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Political Prisoner Calendar July 2011

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born in Transkei region of South Africa on July 18, 1918. Mandela was committed to ending racism and apartheid from a young age. A leader in Umkhonto we sizwe, the...

Political Prisoner Calendar August 2011

Marcus Mosiah Garvey was born on August 17, 1897 in St. Ann’s Bay, Jamaica. He was a journalist, orator and publisher as well as a nationalist and Pan-Africanist. Garvey is credited with having founded...

Political Prisoner Calendar September 2011

Kwame Nkrumah was born September 21, 1909 in Nkroful, Gold Coast.    He was an influential 20t century advocate of Pan-Africanism and founding member and chairman of the Organization of African Unity (OAU). His early...

Political Prisoner Calendar October 2011

Fannie Lou Hamer was born October 6, 1917 in Ruleville, Mississippi. She was  leader of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party which garnered extensive support.   In 1963 while returning from South Carolina where she and...

Political Prisoner Calendar November 2011

Ed Poindexter was born November 1, 1944 in Omaha, Nebraska. Mr. Poindexter, like many political prisoners, was involved in the civil rights movement prior to joining the Black Panther Party. In April 1971, Poindexter...

December 2011 Political Prisoners Calendar

Ella Joe Baker was born on December 13, 1903 in Norfolk, Virginia. Her commitment to racial justice was born in her growing up in North Carolina and listening to her grandmother’s stories about slave...

Political Prisoner Report

Submission to the United Nations Universal Periodic Review Ninth Session of the Working Group on the UPR Human Rights Council 22 November – 3 December 2010 POLITICAL REPRESSION – POLITICAL PRISONERS Read More (PDF)