To the Movement in Texas against the death penalty: Ona Move!
It’s been years since I’ve spoken out against the death penalty in Texas. The last time (I believe was on behalf of Bro. Shaka Sankofa — a brilliant young man, who grew to proud Black manhood in the shadow of the Death House.
A young man who would be alive today, had the U.S. Supreme Court decided the Roper case a few months earlier, for it outlawed the execution of those who were juveniles when the crimes occurred — like Shaka Sankofa.
A stronger, deeper Movement could’ve kept him alive — that’s what a Movement can do!
A stronger, more militant movement could’ve freed him from bondage – that’s what a movement can do!
So, build; multiply; expand — that too is what Movements do!
Movements — especially mass movements, can, quite literally, change society. But they must be militant; they must be transformative; they must be without compromise.
And they must be mass.
That’s where the Movement must go.
Thank you all.