…SAYS THE FIGHT IS NOT OVER
There was much rejoicing and unity at the rallies of the Supreme Court
and at Tougaloo College, December 5th and 7th! The people showed and
expressed just how important legal warrior Attorney Chokwe Lumumba is
to them and that they will not tolerate this judicial lynching, by any
means! Both rallies went exceedingly well and brought together
speakers, entertainers, and other great and historical people who took
a stand in Lumumba's defense. Attorney Lumumba delivered an
enthralling and inspirational speech,gave a heartfelt thanks and
gratitude to all his supporters. The rallies were also geared to
educate the public so that they could get a better understanding of
what battles we face not only in Lumumba's case, but worldwide. Unity
and self-determination is key.
Says Lumumba, "This fight is not over! The case isn't over yet!
December 7, was just an oral argument as to what the court should do.
They have to agree or disagree on it. The Bar had the opportunity to
drop this whole thing. We said `if you drop your appeal, we will drop
ours,' but the Bar declined our offer. They are determined to push
this full steam ahead."
Lumumba's committee says they still need more local and national
support. "We are keeping the publicity going and working to elevate
awareness of Attorney Lumumba's case. One of our goals is to try to
reach the ministers and the students in particular. We will build our
final rally in particular around students and ministers and connect
them with the community. They have a great influence on the community!
We need to get the teachers involved by playing their hand in
organizing this as well," says the committee.
To conclude for now, Mississippi is notorious in numerous cases of
injustice and cruelty. There is no reason or righteousness in their
laws. For example, during the centuries of physical enslavement it was
a greater crime of the enslaved to complain of the wrongs and
unspeakable cruelties of the so-called master. You would surely be
flogged many times over and put to death in many incidents! Many black
people are in denial, have given up, or don't care that this is
present-day enslavement. They have no self-determination blueprint for
Black Power in obtaining freedom, justice, or nation-building!
Attorney Chokwe Lumumba's case reminds me of a book I read called
`Twelve Years a Slave':
`The hands are required to be in the cotton fields as soon as it is
light in the morning, and, with the exception of ten or fifteen
minutes, which is given them at noon to swallow their allowance of
cold bacon, they are not permitted to be a moment idle until it is too
dark to see, and when the moon is full, they often times labor till
the middle of the night. They do not dare to stop even at dinner time,
nor return to the quarters, however late it be, until the order to
halt is given by the driver…'
What constitution do we live by that still allows for this present day
enslavement to continue being a common thing for those who speak out
against the Emperor and his new clothes? Although we are not in chains
physically, we must rid ourselves of the internal poison of its
after-effects. "WE" are not safe! Due to their own inferiority and
insecurities and genetic survival, the so-called power system is
thinking of ways, each and every minute of the day and night to
destroy us, control us and keep white supremacy going. This is their
world, we only live in it! "WE" are not safe!
"WE" cannot give up, let up or rest with both eyes closed, because we
believe we have a piece of the pie or believe we are getting something
for nothing. When they can no longer benefit from your presence, then
you will be tossed aside or even worse—assassinated! Beware! "WE" are
On a much positive note, "WE" can make a difference. "WE" may lose
many battles, but the war is not won. "WE" are and always have been a
genius people and have a strength that no one can take away! Moreso,
now, this is a spiritual, psychological, mental, and illusionary war
that "WE" must fight to win! They are not going to give us anything!
This war calls for UNITY and SELF-DETERMINATION! We must do or die!
The fight for Attorney Chokwe Lumumba is one battle. Not only does
Mississippi's decision determine what will happen to Lumumba, but it
also sets the standard for all lawyers in Mississippi and everywhere.
"WE" are fighting not only for justice, but freedom for all. No
justice…no peace! Free the land! Free the people! Make it happen!
TRANSCRIPT OF ATTORNEY LUMUMBA'S EXCHANGE WITH JUDGE GORDAN
BY MR. LUMUMBA: I have another application here, Judge. The Court has
denied my right to call the jurors in order to talk about the outside
influences. What I do at this time is make an application for a
continuance of this motion for a new trial and for instructions to the
prosecutor to provide me with the location and addresses of two people
who have to do with some of the outside influences, and, there's no
rule prohibiting them from testifying as to whether people know them,
and, it's really no rule prohibiting a juror from testifying whether
they now people, even after the verdict.
But in any event, one would be Eric Freeman, and, the other one would
be, who, is interestingly enough, no longer in jail as we found out,
and, secondly, would be Mr. Britt. So, we would be requesting that we
get this information and that the hearing be continued for a
sufficient amount of time for us to bring these witnesses forward to
see if, in fact, as we have alleged, they have information which is
helpful to the determination of this motion or any other motion which
might be properly brought under the context of this motion for a new
BY THE COURT: I am going to overrule your motion. There must be some
finality to these cases. What that is, it appears to me to be entirely
a fishing matter, so the final order of this Court is your motion for
a new trial is overruled.
BY MR. LUMUMBA: Well, Judge, this—
BY THE COURT: No additional hearing will be heard regarding your
motion for new trial.
BY MR. LUMUMBA: Just for the record, Your Honor, it's a little
more—it's a little less than a fishing expedition. We have already got
jurors who have said they know these people, and, to try to bring the
people in is not a fishing expedition. In fact, it is very focused and
direct. But, the Court's resolution of the motion is not to be
unexpected, given the Court's demeanor during the entire trial.
BY THE COURT: What do you mean by that?
BY MR. LUMUMBA: What I mean is that the Court didn't handle the trial
fairly, is not handling the motion fairly.
BY THE COURT: well, you make it very difficult to work with, Mr.
Lumumba. I think I gave you a fair trail, and certainly, anything I
did before the jury, nothing that I did—
BY MR. LUMUMBA: Well, let me say this, Judge.
BY THE COURT: --influenced the verdict of the jury.
BY MR. LUMUMBA: Let me say this, Judge.
BY THE COURT: Just a minute, now. I'm—
BY MR. LUMUMBA: I have—
BY THE COURT: You just—
BY MR. LUMUMBA: --another—
BY THE COURT: --wait just a minute.
BY MR. LUMUMBA: I have another—
BY THE COURT: I'm the Judge of this Court—
BY MR. LUMUMBA: I have another issue. I just want you to know I have
BY THE COURT: I want you to know this hearing is now over with and—
BY MR. LUMUMBA: Can I ask—
BY THE COURT: And, there will be nothing else to be made of the record.
BY MR. LUMUMBA: Can I address another issue? You don't want to hear
it? You don't want the court to hear it? It's another issue. It's not
what we talked about.
BY THE COURT: All right. Go ahead.
BY MR. LUMUMBA: And, what I'm doing is offering this to you, so you
can perhaps get along better with other lawyers in the future.
BY THE COURT: Well, don't you worry about—
BY MR. LUMUMBA: Okay. Can I finish?
BY THE COURT:--how I get along with lawyers.
BY MR. LUMUMBA: Can I finish please?
BY THE COURT: No.
BY MR. LUMUMBA: Judge—
BY THE COURT: Remove him from the Courtroom.
BY MR. LUMUMBA: Are you going to have—
BY THE COURT: I am going to have you removed—
BY MR. LUMUMBA: --your trench men throw me out, Judge?
BY THE COURT: Until you show some respect to the Court—
BY MR. LUMUMBA: I'm trying to show you some respect.
BY THE COURT: Will you remove him from the Courtroom?
BY MR. LUMUMBA: That's the way you've handled it the whole Court.
I'm proud to be thrown out of your courtroom.
BY THE COURT: All right. Just a minute. That will cost you three
hundred dollars, Mr. Lumumba. Now, if you want to continue—
BY MR. LUMUMBA: Look, Judge, if we've got to pay for justice around
here, I will pay for—
BY THE COURT:--I will exercise my discretion—
BY MR. LUMUMBA:--justice.
BY THE COURT:--regarding a jail sentence.
BY MR. LUMUMBA: I've paid other judges to try to get justice, pay you,
too, if that's what is necessary.
BY THE COURT: It will cost you $500.00. You will serve three days in
the County Jail. You will start serving it immediately for contempt of
BY MR. LUMUMBA: No problem. Are you going to feed me? I can't get my
BY THE COURT: Court is in recess.