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Reparations Tribunal Subpoenas George Bush and Other Officials (english)
07 Nov 2003
George W. Bush Called to Answer for U.S. Government
International Law Crimes Against African People
What: International Tribunal on Reparations for Black People in the U.S.
When: November 15-16, 2003
Where: International House, 3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
Contact: International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement, (215) 724-3535 or (727) 502-0575

On Thursday, November 6th, the International Tribunal on Reparations for African People in the U.S. sent subpoenas to U.S. President George Bush and 35 other federal, state and local government officials, to appear in Philadelphia on November 15th and 16th to answer for violations of international law committed by the U.S. government against African people.

International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement President Chimurenga Waller declared that, “We have issued subpoenas to George W. Bush and the others because they represent the continuing history of oppression and genocide suffered by African people at the hands of the U.S. government, which formed the basis for the guilty verdict that was delivered at the founding session of the Reparations Tribunal in 1982.”

In 1982, black people, denied recourse through domestic courts, put the U.S. government on trial for violating international law in its treatment of the African community. The International Tribunal on Reparations for African People in the U.S. is based upon international laws including the U.N. Human Rights Charter and the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. In its founding session, an international panel of judges found the U.S. guilty and owing $4.1 trillion dollars in stolen labor alone, with damages yet to be set for pain and suffering. The upcoming 12th Session of the Tribunal will continue the process of hearing testimony from victims and expert witnesses to be entered into the growing body of documentation supporting the demand of African people for reparations.

This 12th Session of the African Reparations Tribunal, set to convene November 15th and 16th in Philadelphia, will focus on the categories of police brutality and the prison and education systems as they violate the internationally recognized human rights of African people in the U.S. Some of the government officials who will receive subpoenas to appear were chosen based upon their roles in policy-making and because the positions that they occupy make them representatives of the U.S. government, both in it’s current and historical actions and practices. Others are accused of their direct personal role in violating the human rights of African people, such as those beaten or murdered by police.

In addition to U.S. President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, former U.S. presidents Clinton, Bush Sr., Reagan, Carter and Ford, as well as John Ashcroft and Tom Ridge, will receive subpoenas to appear. Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, Judge Ron Castille, former Philadelphia Mayor Wilson Goode and several other Philadelphia justice and fire department officials are being called upon to answer for their roles in the prosecution of popular black journalist Mumia Abu Jamal and the 1985 police bombing of the MOVE house in West Philly.

Philadelphia narcotics officer John Ramirez, Police Commissioner Sylvester Johnston, Mayor John Street and District Attorney Lynne Abraham will receive subpoenas for their roles in the recent police killing of Edward Pickens, whose mother will testify at the Tribunal.
Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown and Police Commissioner Richard Wood are being called to answer for the actions of the now-disbanded “Oakland Riders”, while OPD officers Marcus Medyett, John Clement, M. Ira Perez, Joseph McGuinn, Von Weissmiller and Tegre Miles will receive subpoenas for their roles in the beating death of Jamil Muwwakkil.
According to Chimurenga Waller, president of the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement, which organizes the Tribunal, “In the name of fairness, we are giving these representatives of the U.S. government the opportunity to defend their actions before the people.”

The Tribunal is open to the public at no charge, but observers are asked to register by contacting the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement at (215) 724-3535 or (727) 502-0575. Registration forms and additional information are available online at www.inpdum.org
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