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Phil Africa Passes Away

phil-africa-2014From Denver Anarchist Black Cross

On Saturday, January 10th 2015 Phil Africa, revolutionary, John Africa’s First Minister of Defense, and beloved brother, husband and father, passed away under suspicious circumstances at the State Correctional Institution at Dallas, PA.

On Sunday, January 4th Phil Africa wasn’t feeling well and went to the prison infirmary. Though he wasn’t feeling well, other inmates saw Phil Africa walking, stretching and doing jumping jacks. Hearing that Phil was in the infirmary MOVE members drove up to visit him and were denied a visit by the prison. While they were visiting with Delbert Africa, Phil was secretly transported to Wilkes Barre General Hospital where he was held in total isolation, incommunicado for five days.

Prison officials at SCI-Dallas wouldn’t communicate about Phil’s condition.  They told MOVE that Phil was at Wilkes Barre General hospital but the hospital denied he was there and this back and forth lie went on for days almost the entire time Phil was being held. The hospital and the prison behaved very suspiciously denying Phil the ability to call family members or his wife of 44 years, Janine Africa, stating that she was not a blood relative. The hospital and prison received hundreds of phone calls in support of Phil from around the world. When they finally submitted to pressure and allowed Phil to call Janine on Thursday, January 8th he was heavily drugged, incoherent and couldn’t even hold the phone to talk to her. (more…)

Rubin “Hurricane” Carter Dies at 76: Wrongly Jailed Boxer Championed Justice After Winning His Own

From Democracy Now

 

The celebrated boxer and prisoner-rights activist Rubin “Hurricane” Carter has died at the age of 76. Carter became an international symbol of racial injustice after his wrongful murder conviction forced him to spend 19 years in prison before he was exonerated. Since his release, Carter championed the cause of wrongfully convicted prisoners. His ordeal was publicized in Bob Dylan’s 1975 song “Hurricane,” several books and a 1999 film starring Denzel Washington, “The Hurricane.” We are joined by two guests: John Artis, Carter’s co-defendant and close friend, who cared for him until his death, and Ken Klonsky, co-author of Carter’s autobiography, “Eye of the Hurricane: My Path from Darkness to Freedom,” and a director of media relations for Carter’s group, Innocence International. We also broadcast an excerpt from a 1994 speech by Carter about his life’s struggles and triumphs. Says Artis about his close friend: “He was a David against the justice system’s Goliath.”

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

Remembrances For Herman Wallace In North Carolina

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A banner posted to the fence at the disputed CVS building that was squatted/occupied last year as a campaign of resisting corporate development; at the corner of Weaver St. and Greensboro St in Carrboro, NC on October 12th. This banner was posted to coincide with Herman Wallace’s memorial service in New Orleans.

hermanwallacemural4Earlier this week graffiti artists decorated the Carrboro bike path with a memorial to Herman Wallace. The memorial reminds us that Albert Woodfox is still locked up and that the struggle is not over.

Write to  Albert Woodfox at:
Albert Woodfox
#72148
David Wade Correctional Center, N1A3
670 Bell Hill Rd.
Homer, LA 71040
 

Herman’s obituary from Angola 3 News:

On October 4th, 2013, Herman Wallace, an icon of the modern prison reform movement and an innocent man, died a free man after spending an unimaginable 41 years in solitary confinement. (more…)

Remembering Herman Wallace, prisons, solitary confinement and freedom

herman-photo_a-harkness1by scott crowe / scottcrowe.org

In the 70’s a bullet was sent to kill Herman Wallace while in prison for his political activities as a Black Panther.  This was a special bullet. It wasn’t cased in metal with gun powder.  It was of a different kind. It was a bullet named solitary confinement. Like all bullets it came fast and unexpectedly. It came to silence. To stop. Its effects are the same as the other type of bullet. Silence and death. In these no one can talk.  No one can hear the rage, the resistance the love for better humanity. This bullet would stop that.

This bullet came from a gun shaped like the prison system. The prison gun with its shining cold steel, its levers and site aimed on punishment and retribution. Its intent–to silence. This gun in Louisiana was aimed directly at Herman Wallace, Albert Woodfox, Robert King, Zulu and any like them for resisting the their systems, their exploitations, their degradation and their other guns. This kind of gun is everywhere in prisons all over. Its coldness, its steel, its trigger is waiting to be pulled. To silence those who refuse.

The trigger of this gun was pulled by those who assume to hold Power. In this case the petty politicians, redundant bureaucracies and corrupt administrations all within the so called justice systems. If there was to be blood it had their fingerprints all over the gun. Remember prisons don’t kill people. People kill people. Those who held this gun have names. (more…)

Herman Wallace Dies After 41 Years In Solitary

Herman Wallace, April 2013.

Herman Wallace, April 2013.

‘Angola 3′ member Herman Wallace dies three days after being freed from 41 years of solitary

From the Huffington Post

NEW ORLEANS — NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A 71-year-old man who spent more than four decades in solitary confinement in Louisiana died Friday, less than a week after a judge freed him and granted him a new trial.

Herman Wallace’s attorneys said he died at a supporter’s home in New Orleans. Wallace had been diagnosed with terminal liver cancer and stopped receiving treatment. Wallace was held for years at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. In 2009, Wallace was moved from Angola to “closed-cell restriction” at Hunt Correctional in St. Gabriel, where he recently was taken to the prison’s hospital unit.

Jackie Sumell, a longtime supporter of Wallace, said he was surrounded by friends and family when he died. Wallace at one point told them, “I love you all,” according to Sumell. (more…)

King Blaze, ¡Presente!

Blaze with AIM Prisoner of War, Leonard Peltier at USP Leavenworth, 2004

From Denver Anarchist Black Cross

We recently received news that a dear comrade and revolutionary Latin King, Gabriel Concepcion, AKA King Blaze, passed away in February. Due to internet email glitches, the news is very late in getting to us.

Blaze was a former prisoner and long time street member of the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation (ALKQN). Since his imprisonment in the mid 90′s, Blaze became a devout revolutionary. He dedicated his life to trying to transform the ALKQN into a street level revolutionary organization. He was released from prison in 2007, and became involved with organizing back in his hometown of the Bronx in New York City. He passed away at his mother’s home on February 25, 2012.

The grief of this loss is very overwhelming, as this news very recently reached us. A longer writing will surely come. But for now, we invite you to read two articles about Blaze’s work with the former Allied Resistance Network, a prisoner revolutionary organization active from 2003-2009.

In love and solidarity! Remember our dead and fight like hell for the living!
King Blaze, ¡Presente!

Thoughts of a Latin King
The Pen is Mighty