Monday, November 26, 2007

Celebrate and Defend the Legacy of the Black Panther Party: Drop the Charges Against the SF 8

Celebrate and defend the legacy of the Black Panther Party:
Drop the charges against the SF-8

NYC, Friday, November 30, 7 pm
Martin Luther King Jr. Labor Center
310 W. 43rd Street (between 8th & 9th Ave.) New York City

Speakers Include:
Gil Noble, respected producer and host of ABC-TV's Like It Is
Francisco Torres, Harold Taylor and other SF-8 defendants
Soffiyah Elijah, Esq., lawyer on the SF-8 case
Performing: alixa + naima/Climbing Poetree

The San Francisco 8 are eight former "original" Black Panther Party members and active supporters (ages 56 to 72), who were arrested last January in California, New York and Florida on charges related to the 1971 killing of a San Francisco police officer.

Some of these men faced virtually identical charges almost 35 years ago, charges that were dropped after it was revealed that police torture had extracted "confessions."

But that was in 1973. Now that torture has been made acceptable in this country, the case is back based on the same flawed evidence.

The judge has released the 6 bail-eligible defendants on bond, suggesting to legal experts that this case is a shaky one.

Two of the 8 defendants, political prisoners Herman Bell and Jalil Muntaqim, are not eligible for bail. They remain in jail in San Francisco, having already served more than 34 years in New York state prisons. This new case charges them again with actions for which they are already doing time.

Learn more about the case and welcome home defendant Cisco Torres, released on bail, now back with his family in Queens, New York.

For Information Contact: Committee to Free the SF-8
Local 1199 (Michael @, (Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
The Jericho Movement or call: (718) 254-8800 or (646) 246-0770

Come support the SF-8 and defend the history of all struggles for justice.

Sponsors so far: SEIU Local 1199, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, NY State Taskforce for Political Prisoners, the Jericho Movement, Resistance in Brooklyn, Campaign to End the Death Penalty, Pro Libertad, Frances Goldin, Safiya
Bukhari-Albert Nuh Washington Foundation, Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition (NYC), Black Panther Commemoration Committee (NY), Malcolm X Commemoration Committee, NYC Anarchist Black Cross, Gabriela Network USA

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