Sankofa Study Circle

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

Sunday, July 6, 2014

What to Black people is the 4th of July? Why We Need Reparations

What to Black people is the 4th of July?  Why We Need Reparations

By Salim Adofo
National Vice Chairperson
National Black United Front

On July 5, 1852, in a meeting sponsored by the anti-lynching society, Frederick Douglass gave the speech "What to the slave is the 4th of July?" In his speech, he illustrated the terrible conditions that Black people face, living in America. He showed the contradiction of white America celebrating freedom, but at the same time denying it to Black people.

During the time of Frederick Douglass, the dominant society denied people of African decent access to a quality education, access to resources to build quality homes, and access to affordable healthcare.

In fact, according to the Supreme Court of the United States, in what became known as the Dred Scott Decision, Black people did not have any rights that a white person was bound to respect.

Now, 162 years later, one must ask the question, "What to Black People is the 4th of July?" Do Black people have a reason to celebrate the freedom and independence of America? Are Black people owed reparations?

In 2014, Blacks may no longer face "Jim Crow"; however, Blacks are confronted with a more sophisticated version titled "James Crow the II." Overt acts of white supremacy have been replaced, in some cases, with Institutional White Supremacy.

Criminal Justice System

For example, mainstream America will have you believe that the 13th Amendment of the Constitution freed African people from slavery, however it only legalized it. The 13th Amendment reads:

Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

Therefore, if one is convicted of a crime, you can be subjugated to "legal slavery."

This has proven to be very significant, because Black people are less than 20% percent of the population, yet are over 40% of the prison population. Once a Black person has a felony record, she or he is often denied government jobs, can no longer qualify for financial aid for college, disqualified from residing in government housing, and in many states disqualified from voting.

If one is unable to have a place to live, work, obtain a job, pay for school or is unable to vote to change the laws, she or he is being maneuvered into an illegal activity, just to survive.


In the area of housing, billionaire Donald Sterling was sued by the US Department of Justice for housing discrimination against Blacks in Los Angeles California in 2009.  Also in 2009, Bank of America was also sued for forcing bad mortgages of Black people and then foreclosing on their homes.


When it comes to the quality of education that Black people are receiving has improved, but there is a very long way to go.  In 2012 the Daily News reported that in NYC public schools, Black students have less advance placement classes, as well fewer science labs.  NPR reported in 2013 that Historically Black Colleges and Universities are receiving less funding than primary white institutions. Schools such as Morris Brown and St. Paul’s College have already closed their doors.

162 years later, Blacks are still people suffering political oppression, economic exploitation and social degradation because of the institutionalized racist policies and practices of the dominant society. This only strengthens the entitlement to reparations that people of African decent in America deserve.  The National Black United Front (NBUF) will address this issue during its town hall meeting titled “Gentrification and Discrimination in Housing and Education: Why We Need Reparations.”

The town hall meeting will take place during the 35th National Convention of NBUF at Howard University from July 10 – 13.  The town hall meeting will feature Leah D. Daughtry CEO of the 2008 Democratic National Convention Committee, Omowale Clay of the Non Governmental Organization (NGO) December 12th Movement International Secretariat, and Dr. Ray Winbush author of Should America Pay and director of the Institute of Urban Research at Morgan State University. The program will also feature Eugene Puryear, at large candidate for city council in Washington DC.

This event is free and open to the public.  For more information on the convention, please on the visit