Uprisings against the imperialistic, oppressive overseers have been occurring since the inception of the Afrikan/Indigenous Amerikkkan Holocaust which was imposed upon Original people by diabolical cra*kers a few centuries ago.
Names of great liberators like Denmark Vesey, Harriet Tubman, Jean Dessalines and Nat Turner conjure up inspiration amongst those who worked towards being free from physical slavery in the generations which followed.
On September 9th 1971 in Attica, New York, a few more names were added to that short, dignified list.
This month, comrades and supporters of the Attica Rebellion acknowledged the 39th anniversary of the bloodiest and most revolting prison uprising in the United Snakes of Amerikkka’s history during a forum at Harlem’s Assata Shakur/Guillermo Morales Center.
Tribute was also paid to the life and works of Brother Akil Al-Jundi, one of the Attica brothers who survived the 5 day ordeal, during a panel discussion by 4 of his comrades – Carlos Roach, George Nieves, D. Sheppard and Henry Muhammad – who were also contained in the West New York State concentration camp during the revolt.
The insurrection began at approximately 8:30 AM Thursday, September 9th 1971, when some 1,300 of the 2,200 inmates populating the concentration camp rebelled and took it over, seizing about 40 correction officers.
For months, a few political prisoners in Attica had organized some of their fellow inmates to combat against the horrid living conditions which were going on behind the cold concrete walls, and the tensions culminated when George Jackson was assassinated at California’s San Quentin institution the previous month.
After failed negotiations with Governor Rockefeller (And This Who Jay-Z Pays Homage Too) , the 5-day siege ended on the following Monday, September 13th, when he ordered NY State troopers to drop tear gas canisters and opened fire on the inmates, even killing innocent ones who were not participating on the take-over.
The forum was preceded by the viewing of a documentary movie titled “Attica” which contained actual footage of the uprising, outlines the 5-day stand-off and includes actual footage of the hostile takeover, with pleas from some of the correction officers held hostage.
Moderator, Brother Shep opened by reading a letter Akil wrote November 19th 1987, detailing his experience during the Attica uprising which left at least 39 people dead and hundreds injured.
“The negotiations stopped and the killing started… once the tear gas dropped, everybody was incapacitated… then the shooting started!” the letter read. “A bullet entered my palm and blew out my hand… bone, blood, nails, tendons, skin flew everywhere. When I lifted up my hand I could see through it!”
Those that knew Akil reflected on many of his efforts as they individually repeated:
“He was a man of principle,” they often reflected. “When he knew that you were genuine and about something, particularly the prison struggle, Akil would be there for you,” mentioned one of Akil’s attorneys Bob Boile. “It meant a lot to the prisoners that he would take the time out to go up there and spend time with them. He was committed to the struggle and freeing political prisoners who were forgotten and in jail.”
December 12th Movement’s Latifah Carter remembered,
“That’s a Brother that’s due respect from all who support the struggle of political prisoners and prisoners of war.
Very principled… he was a warrior who would think and study The Art Of War,” comrade Bull Whip stated.
Brother Henry Muhammad recalled,
“Attica started with two brothers playing with the hands in the yard… the officer told them to stop… they did, then started again. The Lt. came and said, ‘Lock them up!’ One submitted.. the other rebelled. The Lt. grabbed the Brother… the Brother japped him… the officers moved on the Brother… the yard moved on the officers,” as the audience applauded.
George Nieves is still awaiting due justice, “One thing that was never acknowledged… the murders that were committed by the state… I’m still waiting for the state to go to jail!”
Former political prisoner Dhoruba bin Wahad summarized the infamous incident,
“Attica was a significant moment in the history of Afrikans in the U.S. In 1971 COINTELPRO had reached its height. It succeeded in dividing the Black Panther Party and infiltrated the civil rights movement.”
“Prisons in the early ’70s were universities where many Brothers and Sisters studied and learned self-discipline and principles. In many ways, it was a cockpit for revolutionary development of one’s character. One such person was Akil Al-Jundi.”
Former police brutality victim Attorney Michael Tarif Warren tied in his own personal experience with that of prior generations then stated. “It disturbs me that we don’t have a type of systematic legal cohesion that attacks these very evils that have remained against us to this very hour.”
Tarif concluded with…
“We are nothing more or nothing less than symbols of what happens in this apartheid system. We say in the spirit of one of our political prisoners…’If we have to face that type of battle, let’s get this party started!”
The audience then roared in applause.
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