Maliki Shakur Latine has written a statement to be read at Running Down the Walls 2015 events. It was written particularly for the NYC Anarchist Black Cross run/walk/ride in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park on Sunday, September 6, 2015. The NYC ABC RDTW will not only benefit the ABCF Warchest fund, which has sent regular stipends to Maliki and others for around a decade, but also his legal fund for his release on parole! That said, the statement was written with all of the runs and events in mind. He has long enjoyed affinity, support, and solidarity from Running Down the Walls, from its inception though LA ABCF, to the growing events spread across the u.s. and beyond today!
If you are hosting or participating in a Running Down the Walls event, we encourage you to read the statement below, whether in full or in part. You can read as long or as short a portion as you see fit! Please let your audience know that the statement is available in its entirety at justiceformaliki.org, and that more information about Maliki Shakur Latine, including his address so that you can write to him and a donation button (on the top right-hand side of the page), is available here as well. You are also encouraged to repost and share!
Have a great Running Down the Walls! Freedom is the Solution!!!
Family and Friends of Maliki Shakur Latine
Maliki Shakur Latine’s Statement for
Running Down the Walls 2015
As Salaamu Alaikum (May Peace Unto You), Revolutionary Greetings and Salutations, and a Warming Embrace of Loving Solidarity to You ALL!
It is indeed an honor and noble privilege to be invited to share with you all here today, a few words of heartfelt and sincere appreciation for all the support that all of you have shown for many years, towards myself as well as all PP/POWs and those lingering in prison unjustly. Your selfless sacrifices, time and resource made towards the cause of winning our Freedom, shall forever be recorded in the annals of Eternal Truth and Justice.
Today is a very special day for many of us, both present as well as those of us (who are held captive) who are absent. This is the day of “Running Down the Walls.” It is a Day of Solidarity as well as a Day of Focus. It is a Day of Focus because it is a Day in which we must remind ourselves that there is a segment of the human population that is isolated, separated, being dehumanized, and who serve as slaves in this country’s Prison Industrial Complex. So this is a Day of Running Down the Walls, a Day of Focus, a Day of Solidarity and a Day in which the Common Cause of our Humanity—FREEDOM—is the Objective and Goal.
In Truth, this solidarity expressed and demonstrated by the “Run” proves to every concerned soul, that the Unity of our Humanity shall always prevail over all man-made obstacles and schemes erected to divide and separate us into “hostile” groups. I see in the symbolism of “Running Down the Walls” another important lesson and quest. It is also the quest to “Tear Down the Walls/Barriers” of all hostile dehumanizing and repressive rules, laws and ideas; those that are found to foster and promote Oppression.
Such as the Walls erected to serve as “mental blocks,” often resorted to whenever one refuses to acknowledge one’s own fault, error/mistake and/or refuses to accept constructive criticism or the Wall erected and called “racial superiority” that is entertained whenever we consider/deem ourselves superior to another Ethnic Tribe and/or member of our Human FAMILY; or the Walls of the erroneous idea that one’s own self-righteous gauge of morality entitles one to violently abuse/attack another because the person happens to be a member of the LGBTQ community; or the Diabolical Wall erected (and foolishly attempted to be maintained) that supposedly gives man the inherent and unchallengeable right to DECIDE, DICTATE, AND/OR DETERMINE THE RIGHTS, CHOICES AND DESTINY OF ANY WOMAN!!!
Such are just some of the “Walls” that also need to be removed and eliminated from within ourselves, and then from society. Society shall not change until we (ourselves) change (e.g. our views, attitudes, relationships and our aspirations toward LIFE, undergoes a complete transformation).
In conclusion, I would like to share with you a few verses from the Noble Quran that shed Light upon the points raised herein:
“O Mankind! Behold, we have created you all out of a male and a female, and have made you into Nations and Tribes, so that you might come to know one another. Verily, the noblest of you in the Sight of God is the one who is most deeply conscious of God. Behold, God is All-Knowing, All-Aware.” (Quran: chapter 49 verse 13)
“O Mankind! Be conscious of your SUSTAINER, Who has created you out of one living entity, and out of it created its mate, and of the two spread abroad a multitude of men and women. And remain conscious of God, in Whose Name you demand your mutual rights from one another, and of these ties of kinship. Verily, God is Ever Watchful over you.
And among God’s Wonders is this: God creates for you mates out of your own kind, so that you might incline towards them, and God engenders Love and Tenderness between you: in this, behold, there are messages indeed for all people who think!” (Quran: chapter 4 verse 1, with chapter 30 verse 21)
“And among God’s Wonders is the Creation of the Heavens and the Earth, and diversity of your tongues and colours: for in this , behold, there are messages indeed for all who are possessed of innate knowledge.” (Quran: chapter 30 verse 22)
“Art thou not aware that God sends down water from the skies, whereby We bring forth fruits of many hues—just as in the Mountains there are streaks of white and red of various shades a swell as others raven-black and there are in men, and in crawling beasts, and in cattle, too, many hues? Of all God’s servants, only such as are endowed with innate knowledge stand truly in awe of God: for Verily God is Almighty, Much-Forgiving.” (Quran: chapter 35 verses 27-28)
So now I shall conclude this here; I only ask that you feel free to ponder over what I shared with you by way of reminder. I also ask that you consider embarking upon the Path of elevating our consciousness to the level that WE usher in; a heightened era of struggle to include “Tearing Down” those additional Walls I’ve described above (Insha Allah).
My Peace and Love to You All, and know that: When the Prison doors open, the Real Dragon will fly out!
The Black Dragon
Maliki Shakur Latine
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