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Announcement :: Human Rights
03 Apr 2004
Modified: 01:54:56 AM
This *2-day* event in support of Political Prisoners and racially profiled detainees held in the U.S. will consist of a concert which will be held on Friday, April 16, from 7 PM to 11, and a conference on Saturday, April 17, from 9 to 5:30 PM. *Please* read on for additional concert and conference information.

SET THE CAPTIVES'S FREE! Conference on Political Prisoners,
Prisoners of War, and Racially Profiled Detainees in the U.S.
April 16 & 17, Lipke Auditorium, UMASS Boston
Friday, April 16, 7-11pm concert featuring Dead Prez, Iyeoka Ivie Okoawo,
FTP, Blackout Boston, The Foundation, Curtis King, Simon & Wagner, Reflect &
Strengthen, VCR, and PRESENTE!
Saturday, April 17, 9am-5pm workshops and presentations with Pam Africa
(MOVE), Fred Hampton, Jr., Linda Evans, Russell Shoates, III, Netdahe Williams, Rod
Coronado, Mike Duan, (South Asian Coalition,) Rawan Barakat, (New England Committee to Defend
Palestine), Kamel Bell, Michelle Morales, Soffiyah Elijah, Nancy Murray
(Patriot Act & Homeland Security), Prof. Robert Hall, Nalda Vigezzi (The Cuban 5)
and Jean Day (Leonard Peltier Defense)
$15 Fri. Concert, $10 Sat. Conference, $20 both days, 15 & under, FREE
Info: 617-288-1433 or email:
freedomnow20042000 (at)
Sponsored by The William Joiner Center/UMASS Boston, The Jericho Movement
Boston Political Prisoner Defense Committee, Mobarezeh Collective, Int'l
Concerned Friends and Family of Mumia Abu Jamal, American Friends Service
Committee, and PRESENTE!


PRESENTE! is a poetry and theatre collective that for the past three years
has been conducting artistic performances calling attention to the plight of
Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War held within the borders of the
United States. Many of these prisoners have been incarcerated for waging
struggle against the U.S. Government's colonialist and racist policies here
and abroad.

They are leaders and combatants for Puerto Rican Independence,
Native American rights, Black Liberation; some are North American anti
imperialists who interfered with their government's ability to wage war
around the world. Some are of Arab and Muslim backgrounds, recent targets
of "Homeland Security's" policies of racial profiling and disappearances,
which are implemented to silence the most critical voices of protest against
colonialism and genocide in the Middle East.

Many of these prisoners have been handed down sentences which amount to life
imprisonment -- sentences that are a great deal more severe than what is
often imposed on child molesters, rapists, and racists who engage in hate
crimes. Some, like the Arab and Muslim detainees have been subject to
indefinite incarceration, without charges, the benefit of counsel, or access
to their loved ones. Others, like Mumia Abu Jamal, are on death row.

The responses of those who have seen our performances have been very
positive. We have come to the conclusion however that our efforts are
wasted if they do not yield the result of active and massive organizing to
seek these prisoners' release from captivity.

It is in the interest of transforming our artistic work into concrete action
that would be useful in securing these prisoners' release, that we have organized this Set the Captives Free Conference in Boston. We hope
to bring together people from the communities the prisoners represent, as
well as organizers and activists. Our goal is to acquaint those who still
don't know of them with their history and plight, and develop strategies
that will lead to their long overdue exit from prison.


U-Mass Boston, Herbert Lipke Auditorium (science Building, 2nd floor,) 100 Morrissey Blvd


$15 concert, $10 day conference, $20 both events, 15 and under free.


Take the Red Line to JFK/UMass Station. A free shuttle bus will carry you to the campus. Directions to reach the University of Massachusetts Boston by public and private transportation is available at


or email:
freedomnow20042000 (at)

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What are you doing about victims in Boston?
03 Apr 2004
All I see are people trashing victims in their own community and then waxing poetic about political victims afar.