Establish United States Truth and Reconciliation Commission
"There is a need for a Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the U.S. to resolve the history of slavery, oppression, racism, segregation, lynching and the issues of political prisoners of the Civil Rights Black Liberation Struggle who fought against these gross human rights abuses."
"As one considers these principles and ideas of the truth and reconciliation commission and considers the history of race relations and the gross human rights abuses against Blacks and particularly Black political prisoners for opposing the “neo-apartheid” in America. It must be said that the democratic process will never truly work in America without such a commission.
The idea that 400 years of gross and shocking human rights abuses against blacks in America, especially in the civil rights and black liberation struggle era of the 1950’s through the 1980’s and the mass killings and imprisonment during the black liberation struggle particularly through the infamous Co-intel-pro by the CIA and FBI cannot be overlooked or omitted as crimes against humanity under International Law and Geneva conventions and to do so is shortsighted and anti-democratic."
- Dr. Mutulu Shakur, political prisoner (2010)
"All of the political prisoner cases from the '60s are a concern. Closing the unsolved lynchings is something that we're still working on. It makes you wonder if the country isn’t coming to a place where we need some sort of truth and reconciliation commission to help us deal with what are very painful moments."
- Ben Jealous, NAACP President (2013)
Calling for a U.S."TRUTH & RECONCILIATION COMMISSION"
To address the unconditional release of U.S. held Political Prisoners.
We the, undersigned, demand that the U.S. Congress do everything within it's Congressional power to complete the unfinished business of the "Church Committee Hearings". We demand Congress convene an independent "Truth & Reconciliation Commission" to address the criminal misdeeds and abuses of the U.S. intelligence agencies in general and COINTELPRO in particular. Specifically as it pertains to the Civil Rights/Black Liberation Movement era.
We seek restorative justice and the immediate release of all of those who put their lives on the line for freedom and justice and thus have been languishing in prisons across America due to their political activities, associations and views.
"Justice delayed is justice denied" Rev. Martin L. King.
Towards a Truth and Reconciliation Commission For New African/Black Political Prisoners, Prisoners of War and Freedom Fighters by: Dr. Mutulu Shakur May 2010
Truth and Reconciliation Commission by: Dr. Mutulu Shakur January 2011