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U.S. Parole Commission Rejectz Examiner’z Recommendation

U.S. Parole Commission Rejectz Examiner’z Recommendation



To: My comrades, family and extended family- please distribute to all those who have given support and resources to this process may (Allah) God bless them.  In the spirit of our ancestors, I deeply thank you.

Written: September 16, 2014


On September 15, 2014, I received a notice of action from the national appeals board rejecting the parole examiner’s recommendation to advance my release to April 2015. This denial or rejection of the examiner’s onsite opinion and recommendation is not the first time that we have had this experience dealing with the national parole commission. We obviously, as per required historical practice, will appeal this rejection as it indicates we have rejected the basis of their decision and conclusion. The attorneys and I, and our administrative support group, are already on task.

We are very, very excited and in awe of how our mobilization carried out this parole hearing. There has been a ground swell of various people living up to their commitments and words by responding to our request for specific support, contacts, resources and finances that gave this hearing character, integrity and principles that history will charge the parole decision was not justified or warranted.

Lets look at where we are; the advance April 2015 date in actuality would advance my release date by 6 months, according to their faulty calculations* (I was supposed to be released in 2011). Six months is very important, and we do not take the denial of this relief lightly, but I am political prisoner. Our expectation for justice is not the paradigm, we seek relief and we wait for justice. Do to their undo process in their calculations, 2016 will be my presumptive release date if I continue as i have for these last 30 years. Evade the traps, set-ups, and tolerate the political targeting there should be no legal or policy rationale to deny that release date which is February 2016. Using this date as a process start, I should be seen by the parole commission 9 months from said date, which will be May 2015. As I told all of you before I am an old alligator, I will survive in mud and water, with your duwahs and prayers.

In the interim, we have been in the parallel mode building for a pardon application that is not based upon procedure but on tact, strategy, political capital and timing. This is not the place to divulge every nuance, but I am requesting all those who have supported me for the many parole request to now support me for the pardon unless you have formed a political objection!! This pardon is based upon a Truth and Reconciliation Commission narrative, and as far as I can tell this will be the first opportunity for the movement of our era to apply and request such. Most of our support has been based on this narrative; we stand on principled ground. Many of the present events are suggesting such relief, and we surely can support other political prisoners of our movement by advancing the strategy.

I hope during this extended time period all those that can help me to get published the various books in our struggle, that I have the information in history to present, also to allow me to build on the cultural genres that will help uplift our future generations. I am committed to this task; I want to thank my family for their sacrifices in my struggle.

In closing, do not feel discouraged, we have done a great job; it has the making and capability to advance a new paradigm. Let’s stay busy. Let’s stay encouraged, let’s be creative and have the audacity to put into the ether a just cause, deserving just results. I thank every single one of you; everyone’s contribution was exactly what we needed. When we said that we did the best we could, we meant every word. Plan on hearing from me in the very near future.

Aim high and go all out.
Stiff resistance
Dr. Mutulu Shakur
(Thank you all!!!)




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Vier Monate, vier Camps

Die bimediale Serie von ARTE Reportage


“Let my people go” von Régis Wargnier

Der Filmemacher taucht für ARTE ein in die Welt des Flüchtlingscamps von Beldangi, in Nepal. Er begleitet Dhan, dessen Frau Wangchuck und ihre Töchter Shreejana und Sandhia, eine bhutanesische Flüchtlingsfamilie, bei ihrer Umsiedlung in die USA.

13 September 2014
Zweiundfünfzig Millionen weltweit.  So viele Menschen wie noch nie sind zur Zeit auf der Flucht aus ihrer Heimat. Viele von ihnen finden Zuflucht in Flüchtlingslagern, in Zelten, Hütten oder improvisierten Unterkünften.  Vier Monate, vier Länder, vier Camps und sechzehn Künstler: Kinoregisseure, Fotografen, Schriftsteller und Comic-Zeichner.  Von September bis Dezember  erzählen sie in der bimedialen Serie “Refugees” von den Menschen in den Lagern. Im Internet können Sie als Zuschauer alle Arbeiten der Künstler entdecken und auch selbst in der Rolle eines  Reporters Ihre eigene Reportage produzieren. Die Idee für dieses Projekt entstand bei einem Gespräch zwischen Marco Nassivera (Chefredakteur) und Régis Wargnier, realisiert wurde es vor allem dank der tatkräftigen Unterstützung des Hochkommissars der Vereinten Nationen für Flüchtlinge.

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Das Auge von Martin Middlebrook

Der britische Fotoreporter stellt uns in seinem Bildern die Menschen im Camp vor, in einem von ihm selbst kommentierten Portfolio und in unserer Rubrik „Auge um Auge“.


Die Zeichnungen von Nicolas Wild

Mit dieser farbenfrohen Reportage zeigt der elsässiche Comic-Zeichner seinen Blick auf den Alltag der Flüchtlinge im Beldangi Camp.

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António Gutteres: “Ich hasse Camps”

Der Hochkommissar für Flüchtlinge bei den Vereinten Nationen, unserem Projekt-Partner, beantwortet 9 Fragen zur Situation der Flüchtlinge in der Welt.

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Aus welchen Ländern kommen die Flüchtlinge? Wohin fliehen Sie?

Afghanistan, Syrien, Somalia: Über die Hälfte der Flüchtlinge weltweit kommt aus einem dieser drei Länder, die von Jahren des Kriegs und der Gewalt gezeichnet sind.


Nie zuvor gab es so viele Flüchtlinge und Vertriebene

Zusammen könnten all diese Menschen die sechsundzwanzigst-größte Nation der Welt bilden.

Die Termine des Projekts “Refugees”

Von September bis Dezember zeigt ARTE Reportage am Samstag ab 17.05 Uhr die Berichte von Filmemachern, Fotografen und Schriftstellern.

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Oklahoma Mother Exonerated of Infant Son’s Death / After More Than Twenty Years, Conviction Overturned in Philadelphia



Originally posted on My Blog InCaseofInnocence:

Innocence Project

Oklahoma Mother Exonerated of Infant Son’s Death

Michelle Murphy and Cornelius DupreePhoto: Michelle Murphy with exoneree Cornelius Dupree.

On September 12, with the consent of District Attorney Tim Harris, a Tulsa court exonerated Michelle Murphy of the murder of her infant son. Recent DNA testing of crime scene evidence points to an unknown male as the real perpetrator. In the course of representing Michelle, lawyers also uncovered other evidence pointing to her innocence that was known to the prosecution but never disclosed to the defense.

Michelle’s 15-week-old son was brutally stabbed to death on September 12, 1994. Michelle, just 17 at the time, was in her apartment with her son and two year old daughter on the night of the murder. Murphy later woke up and discovered her son’s body in the kitchen. She immediately went to a neighbor and called the police.

After hours of interrogation, Michelle, who was very young and had just…

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New controversy over Malta’s bird slaughter

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New controversy over Malta’s bird slaughter

Island MP Karmenu Vella nominated as European commissioner to head green policies, including wildlife protection
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Karmenu Vella, who has been nominated to be EU commissioner for the environment, maritime affairs and fisheries. Photograph: Lino Arrigo Azzopardi/EPA

Karmenu Vella has unusual credentials for a man selected to be the next European commissioner for the environment. The 64-year-old politician is a long-serving member of Malta‘s Labour government, which is accused of direct involvement in the widespread slaughter of birdlife on the island – including many endangered species.

Every spring and autumn, thousands of migratory birds – including quails, song thrushes and brood eagles – pass over Malta as they fly between northern Europe and Africa, only to be greeted by thousands of local hunters who gather in trucks bearing…

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7 Things to Know About Preventing a Leading Cause of Death in the US

AlterNet [1] / By Ellen Sousares [2]


7 Things to Know About Preventing a Leading Cause of Death in the US

Overdose is classified by the Centers for Disease Control as a national epidemic, surpassing even motor vehicle accidents to become the leading cause of injury death in the U.S., with 41,340 overdose deaths [3] in 2011. Each day, 113 people die from overdose in this country.

This mortality rate has increased 118 percent since 1999, escalating overdose to a national crisis. Of these deaths, 16,917 were related directly to opiate (opioid) pain medications, and many more were caused by other opiates, such as heroin, in combination with other classifications of substances such as benzodiazepines (anti-anxiety and sedative medications) and alcohol. In 2011 alone, approximately 1.4 million people were seen in emergency rooms for the misuse of pharmaceuticals.

Misusers of pharmaceuticals often visit multiple doctors in pursuit of of these medications for either personal use or distribution on the black market. Forty-nine states have enacted legislation to track and control prescription narcotics and to prevent the over-prescribing of these addictive drugs. Pharmaceutical companies have also attempted to decrease the misuse of opiate medications by developing formulations of opiates that prevent these pills from being crushed and liquified for intravenous use.

An unintended consequence of the efforts to stem the tide of pharmaceutical and opiate addiction has been a dramatic national increase in heroin use, which surely has added to the increasing rate of overdose deaths, since heroin is a fast-acting opiate and carries a high overdose risk, especially when administered intravenously.

In light of the overdose epidemic, many states are enacting legislation to make the overdose reversal agent naloxone, also known as Narcan, more widely available to those at risk of overdose.

Here are some important things many people might not know about naloxone and overdose prevention.

1. Naloxone is the only drug known to reverse opiate overdose.

Opiate overdose occurs when an opioid drug floods particular receptor sites in the brain called opioid receptors. When too many of these receptor sites are flooded, activity in the brain’s respiratory center slows, leading to a decreased breathing rate (respiratory depression) or a complete cessation of breathing altogether (respiratory arrest).  Within minutes, an overdose can progress from respiratory depression to respiratory arrest, which can quickly progress to cardiac arrest and death.

Naloxone is a medication known as an overdose reversal agent, the only drug of its class for reversing the effects of an opiate overdose. Naloxone works by kicking opiates off the opioid receptors in the brain’s respiratory center and sitting in their place. This awakens the brain’s respiratory center and breathing is quickly restored, provided the person overdosing has not slipped into cardiac arrest, in which case naloxone is entirely ineffective and of no use.

Naloxone’s effects, although quick, are temporary. Overdose symptoms can return, especially when long-acting opiates such as methadone are involved, and repeated doses of naloxone may be necessary. People recovering from an overdose must be closely monitored.

2. Naloxone has been used for decades as an overdose reversal agent.

The quick administration of naloxone at the onset of an opiate overdose is key. Police or EMTs may not arrive on scene in time to administer naloxone before an overdose has progressed to cardiac arrest. The effort toward wider distribution of naloxone seeks to make this overdose reversal agent available when and where it is needed the most—at the onset of an overdose.

Naloxone has been in use since 1971 in hospital and ambulance settings to reverse opiate overdose. It is kept on hand in operating rooms to counteract unintended affects of surgical anesthesia. Hospital labor and delivery units keep naloxone taped to every bedside as a safety precaution for instances in which the opiate pain medications given to laboring mothers cause respiratory depression in infants when they are born.

Because most overdoses take place outside of hospitals, community organizations have been distributing naloxone to drug users, their families and loved ones since the mid ‘90s. They’ve recorded over 53,000 trainings and more than 10,000 successful overdose reversals, according to a 2010 CDC report [4]. There are currently over 188 overdose prevention education centers [5] distributing naloxone in the U.S.

3. Community-based naloxone training may lead to decreased drug use.

The push toward wider public availability of naloxone has not been without controversy. Those who oppose naloxone distribution cite concerns that having ready access to this overdose reversal agent will give drug users an omnipotent, false sense of safety in using drugs and will only encourage increased drug use.

Those who have been administered naloxone in the midst of an overdose tell a much different story.

The action of naloxone is so quick and thorough, that not only does it reverse an opiate overdose, for those addicted to opiates it also precipitates acute withdrawal symptoms. The overdose victim who has received naloxone may spring from unconsciousness to full-on, acute withdraw. Naloxone recipients describe this experience as incredibly frightening and painful, and something to be avoided at all costs; as opposed to a safety net that encourages increased drug use.

Supporters of increased naloxone distribution counter opponents’ concerns that community access to naloxone may increase drug use by emphasizing that naloxone saves lives and offers those struggling with opiate addiction a chance at recovery, regardless of their current drug use.

Opponents equate naloxone distribution with enabling an addict, while supporters question, is it “enabling” to save lives?

Researchers have found that naloxone distribution may actually result in decreased drug use. A study on a pilot naloxone distribution program in San Francisco, published in the Journal of Urban Health in 2005, found decreased heroin use among participants. Study authors cited that the training program was empowering, and that this perhaps decreased hopelessness and increased self efficacy for participants, leading to a decrease in drug use despite the availability of a safety net.

Another study conducted from 2006 to 2008 in Los Angeles’ Skid Row area and published in the International Journal of Drug Policy in 2010 reported similar findings, with 53 percent of participants in a naloxone distribution program decreasing their drug use.

Both studies also reported an increase in participants seeking treatment for their drug use.

4. Naloxone is supplied in various forms, with new forms still in development.

Injectable naloxone is the most widely known form, and it has been to have been used by hospitals, ambulances and community organizations for decades. For people uncomfortable administering naloxone with a needle, many community based overdose prevention centers also distribute naloxone for nasal use.

The nasal form currently distributed is in the same formulation as injectable naloxone, only in a different dosage. The use of naloxone nasally is considered an off-label use by the FDA. Physicians safely prescribe many medications, across all areas of medicine, for off-label use such as this.

Another, more advanced formulation of nasal naloxone is in its final round of clinical trials at the University of Kentucky and has been given fast-track approval by the FDA.

Daniel Wermeling, professor of pharmacy at University of Kentucky, has partnered his startup business, AntiOp, with Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals to produce and market this new formulation. Contained in a small nasal device, this formulation of naloxone uses a unit dose metered pump. This pump allows a more concentrated form of standard dose naloxone to be distributed in a fine spray mist, enhancing naloxone’s distribution and absorption by the nasal tissue.

The FDA also recently approved Evzio, a standard form of injectable naloxone encased in a small device that verbally guides a user through the process of administering the drug.  Evzio is similar in design to other emergency medical devices such as the automated defibrillator and the epi-pen auto injector.

5. Overdose risk can be predicted and mitigated.

There are certain scenarios that create an especially high overdose risk for people who use opioids. The elderly and the cognitively impaired are at high risk of overdose, as confusion may result in multiple doses of medication being consumed in a short period of time. Also, chronic pain patients who take several forms of opiates are at risk, especially when taking newly prescribed medications.

For those addicted to either prescription or illicit opiates, overdose risk is extremely high after even a short period of abstinence from these drugs. Many opiate overdoses occur within hours or days of drug users being released from treatment centers or incarceration.

Educating patients and inmates on overdose prevention and ensuring they have access to naloxone can help mitigate these risks.  Overdose prevention should be a key component in the education provided by physicians to their patients each time an opiate is prescribed. Treatment centers must modify their discharge planning to include overdose prevention education for any patient at risk of opiate overdose. Prison and jail inmates at risk of overdose should receive education on overdose prevention prior to release as well.

Currently, overdose prevention education is practically non-existent within our healthcare systems, treatment facilities and jails. It remains to be seen if the public attention overdose is currently receiving will prompt a much needed trend toward education within the systems that serve those who use opiates.

One community based program is taking action where it can. Along with many other services, the DOPE Project (Drug Overdose Prevention and Education), based in San Francisco, conducts overdose prevention workshops for jail inmates preparing to be released. Inmates are shown a video called “Staying Alive on the Outside” in which former inmates describe their experiences with overdose and provide education on overdose prevention and treatment. Once trained, inmates can choose to receive naloxone upon release from jail.

6. State laws regarding overdose prevention and naloxone are rapidly changing.

In March, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder spoke on the overdose epidemic, naming heroin and opiate overdose an “urgent public health crisis [6]” and calling for widespread first responder access to naloxone. Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts declared a public health emergency in his state and Peter Shumlin, governor of Vermont, devoted his entire state of the state address to the growing scourge of opiate and heroin addiction and resultant overdose deaths.

“The time has come for us to stop quietly averting our eyes from the growing heroin addiction in our front yards…while we fear and fight treatment facilities in our backyards,” said Gov. Shumlin. “We must bolster our current approach to addiction with more common sense. We must address it as a public health crisis, providing treatment and support, rather than simply doling out punishment, claiming victory, and moving onto our next conviction.”

To hear an elected official speak so passionately and knowledgeably on the issue of addiction brings a great deal of hope to traumatized families who are desperate for solutions.

Many other states are also responding to the overdose crisis with legislation to increase the distribution of naloxone and “Good Samaritan” acts to protect those who contact emergency services in cases of overdose from prosecution for the possession of small amounts of drugs.

As of February, 26 states [7] have some type of naloxone access law in place, 22 of which allow for third-party administration of naloxone.  Third-party prescriptions allow the families and loved ones of those at risk to obtain naloxone and to administer it in the event of an overdose.

Seventeen states have Good Samaritan laws in place and several other states are currently considering similar legislation.

States are also forming programs to allow naloxone to be distributed by pharmacies without the need for a prescription. On September 16, California joined three other states, including New Mexico, Rhode Island and Washington, in enacting legislation to allow pharmacies to furnish naloxone to consumers. New York and Vermont are in the process of drafting similar legislation.

7. A continued overdose epidemic is preventable.

It is alarming that the death rate has grown at such a rapid pace for a condition that is not only treatable, but also preventable. Increased public awareness and education with accurate information regarding overdose risk can prevent these often fatal events from occurring in the first place. And wider availability of naloxone can help save lives when overdose does occur.

Years of research on community-based naloxone distribution show that it can be administered safely and effectively by laypersons and that it does not precipitate increased drug use. Even if it did, the rational question is, “Should the possibility of increased drug use become a deterrent to saving a life?’



What’s Causing a Polio-Like Cluster in Colorado?

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What’s Causing a Polio-Like Cluster in Colorado?

A cluster of paralysis and limb weakness among nine children in Colorado has researchers at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention baffled. The CDC is evaluating whether the symptoms could be associated with the recent outbreak of enterovirus D68 across the nation.

The children in question developed respiratory problems, but later developed limb weakness. Doctors say some of the children later developed paralysis in some of their limbs.

CNN is reporting that four of the children have tested positive for enterovirus D68 so far, but doctors are not sure that the virus, which has spread across the U.S., is the cause of the paralysis and muscle weakness. The children have tested negative for West Nile virus and polio. All are being treated at Children’s Hospital in Aurora. Most are reportedly from the Denver…

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TS RADIO: Dr. Gary Kohls Discusses Drugging Children and the Elderly

Originally posted on The PPJ Gazette:

painy   Join us live September 29th, 2014 at 7:00 pm CST!


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The psychiatric drug side effects, dangers and the psychiatric drugging of children and the elderly, causing them to appear to be mentally ill.

Dr. Kohls will also speak about alternatives and preventative mental health care.


kohlsGary G. Kohls M.D.
Practicing physician, Mind Body Medicine, Inc.

Dr. Gary G. Kohls is a family practitioner, who specializes in holistic and preventive mental health care. He has expertise in the areas of traumatic stress disorders, brain nutrition, non-pharmaceutical approaches to mental ill health, neurotransmitter disorders, neurotoxicity from food additives (and other environmental toxins) and the problems with psychotropic drugs.

Dr. Kohls’ treats patients who have had adverse psychotropic drug reactions, dependency…

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Roderick “Rudd” Walker LSD Prisoner / petition

Petition update

Jeremy D just posted an update on the petition you signed, Clemency for Roderick Walker – Life for LSD.

Rudd’s Birthday is Today – updated link


Veröffentlicht am 16.06.2014…

My best friend, Roderick “Rudd” Walker has been sentenced to spend the rest of his life behind bars – a life sentence without the chance of parole – for the non-violent offense of Conspiracy to Distribute LSD. He was charged with conspiracy because he was never actually found with any LSD.

This is one of the most important things about his case – RUDD IS SERVING A LIFE SENTENCE, YET HE WASN’T CAUGHT WITH ANY LSD!

He was convicted based on the testimony of others, who were themselves bargaining down their own jail time for other crimes by testifying against Rudd. He has spent over a decade behind bars, away from his two beautiful children and loving extended family. Because of minimum-mandatory sentencing laws, he will never see his family and friends as a free man again unless we all band together for his release.

Rudd, once a member of a freely moving community, the Grateful Dead family, crossed the country in brightly colored caravans, but now can no longer travel past the confines of his small dingy prison cell. Rudd is an artist, jewelry designer, and holds great potential benefit to the human community. His gifts can never be realized while he is locked away senselessly until his death.

After 12 years, I believe that Rudd has paid the price for any perceived crime against society. He was offered a plea deal with a sentence of 8 years, but since he would not cooperate with the government in a lie. Every American has a 6th Amendment Constitutional right to trial, but Rudd was given a life sentence for defending himself!

Life without parole is the second most severe penalty permitted by law in America, right after the DEATH PENALTY. Make no mistake, A LIFE SENTENCE IS A LIVING DEATH. This should be reserved for our worst and most violent criminals, not non-violent DeadHeads. Rudd is certainly no threat to anyone. Very few people can ever understand what it is to be so close to society, but completely unable to affect it in any way, dying lonely and forgotten in the depths of the criminal penal system for a non-violent drug offense. Such a sentance is America’s Shame.

Recently the Justice Department announced a sweeping new initiative which actively solicits clemency petitions from inmates who have served more than 10 years for a nonviolent crime. Please support our petition for commutation (reduction) of his sentence, and help bring Rudd home to his family.

Such a sentence is immoral and unethical and it costs tax payers almost $30,000 per year to keep Rudd locked up. So far the USA has spent almost a half million dollars on his incarceration and could easily spend several million more over the next few decades.

We are the voice of society and together we can show the world that we believe Rudd’s debt to society has been paid in full and he should not be caged for the rest of his life at taxpayer expense.

Your signature is critical in helping to bring my best friend home. Make a difference and help us right this injustice and bring our family together.


The New Court-Approved Device of Torture in California SHUz: Guard One

Originally posted on Moorbey'z Blog:

Guard One was implemented in the middle of June per mandate of a court-appointed mental health expert in Sacramento. The device resembles a pipe about the size of a closet pole cut to an 8″ length. It either flashes or beeps to indicate a welfare check has been recorded. Similar devices are in use throughout selected prisons, especially in the Security Housing Units (SHUs) where statistics reveal most prison suicides occur.While it is being promoted as a high-tech device able to create an electronic record that prison guards are actually performing their assigned duty of half-hourly welfare checks at each cell, it is also supposed to be showing how much CDCr cares about reducing the number of suicides on its four death row SHUs at San Quentin.

In San Quentin’s SHU II D.R. the sensor which the beeping pipe…

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