Spirit of Mandela Launches About the People Project



AtP crew and Jalil Muntaqim at Frederick Douglass gravesite (Photo: About the People, Youtube)

The Spirit of Mandela coalition announces the launch of the About the People (AtP) broadcast project. 

The Spirit of Mandela Coalition (SoM) is proud to announce the upcoming January 14, 2023, launch of the About the People (AtP) broadcast project. AtP is committed to sharing this important work with all those who are impacted by u.s capitalism, colonialism and imperialism, and struggling for liberation and self-determination.

About the People is an audio-visual project that emerges out of the International Tribunal on US Human Rights Abuses Against Black, Brown, and Indigenous Peoples and ongoing organizing efforts of the Spirit of Mandela Coalition campaign, which brought five charges of genocide against the u.s. These charges are specifically:

  1. Police Racism and Violence
  2. Hyper-incarceration
  3. Political Prisoners/Prisoners of War (PP/POW)
  4. Environmental Racism
  5. Public Health Inequities

The Final Verdict recognizes all of these charges as being relentlessly committed against Black, Brown and Indigenous people.

Following the International Jurists’ guilty verdict on all five counts, AtP tasked itself with highlighting the grassroots strugglers, revolutionaries and people of conscience in its looted colonies and territories. The idea and concept of the project had been incubating many months prior to the testimonies heard at the October 2021 Tribunal and the Final Verdict in 2022.  In the wake of the Tribunal proceedings, AtP launched into this work of amplifying on-the-ground counter-genocidal activities concretely and in earnest.  

The first installment of the AtP project, ‘Camp Muntaqim,’ will feature interviews with Revolutionary Elder Jalil Muntaqim and Incarcerated Organizer Kwame ‘Beans’ Shakur, founder of Prison Lives Matter. Elder Jalil, a veteran member of the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army, and founder of People’s Liberation Program in Rochester, NY, spent almost 50 years imprisoned for his revolutionary activities. He was paroled in October 2020 and continues his work to educate and liberate.

In tandem with feature discussions, segments such as ‘Everyday Slavery,’ ‘Revolutionary Culture’ and ‘Strong Work,’ are further looks into the genocidal conditions that we are faced with unceasingly in these neo-colonies, alongside the inspired resistance our freedom fighters are waging to address those conditions and the fire that sustains the drive to push forward to liberation and self-determination. 

The About the People broadcast project is inspired by those revolutionaries who have forged the path to this moment, and intentionally and strategically seeks to ignite further vital work moving forward. It’s all About the People. 

On Saturday, January 14, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. EST, the AtP broadcast committee is hosting the in-person and virtual premiere.  The in-person premiere will be at Mayday Space, located at 176 St. Nicholas Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11237.  

Those unable to attend in-person will be able to watch on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/@AtPAboutthePeople, and don’t forget to subscribe!

All are invited and welcome.

Go to:  https://linktr.ee/aboutthepeople for information to join virtually. 

About the People can be reached at: abouthepeople1312@gmail.comhttps://linktr.ee/aboutthepeople

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