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"The Fire" Tribute to Geronimo ji-Jaga (Elmer "Geronimo" Pratt)

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Uploaded on Jun 6, 2011

Geronimo Pratt spent 27 years in maximum security prisons (eight of those years in solitary confinement) for a murder he did not commit. The FBI knew he was at a Black Panther meeting in Oakland on the evening a young white woman was killed on a tennis court in Santa Monica -- because they had him under 24-hour surveillance.

Former TIME bureau chief, Jack Olsen wrote a stunning and unforgettable account of Geronimo's journey from Elmer Pratt, U. S. war hero who "killed a lot of people" on behalf of this government, to Geronimo ji-Jaga, a man whose spiritual experiences in the "black holes" of Folsom and San Quentin stripped him of all bitterness. "The Last Man Standing" is a book I highly recommend. Reading it forever changed me as a human being.

Geronimo ji-Jaga's trial, conviction and incarceration (and eventual freedom) should remind us of the countless innocents who remain jailed or exiled for crimes they did not commit. Their hope for justice lies in the hearts, thoughts and actions of those of us who are free to fight on their behalf.

Geronimo's conviction was overturned in 1997 and he was released. He received a financial settlement from the government, but they admitted no wrong-doing in stealing 27 years of his life.

He died Thursday, June 2nd in Tanzania, Africa.

For more about exiled former Black Panther Pete O'Neal and his work serving his community in Tanzania, visit http://www.youtube.com/user/HUITZILOP...

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