Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Memorial Services for Black Panther Party Member and Political Prisoner, Bashir Hameed, to be Held Sept. 4

Note from Sis. Marpessa: In honor of Bashir Hameed's passing, I hope we can each pledge to be in touch with at least one of our freedom fighters, as this must certainly heighten their own concerns.

Please let a PP/POW know that we are thinking of them, they would dearly appreciate receiving a card or letter, especially now.

Addresses and additional information are available at the following URL:

Bro. Hameed may be gone physically, but his spirit will live on FOREVER, we will never FORGET, we will forever HONOR him as a Hero of OUR STORY, and redouble our efforts to free our people!.
As Salaam Aliakum from Florence Hameed

Services for Bashir Hameed will be held on
Thursday, September 4, 2008 at 9:30 a.m.
Dar Ul Islam of Elizabeth
602-616 Salem Ave
Elizabeth, NJ 07208

BASHIR HAMEED was born and raised in New Jersey. In 1968, Bashir Hameed joined the Black Panther Party while residing in Oakland CA. Once he returned to New Jersey, he became Deputy Chairman of the New Jersey Chapter of BPP. Bro. Bashir Hameed was currently serving a sentence of 25 years to life.

For those who may not know:
FBI documents obtained during the 70's reveal that during this time Bashir Hameed [born James D. York on 1940-12-01 – 30 August 2008] was a member of the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Army.

He became a COINTELPRO target. He was charged and convicted of the murder and the attempted murder of two police officers in April 1981. This conviction came as a direct result of his political activity. Bashir Hameed and his co-defendant, Abdul Majid, aka Anthony LaBorde, were tried three times.

There first trial ended in a hung jury divided along racial lines, The second trial was declared a mistrial by the judge immediately after the jury rendered a decision that acquitted Bashir on the murder charge. At a third trial, they were eventually convicted for murder.

Family members ask that all sympathy & condolence cards be sent to the Hameed Family at 511 Winton Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148

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It is with great sadness that we join the different organizations that have paid tribute to Brother Bashir Hameed who made his transition this past Saturday night, August 29th. Some of us first met Bashir in these last months of his life and were moved by his spiritual strength, intellectual clarity, and love for his family and people.

We had hoped that the video that Bashir so wanted to do would be approved by the Department of Corrections before he passed, but that was not to happen.

Bashir's history as a militant activist in the Black Panther Party parallels so many of the other histories of our political prisoners of African descent.

Born in New Jersey, after confronting the racism of the colleges he attended and that of the US Army, he moved to the Bay Area and in his own words "fell in love with the Black Panther

Later, he was sent back to New Jersey to try to rebuild the BPP which had already been decimated by the US government and local police.

Within two years, he was either in jail or facing imprisonment for up to 20 years, all for doing regular BPP work, distribution of the party newspaper, the breakfast program, and political education. He ended up spending four years in Trenton State Prison and upon release was immediately again targeted.

The Queens 2 case, which included Abdul Majid and himself, involved the alleged killing of two policemen in Queens.

Their first trial ended in a hung jury, the second was declared a mistrial with 8 to 4 for "not guilty", and the last involved very questionable witnesses and finally led to the conviction the state wanted, and a sentence of 30-plus years to life, with the recommendation that Bashir and Abdul never be paroled.

We say to Bashir's family, to his wife, and to all those who loved and admired him, that Bashir will not be forgotten. Just this past Sunday, at the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement hip hop concert, hundreds of young people learned about who Bashir is, were very moved by Brother Dhoruba's tribute to him, and cheered with great respect as each hip hop artist began his/her performance with an individual dedication to Bashir.

Would that Bashir had heard this in his lifetime, but he knew he would be remembered, and showed that confidence in his last days. Revolutionaries never die!

We extend our condolences to Bashir's devoted mother, Mrs. York, to his son, his sister, his niece (who became a doctor with the encouragement and prodding of her incarcerated uncle and who monitored his medical care in the last years of his life when he faced several serious medical conditions), and to his wife, Florence, who left her home in Texas to spend these last months by her husband's side.

In loving revolutionary memory,

International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal

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