August POC Political Prisoners’ Birthdays

Debbie Sims Africa
#OO-6307
451 Fullerton Ave
Cambridge Springs, PA
16403-1238
 
August 4, 1956
 
Debbie Sims Africa is one of the MOVE 9. There are
currently eight MOVE activists in prison each serving
100 years after been framed for the murder of a cop
in 1979. The 9th defendant, Merle Africa, died in
prison in 1998. MOVE is an eco-revolutionary group
dedicated to liberation struggles.
 
Dr. Mutulu Shakur
83205-012
USP Victorville
U.S. Penitentiary
P.O. Box 5300
Adelanto, Ca 92301
 
August 8, 1950
 
Incarcerated freedom fighter Dr. Mutulu Shakur has
been imprisoned since February 12, 1986 for activities
in support of the Black Liberation Movement, and
during that time he has still managed to contribute
to the struggle and contribute to the legacy of his
late son Tupac Shakur. Before his imprisonment Dr.
Shakur was a tireless educator and healer, and was a
key organizer in the historic gang truce between the
Bloods and the Crips at Lompoc Penitentiary.
 
Hanif Shabazz Bey (Beaumont Gereau)
(address to Beaumont Gereau, write to Hanif Shabazz Bey)
RR 1 Box 9955
Kingshill, St Croix, Virgin Islands 00850
 
August 16, 1950
 
From 1971 to 1973, there was a rebellion taking place to
resist colonial rule in the U.S. occupied Virgin Islands.
On September 6th, 1972, eight American tourists
were gunned down at the Rockefeller-owned golf
course on the island of St. Croix. Colonial authorities
picked up over 100 blacks for interrogations, and
U.S. colonial troops carried out a series of repressive
acts of violence against the black community. 5
known supporters of the Virgin Island independence
movement, including Hanif, were apprehended and
charged with the attack. In 1973 the 5 were sentenced
to 8 consecutive life sentences.
 
Fernando González (Rubén Campa)
(address to “Rubén Campa,” write to Fernando Gonzales)
#58733-004
FCI Terre Haute
P.O. BOX 33
Terre Haute, IN 47808
 
August 18, 1963
 
Rubén is 1 of the Cuban Five who is in U.S. prison,
wrongly convicted and serving four life sentences and
75 years collectively. The Five were falsely accused
by the U.S. government of espionage conspiracy and
related charges against the United States. The Five
were involved in monitoring the actions of Miamibased
right wing terrorist groups, in order to prevent
terrorist attacks on their country of Cuba.
 
Maliki Latine
#81-A-4469
Clinton Correctional Facility
P.O. Box 2001
Dannemora, New York 12929
 
August 23, 1949
 
Maliki Shakur Latine was in the Black Panther
Party and spent 8 years in the underground
working for black liberation. On October 1, 1981,
he was sentenced to 25 to life in connection with
a series of bank expropriations. He is a devout
Muslim (Shia Sufi), is learned in philosophy,
community building and organizing, martial arts,
and resistance.
 
Russell Maroon Shoats
AF-3855
175 Proggress Dr.
Waynesburg, PA 15370
 
August 23, 1943
 
Russell Maroon Shoats is a dedicated community
activist and founding member of the Philadelphia
based organizations Black Unity Council and Black
Panther Party. In 1970 Maroon and others were
accused of attacking a police station, which resulted
in an officer being killed. For 18 months Maroon
functioned underground as a soldier in the Black
Liberation Army. In 1972 he was captured. He escaped
twice in 1977 and again in 1980, but was recaptured
and today he is held in a control unit in Pennsylvania
where he is serving multiple life sentences.
 
Rafil A. Dhafir
11921-052
FCI Terre Haute
P.O. Box 33
Terre Haute, IN 47808
 
August 25, 1948
 
Rafil A. Dhafir is an Iraqi-born American physician,
who was targeted along with many other Muslims
post 9/11. He started the charity Help the Needy, to
respond to the humanitarian crisis created by the
Gulf War and US sanctions on Iraq. The charity was
charged with violating the sanctions, and when
Dhafir refused a plea bargain, the government
falsely charged the charity with fraud, money
laundering, tax evasion and a variety of other
nonviolent crimes.
 
Ronald Reed
5329 Osgood Avenue North
Stillwater, Minnesota 55082-1117
 
August 31, 1950
 
Ronald Reed is a 60s civil rights activist, who was
among students at St. Paul Central High School
who demanded black history courses and organized
against racist teachers, and was also instrumental
in integrating college campuses in Minnesota. Reed
began to look toward revolutionary theory and to
engage in political street theater in St. Paul and went
on to join the Black United Front. In 1970 there was a
shooting of a St. Paul police officer. Twenty-five years
after the killing, Reed was arrested and convicted of
first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first
degree-murder. He is serving life in prison.
 
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