Pan Africanism : Support Our Afrikan Warrior Brother

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  1. truetothecause

    truetothecause Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Title: Support Our Afrikan Warrior Brother facing trial on Dec 10 2007!


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    Plan of Action: Protect/Support Obadele Kambon as he faces a police corruption induced trial on December 10, 2007.

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    Purpose of Action: Be involved in a continued fight against Police Brutality and corruption in our communities by helping to support our warrior brother.

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    Background:

    On the evening of June 25, 2007 at 9:45PM, Obadele Kambon and his pregnant fiancée, Kala Mujibha, were stopped by the Chicago police allegedly for a broken turn signal light. Without explanation, Obadele and Kala were told to get out of the car and were unlawfully searched, handcuffed, and detained by the police while the car was illegally searched without expressed or implied consent and without probable cause. Though Obadele safely transported an unloaded weapon in a closed container within the trunk of his car with papers of ownership, the police confiscated the weapon, arrested Obadele, and ...http://www.*****************/Legal.php#background


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  2. kemetkind

    kemetkind Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Thank you for posting this sister True...I was just about to.

    If the Mychal Bells among us warrant national attention this brother needs to be on the front of every media outlet in the country.

    Let's get the word out.
     
  3. Son of RA

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    The struggle continues. I will be sending $$$ to his legal fund. Who is next? It could be me or you.

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  4. roarin1

    roarin1 Banned MEMBER

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    This Yung Brother....

    Has been targeted solely due to the power of His BaBa.

    This is another example of blatant injustice in a european 'justice' system.
    None-the-less, painfully revealing of the terrorist motives of the u.s. government at work or, at it's 'best.' And they're angry. If you can't get the father, attack the seed.....alway's attack the seed.

    If the yung Brother's legal team are wiley enough, they'll embarrass the police dept. enough but then, how do you embarrass a government that is 'shameless?'

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  5. truetothecause

    truetothecause Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    UPDATE!!!!!

    JUSTICE DELAYED!!For Obadele Kambon
    http://www.*****************/Justice.php

    (Justice Delayed in the face of continued police and

    prosecution abuses in Chicago)

    http://www.*****************/Justice.php




    What: Update on Obadele Kambon's December 10 Trial


    Who came: On December 10th, Obadele Kambon, backed by about 40+ supporters packed the courtroom at 9:00 AM to the point that late arrivals had to stand up. Supporters included Obadele Kambon's parents and sister, fiancée, members of the Outdoors Leadership Skills Project, Movementunes.com, members of Ausar Auset Society, members of the Ntu Institute, members of *****************, students of Abibitumi Kasa Afrikan Language/Liberation Institute, members of the Sankofa Shrine of North Carolina, A teacher accompanied by students of Winnie Mandela Alternative High School, representatives of Odwirafo, Black Detectives of the Chicago Police Department, Professors of Northeastern Illinois University, Families of Betty Shabazz International Charter School, a representative of Project Butterfly, a representative of Adiama and many other organizations, individuals and friends of the family many driving up and flying from places as far away as Atlanta, North Carolina, Michigan, Indiana and more. This was indeed the powerful show of support in force that we needed and greatly appreciated. Those who were unable to make it there physically contributed in various ways; through financial support coming from around the country and as far away as Belize and South Afrika; through spiritual support with drum circles being held in Florida, rituals being done in Washington, DC, Ghana, North Carolina and more; through countless libations and prayers recounted in numerous emails and letters; attendance at the fundraiser event the preceding Friday and ways that we may never know.


    What happened: Before the trial, as we waited for Obadele's attorney, Andre Grant, Detective David prepped the assembled crowd as to how to represent in the courtroom. As we stood around him in a circle in the courthouse listening to him, everyone else stopped as they were apparently not used to such a crowd gathered.

    They wondered what was taking place in this small white town of Bridgeview, known for its high conviction rate of Afrikans sent there for trial from Chicago.


    As we entered, the assistant state's attorneys, clerks, bailiffs and others were visibly affected by the presence of the crowd in Afrikan attire with Obadele wearing a rich Akan cloth over a Yoruba Agbada outfit. Attorney Grant soon arrived making a much anticipated entrance.


    After waiting for several hours, Attorney Grant was called upon to reveal evidence to the state's attorneys.


    They were visibly shaken upon seeing pictures of the car before removal from the impound lot that showed a large dry-erase marker board laying across the length and width of the seat. The board itself was entered into evidence as Defense Exhibit 1. This threw a monkey wrench in the police and state's attorneys' hastily concocted lie that the arresting officers saw the BLACK butt of a loaded gun under the driver's side seat UPON APPROACHING Obadele's car at NIGHT. This would not be possible to see in the day, much less at night.


    Why tell that lie? Saying that they saw it upon approaching would give them justification for the otherwise illegal search that occurred. Saying it was loaded gives the state's attorneys leverage to push for a felony charge. This, in turn fattens up the prosecutor's record in the ongoing N*GGERS by the pound contest in the Chicago state's attorney's office; a now disavowed betting pool run by the Chicago state's attorney's office awarding prize money to the prosecutor who convicts the most pounds of "N*GGERS".


    However the piece de resistance was when Attorney Grant showed the state's attorneys the police car key that one of the officers lost in the trunk where the firearm was ACTUALLY recovered unloaded. They never mentioned searching the trunk either in the police report or the grand jury testimony.


    Again, admitting to the firearm being in the trunk would prove that the search that they conducted had no probable cause other than racial profiling. Also no evidence can be used that was recovered in an illegal and unjustified search.


    The state's attorneys turned red upon seeing the key. Because they had to get their lie together, they went into the back and got one of the officers to say that she needed to go pick up her child from school at 1:00. They then said that they needed to change the hearing date to Tuesday December 18th. This privilege was granted to them by Judge Thomas M Davy, giving them a week to try to plug up the holes in their story.


    We were given the option to put on our testimony that day of Monday the 10th of December or wait until some time in January. For better or for worse, we decided to go ahead and present our case as Obadele's fiancée is nine months pregnant and we couldn't afford the chance of her not being present to testify.


    We put on our case as the state's attorneys hastily jotted down notes and asked pointed questions in order to have some facts to weave into the huge cauldron of lie stew that they were brewing.


    The testimony of Obadele's fiancée was by all accounts superb in detail and honesty of what happened and where the weapon was located and the unloaded state in which it was found.

    Obadele's colleage who came to the police station that night added further credibility by attesting to the fact that one of the assisting officers came out and said to both he and Obadele's fiancée that Obadele would likely be out that same night with a misdemeanor charge that would likely be thrown out since the firearm was "UNLOADED AND IN THE TRUNK".

    In a shameless attempt to buy more time, the state's attorney said that they might need the time to locate this officer and if they can't do it by the 18th of December, they might need a later date; a later date that would just happen to give them more time to get their lie straight.


    Obadele's testimony was also thorough and obviously truthful by all accounts. However, because Obadele's colleage and fiancée stayed in the courtroom and heard it, the Judge ruled that they would not be able to testify anymore. Further during the testimony of Obadele, his fiancée and his colleague, Judge Thomas M Davy would not allow any of them to establish credibility of their sterling backgrounds but admitted that if any of the three had any type of criminal background, he would have allow that to be revealed. Judge Thomas M Davy further not only sustained the majority of the objections of the state and overruled the majority of the defense, he sustained objections that the state didn't even make and in essence bolstered the ranks of the state's attorneys by one in the face of this large Afrikan crowd.


    The day ended with the Judge taking the defense exhibits into custody including the police key and the pictures. Attorney Grant strongly protested to Judge Thomas M Davy holding the pictures as doing so is against general procedure. Further it doesn't allow him to prepare his case further on the basis of the pictures. This was a very sour note on which to end the day.

    The day ended at 5:30 and those who came out stayed from 9:00 - 5:30; the equivalent of a workday plus overtime. The commitment shown by those who came out to support from the Chicagoland area and from around the country was poignant and touching. Many vowed to come back with even more members of their organizations for the 18th of December continuance.


    We look forward to seeing YOU there as well as we continue to spread the word and shine the light on continued police and prosecutorial abuses in Chicago as exemplified in Obadele Kambon's case.




    PARTICIPATE!

    We Need Your Help:


    1. Make A Financial Contribution to Obadele Kambon’s Legal Defense fund- Visit the following website: http://www.*****************/Justice.php

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    and follow the instructions to make a contribution to the paypal legal defense fund online, or send your contributions to the following Address:

    Obadele Kambon Legal Defense
    C/O PO Box 1256, Wendell NC, 27591 (919) 250-9110


    Because of these concocted charges, Obadele has had to postpone his wedding, incur costly charges of legal fees, vehicle impoundment, bond and more totaling more than $10,000. In the 1960’s the police used the underhanded tactic of draining individuals and organizations that were doing the work of our people through various means; physically through false incarceration, monetarily through trumped up charges, emotionally through harassment and terrorism and more. Their tactics have not changed. Have we changed our response?




    2. Support by attending the Dec. 18th Motion Hearing: The trial is being held in an area outside of Chicago that is notoriously racist. A large presence would be an empowering influence for Obadele, and will send an effective and powerful message to the court. The more people of our community present in support of our brother the better. Let them see how many people are in support of Obadele and against these corrupt actions! Please wear royal Afrikan attire or wear All Black or ALL white in solidarity.


    Date: Tuesday, December 18, 2007
    Location: Fifth District Courthouse -- (773) 974-6800
    10220 S 76th Avenue, Bridgeview, IL 60455
    Time: 9:00 AM Sharp!

    3. Tell Others: Inform your family members, friends, community organizations, Black-owned establishments, related email list serves, media contacts, and others know about what is happening on December 18th. Ask for their participation and support for Obadele Kambon. Information about this trial, info about police brutality, and how to protect yourself when stopped by the police, etc. can be downloaded and handed out. (See below).

    4. Educate and Participate: Obadele’s case is one of thousands of examples of the historical police brutality and genocide against our people. Educate yourself about the issues going on locally, nationally, and internationally concerning police brutality in our communities, know your legal rights when approached by the police. Participate in organizations and/or community events addressing such issues.

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    Background Info

    Click Icons for Action Alert Letter in Word or PDF format

    Support our Our Afrikan Warrior Brother facing trial at 9:00 AM on December 18, 2007

    Please Read and Distribute Widely


    Distribute Widely

    Facts and Info on Police Brutality -

    What to do if you get stopped by the police

    Obadele Kambon Interview on LIBRadio - Click red link to hear

    Obadele Kambon Interview on Harambee Radio - Click red link to hear

    Know your rights when approached by the Police - Video



    Goals & Outcomes

    Goals

    1. To have the charges against Obadele Kambon dropped, and his record cleared.

    2. To raise the funds to help obtain the legal aid urgently needed for and after the trial.

    3. To mobilize an empowering force for the trial in support of Obadele and against Police corruption/white supremacy To spread information to educate our community about Police Brutality and the Prison Industrial System


    Outcomes

    Charges dropped against Obadele so he can continue doing the work of liberating our people.

    Greater level of education and activism surrounding issues of police corruption and the prison industry.

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