64 Day Campaign Week Three Highlight: Malcolm X Center for Self-Determination

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The Center serves as a public space for developing, testing, training and implementation of approaches to popular education, strategic planning, and communications skill enhancement as an organization of Afrikans in the United States/New Afrikans, committed to defending the human rights of our people and promotion of self-determination in our community using human rights frameworks, arts, technology and any means necessary!

HIGHLIGHT

MXCSD engaged the Universal Periodic Review process to support their longstanding work for the release of U.S. political prisoners and an end to state repression. With the help of the US Human Rights Network, MXCSD learned to use international treaties and mechanisms and successfully campaigned to place the existence and treatment of COINTELPRO/Civil Rights Era Political Activist and Organizers (Political Prisoners, Prisoners of War, and Exiles) on the Global Human Rights Agenda.

Under the UPR process MXCSD achieved the following: a) U.S. representatives did not deny the existence of U.S. political prisoners but requested our list, b) lobbied and obtained 4 unprecedented Recommendations by UN member states calling for the release of all U.S. political prisoners, c) the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Summary Report referenced the existence and treatment of long held political activists/political prisoners as a category, and d) conducted side events and inclusion of political prisoner testimony and documents in official records allowed them to be humanized and educated the international community regarding their existence and treatment. This effort continues with grassroots organizing and White House consultations; particularly, calling for amnesty and formation of a federal Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Publication Date: 
Nov 7, 2012

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