Tag Archive: Black Liberation

Sekou Kambui Released!

sekouFrom Denver Anarchist Black Cross

Update: On June 30th, Sekou Kambui was transferred to a halfway house in Dotham, AL. He is likely to remain in that or another halfway house for the next six months. His transfer represents much more freedom and an end to the retaliation of vicious prison guards; Sekou, however, will certainly continue to need support to meet his basic needs. More updates will come as DABC knows more about his situation.

To the years ahead of working with Sekou outside the walls, and to a world without prisons!

Sekou Kambui Paroled!

sekouFrom Denver Anarchist Black Cross

This morning, after forty years in the hands of the State, New Afrikan political prisoner Sekou Kambui has been paroled! Given the provision that Sekou finds an approved halfway house and transition program, he will be released from Bibb County Correctional in a few weeks.

We want to thank everyone who signed the petition, called the parole board, and especially Sekou’s tireless supporters in Alabama, Houston, and elsewhere.

Free all Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War!

Sekou Kambui’s Parole Hearing Scheduled

sekouFrom Denver Anarchist Black Cross

Sekou’s long-delayed parole hearing has finally been scheduled for the 18th of June! We are making one last push for letters of support, petition signatures, and funds to get myself and another supporter (and more folks, if possible) down to Alabama for the hearing. In the state of Alabama, parole hearings are held outside of the prison, and prisoners cannot attend. Supporters, however, can pack these hearings, and it would be of great help to Sekou to have vocal support there.

Below is the link to an EverRibbon page set up by a fellow Sekou supporter in Colorado. If there’s any money you can donate, please do so here:

And again, please continue to send in letters of support for Sekou’s release, addressed to:
Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles
301 South Ripley Street
PO Box 302405
Montgomery, Al 36130-2405
Chairman Clifford Walker
Associate Members Robert P. Longshore and William W. Wynne Jr.
Please send copies (and/or originals) of all letters to:
Aaron Schaefer
C/O DABC
P.O. Box 11236
Denver, CO 80211
Support letters and hard copies of the petition will be hand-delivered to the parole board on the 18th.
Letter Template [if you need it]

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That Time Philly Cops Bombed a City Block to Destroy a Black Liberation Group

move_051614-thumb-640xauto-10748From Color Lines

This week marked the 29th anniversary of the Philadelphia police’s deadly confrontation with the black liberation group MOVE. On May 13, 1985, police bombed an entire city block in its attack on the organization, killing 11 people (including five children) and injuring dozens more.

 

The PBS documentary “Let the Fire Burn” is streaming for free online until May 19. It uses archival footage and interviews with survivors to tell the tale. Watch it here.

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Exclusive: Freed Ex-Black Panther Marshall “Eddie” Conway on 44 Years in Prison & FBI Surveillance

From Democracy Now!

In a Democracy Now! exclusive, former Black Panther Party leader Marshall “Eddie” Conway joins us less than 24 hours after his release from nearly 44 years in prison. Supporters describe Conway as one of the country’s longest-held political prisoners. He was convicted of killing a Baltimore police officer in 1970, for which he has always maintained his innocence. The shooting occurred at a time when federal and local authorities were infiltrating and disrupting the Black Panthers and other activist groups. At the time of the shooting, the FBI was also monitoring Conway’s actions as part of its counterintelligence program, COINTELPRO. Numerous groups have campaigned for years calling for his release, saying he never received a fair trial and was convicted largely on the basis of testimony from a jailhouse informant. Politically active in prison, Conway founded Friend of a Friend, a group that helps young men, often gang members, resolve conflicts, and published a memoir, “Marshall Law: The Life & Times of a Baltimore Black Panther.” In his first interview since being released, Marshall details his time behind bars and the government surveillance he faced as a prominent Black Panther.

Full Episode Here

Eddie Conway Released From Prison!

eddieconwayFrom Corporate Media

Former Black Panther leader and convicted cop killer Marshall “Eddie” Conway was released after four decades behind bars on Tuesday, after striking an agreement with prosecutors over a challenge to his conviction based on of the way judges explained the law to juries in old cases.

Conway, now 67, spent more than 40 years behind bars after being convicted in the 1970 killing of Baltimore Police Officer Donald Sager, 35, who was killed in an ambush. Conway has maintained his innocence, saying that he was set up, and denied any role in the attack. For years there has been a campaign by supporters to get him pardoned.

His release Tuesday after a hearing in Baltimore Circuit Court was a result of the “Unger” decision, under which the state’s highest court ruled that jurors had been given improper instructions in cases tried before 1980. More than a dozen people were released last summer as a result of the decision, and officials have said as many as 200 others could be released. (more…)

Russell Maroon Shoatz released from solitary confinement – first time in general population in more than 22 years

maroonFrom Abolitionist Law Center

February 20, 2014: Pittsburgh PA —  Russell Maroon Shoatz was released from solitary confinement into the general prison population at State Correctional Institution (SCI) Graterford this morning, ending more than 22 consecutive years in solitary confinement. The news was confirmed by Maroon during a legal call with an attorney from the Abolitionist Law Center.

Maroon’s son, Russell Shoatz III, said, “We are very excited that this day has finally come. My father being released from solitary confinement is proof of the power of people organizing against injustice, and the importance of building strong coalitions. I especially want to thank all of those who have supported the collective struggle to end my father’s solitary confinement, including my siblings and members of the Shoatz family, the Human Rights Coalition, Abolitionist Law Center, Scientific Soul Sessions, the entire legal team, UN Special Rapporteur Juan Mendez, the 5 Nobel Peace Laureates, the National Lawyers Guild, Center for Constitutional Rights, along with the dozens of other organizations and thousands of individuals who have participated in this effort.”

The move comes after Maroon, who turned 70-years-old in August 2013, was transferred to three different Pennsylvania prisons in the past nine months. It marks the first time that Shoatz has been in the general prison population in the state of Pennsylvania since 1983, when he was placed in solitary confinement due to his work with the Pennsylvania Association of Lifers to abolish life-without-parole sentences. For a 17-month period between 1989-1991, Maroon was held in the general prison population at the federal penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kansas. (more…)

Tom Manning on Nelson Mandela

nelson_mandela_released_from_prisonThe following is a statement Tom Manning sent to Jericho for “far and wide distribution.”

Mandela.  He gave his life and we except his gift with sadness and determination to stay focused on the principles and promise of a world worthy of Amandla! Power of the people!  It has been, and continues to be a long walk to freedom.  The struggle continues!

tom!With love and rage,

Tom Manning 
Ohio 7/United Freedom Front 
12/5/2013
 
Write To Tom:
Thomas Manning    #10373-016
FMC BUTNER
FEDERAL MEDICAL CENTER
P.O. BOX 1600
BUTNER, NC 27509

Urgent Health Campaign for Robert Seth Hayes, #74-A-2280

robertsethhayesNYC Jericho:

Talking Points:

Robert Seth Hayes is currently 65 years old. He was first diagnosed with Type II diabetes in the year 2000. In the 13 years since then, DOCCS has been completely unable to control his blood sugar levels. At the time he was diagnosed, Mr. Hayes was at Clinton. He was transferred to Wende in 2003 and then to Sullivan in 2010.

Throughout this time, Mr. Hayes’ sugar levels have either soared to the 300 to 400 levels or been extremely low, in the 50 to 70 levels, both life-threatening. Mr. Hayes also has Hepatitis C, for which he is currently not receiving any treatment. (more…)

Woodfox: Daily Death Row strip searches left him feeling ‘hopeless’

woodfoxFrom The Advocate

Albert Woodfox, serving life in prison for the 1972 murder of a security officer at Angola, told a federal judge Wednesday in Baton Rouge that multiple, daily strip searches and visual body cavity inspections leave him “helpless, hopeless.”

Woodfox, 66, is a maximum-security prisoner at the David Wade Correctional Center near Homer in Claiborne Parish. He is the last of the so-called Angola Three remaining in prison.

Woodfox seeks a court ruling that would end such searches as routine prison policy any time he is removed from his cell block for outdoor exercise, visits to the infirmary, visits from friends or family and discussions with his attorneys. (more…)