August 10, 2012
Political Prisoner Radio - Dr. Mutulu Shakur w/ Bro. BILAL SUNNI-ALI
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During the late sixties Dr. Shakur worked with the Revolutionary Action Movement (RAM), the Provisional Government of the Republic of New Afrika, and the Black Panther Party. In 1970 Dr. Shakur was employed by the Lincoln Detox (detoxification) Community (addiction treatment) Program and became certified and licensed to practice counseling and treatment of withdrawal symptoms with acupuncture, later becoming the Program’s Assistant Director and remained associated with the program until 1978.
From 1978 to 1982, Dr. Shakur was the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Black Acupuncture Advisory Association of North America (BAAANA) and the Harlem Institute of Acupuncture. Where, at Lincoln, Dr. Shakur had managed a detox program recognized as the largest and most effective of its kind by the National Institute of Drug Abuse, National Acupuncture Research Society and the World Academic Society of Acupuncture, at BAAANA he continued his remarkable work and also treated thousands of poor and elderly patients who would otherwise have no access to treatment of this type. Many community leaders, political activists, lawyers and doctors were served by BAAANA and over one hundred medical students were trained in the discipline of acupuncture. Dr. Shakur’s work in acupuncture and drug detoxification was both nationally and internationally known and he lectured on his work at many medical conferences, and was invited to the People’s Republic of China.
Dr. Shakur was the founding member of the National Committee to Free Political Prisoners. He has been a leader in the struggle against the illegal U.S. law enforcement programs designed to destroy the Black movement in America and has worked to expose and to stop the secret war against its Black colony.
In March 1982, Dr. Shakur was charged with conspiracy and participation in eight incidents of actual and attempted expropriations from several banks. In addition he was charged with participation in the 1979 prison escape of Assata Shakur. After five years underground, Dr. Shakur was arrested on February 12, 1986. Dr. Shakur is the father of six children and his son, Tupac, was assassinated in 1996.
Guest Speaker Bro. BILAL SUNNI-ALI is a musician, performer, composer, educator, community activist and advocate. He has performed live, on stage with Gil Scott-Heron, Brian Jackson, Doug Carn, Stevie Wonder, Wynton Marsaillis, American Symphony Orchestra, Jimmi Hopps-Esspirit, Earl Turbinton, Pharoah Saunders, and many, many more. He was also a Black Panther who was a co-defendant in the United States vs. Dr. Mutulu Shakur case.