dead prez Call for Shutdown of Guantanamo Bay Prison

dead_prez.jpgRappers M1 and stic.man, collectively known as dead prez, have teamed up with the Hip-Hop Caucus, the American Civil Liberties Union and Amnesty International to slam the alleged anti-terror tactics of the Bush Administration and call for the shutdown of the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The AFP reports that during a news conference in the Capitol Hill press briefing room yesterday (June 19), M1 compared the targeting of African-Americans by the U.S. government to current policies that deny accused terrorists the right to challenge their accusers in court. “We are victims of a war that has been directed at our community under the guise of the war on drugs,” M1 told a group of anti-war activists and reporters.

Civil liberties activists have long accused the government of using torture and coercion while interrogating terror suspects at the Guantanamo Bay facility. The contingent has plans for a petition asking Congress to restore habeas corpus—the legal action that allows a prisoner to challenge their detention in a court of law—and a rally on Washington on June 26. Following yesterday’s press conference, dead prez was scheduled to take part in a “Hip-Hop for Habeas” concert at Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 club. The press conference and concert both coincided with the unofficial “Juneteenth” celebration, which marks the day slavery was abolished in the United States on June 19, 1865. “We are here to link that struggle to this struggle,” said Reverend Lennox Yearwood, Jr., head of the Hip-Hop Caucus. “It is not about us or me when the richest country in the world is rolling back our rights.”

  • Danny

    I respect these dudes to a certain extent…

    Some times I just can’t help noticing that there more racist then the racists they fight…

  • david

    first

  • smog

    whatever “danny” who they racist against? – dumb ass hatin people who are on some opression. Sign me up for being racist against the opressors, but anyway they always got the real real talk for real. ha

  • Bushes worst nightmare

    If we all realized that the GOVT has no intention on actually helping our communities, but would rather continue on using us as “freed SLAVES”. I seen the war on “DRUGS and Gang Violence” lock up 30 young black and rican boys in my hood as young as 15 all because they chose to hang togeather and wear the same color. The cops busted in the doors to their houses starting at 5 in da morning claiming that they were all gang related, and out of all 30 people only about 5 actually had illegal property on their property but all 30 got sentences ranging from 1 1/2 -3 yrs to 15 – 30 years all based on association… so before you go and think that the govt. is fair and just doing their jobs think again…cuz in those muslim countries where we are fighting a war on “Terrorism” we are bombing our own communities, not army bases or training camps but actual neighborhoods with college students, moms, dads, brothers, sisters and people who only want what we want EQUALITY and FREEDOM to practice what ever religeon they want!

  • ALBANY4LIFE

    WE KNOW THE GOVERNMENT USES THE WAR ON DRUGS AND TERROR AS EXCUSES TO HARASS ITS OWN PEOPLE,ESPECIALLY MINORITY,BUT WHAT THE FUCK THAT GOT TO DO WITH TERRORISTS THAT WE CAPTURED IN CAVES.I BELIEVE G-BAY SHOULDNT HAVE EVER BEEN ESTABLISHED BECAUSE WE SHOULD HAVE KILLED THEM MOTHERFUCKAS IN THE FIRST PLACE.WHAT THE FUCK WOULD WE DO WITH THESE FUCKAS IF THE PRISON WAS SHUT DOWN,GIVE THEM PROBATION OFFICERS.DEAD PREZ HAVE MADE GOOD POINTS IN THE PAST,BUT THIS IS A CASE OF JUST NEEDING TO SHUT THE FUCK UP!

  • noah

    Albany, can you just think this through for a second? You admit that the system harrasses people they find undesirable, so what happens if they detain you on charges of terrorism because you’re muslim or if you say something against Bush or whatever. As long as that is the charge, it no longer matters if you’re guilty or not, you go away and don’t come back because your constitutional right to be brought before a judge–habeas corpus–is suspended. there is never a court case, so you just stay in even if you can theoretically prove your innocence. some of these alleged terrorists are muslim american citizens. the ones that came from caves–as you put it–still need to be judged by the same standard. what’s wrong with giving them a trial, anyhow? if their guilt can be proved, then cool, send them away. when our rights are suspended, corrupt power goes after innocent “undesirables” like you and me. I don’t even write this for you, but for others reading since XXL doesn’t bother to explain the stakes and then idiots who write in all caps make boneheaded conclusions…

  • smog

    albany4life, go join the army and get blow up by an imdb damn

  • Ali

    gov’t fucks up everything….whatever operaton that will piss them off…im all 4 it…fuck them……..how tha fuck do u think tha drugs get here bro? unnoticed??? u gotta be fuckin shittin’ me they WANT it here..its a billion dollar inustry……watever gets tha green thats wat tha gov wants fuck em all & fuck u if ur down wit em

  • Lazy

    Sources: Decision to Close Gitmo Near

    Sources tell the Associated Press the Bush administration is nearing a decision to close the Guantanamo Bay terrorist detention facility and move the terror suspects to military prisons including one in the United States. (June 21)

    And it is all because of dead prez. Now can they get the government to release that secret AIDS antidote and tell us the truth about space aliens?

  • Benny

    Just imagine if more rappers would be a bit more politically involved….

    Poor Danny, he doesnt understand the true menaing of the word “racist!”

  • EXPOSER

    yeah let them all free so they cuould blow up 2 more buildings in new york again!dumb fucks why dont we let all the inmates around the world go so we all could get killed or maybe one of our mom’s or sisters could get raped!fuck dead prez make a album!thats why ur rappers not politicians!Im a westcoast cat when them planes hit the world trade center it hurt real talk innocent people died there is kids with no parents as we speak!r.i.p 2 everybody that died!