Friday, August 22, 2014

March and Rally to Demand Justice for Michael Brown

For Immediate Release

Press Contact:
Salim Adofo 347 422 7823

August 22, 2014

March and Rally to Demand: “Justice for Michael Brown”

Saturday, August 23 Rally at 7:00 p.m. in Mt. Vernon Square March to Chinatown

On Saturday, August 23 beginning at 7:00 p.m. demonstrators will gather in Mt. Vernon Square for a brief rally before marching to Chinatown to demand “Justice for Mike Brown” and stand in solidarity with the people of Ferguson, Missouri. As daily protests continue in Ferguson, people around the country are likewise continuing to show their solidarity, and join the call for justice and in opposition to police brutality that is rampant nationwide.

The District is no exception. Rallies and marches have been taking place across D.C. over the past 10 days, from Howard University’s campus to Malcolm X Park to the White House. Saturday’s rally in Mt. Vernon Square and march to Chinatown will build on all of these events, bringing together many organizations and individuals. The initial sponsors of the event include the National Black United Front, the ANSWER Coalition, We Act Radio, the Party for Socialism and Liberation, as well as independent organizing networks that have sprung up in the wake of Michael Brown’s killing. Saturday’s march and rally are specifically demanding the arrest of Officer Darren Wilson, the demilitarization of the police, and the institutionalization of civilian review boards of the police with the right to hire and fire.

 The Call to Action for Saturday explain: “Residents of the District of Columbia, just like millions around the country recognize that at the root of Ferguson are the social, racial and economic injustices that exist nationwide. They know that Ferguson could really be anywhere and Michael Brown could be any young Black male. According to a report by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, every 28 hours a Black person is killed by a police officer, security, or vigilante in the United States. There is almost complete impunity for the perpetrators of most of these crimes.

The political marginalization and racialized poverty that exist in Ferguson are replicated in communities across the country. “The murder of Michael Brown and the situation in Ferguson can and should be a turning point. Where we finally come to terms with the root causes of these issues and address social deprivation and oppression and the police brutality that comes with it.”

Friday, July 25, 2014

NBUF Launches TV Show - Sankofa Community Affairs with @SalimAdofo

As a result of the large decline of a progressive Black presence in media, the National Black United Front (NBUF) created the Sankofa Community Affairs Show.  Sankofa is a West African word from the culture of Akan, which means to learn from the past, in order to move forward.  Hosted by NBUF National Vice Chairperson of Organizing and Training, Salim Adofo, the show highlights the contributions of progressive grassroots organizers, entertainers and issues challenging the Black community in America.

With so many negative images and misinformation consistently being disseminated across the airwaves about the Black community, it’s important to have an independent voice that can give a fair and objective view.  Additionally, with corporate conglomerates controlling the flow of information, a media presence that can speak to the on the ground issues, is another reason why NBUF created the show.

The first season of the television series will feature Dr.Greg Carr, chair of the Afro-American Studies Department of Howard University, media personality, Dr. Justine Love and Senghor Baye, President-General of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL).

Sankofa Community Affairs with Salim Adofo can be seen every Wednesday night on Fairfax Public Access TV, channel 10, at 10pm in Northern, Virginia.  There is an encore airing on Saturdays at 6 am and Sundays at 9:30 am.  The show will begin to air in Washington DC and Arlington VA, in September.  For those that out of the Washington DC Metro area, the show can be watched online at: 

For more information, please contact 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sample Letter on Behalf of Robert Seth Hays

July 22, 2014

Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci NYS Department of Corrections
and Community Super Vision
Harriman State Campus, Building 2
1220 Washington Ave
Albany, New York 12226-2050

RE: Robert Seth Hays

Dear Mr. Commissioner,

As a concerned citizen, I am writing you on behalf of Robert Seth Hays (#74-A-2280), who is currently incarcerated at Sullivan Correctional Facility. He has made me aware that he is not receiving the proper medical attention that he needs. Mr. Hays is currently suffering from diabetes and is not receiving his medication, at the correct time. Mr. Hays is also in need of a food diet that is catered toward someone that is diabetic.

I respectfully request that your staff investigates this situation and make sure that Mr. Hays is receiving the proper medical attention and health care that he needs. Additionally, I am sure that Mr. Hays is not alone in this plight of inadequate health care. Therefore, I respectfully request that your staff investigates the entire New York state prison population for those that may be in need of help as well. Your consideration into this matter is greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time.


Health Campaign for Political Prisoner Robert Seth Hays

Health Campaign
for Robert Seth Hayes

NYC Jericho received a report from Seth regarding continuous harassment by C.O. Darius at Sullivan Correctional Facility. Seth had written a complaint about C.O. Darius some months ago about an incident regarding the New York Times. Seth, who loves the sun, was going to the yard with his newspaper to sit and read, and C.O. Darius insisted upon inspecting the paper, which he then made a mess of and gave back to Seth. Seth complained, stating that the paper was not in the condition it should be, and C.O. Darius basically ignored him, resulting in the written complaint by Seth.
This has resulted in extremely dangerous retaliatory action by C.O. Darius, who has been deliberately delaying Seth from getting his 11 a.m. insulin shot. Seth's sugars are finally under somewhat better control after a long campaign to get him proper medical treatment following his sudden weight loss at the end of last year. Seth must be on a strict insulin regimen, and this delay of 20 to 40 minutes on a daily basis could actually endanger his life.

Read Seth's report on the situation here. (We will type in and have available as text very soon, so check back.)

We must be making phone calls and writing for Seth to demand that this harassment by C.O. Darius stop immediately. We must also demand that Seth receive his insulin on time every day.
NYS DOCCS states on its website that denial of adequate medical care is a violation of a person’s eighth amendment constitutional rights, as this would be cruel and unusual punishment. Of course, adequate medical care would include a diabetic diet, which is absolutely not provided by NYS DOCCS. Additionally, they refuse to allow food package items such as diabetic cookies and candies.
Of course, if Robert Seth Hayes had been released on parole instead of having 15 years added to his sentence by the NYS DOCCS Parole Board, he would be a free man today and would have better access to adequate medical care than he currently does.

Please write, call, fax and email the following people and insist that Robert Seth Hayes, DIN No. 74-A-2280, receive his insulin on time. If you are a doctor, nurse, or any other kind of medical personnel, please use your letterhead. Please email and let us know what response you receive. Also, if you are able to find out any additional phone or fax numbers, we will be grateful for the information.

Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci
NYS Department of Corrections
and Community Supervision
Harriman State Campus, Building 2
1220 Washington Ave
Albany, New York 12226-2050
Phone: (518) 457-8126

Carl J. Koenigsmann M.D.
Deputy Commissioner/Chief Medical Officer
NYS DOCCS Division of Health Services
Harriman State Campus, Building #2
1220 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12226-2050 
Phone: 518-457-7073

Elizabeth Ritter
Assistant Commissioner for Health Services
NYS DOCCS Division of Health Services
Harriman State Campus, Building #2
1220 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12226-2050 

Division of Health Services
Nancy A. Lyng, MS, Director of Health Services 
Operations and Management
Harriman State Campus, Building #2
1220 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12226-2050 

Sullivan Correctional Facility
P.O. Box 116, 325 Riverside Drive
Fallsburg, NY 12733-0116
Patrick Griffin, Superintendent

Write to Seth and let him know he is in our hearts and on our minds.

Robert Seth Hayes #74A2280
Sullivan Correctional Facility
P.O. Box 116
Fallsburg, New York 12733-0116