Tupac Shakur’s stepfather, Mutulu Shakur, has just been given six months to live while being incarcerated, prompting activists to call for his compassionate release before he dies.
At 71, Shakur has been locked up for 36 years and is now battling stage-3 multiple myeloma, a rare blood cancer that attacks the bones and kidneys, which prison doctors say he is not likely to survive, according to the Washington Reporter.
Grassroots activists, church leaders, and attorneys continue to appeal for his release to the U.S. Justice Department, despite being denied nine times since his eligibility for parole in 2016.
A few pics from yesterday’s action at the Dept of Justice demanding the compassionate release of Baba Mutulu Shakur. #FreeMutuluNOW #FreeMutuluShakur #FreeAllPPs #FreeAllPOWs pic.twitter.com/lXUVnJGqRN
— Prof KKC (@KaranjaKeita) July 21, 2022
“Every legal effort has been made and is being explored, from compassionate release to clemency to [advocating for] changing the law that would allow people in Dr. Mutulu Shakur’s category sentenced under the law to get the benefits of release,” said attorney Nkechi Taifa. “It has to go beyond what we can do in the legal realm. It has to be a unified call from the people.”
The Black liberation icon has had a spotless record while behind bars, garnering the respect of prisoners and officials of the facility.
“After being diagnosed with life-threatening bone cancer yet denied compassionate release, his lawsuit against the US Parole Commission and the Bureau of Prisons for unjust denials was expedited,” reads his official website. “Dr. Shakur has been a federal prisoner since 1986. He has taken full responsibility for his actions, served as a force for good and anti-violence throughout his decades of incarceration, is an elder and has multiple health complications, has a loving family that needs him, and upon release will continue to inspire people to seek self-improvement through peaceful and constructive means, as he has done while incarcerated.”
On July 20, Taifa and others delivered a letter to the DOJ signed by over 200 community…
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