When Uganda's visionary epic poet, Okot p'Bitek, has his fictional Acoli
wife address her brainwashed English-educated husband, trying to re-establish his respect for traditional values and love for his African people, the internally embattled husband lashes out with verbal and emotional abuse.
The other poets whose work is addressed in the book all come from cultures in which a missionary insistence on the superiority of monotheism came abrasively into conflict with radically different conceptions of religion, as the revealing account in the book of the Acoli
encounter with Christianity shows.
Soffiyah Elijah, a clinical instructor at Harvard Law School's Criminal Justice Institute, is one of several lawyers who represent Acoli.
The day before, she said, was her first opportunity to speak with Acoli in nearly six weeks.
An ACOLI also would capture the fact that some price-raising taxes or regulations have corresponding benefits and may not really raise the cost of living.
The basic idea behind the ACOLI is to measure how much consumer satisfaction in private and public goods can be bought with market incomes at different times and at the prices and taxes of those different periods.
The 'pumpkin' in the Acoli
tradition carries ethereal significance, not just as a leguminous crop edible and rich in vitamins necessary for good health.
Among them were Marilyn Buck, a committed activist, teacher, organizer, poet, and human rights warrior, as well as my dear comrade and codefendant of mine in the "Resistance Conspiracy" case, who was serving 80 years; Sundiata Acoli
, life plus 30 years; Mutulu Shakur, 60 years; Oscar Lopez Rivera, 70 years; and Leonard Peltier, two consecutive life terms.
When you confront the level of commitment of someone like Ruchell Magee, or Hugo Pinell, Leonard Peltier, Sundiata Acoli
Another was Sundiata Acoli, (2) former Black Panther and Black Liberation Army member imprisoned for almost three decades because of his defense of his community during the COINTELPRO war against the Panthers.
Sundiata Acoli is a New Afrikan political prisoner who has served 20 years in prison for his participation in the Black liberation struggle.
If Mumia's supporters were to take his words seriously, they would also be supporting Ruchell Magee, Sundiata Acoli
, and Sekou Odinga (among others).