in New York City distrupt George Bush, say
'NOT ONE MORE LYNCHING'
July 14, 2000. Two members of the International Action Center
disrupted George Bush while 100 people demonstrated outside as
the Conservative Party held a $500-per-plate lunch.
demanding justice for
Shaka Sankofa (Gary Graham)
disrupt Gov. Bush at
NAACP conference in Baltimore
July 11 2000, members of the International Action Center Justice
for Gary Graham Campaign protested Gov. George Bush’s appearance
at the NAACP convention in Baltimore to remind Bush and the
world that people have not forgotten that he killed an innocent
Black man by the name of Gary Graham.
of Shaka Sankofa'
from Million for Mumia/
International Action Center/
National Peoples Campaign
2000 The struggle to save Gary Graham/Shaka Sankofa
confront Gov. Bush
‘Not one more execution!’
Los Angeles fund raising dinner for Gov. Death
(slinking off center-left) is disrupted
President Fidel Castro's speech
on Elián Gonzáles and Shaka Sankoka:
by Fax Read the news coverage in the English edition
of the Cuban Newspaper Granma: http://www.granma.cu/ingles/jun4/27shakai-i.html
draft of the emergency call
The news on Shaka Sankofa
and Shaka Sankofa
more than state sanctioned murders, state sanctioned lynching,
right here in America, and right here tonight. This is what is
happening my brothers. Nothing less. They know I'm innocent. They've
got the facts to prove it. They know I'm innocent. But they cannot
acknowledge my innocence, because to do so would be to publicly
admit their guilt. This is something these racist people will
here for the full statement]
on the lynching of Shaka Sankofa
the evening of June 22, 2000, at approximately 8:49 p.m., the life
of Shaka Sankofa (née Gary Graham) was snuffed out by the
state of Texas. With a sweaty-lipped smirk and a nod, Texas Gov.
George W. Bush cleared the way for the state's killing of a young
Black man. The legalized lynching of Sankofa, the 135th in recent
Texas history, was but the latest in a long line of state killings.
All of these have but one objective: to propel Bush, the younger,
into the White House.
serious questions about his guilt, and equally serious questions
about the competency of his original, court-appointed trial counsel,
the Graham (Sankofa) case posed serious questions about the entire
Texas death machine.
trial lawyer has the dubious distinction of having a subsection
of Texas death row unofficially named for him: the "Mock Wing."
The wing is so named for Harris County defense attorney Ronald G.
Mock, whose 12 clients were shuffled to the Texas death row. With
the legalized lynching of Sankofa, seven of his clients have been
killed by the state, and five now await death.
trial took two days, and the lawyer (Mock) called no witnesses during
the guilt phase of the trial. In a recent interview Mock told reporters,
in a boast, that he flunked criminal law at Texas Southern University's
Thurgood Marshall School of Law. He never called, nor interviewed,
two eyewitnesses that would've cleared Sankofa of the May 13, 1981,
killing of a 52-year-old white man.
of his former colleagues, attorney Chester L. Thornton, was quoted
in a recent interview describing Ron Mock as the kind of "lawyer
who play[s] along with the rules." (New York Times, June 11) He
served the interests of the judges, perhaps, by rushing cases through
the trials, but it can hardly be said that he served the interests
of his clients, most of whom are dead.
strong, rebellious spirit of Sankofa drew hundreds of supporters
to the city of death, Huntsville, Texas, to protest in favor of
Sankofa case, which poses the spectacle of the broken Texas death
machine killing an innocent young man, is an indictment of a system
that is, in essence, one built upon the most premeditated of murders.
and their corporate media mouthpieces, make much of the kinds of
crimes that rock major U.S. cities, like rapes, robberies and murders.
But, usually, poor folks commit crimes for money. Politicians kill
poor folks for their own political advantage: for a promotion; for
one is worse?
will condemn a criminal political system? Remember Shaka, and like
his mighty namesake (of the Zulu Empire), let us build an army,
dedicated to life, and to the destruction of the death machine.
this, one of the most important issues of our time, let us understand
that there would've been no difference if there was a Democrat at
the death-switch in Huntsville. Shaka Sankofa was killed by a deadly
political system, not a political party.
the movement grow!
more pieces by Mumia Abu-Jamal
on Shaka Sankofa:
the Death Machine
May 31, 2000
man called 'Shaka'