Lynne Stewart, the militant lawyer who went up against U.S. state power to defend African, Arab and other oppressed nation activists, died March 7 in New York.
Stewart was 77 and is survived by her husband, Ralph Poynter, a member of the Black is Back Coalition.
After serving 4 years of a 10-year sentence as a political prisoner, Stewart was released from prison in December 2013 as a result of popular pressure on the government in the face of breast cancer that was terminal.
Eritha Cainion (traditionally known as Akilé Anai) filed paperwork this week at City Hall for the council seat to be vacated by term-limited Karl Nurse. She joins an already crowded field of candidates, including: local NAACP president Maria Scruggs, Lakewood Terrace activist and South St. Petersburg CRA advisory board member Corey Givens and perennial candidate Sharon Russ.
Cainion says she has discussed financial and grassroots support with the Uhuru movement, but considers herself a non-partisan candidate that will accept support from across the city.
A second candidate with ties to the Uhuru Movement has emerged for the upcoming city elections.
Jesse Nevel’s slogan for his mayoral run? “Unity through reparations.”
Nevel, 27, a Miami native who has lived in the city since he was 18, said he decided to make his initial foray into politics fight for justice for the city’s black residents.
“I decided to run because the old guard is on its way out and we want to see economic development for black communities and this city that is something that will uplift
Kundé Mwamvita, an African woman and single mother of five beautiful children, struggles in every possible way to take care of herself and her children.
Kundé is the mother of 16-year-old Dominique Battle who was murdered with her two 15-year-old girlfriends, La’Niyah Miller and Ashaunti Bulter on March 31, 2016 by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department.
At 10am EDT this morning, The Uhuru Movement held a press conference at the Akwaaba Hall in St. Petersburg, Florida to address the police murders of three teenage African girls––Laniya Miller (15), Ashaunti Butler (15) and Dominique Battle (16). On March 31st, Pinellas police enacted a car chase on these young girls, pushed them into a pond and stood by as they drowned.
NEW YORK, NY—On February 11, 2016 NYPD cop Peter Liang was convicted for manslaughter in the Akai Gurley case. Sources say the jury did not believe the pig’s defense, that his “gun fired accidentally”.