by Minister of Justice Bobby M. Dixon, NABPP-PC-ANC
May the peace of unity and Panther love be with you all!
My sisters and brothers and all New Afrikan Black Panther Party comrades, we are coming up on our 11th anniversary of Black August, and it is at this time we remember our murdered Minister of Human Rights Hasan Shakur, who was taken from us on Aug. 31, 2006, by our enemies who run the state of Texas. However, we will move on in Hasan Shakur’s name with Panther love to create people’s power and revolution!
“To all who have dreamed – to all who have struggled – to all who have succeeded – to all who have failed – to all who have loved and won – to all who have loved and lost – to all who have dared to be different – to those who are not afraid to speak their mind – to the voiceless – to all the Kamaus, Shakas and Rudds – to all those who believed and achieved – to all who have been forced into silence – to all who are not afraid of adversity – to all the newborns awaiting breath,” as stated in the NABPP-PC Hasan Shakur Enrollment Handbook, this is dedicated to you – Hasan Shakur!
My sisters and brothers and all New Afrikan Black Panther Party comrades, we are coming up on our 11th anniversary of Black August.
Our Black August 2015 readings are books on the political struggles of the original Black Panther Party, so we can learn from past mistakes and successes. Also try to study “The 48 Laws of Power” by Robert Greene and Joost Elffers.
Fasting will start on Aug. 7 all day. And then after the 7th, you are only to eat two times a day until Aug. 21, when you are not to eat at all. The next day, eat only one meal. After the 22nd, you go back to eating two meals a day until the 31st, when you eat nothing again. The three fast days are to honor our Black Panther comrades, George Jackson, Jonathon Jackson and Hasan Shakur – may they rest in peace!
During the month of Black August, the elders, political prisoners and veterans of the struggle should make a special effort to teach the younger comrades and youth about Panther love and our rich history of struggle against slavery and oppression. Besides fasting, comrades should work out and do physical exercise to shape up your bodies and study to sharpen your minds as well as spend some time in meditation to put mind, body and spirit in sync.
Prepare yourselves for the struggles to come. Reread the Party documents, the 10-Point Program, the Rules of Discipline and so on. Reread the teaching about Black August in Right On! No. 4, if you can locate a copy.
During the month of Black August, the elders, political prisoners and veterans of the struggle should make a special effort to teach the younger comrades and youth about Panther love and our rich history of struggle against slavery and oppression.
As the NABPP-PC minister of justice, I take observance of Black August very seriously. Many people have been killed or placed into prison in our struggle. Let us not be slack in honoring them. Let us rise together to break our chains of injustice and slavery!
We will not have any peace until there is justice!
My appeal to all of the members and supporters is this: Study hard and learn from your mistakes and victories of the past so that we may move ahead in love and unity. Honor the elders and veterans and show respect to our leaders. Apply what you know, and each one teach one. Exercise discipline. Stand tall and be not afraid.
Many people have been killed or placed into prison in our struggle. Let us not be slack in honoring them. Let us rise together to break our chains of injustice and slavery!
Points to consider from the minister of justice:
- Know thyself
- Love thyself
- Understand thyself
- Do not use the “N” or the “B” word
- Respect each other at all times
- Respect our leadership always
- Do not preach hate
- Do not use profane or improper language
- Study “Combat Liberalism”
- Learn to know your enemies
- Be honest and loyal to the Party
- Serve the people heart and soul
Black August Martyrs
We remember the execution of
- Troy Davis on Sept. 20, 2011, in Jackson, Georgia.
- 18-year-old Michael Brown, Aug. 9, 2014, by Ferguson, Missouri, police.
- Ezell Ford, killed by Los Angeles police in his Florence neighborhood Aug. 13, 2014.
- Eric Garner, killed in a chokehold by police on Staten Island July 2014.
- Omar Abrego, father of two, killed Aug. 2, 2014, by Los Angeles police. He died as a result of a severe beating at a traffic stop using batons.
- John Crawford, III, killed by cops in a Dayton, Ohio, Walmart on Aug. 5, 2014, while shopping.
- Renisha McBride, 19, killed Nov. 2, 2013, by a white Dearborn, Michigan, homeowner when she asked for assistance after a car accident.
- Panther Lil Bobby Hutton, killed by Oakland police April 6, 1968, shortly before his 18th birthday.
- Freddie Carlos Gray Jr., killed by Baltimore police, tased and then shot in the back as he attempted to run away at a traffic stop April 12, 2015.
- Malcolm Latif Shabazz, beaten to death in Mexico City, Mexico, May 9, 2013, by two club waiters during a tour there to demand more rights for Mexican construction workers relocated in the U.S.
We also remember many more people of color who were killed at the hands of the police in the U.S.A.
My brothers and sisters, I thank you all for the contributions you have made to the struggle. Restoring our Black Panther Party is a great task that will take time and a lot of hard work and sacrifice. We have made a good start.
I am here to serve you and I look forward to hearing from you.
Peace and unity with one love always.
Send our brother some love and light: Bobby M. Dixon, C-41652, A2-109L, 480 Alta Road, San Diego, CA 92179-0001.