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Boston March on Bush HQ Protests Shaka Sankofa's Execution
20 Jun 2000
Hundreds of angry death penalty abolitionists answered the call of the
Boston Coalition for Mumia Abu-Jamal and carried out a militant,
lightning-quick occupatio of the building housing the "Bush for
President" campaign HQ in Boston's Downtown Crossing.

Hundreds of angry death penalty abolitionists answered the call of the
Boston Coalition for Mumia Abu-Jamal and carried out a militant,
lightning-quick occupatio of the building housing the "Bush for
President" campaign HQ in Boston's Downtown Crossing.

Perhaps the panicked Republican staffers knew ahead that the protesters
had come with indictments charging Texas Gov. Bush and Mass. Gov.
Cellucci for mass murder and conspiracy to commit murder for their roles in the
serial killings of hundreds railroaded into Texas death rows, and their
support of legal lynching nationwide.

Elevators were shut down and staffers hid behind lcoked doors. Police on
call came running. But they couldn't prevent a reporter's news
conference question to their boss that evening, "What about this man
they call Shaka Sankofa?" Many New England media organizations covered
the demonstration.

Saraivy Orench-Reinat, speaking for the Mumia Coalition, delivered the
indictment, charging Bush with "130 plus counts of Murder in the 1st
Degree, that is, premeditated murder, for the vicious and inhuman
execution of prisoners on death row in the state of Texas...and for the
Attempted Murder of Shaka Sankofa (Gary Graham)...just 17 years old when
he was charged with capital murder--a violation of international law
prohibiting minors from receiving death sentences."

The growing crowd of protesters jamming the rush hour streets in the
shopping district responded with chants, "Hands Off an Innocent Man!
Hands off Shaka Sankofa!"

Several times marchers outmaneuvered police, taking and blocking major
downtown streets, moving to the swift beat of drums. Loud calls of
"Bush/Cellucci We Say No! The Death Penalty Has Got To Go!" annoyed a
few storekeepers and hawkers, but gathered large crowds of youth and
commuting workers who joined in support.

Speakers from the Internaitonal Action Center, Refuse & Resist, the
Community Church of Boston, Steelworkers Lcl. 8751, and many others
echoed Mumia's call to step up "unsparing protest" this summer, to stop
Shaka's murder, and to shake the conventions of the Republican and
Democratic ruling parties.

This budding New England abolitionist coalition, full of youthful bigor
and dead-set on demolishing the prison industrial complex, has announced
plans to send thousands from the reion to Philadelphia and Los Angeles
to

prohibit business as usual and to win justice for the movement's
leaders, such Shaka and Mumia, behind prison bars on death row.
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