Houston Anarchist Black Cross is posting this on behalf of formerly incarcerated political prisoner Sekou Kambui. You can find a letter from Sekou at the bottom of this text which explains the reasons for which he needs financial support.
Please visit the GoFundMe to support Sekou (gofundme.com/wem2zs7n)
To give you a bit of background regarding Sekou, Sekou was unjustly imprisoned for 40 years for crimes he did not commit and for which there was absolutely no evidence against him other than coerced testimony from individuals who subsequently recanted their statements. The judge refused to allow the recanted statements to be stricken from Sekou’s record. Sekou was released from prison less than 2 years ago on parole. Within less than a month of his release he was diagnosed with Stage 4 liver cancer. He had been complaining about feeling sick for months, but the prison medical officials told him it was just a low level of iron.
Throughout the 1960’s, Sekou participated in the Civil Rights movement, organizing youth for participating in demonstrations and marches across Alabama and providing security for meetings of the Southern Christian Leadership Council (SCLC), Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), and the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Sekou became affiliated with the Black Panther Party in 1967 in Chicago and New York. While in Detroit, he became a member of the Republic of New Afrika, before returning to Birmingham. Back in Alabama, Sekou coordinated community organizaton activity with the Alabama Black Liberation Front, the Inmates for Action (IFA) Defense Committee and the Afro-American People’s Party in the mid 1970’s. Sekou was also a soldier in the Black Liberation Army (BLA) during these years before his capture.
You can find more information about Sekou at https://denverabc.wordpress.com/prisoners-dabc-supports/political-prisoners-database/sekou-kambui/
Houston Anarchist Black Cross received this letter from Sekou on January 28, 2016.
“June 30, 2014 to January 30, 2016
I’m over one & a half (1 & 1/2) years as a formerly incarcerated Political Prisoner!
Since August, 2014 I’ve been standing toe to toe in my fight with colon/liver cancer. Its been uphill in every way possible! Some days I struggle to breathe and must remain on or near an oxygen machine; some days I can’t walk but a few steps at a time before needing to pause to catch my breath. Yes! Uphill more than downhill–for days without end it seems!
The Government won’t permit me disability to help me financially. On top of this, the Government won’t permit me to work by threat of discontinuing my age motivated SSI check. This is despite how inadequate it is to support me in paying my rent, utility, internet and food bills. I can’t purchase winter clothes even; I must stack on summer clothes my friends sent me to stay warm out doors during the colder days of winter.
I’m hurting quite severely financially and could use some donations from my friends, supporters, and anyone so inclined to make a monetary contribution to my survival. That is the motivation for this letter. $ 5,000 to 8,000 would carry me a long way to overcoming my debts, and putting me on solid ground financially speaking; helping me rid myself of debs I’ve accrued, and pay bills that need to be paid before someone decides debtors prison.
I must visit the hospital on a tri-mester basis for chemo treatments and to visit doctors to further my efforts to overcome congested heart failure, hypertension, and some degree of Hepatitis C. Add colon/liver cancer to spice up my life. Please consider making a donation to my support; this fight for my life demands much more of me than I am able to afford financially. Your financial contribution to my support will be appreciated very much! It will be received w/ gratitude and a huge smile of relief!
Sekou Cinque Kambui”