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Free Minister King X! New Afrikan liberator and Peace activist
updated on August 19, 2021
Free Minister King! Drop the charges!
UPDATE 19 August 2021: Minister King was freed today and charges were dropped.
One of King’s attorneys, Richard Tan, stated "Minister King was lawfully demonstrating for Ruchell Magee on July 15. It’s outrageous that CDCR used language like ‘Black Identity Extremist’ and ‘Black Supremacist’ to arrest and charge a respected community organizer. Such language hearkens back to the days of COINTELPRO, and sets an ominous precedent for the criminalization of other Black activists. Minister King is a peaceful man.
He advocates for the Agreement to End Hostilities - an agreement to end violence across racial divides in California prisons. We’re very pleased that the Solano District Attorney elected to dismiss all the charges."
WHERE: Solano County Superior Court
Law and Justice Center
530 Union Ave.
Fairfield, CA 94533
WHEN: Friday, August 20th, 8am
HOW: We are taking carpool passengers from Ashby BART station at 7am. Please contact [email protected] if you would like a ride or can offer a car.
Pack the courtroom on Friday, Aug. 20, 8 a.m., at Solano County Superior Court Law and Justice Center.
Minister King X aka William Brown, an Oakland-based journalist, educator and community organizer, has been arrested by CDCR on trumped up charges. Police have created a report with the false narrative that Minister King is a “Black Identity Extremist” and “Black Supremacist Extremist” – language used to criminalize groups such as Black Lives Matter. The FBI abandoned using these racist terms in 2019.
On July 15, King was disseminating information at a peaceful demonstration near California Medical Facility in Solano County advocating for 82-year-old Ruchell Magee’s release after 58 grueling years in prison. Magee is the longest serving political prisoner in the United States.
Three weeks later, on Aug. 9, King was arrested outside his office and charged under an obscure section of the Penal Code, section 4571. Under section 4571, anyone with a previous felony conviction who stands on prison or prison-adjacent grounds without approval can be charged with a felony.
He was targeted for being Black, for his political views and for publicly speaking out for our incarcerated elders.
This charge could send Minister King back to prison for many years and is a blatant attempt to silence a valued mentor and community organizer.
Minister King represents no threat to society. He is a journalist, artist and peace advocate who has been targeted for being Black, for his political views and for publicly speaking out for our incarcerated elders.
We’re packing the courthouse in solidarity with Minister King at his preliminary hearing this Friday, Aug. 20, at 8 a.m. Please join us to defend King from these baseless and retaliatory charges.
For more information or to offer suggestions and support, contact [email protected]
Watch Minister King X’s latest video that was used to justify labeling him a “Black Identity Extremist”:← Return to All Campaigns