Activists in New York City distrupt George Bush, say

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.


Protesters demanding justice for
Shaka Sankofa (Gary Graham)
disrupt Gov. Bush at
NAACP conference in Baltimore

On 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.


'The legal lynching
of Shaka Sankofa'

from Million for Mumia/
International Action Center/
National Peoples Campaign

June, 2000 —The struggle to save Gary Graham/Shaka Sankofa

'Protests confront Gov. Bush
‘Not one more execution!’

Los Angeles fund raising dinner for Gov. Death
(slinking off center-left) is disrupted

Cuban President Fidel Castro's speech
on Elián Gonzáles and Shaka Sankoka:

Death by Fax Read the news coverage in the English edition of the Cuban Newspaper Granma:

May 12: A draft of the emergency call

May 12, 2000
The news on Shaka Sankofa





Artist depicts
solidarity of
Mumia Abu-Jamal
and Shaka Sankofa

June 2000

Shaka Sankofa's
final statement

Nothing 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 never do.

[click here for the full statement]

From Death Row
Mumia Abu-Jamal

on the lynching of Shaka Sankofa

On 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.

With 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.

Sankofa's 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.

Sankofa's 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.

One 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.

The strong, rebellious spirit of Sankofa drew hundreds of supporters to the city of death, Huntsville, Texas, to protest in favor of life.

The 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.

Politicians, 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 a job.

Which one is worse?

Who 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.

On 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.

Let the movement grow!

Two more pieces by Mumia Abu-Jamal
on Shaka Sankofa:

Resist the Death Machine
By Mumia Abu-Jamal
May 31, 2000

A man called 'Shaka'
By Mumia Abu-Jamal





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