>Sent: Saturday, June 24, 2000 5:57 PM
>In the weekend edition of the Daily Challenge, June 23-25, the leading
>paper in New York which took up the defense of Shaka Sankofa (formerly
>known as Gary Graham), Naya Arinde wrote in an article entitled Shaka
>Sankofa Executed Despite Worldwide Plea - Battle Lost, the war continues,
>that Roy Innis, head of his Congress Of Racial Equality boasted he would
>have Bush as a keynote speaker at their seventh annual harmony awards
>at the Hilton on Monday at 6 p.m.
> When Sister Nayaba asked Roy Innis if he would reconsider Bush's
>invitation given Bush's refusal to grant clemency to Sankofa, which as
>governor, he could have, Innis snapped, "I would reconsider only if he
>had caved in and buckled under the pressure."
> Startled, Sister Nayaba asked the CORE leader if, like millions of people
>around the world, he didn't think that Sankofa was innocent, Innis
>rebuffed her question by declaring, "I think he was guilty as sin!"
> Repeating the disinformation that Shaka has had years and years of
>appeals, adding that he believed that most people on death row are guilty
>of committing the crimes for which they were convicted. It is fair to
>assume that this includes Mumia Abu-Jamal.
>Innis was adamant in his position, claiming that he was an equivocal
>supporter of the death penalty.
> Whether Innis is an equivocal or unequivocal supporter of the death
>penalty, we are sure that he has once again proven that he is ready,
>willing and able to join with the enemies of the aspirations, hopes and
>visions of the broad masses of African people striving to achieve their
>liberation which is inextricably intertwined with the total liberation of
>all humankind. In this latest treacherous declaration to our people, he
>joined the Bernadine Skillerns, Ron Mocks, Gerald Garretts, Clarence
>Thomases (or as Baraka puts it, Tom-Ass Clarence) in sending an
>innocent man to his death.
> On Monday, June 26th at 7 p.m., Roy Innis will present Texas Gov. George
>W. Bush and Republican presidential candidate as a guest of honor and
>keynote speaker at CORE's 7th Annual Harmony Awards Dinner at the
>New York Hilton Hotel and Towers at Rockefeller Center, 1335 Avenue of
>the Americas (53rd Street and 6th Avenue) in Manhattan.
> If the barbarians and savages are allowed to get away with presenting this
>charade in New York City without a proper response from decent people, we
>need to shut up, pack up and stop making believe we care about Shaka
>Sankofa, Mumia Abu-jamal and other political prisoners, politicized
>POWs, and the struggle of oppressed people in the United States.
> You now know where both Bush and Innis are going to be on Monday; where
>are you going to be?
> TO ALL PEOPLE OF GOODWILL WHO BELIEVE THAT
>SHAKA SANKOFA (aka GARY GRAHAM) SHOULD HAVE
>HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO PRESENT THE EVIDENCE
>PERTAINING TO HIS INNOCENCE BE IN COURT,
>BE ON ALERT...
>ON MONDAY, JUNE 26, 2000 AT 7 PM
> CORE Leader ROY INNIS Will Present
>An Award For Racial Harmony
>GOV. GEORGE . BUSH OF TEXAS,
>His Special Guest of Honor
>and Keynote Address Speaker
>at the Congress of Racial Equality's
>7th Annual Harmony Awards and Dinner
>To Be Held at the
> NEW YORK HILTON HOTEL AND TOWERS
>AT ROCKEFELLER CENTER
>1335 Avenue of the Americas
>(53rd Street and Sixth Avenue in Manhattan)
>Roy Innis, the most notorious and infamous reactionary in the
>African-American community has stated that he believes that Shaka
>Sankofa was guilty as sin. Innis also claims that the only reservation
>which he would have had in presenting George Bush as CORE's
>recipient of this years Racial Harmony Award was if the Texas
>governor had caved in and buckled under the pressure to
>allow Shaka Sankofa to have his day in court after having had
>years and years of appeals. Innis also boasts that he is an equivocal
>supporter of the death penalty.
> In taking this position, Innis, who has taken scores of horrendous stands
>before, all ostensibly in the name of Black people in the U.S., has
>struck rock bottom in choosing to honor George Bush for executing
>Shaka Sankofa rather than giving him a final opportunity to present his
>evidence of innocence which millions of different political persuasions
>agreed established reasonable doubt to his conviction.
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