Sundiata Acoli is an 84-year-old grandfather, mentor, teacher and artist who has been in prison for more than 48 years. Though Sundiata has been eligible for parole for more than 25 years his petitions for parole have been summarily denied eight times.
Sundiata has endured almost five decades of imprisonment in some of the most torturous prisons in America. He has expressed deep remorse and regret and has taken full responsibility for his actions that fateful night almost 50 years ago. There is so much that this veteran freedom fighter can teach a country that does not seem to be able to move beyond the cycles of protest, retaliation and revenge.
Eric’s pre-trial conference and trial has been rescheduled.
First, there will be an evidentiary hearing regarding Eric’s motion to suppress. More details to come.Judge’s order:
ORDER as to Eric King (1): With respect to  Defendant Eric King’s Amended Motion to Suppress, the Court finds there are disputed issues of fact necessitating an evidentiary hearing on that Amended Motion.
Based on that conclusion, the four-day Jury Trial currently set to commence on October 12, 2021, and the Final Trial Preparation Conference set for October 1, 2021, are hereby VACATED and will be reset upon resolution of Defendant’s Amended Motion to Suppress.
The Amended Motion automatically excludes time from the Speedy Trial Clock so no additional motion seeking this relief is necessary. The Court will set the suppression hearing by way of separate Order. SO ORDERED by Judge William J. Martinez on 9/28/2021
Kazi Toure, Jaan Laaman and Donna Wilmott, former political prisoners in the United States, will discuss Black Liberation, the struggle against white supremacy, anti-imperialism, then and now, and the continuing imprisonment of long-time political prisoners as well as the more recent history across the country in response to the BLM protests.
These books purchased via our bundle program have helped us keep our shelves chock full of books that are frequently requested by the people in prison and jail who write us. These books fly out of our space weekly as they are books that people often request. I can say that its amazing to not have piles of letters sitting around because we actually have enough of the frequently requested books people ask for.
From our bookstore partner Freebird Books & Goods: Following August’s drive spotlighting titles from Grove Press–430 books collected!–we take a slightly different approach to the book drive. Rather than feature single titles in the bundle, each purchase will include five works (rather than the usual three) across a range of specialized subjects that Books Through Bars receive request for throughout the year: – 2 titles from DK’s line of Pocket Genius books (Elements, Sharks, Rocks and Minerals, Dinosaurs, Cars, or Ancient Rome), – 1 from the National Audubon Society’s pocket field guides (Butterflies, Insects and Spiders, Mammals, Constellations, or Reptiles & Amphibians), – 1 from the Random House Webster’s line of of pocket reference books (American Sign Language dictionary, Spanish dictionary, grammar usage guide), and – 1 of Lisa Tenzin-Dolma’s mindfully meditative adult coloring books centered around mandalas.
Your support for Sundiata Acoli is crucial to his return home. Tell your friends, colleagues, associates, and neighbors about #BringSundiataHome. We are just shy of our goal. Help us reach 15,000 signatures by sharing the petition!
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Cops’ support spotlights race issues in ex-Black Panther’s parole case by Hassan Kanu
(Reuters) – An unusual coalition is banding together in a petition to release an 84-year-old former Black Panther convicted for his role in the killing of a police officer.
Sundiata Acoli was sentenced in 1974 to life without the possibility of parole until after 25 years for the first-degree murder of New Jersey state trooper Werner Foerster. The officer was killed in a shootout after he and another trooper stopped Acoli for a defective taillight.
Read more at: https://www.reuters.com/legal/government/cops-support-spotlights-race-issues-ex-black-panthers-parole-case-2021-09-13/.
This week, as part of our every-other-week political prisoner letter-writing dinner, NYC ABC and Page One Collective will be writing to Kamau Sadiki, former Black Panther Party member and Black Liberation Army (BLA) soldier who is currently serving a life plus ten years sentence for the murder of an Atlanta cop in 1971. He was arrested and convicted over 30 years after the cop was killed based solely on the testimonies of former BLA comrades-turned-snitch that were not even present at the time of the action.
This should not come as a surprise as the State has never ended their war against Black people and continue to divisively target Black communities. An increased interest in what the State labels terrorism is what led to the increased interest of Kamau in 2002 when he was brought in for questioning on an unrelated matter. They were aware of his former relationship with the perennially Most Wanted Assata Shakur, with whom Kamau has a daughter. They attempted to extract information from him about Assata and tried to recruit him to lure her away from Cuba or else he “would die in prison.” When he refused to turn his back on his principles and his community, the state of Georgia vindictively moved forward with charges of the decades old crime.
Before Kamau’s time in the BLA, he was a New York City teenager who was deeply moved by the principles and organizing efforts of the Black Panther Party. At age 17 he joined up in Jamaica, Queens and volunteered in the Free Breakfast for Children program in the morning, hit the streets with BPP newsletters in the afternoon in an effort to organize his neighbors, and took part in political education classes at night. Once the FBI’s CoIntelPro was in full swing, decimating the Party and their ability to progress, Kamau and many others went underground to the more clandestine BLA for fear of being entrapped, framed, or murdered.
Here is an excerpt of Kamau’s 2003 sentencing statement: “My joining the Black Panther Party and consequently the Black Liberation Army was a response to the oppressive climate that existed in America at the time. The struggle of people of color evolved out of the legacy of slavery and the subsequent Jim Crow laws of the reconstruction period. Following decades of oppression, people of color in this country recognized they had to negotiate their liberation through armed resistance and it was during this period of history that the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Army were major players.“
Please take the time to write a letter to Kamau (and share a photo of your completed envelopes with us online): Kamau Sadiki* #0001150688 Augusta State Medical Prison 3001 Gordon Highway Grovetown, GA 30813 *Address envelope to Freddie Hilton
You will need proof of vaccination and ID to enter the People’s Forum for this event. Political Prisoner Letter Writing Event with NYC Jericho & Certain Days Saturday September 18th 2-4pm The People’s Forum, 320 West 37th Street (between 8th & 9th Avenues) New York, NY. (Any train to Penn Station) Free