Created in 2018, In the Spirit of Mandela Coalition is a growing grouping of organizers, academics, clergy, attorneys, and organizations committed to working together against the systemic, historic, and ongoing human rights violations and abuses committed by the USA against Black, Brown, and Indigenous People. The Coalition recognizes and affirms the rich history of diverse and militant freedom fighters Nelson Mandela, Winnie Mandela, Graca Machel Mandela, Rosa Parks, Fannie Lou Hamer, Ella Baker, and many more. It is in their Spirit and affirming their legacy that we work. This October 22-25 2021, In the Spirit of Mandela Coalition will be organizing and hosting an International Tribunal which 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:
- Racist police killings of Black, Brown, and Indigenous people.
- Hyper incarcerations of Black, Brown, and Indigenous people.
- Political incarceration of Civil Rights/National Liberation era revolutionaries and activists, as well as present day activists.
- Environmental racism and its impact on Black, Brown, and Indigenous people.
- Public Health racism and disparities and its impact on Black, Brown, and Indigenous people.
- Genocide of Black, Brown, and Indigenous people 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 the 2 days of testimonies.
The website for the jurists is https://www.tribunal2021.com.
Testimonies will be elicited form impacted victims, expert witnesses, and attorneys with firsthand knowledge of specific incidences 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 results of the Tribunal will:
- Codify and publish the content and results of the Tribunal to be offered in High Schools and University curriculums.
- 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” representative of all 50 states, Indigenous Tribes, and major religions.
- Provide the foundation for civil action in federal and state courts across the United States.
International Tribunal Venues and Schedule
(Hybrid – Physical and Virtual)
- Friday-Sunday sessions: At The Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center, 3940 Broadway at W. 165th St., Washington Heights
- Also live-streamed on www.tribunal2021.com and https://www.facebook.com/Spirit-Of-Mandela-105492791756066/
- Friday, October 22: Cultural event, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
- Saturday, October 23: Tribunal, 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
- Sunday, October 24: Tribunal, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Monday, October 25, 12 noon to 2 p.m: Press conference; verdict delivered in front of United Nations
- OCT. 22, 2021 FRIDAY OPENING CELEBRATION
- 5pm: REGISTRATION BEGINS!!!
- 6:10pm: Opening Drums: Nyemba Seales and Company; Prayers with Sekou Odinga, A’isha Mohammad, Jalil Muntaqim, and Jihad Abdulmumit; Libations led by Zayid Muhammad, Malcolm X Commemoration Committee
- Prayer led by Lenny Foster (Diné), American Indian Movement Grand Council member; International Indian Treaty Council Board member; Spiritual Advisor to over 2000 Native American prisoners including Leonard Peltier
- Emcees and Welcome: dequi kioni-sadiki, Matt Meyer, Emok Quint Concepción, Eileen Weitzman, with Lumumba Bandele, and Najha Zigbi-Johnson, Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Center Memorial and Educational Center
- Opening Poetry Selection: Amina Baraka
- Mama Charlotte O’Neal, poet/multi-instrumentalist, Tanzania
- Jihad Abdulmumit (with Black Panther comrades), National Jericho Movement; Spirit of Mandela coalition
- Edwian Stokes, Documentary Producer: Radical Conversations film clip
- Pam Africa, International Concerned Family & Friends of Mumia Abu Jamal
- Through the Walls dramatic reading of the works of US political prisoners, Yaa Asantewaa Nzingha, Director
- Oscar López Rivera, Puerto Rican patriot, former political prisoner, “ Mandela of the Americas”
- Closing Music Selections: Featuring: Afro Yaqui Music Collective members Ben Barson and Nejma Nefertiti,
with a Sax Quartet Reunion featuring Salim Washington, Mas Koga, and Daro Behroozi
- OCT. 23 SATURDAY TRIBUNAL
- 9 am: REGISTRATION OPENS
- 10 am: Tribunal Call to Order: Introduction of Panel of Jurists—Opening Statements by Chief Judge Magdalene Moonsamy and Deputy Chief Wilma E. Reveron Collazo
- Prosecution Opening Statement: People’s Chief Lawyer Nkechi Taifa
- Charges Relating to Police Killings
- Featuring Expert Witness testimony from Samaria Rice, Melina Abdullah, Ron Hampton, and others
- LUNCH BREAK
- Charges Relating to Hyper Mass Incarceration and Continued Enslavement
- Featuring Expert Witness Testimony from Krystal Rountree, Saleem Holbrook, and representatives of Colorado’s Immigrant Detention Centers, and others
- Charges Relating to Political Imprisonment
- Featuring Expert Witness Testimony from Johanna Fernandez, Oscar López Rivera, Jalil Muntaqim, Efia Nwangaza, Sekou Odinga, and others
- OCT. 24 SUNDAY TRIBUNAL
- 9 am: REGISTRATION OPENS
- 10 am: Tribunal Call to Order
- Charges Relating to Environmental Racism
- Featuring Expert Witness testimony from Rukia Lumumba, Wende Marshall, Imani Jacqueline Brown, and others
- LUNCH BREAK
- Charges Relating to Health Inequities
- Featuring Expert Witness testimony from Dr. MaryLouise Patterson, Olga Sanabria, Chase Iron Eyes, and others
- Closing Arguments: We Still Charge Genocide
- OCT. 25 MONDAY DELIVERY OF VERDICT
- Outside the Church Center for the United Nations
and Livestreamed at the UN Church of the Covenant, 310 East 42nd Street:
- Welcome: Dinah Lakehall and Matt Meyer, on behalf of the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders and the International Peace Research Association
- Greetings from South Africa and the Tribunal Special Advisory Committee:
- Her Honorable Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, Director, Quaker UN Office
- Greetings from New York:
- Dr. Betty Reardon, founding member of GNWP, IPRA, and the International Institute on Peace Education
- Delivery of the Verdict: Group Presentation and Individual Commentary by members of the Panel of Jurists: Magdalene Moonsamy (South Africa), Vickie Casanova-Willis (USA); Kassahun Checole (Eritrea/USA); Sherly Fabre (Haiti/USA); Mireille Fanon Mendès-France (France); Alexander Hinton (USA); Brian Moskwetah Weeden (Mashpee Wampanoag); Binalakshmi “Bina” Nepram (Manipur/Northeast India); and Wilma E. Reveron Collazo (Puerto Rico)
- Closing Celebration with the Giant Mumia Puppet: Originated, designed, and sculpted by lead builder Jacqueline Wade
- THANKS TO ALL PARTICIPANTS!!
- Spirit of Mandela Coordinating Committee: Jihad Abdulmumit, Emok Quint Concepcion, Matt Meyer, A’isha Mohammad, Jalil Muntaqim, Sekou Odinga, Eileen Weitzman