Take a Stand Against War Crimes Against Humanity

Fri. Oct. 6, 7-11 EDT Riverside Church, NYC, and livestreamed

Dr. Cornel West will lead a stellar group of speakers on discussions covering the topics of genocide and war crimes against humanity that continue to this day. All of our speakers will stand in the spot where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke out against the war in Vietnam before his planned march on Washington. We cannot allow another presidential election cycle to go on without mobilizing against the continuation of sacred artifacts and remains in the hands of the oppressor. We cannot allow the prison system to continue in its current state with the mass incarceration of people of color and the brutal jailing of our Indigenous Elders and Black Political Prisoners. We cannot allow the ignorance to continue in America, white-washing the over 600 massacres that make up the true history of our country. We cannot allow the theft of tribal and sacred land and resources and the environment as we watch the desecration of the Earth. We cannot allow the mass incarceration of People of Color to be used as free labor. We cannot allow the current conditions on the reservation and in the ghetto to continue. It is time to build new structures for the advancement of all people on the planet. Nothing less will do.

We are launching a new petition to Free Leonard Peltier with a goal of collecting one million signatures from Indigenous People.

Dr. Cornel West is a philosopher, political activist, social critic, actor, and public intellectual. The grandson of a Baptist minister, West’s primary philosophy focuses on the roles of race, gender, and class struggle in US society. A socialist, West draws intellectual contributions from multiple traditions, including Christianity, the Black church, democratic socialism, left-wing populism, neopragmatism, and transcendentalism. Among his most influential books are Race Matters (1993) and Democracy Matters (2004).

Chief Henry Red Cloud is the direct 5th generation descendant of Chief Red Cloud, one of the last Lakota war chiefs. Henry was born and raised on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, home of the Oglala Lakota Nation, where living conditions are extremely difficult.

Jenipher Jones is a civil movement and human rights attorney, a Partner at A People’s Law Firm, LLC, a movement law firm based in Denver, Boulder, and South Dakota. She is also the Assistant Director for Community Initiatives at the Animal Activist Legal Defense Project (AALDP) at the Sturm College of Law. Jenipher began her career in the New Orleans office of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and the New Orleans Office of the Independent Police Monitor.

Leonard Peltier is an imprisoned Native American considered by Amnesty International, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, National Congress of American Indians, the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Rev. Jesse Jackson, among many others, to be a political prisoner who should be immediately released. A selection of paintings by Leonard Peltier will be on view at this event.

Jihad Abdulmumit is a former Black Panther/Black Liberation Army political prisoner held in the federal system for 23 years. He is presently the National Chairperson for Jericho (www.thejerichomovement.com); a representative of the Jamaat of the Shehu Uthman dan Fodio; and sits on the Coordinating Committee of the Spirit of Mandela’s 2021 International Tribunal which successfully charged the US government and its States with the crime of genocide against Black, Brown, and Indigenous people (www.spiritofmandela.org).

Jalil A. Muntaqim was released from prison to parole on October 6, 2020, after being confined for almost 5 decades. Jalil is a veteran member of the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Army, the co-founder (along with deceased Comrade Sister Safiya Bukhari (d. 2003) and Baba Herman Ferguson, (d. 2014) of the National Jericho Movement to Free All Political Prisoners.

Mia Feroleto is a well-known art advisor, activist and artist who divides her time between Vermont and South Dakota. She was the creator of A Shelter From The Storm: Artists For The Homeless of New York and ARTWALK NY, an annual event for Coalition for the Homeless that has been copied all around the country since 1995. Feroleto has organized numerous benefit auctions and large-scale special events at major auction houses.

Tickets are on sale for purchase at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/our-lives-are-a-sun-dance-tickets-719861764917?aff=oddtdtcreator

The event will be streamed live at a cost of $15 each. To attend this event the cost is $40 per ticket. For additional information, please contact Mia Feroleto at 802-952-6217 or by email at mia.feroleto@gmail.com

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