Letter to the Editors

In the spirit of Mandela

In the spirit of Mandela

Sincere Greetings of Peace:

The "In the Spirit of Mandela Coalition*" invites your participation and endorsement of the planned October 2021 International Tribunal. The Tribunal will be charging the United States government, its states, and specific agencies with human and civil rights violations against Black, Brown, and Indigenous people.

The Tribunal will be charging human and civil rights violations for:

  • Racist police killings of Black, Brown, and Indigenous people,
  • Hyper incarcerations of Black, Brown, and Indigenous people
  • Political incarceration of Civil Rights/National Liberation era revolutionaries and activists, as well as present day activists,
  • Environmental racism and its impact on Black, Brown, and Indigenous people,
  • Public Health racism and disparities and its impact on Black, Brown, and Indigenous people, and
  • Genocide of Black, Brown, and Indigenous people as a result of the historic and systemic charges of all the above.

The legal aspects of the Tribunal will be led by Attorney Nkechi Taifa along with a powerful team of seasoned attorneys from all the above fields. Thirteen jurists, some with international stature, will preside over the three days of testimonies. Testimonies will be elicited form impacted victims, expert witnesses, and attorneys with firsthand knowledge of specific incidences raised in the charges/indictment.

The 2021 International Tribunal has a unique set of outcomes and an opportunity to organize on a mass level across many social justice arenas. Upon the verdict, the results of the Tribunal will:

  • Codify and publish the content and results of the Tribunal to be offered in High Schools and University curriculums,
  • Provide organized, accurate information for reparation initiatives and community and human rights work,
  • Strengthen the demand to free all Political Prisoners and establish a Truth and Reconciliation Commission mechanism to lead to their freedom,
  • Provide the foundation for civil action in federal and state courts across the United States,
  • Present a stronger case, building upon previous and respected human rights initiatives, on the international stage,
  • Establish a healthy and viable massive national network of community organizations, activists, clergy, academics, and lawyers concerned with challenging human rights abuses on all levels and enhancing the quality of life for all people, and
  • Establish the foundation to build a "Peoples' Senate" representative of all 50 states, Indigenous Tribes, and major religions.

Endorsements are $25. Your endorsement will add to the volume of support and input vital to ensuring the success of these outcomes moving forward, and to the Tribunal itself. It will be transparently used to immediately move forward with the Tribunal outcomes.

We encourage you to add your name and organization to attend the monthly Tribunal updates and to sign on to one of the Tribunal Committees. (3rd Saturday of each month from 12:00 NOON to 2:00 P.M. eastern time). Submit your name by emailing:

Please endorse now:

In solidarity,

Dr. A'isha Mohammad, Sekou Odinga, Matt Meyer, Jihad Abdulmumit, Coordinating Committee

Created in 2018, In the Spirit of Mandela Coalition is a growing grouping of organizers, academics, clergy, attorneys, and organizations committed to working together against the systemic, historic, and ongoing human rights violations and abuses committed by the USA against Black, Brown, and Indigenous People. The Coalition recognizes and affirms the rich history of diverse and militant freedom fighters Nelson Mandela, Winnie Mandela, Graca Machel Mandela, Rosa Parks, Fannie Lou Hamer, Ella Baker, and many more. It is in their Spirit and affirming their legacy that we work.