Jericho New England Presents: 

Tribute to Gil Scott-Heron & Political Prisoners!
A Benefit Concert for Political Prisoners in the U.S.

Saturday, July 21st
Doors at 8pm
The Middle East, Cambridge, MA
472 - 480 Massachusetts Ave

Tickets $20 advance, $25 at the door.
Buy your tickets now!


Performances by:

THE MIDNIGHT BAND (Gil Scott-Heron's band)
SPIRITCHILD (of Mental Notes)
NOT4PROPHET (of Ricanstruction & X-Vandals)

Special guests include:

PAM AFRICA (Family and Friends of Mumia Abu Jamal)
DHORUBA BIN-WAHAD (Black Panther Party former political prisoner)
RAY LAVASSEUR (Northamerican anti-imperialist former political prisoner)
MC: KAZI TOURE (New Afrikan former political prisoner)

Join us for this night of music to honor our imprisoned freedom fighters and our warriors who have passed, featuring (RIP) Gil Scott-Heron's very own Midnight Band!! All proceeds go towards the struggle to free political prisoners.

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For more information, contact: prisonerconcert (at)

Bail Hearing for Tarek Mehanna

A bail hearing has been scheduled for Dr. Tarek Mehanna who has been unjustly imprisoned under 23-hour solitary confinement for 15 months after refusing to be an FBI informant against his community. Dr. Mehanna is a well respected, loved and outspoken member of his community who has spent his time as a scholar, friend, teacher and leader.

Dr. Mehanna and his family have requested that you come to the courthouse on the day of the hearing to express your support and belief in his innocence. We ask that you help us to show the Judge why Dr. Mehanna should be released on bail. THIS HEARING IS THE MOST CRUCIAL ONE YET: this will be the first opportunity for Dr. Mehanna's lawyers to make a strong case for Dr. Mehanna's right to have bail set and be home with his family pending trial.

The date and time as follows:

Wednesday, February 23rd, arrive at 1pm
Moakley Federal Courthouse

1 Courthouse Way

Boston, MA

Please spread the word to others and show up as early as possible!! Because the hearing starts at 2, it is best to be there well before then.

This is a big opportunity for you to show your support for this man who has served his community and defended justice. It is crucial that we have as many supporters as possible show up to court. This is a real chance for Dr. Mehanna to be released on bail and we cannot stress enough how much your presence is needed!

A rally outside the courthouse will follow the hearing regardless of the outcome. We ask that you join us for the rally.

Let's make this a strong turnout! We have to show Dr. Mehanna, his family, the judge, the press and everyone else how much love and support he has! We want Dr. Mehanna back in our community where he belongs.

Thank you all for your support on behalf of Dr. Mehanna, his family, and the support committee.

*Reminder: Be prepared for the possibility that the government will change the date last minute. Remember to bring 2 forms of ID (at least one photo ID) and that no cell phones or another electronics will be allowed into the court. We also ask that you dress appropriately for the courtroom.*

5K Run in Solidarity with Political Prisoners:
Support Leonard Peltier and Tarek Mehanna

WHEN: Saturday, September 18, 10:00 am RAIN OR SHINE!
WHERE: Jamaica Pond Boathouse (Jamaica Plain, MA)

Running Down the Walls came early this year (Saturday, 8/7)--thanks to all who attended in spite of late notice. Since many couldn't attend, we have decided to keep up our tradition in Boston and hold another 5K run at Jamaica Pond in September in honor of Leonard Peltier's 66th Birthday.

This year will be Leonard Peltier's 34th year in prison for defending the rights of his people. Our 5K run is one small opportunity to create visibility about Leonard's case and raise funds for his ongoing defense. More information at .

Proceeds from the run will be divided between the Leonard Peltier Defense/Offense Committee (LPDOC) and the Tarek Mehanna support committee Since Leonard's actual birthday (Sept. 12th) falls on the last day of Ramadan this year, we have decided to hold the run on the following weekend: Saturday, Sept. 18th.

We are suggesting a $15 donation to register for the run; participants are invited to gather pledges and donations to help support the event.

Jamaica Pond is located on the Jamaica Way in Jamaica Plain. The run will start at the Boathouse, near the intersection of Jamaica Way and Pond St. The closest T stations are Green St. on the Orange Line and Heath St. on the Green Line; the closest bus route is the 39. Please call Jericho Boston if you need more detailed directions.

Flyer available here.

(617)830-0732 -

Celebrating the Life & Legacy of Safiya Asya Bukhari, freedom fighter and former political prisoner

Please Join us for a short documentary about her life and work, and selected readings of her book, The War Before
Discussion to follow--Topics include:
* Resistance and Sacrifice
* Building and Sustaining Community
* Lessons Learned from Our Past Struggles

Saturday August 28, 2010
Lucy Parsons Center, 549 Columbus Ave.

Organized by Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and the Jericho Movement to Free All Political Prisoners

Flyer available here.

On Friday, March 12, members of the Tarek Mehanna Support Committee attempted for the second time to meet with a representative of the Massachusetts US Attorney's office. Again we were told to fill out a complaint form--there was no one at the office who could speak to us. We asked whether it was the explicit policy of the new US Attorney not to meet with concerned members of the public. The "Administrative Specialist" insisted that this was not the policy of the office, but couldn't explain why our calls, faxes and our formal complaint remained unanswered.

This time we left a written statement and directed the administrative assistant to bring it to the attention of the US Attorney. We were told, once again, that someone would contact us on Monday.

Many of us had thought that the former Massachusetts US Attorney Michael Sullivan had set a low water mark for unresponsiveness to community concerns. It seems that the new holder of the office, Carmen Ortiz, may lower the bar still further.

We are releasing our statement as an open letter to the new US Attorney.


United States Attorney Carmen Ortiz
John Joseph Moakley
United States Federal Courthouse
1 Courthouse Way, Suite 9200
Boston, MA 02210

Friday, March 12, 2010

US Attorney Carmen Ortiz:

We are here representing the Tarek Mehanna Support Committee.

During the week of February 22 through February 26 we made numerous phone calls and sent faxes to Assistant Attorney Chakravarty to express strong community concerns in the case of Tarek Mehanna. Chakravarty appears to have dealt with these concerns by disabling his voicemail, routing calls to the voicemail of a secretary who never returned them. As you may have been informed, we sent a delegation to your office on Friday, February 26, to raise our concerns in person. We were instructed to fill out a complaint form with our contact information so that we could arrange an appointment with you. Since then, no one from your office has contacted us.

In our conversation with your administrative assistant, we expressed our belief that the unresponsiveness of your office to community concerns shows an arrogant contempt for the residents of Massachusetts. This contempt is especially egregious in light of the history of severe prosecutorial misconduct that has come to characterize the Massachusetts US Attorney's office from the time of Sullivan's leadership.

We are here again to demand that you take our concerns seriously.

We believe that Tarek Mehanna is the victim of FBI retaliation and severe institutional abuse of power because of his refusal to act as an informant for the FBI--a refusal that lies fully within his constitutionally protected rights. The FBI explicitly threatened Mr. Mehanna with this retaliation, saying that they would make his life a "living hell," by using false allegations of "terrorism" unless he agreed to act as an informant within the Muslim community.

These FBI threats and the decision of the US Attorney's office to carry them out are reminiscent of the criminal collaboration between Assistant US Attorney Jeffrey Auerhahn--also responsible for Mr. Mehanna's prosecution--and FBI Special Agent Michael Buckley, documented in the case Ferrara v. US.

Auerhahn's record of conduct would merit not merely disbarment, but criminal sanctions. These practices include:

*Coercing a witness into giving false testimony (suborning perjury);

*Falsifying evidence;

*Withholding exculpatory evidence from defense;

*Lying before the court (perjury).

US Attorney Michael Sullivan's failure to sanction Auerhahn for these practices in any meaningful way speaks of complicity in this criminal misconduct at the highest level of the Massachusetts office. As the allegations against Auerhahn came to light, rather than suspending Auerhahn, Sullivan transferred him from the Racketeering Unit to the Anti-Terrorism Unit, where he has continued in the same practices against another set of victims.

The criminal collaboration between Auerhahn and FBI agent Buckley requires that your office not only take action against Auerhahn, but reconsider those pending cases in which Auerhahn has been involved.

We believe that Tarek Mehanna is another innocent victim of illegal practices on the part of the FBI and the US Attorney's office. We strongly urge you, as the new leader of the Massachusetts US Attorney's Office, to break with this atrocious history.


The Tarek Mehanna Support Committee


For more information about Tarek Mehanna and the campaign for his release, see


A Fundraiser for the Jericho Movement to Free ALL Political Prisoners

The Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee



Doors open at 5:30



(Stonybrook stop on the Orange Line)



Updates by Ashanti Alston - Jericho Movement to Free ALL Political Prisoners, Andrea Hornbein - Decarcerate,
Russell Peters - Mashpee Wampanoag

Refreshments, petitions and cards for/to the prisoners, photo op for LPDOC
"Zoom In" campaign for executive review, and more!

Download a flyer here.

Presented by Jericho Boston