October 22: Cultural event 6:00-9:00 pm
Saturday, October 23:
Tribunal 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Sunday, October 24: Tribunal 10:00
Monday, October 25: Presentation of Findings at the UN
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An important International Tribunal is taking place October 22-24 in New
York City. Organized and hosted by the Spirit of Mandela Coalition it
aims to bring international attention to U.S. violations of human and
civil rights of Black, Brown, and Indigenous peoples, spotlighting the
inhumane and violating treatment of political prisoners. As an example,
the U.S. is violating international law in its deliberate refusal to
provide adequate medical care to U.S. political prisoners and all
prisoners. Another example is the use of extended solitary confinement.
Leonard Peltier, still unjustly in jail after more than 45 years, was
repeatedly kept in solitary for long periods, as were many others,
especially Black and Puerto Rican political prisoners. In the case of
Albert Woodfox he was forced into solitary for 40 years!
It will be charging the United States government, its states,
and specific agencies with human and civil rights violations against
Black, Brown, and Indigenous people. The Tribunal will be charging
human and civil rights violations for:
1. Racist police killings of Black, Brown, and Indigenous peoples.
2. Hyper incarcerations of Black, Brown, and Indigenous peoples.
3. Political incarceration of Civil Rights/National Liberation era
revolutionaries and activists, as well as present day activists.
4. Environmental racism and its impact on Black, Brown, and Indigenous peoples.
5. Public Health racism and disparities and its impact on Black, Brown, and Indigenous peoples.
6. Genocide of Black, Brown, and Indigenous peoples, as a result of the historic and systemic charges of all the above.
The legal aspects of the Tribunal will be led by Attorney Nkechi Taifa
along with a powerful team of seasoned attorneys from all the above
fields. Nine jurists, some with international stature, will preside over
two days of testimonies. The jurists include six women and come from
South Africa, Eritrea, India, France, Puerto Rico and the U.S. (see www.tribunal2021.com
for more). Testimonies will be elicited from impacted victims, expert
witnesses, and attorneys with firsthand knowledge of specific incidents
raised in the charges/indictment.
The 2021 International Tribunal has a unique set of outcomes
and an opportunity to organize on a mass level across many social
justice arenas. Upon the verdict, the Tribunal will:
- Codify and publish the content and results of the Tribunal
to be offered in High Schools and University curricula.
Provide organized, accurate information for reparation initiatives and
community and human rights work.
- Present a
stronger case, building upon previous and respected human rights
initiatives, on the international stage.
Establish a healthy and viable massive national network of community
organizations, activists, clergy, academics, and lawyers concerned with
challenging human rights abuses on all levels and enhancing the quality
of life for all people.
- Strengthen the demand to
free all Political Prisoners and establish a Truth &
Reconciliation Commission mechanism to lead to their freedom.
- Establish the foundation to build a "Peoples' Senate" that
is representative of all 50 states, Indigenous Tribes, and major
- Provide the foundation for civil
action in federal and state courts across the United States.
to capacity limits, in person attendance is now closed. You can,
however, participate via Zoom. Please register at
Once all the speakers
and performers are lined up you will receive the program.
Dr. A'isha Mohammad
This article was published in
Volume 51 Number 10 - October 10, 2021