Family and Friends of Maliki Shakur Latine would like to give you a long overdue THANK YOU for all the support and love you’ve shown us on https://rally.org/maliki. We know there are many demands on your time, attention, and wallet in these troubling times and we thank you for thinking of Maliki Shakur Latine.
Maliki Shakur Latine in Brooklyn, February 2017.
Maliki says he is doing well, moving on the path he wants to be on, and moving at the pace in which he wants to move. He says the funds have helped immensely, in terms of speeding things up. While he still has things to accomplish, he has already navigated around many of the bureaucratic hurdles placed before a human being leaving prison after 37 years.
If you have donated to Maliki’s release fund, thank you. We ask now that you share this update on social media and/or by word-of-mouth, and ask some community members to donate as well.
Also, NYC, please SAVE THE DATE of March 25, 2017, 4-8pm, for Futures without Walls, a welcome home celebration for Maliki Shakur Latine. Details coming soon!
We also hope you’ll show other people recently released and soon-to-be-released from prison the same solidarity. #GoBeyondGiving and help Zolo Agona Azania rebuild his life here. Contribute to the Chelsea Manning Welcome Home Fund here. Look out for opportunities to donate to Oscar López Rivera’s release fund soon.
Of course please also don’t forget the many people still behind the walls. Check out organizations such as NYC Anarchist Black Cross, the Anarchist Black Cross Federation, the Jericho Movement, the RAPP Campaign, and Parole Preparation Project of the National Lawyers Guild-NYC Chapter for more information!
We are pleased to share some good news in troubling times! Through organization, collaboration, and a shared belief that change is possible, Maliki Shakur Latine just walked out of prison on parole after 37 years!! He is finally reunited with his family, friends, and community!
Family and Friends of Maliki Shakur Latine would like to thank the amazing Parole Preparation Project of the National Lawyers Guild-NYC Chapter, our awesome attorney Moira Meltzer-Cohen, visionary artist Sophia Dawson, the Sekou Odinga Defense Committee, NYC Anarchist Black Cross, the Anarchist Black Cross Federation, the Jericho Movement, the RAPP Campaign, and everyone who contributed to this People’s Victory! Everyone who has written a letter of support, everyone who donated financially, everyone who shared a post or passed a palmcard, THANK YOU!!! Thank you for all of the work you do for freedom and justice!
Maliki Shakur Latine’s imprisonment is over but his transition into minimum security America is just beginning. Please visit https://rally.org/maliki and donate to his release fund to help him cover the costs of basic survival needs and small comforts as he gets his footing!
Thank you for support!!!
As Salaamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuwa
Warmest Greetings of Love, Peace, Solidarity and Sincere Appreciation to Each and Every One of You:
At this time I wish to give my heartfelt appreciation and sincere gratitude for all the letters of support for my parole release that you sent to my NLG Parole Preparation Project team to be sent to the Parole Board Commissioners.
As members of society and the community to which I shall be returning upon my release on parole, your letters do reflect and convey the community’s collective and diverse voices calling for my release. Indeed, a heart that would not be moved and inspired by the words expressed in each of your letters, would be deemed blind, hollow and void of humanitarian compassion.
So in closing, I want each of you to know that I truly appreciate your support, solidarity, friendship and letters of support for my release.
In Unity and Love,
Maliki Shakur Latine
The Black Dragon
Maliki Shakur Latine in Shawangunk Correctional in front of a little mural showing mountains and crashing waves. April 2016.
Thank you so much for your love and solidarity and for growing with us in these past few months! Thank you especially to NYC Anarchist Black Cross, and to everyone who donated to Maliki Shakur Latine’s legal fund!
Maliki Shakur Latine in shades at Shawangunk Correctional in October 2015.
Thanks to you, Maliki Shakur Latine’s wonderful and tireless lawyer was able to file an Article 78 on his behalf in early September to challenge his unjust 2014 parole denial. Like many people in New York correctional facilities, Mr. Latine has never been able to choose his own lawyer before and it is already making a world of difference! While awaiting the result of the filing, his lawyer, family, and friends are beginning to prepare for Mr. Latine’s next appearance before the parole board in April 2016.
Also thanks to you, people are finally beginning to know the name “Maliki Shakur Latine” and his story. Awareness about parole and prison injustice and mass incarceration is growing and more and more people and their stories are coming to light!
As Maliki Shakur Latine said in his statement for NYC ABC’s Running Down the Walls event in September, “A Warming Embrace of Loving Solidarity to You All!”