Taken from PAGE CREATED BY THE BLACK RIDERS LIBERATION PARTY WHO HAVE BEEN GIVEN PERMISSION BY ELDER FREEMAN TO RAISE AWARENESS AND FUNDS AROUND HIS FIGHT AGAINST CANCER.
RONALD "ELDER" FREEMAN IS A ORIGINAL MEMBER OF THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BLACK PANTHER PARTY FOR SELF DEFENSE. HE IS A LVIVING EXAMPLE OF BLACK PEOPLE STANDING UP FOR LIBERATION. HE HAS GIVEN HIS MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT (LITERALLY) TO THE STRUGGLE TO END RACISM CAPITALIST EXPLOITATION NOT ONLY IN THE 1960'S AND 70'S BUT STILL TO THIS DAY. HE CONTINUES TO FIGHT NOT ONLY FOR HIMSELF BUT FOR BLACK PEOPLE AND ALL OPPRESSED PEOPLE.
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He spends most of his time as an advocate these days working for inmate rights — not surprising when you consider he spent the better part of a decade as a political prisoner. He works with All of Us or None (www.allofusornone.org), a national organization that works to "ban the box" — remove questions about past incarceration from employment applications — promote inmate voting rights, and build awareness in the communities most affected by mass incarceration. So although personally, access to cannabis is clearly a health concern, he tends to speak about it with more a law and order focus.
"People are doing a lot of time for something that they shouldn't even be in jail for." He wonders out loud to me about why we don't lock up cigarette producers. "They got it backwards. But that's capitalism."
A few years ago he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He smokes marijuana to improve his appetite — he's used to eating a single meal a day, but that's not enough to keep up his strength during treatment. As a long-time 215 card-carrier, the last year's federal crackdown on cannabis dispensaries threatens to send him back to buying pot on the streets.
Is access to marijuana a Black Panther issue? Freeman thinks so. He tells me why over a cup of coffee (cream, no sugar), and between interruptions by well-wishers — the entire neighborhood knows him, it seems, they all want to pay their respects.
"It's all connected. The simple fact is that the judicial system is inadequate. The whole idea that they want to keep it in an illegal state is so that they can criminalize people." He became aware of cannabis, he says, when Bob Marley started talking about its connection to non-violence. "I identified with the Rasta community for awhile," he tells me.
Freeman's been told that this current bout of cancer is incurable. But he's also been told that the Watts uprising in 1965 that was responsible for his political awakening was actually riots and that he deserved to spend those seven years in jail alongside many of his Panther cohorts on a laundry list of mostly trumped-up charges. He didn't buy those things either.
THIS PAGE IS TO HELP RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT HIS CONDITION AND RAISE THE MONEY HE NEEDS TO GET TO CUBA TO GET A SECOND OPINION ABOUT TREATING HIS CANCER BEFORE ITS TOO LATE. HE NEEDS ROUGHLY ANOTHER $8,000 TO BE ABLE TO GET TO CUBA AND RECEIVE HIS MEDICAL TREATMENT WE AS FREEDOM FIGHTERS AND BLACK AND OPPRESSED PEOPLE IN GENERAL OWE A GREAT DEAL OF STRUGGLE TO ELDERS LIKE BROTHA FREEMAN WHO HAS GIVEN HIS LIFE TO THE STRUGGLE TO BE FREE, TO SUPPORT AND STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH HIS FIGHT AGAINST CANCER! IF YOU WANT MORE INFORMATION ON HOW TO SUPPORT COMRADE ELDER FREEMAN YOU MAY CONTACT THE BLACK RIDERS LIBERATION PARTY AT 925 752 1215, email@example.com ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE
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