Spirit of Mandela
Spirit of Mandela is a campaign to bring international attention to U.S. violations of the human rights of Black, Brown, and Indigenous People and U.S. held political prisoners.
We are a coalition currently consisting of several organizations including (list in formation): National Jericho Movement (all chapters), Campaign to Bring Mumia Home, International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee (ILPDC), Lynne Stewart Organization, New Abolitionist Movement, North East Political Prisoner Coalition (NEPPC), ProLibertad Freedom Campaign, Resistance in Brooklyn, Root and Branch Collective, and Universal Zulu Nation.
In 2021, our coalition held an historic international tribunal on U.S human rights violations. An example of U.S. violations of international law is the deliberate refusal to provide adequate medical care to our political prisoners and all prisoners. Another example is the use of extended solitary confinement–in the case of Albert Woodfox for 40 years! On Oct 25, 2021, a panel of international jurists found the U.S. and its subdivisions guilty of five major human rights charges amounting to genocide against Black, Brown, and Indigenous people residing in the United States.
We have the key legal international documents regarding the treatment of prisoners and political prisoners including the United Nations Nelson Mandela Rules, the 1979 Report of the International Commission of Jurists, the trifold containing the original proposal from Political Prisoner Jalil Muntaqim to bring back the international jurists and more.
June 16, 2018: Debbie Sims Africa is released after serving nearly 40 years of unjust political imprisonment in the state of Pennsylvania. Convicted of 3rd-degree murder, Debbie, along with Chuck Africa, Eddie Africa, Janet Africa, Janine Africa, Michael Africa Sr, Phil Africa and Merle Africa, were each sentenced to 30-100 years in prison following the August 8, 1978 police attack on their Philadelphia Osage Avenue home. Known as the MOVE 9, Debbie was the first to be released on parole. MOVE, an…
June 12, 2016: Mass shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, FL leaves 49 people dead and 50 wounded. One week before the mass shooting, the shooter, who worked as a security guard, purchased a Sig Sauer MCX semi-automatic assault rifle, and the next day purchased a Glock-17 9mm semi-automatic pistol. He was licensed to carry a firearm in Florida and used both weapons to carry out the mass shooting. On June 12th around 2:00 a.m., with approximately 300 people in…
On June 10, 1997, Black Panther Party Deputy Minister of Defense, and Chairman of its Los Angeles Chapter (after Bunchy Carter’s assassination), Geronimo ji Jaga Pratt is released from San Quentin Prison after 27 years as a u.s.-held Political Prisoner/POW. A decorated Vietnam War veteran from Morgan City, Louisiana, Pratt was one of numerous Panthers to be targeted for prison slavery – eight of his 27 years caged in the California prison system took place in solitary confinement as a…
June 1, 1977: Leonard Peltier sentenced to two consecutive life sentences The 1973 occupation of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation began a three-year period of political violence on the reservation. The tribal chairman’s hiring vigilantes, “GOONS,” to eliminate AIM’s (American Indian Movement) work and ideology, resulted in more than 60 traditional tribal members and AIM members being murdered and countless more assaulted. During this period, the FBI, in strong presence, actively supplied the GOONS with weaponry, intelligence on AIM members,…
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