Skelly” Stafford

NATO 3

Brent Betterly

Jared Chase

Brian Church

Tinley Park 5

(Addresses and case information in link)

 

Anti-War

Dr. Abdelhaleem Ashqar

Dr. Rafil Dhafir

Patrice Lumumba Ford

The Holy Land Five

Ghassan Elashi

Shukri Abu-Baker

Mufid Abdulqader

Abdulrahman Odeh

Mohammad El-Mezain

 

Anti-police

Christopher Monfort

Andrew Mickel

 

Black/New Afrikan Liberation

Mumia Abu-Jamal

Zolo Agona Azania

Veronza Bowers Jr.

Sundiata Acoli (C. Squire)

Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin

Joseph “Joe-Joe” Bowen

Fred “Muhammad” Burton

Marshall Eddie Conway

Romaine “Chip” Fitzgerald

Robert Seth Hayes

Freddie Hilton (Kamau Sadiki)

Larry Hoover

Sekou Kambui (W. Turk)

Richard Mafundi Lake

Maliki Latine

Ruchell Cinque Magee

Abdul Majid

Sekou Odinga

Reverend Joy Powell

Ronald Reed

Kojo Bomani Sababu

Dr. Mutulu Shakur

Russell Maroon Shoats

Gary Tyler

Angola Three

Herman Wallace

Albert Woodfox

MOVE 9

Chuck Sims Africa

Debbie Sims Africa

Delbert Orr Africa

Edward Goodman Africa

Janet Holloway Africa

Janine Phillips Africa

Michael Davis Africa

William Phillips Africa

Nebraska 2

Ed Poindexter

Mondo We Langa (D. Rice)

New York 3

Herman Bell

Jalil Muntaqim

Cuban Five

Fernando Gonzalez (Ruben Campa)

Antonio Guerrero

Gerardo Hernandez

Ramon Labanino Salazar (Luis Medina)

 

Green Scare/Earth Liberation

Eric McDavid

Michael Sykes

Steve Murphy

Justin Solondz

Fran Thompson

 

Indigenous Prisoners

Byron Shane “Oso Blanco” Chubbuck

John Graham

Leonard Peltier

Luis V. Rodriguez

 

Puerto Rican Prisoners of War

Avelino Gonzalez Claudio

Oscar Lopez Rivera

Norberto Gonzalez Claudio

 

United Freedom Front

Jaan Karl Laaman

Thomas Manning

 

Other National Liberation

Lynne Stewart

David Gilbert

Alvaro Luna Hernandez

Hugo Pinell

Tsutomu Shirosaki

NC Almighty Latin Kings and Queens

Virgin Island 5

Abdul Azeez (Warren Ballentine)

Hanif Shabazz Bey (Beaumont Gereau)

Malik Smith

 

War Resisters

Bradley Manning

One response to “Martin Luther King Jr. remembrance ripens opportunity to raise awareness of political prisoners and police brutality in the US

  1. Pingback: DABC marches in Denver’s MLK Marade on behalf of Black Liberation and CoIntelPro prisoners « Denver Anarchist Black Cross·

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