The US holds over 150 political prisoners in its prisons, many framed for their activism, some in prison for their actions which were part of their struggle for a freer world.
For those of us who still enjoy a certain degree of freedom in this country, who share the struggle against a class society for freedom and who believe in a world based on solidarity, we owe these prisoners our support. Below are links for support websites for some who were sent down for their part in the struggle.
Russell Maroon Shoats is a political prisoner being held in the control unit of SCI Greene, a supermax prison in western Pennyvania. Russell was a founding member of Philadelpia’s Black Unity Council which eventually merged with the Black Panther Party. While a member of the Philadelphia chapter Russell was arrested and tried for the murder of a police officer. He received an unfair trial, and without adequate legal representation he received two life sentences. Russell has spent twenty-three of his twenty-seven years in prison in a lock-down sensory deprivation unit in retaliation for his political activities and escape attempts in the early 70’s. Russell recently was diagnosed with prostate cancer and is trying to be transferred closer to Philadelphia for treatment.
Sundiata is a Political Prisoner, a brilliant mathematician, artist and committed freedom fighter for the New Afrikan Nation. Ambushed on the New Jersey Turnpike with Assata Shakur and Zayd Malik Shakur, Sundiata has been unjustly incarcerated for 26 years. Assata remains exiled in Cuba.
Mumia Abu Jamal
Mumia Abu-Jamal is an award-winning African-American journalist, the author of several books, and a political prisoner currently sitting on Pennsylvania’s Death Row. He was convicted and sentenced to death for the alleged murder of a white policeman on December 9, 1981, in a trial defined by prosecutorial, judicial, and even defense attorney misconduct.
Tom Manning is a Vietnam veteran, working class revolutionary and US political prisoner. He militantly struggled against the war in Vietnam and supports the right of self-determination of all oppressed peoples. Tom Manning was captured in 1985 and sentenced to 53 years in federal prison for a series of bombings carried out as “armed propaganda” against apartheid and U.S. imperialism. He tirelessly fought against racist, genocidal capitalism in the USA. Tom Manning was also wrongly sentenced to 80 years in prison for the self-defense killing of a New Jersey state trooper.
Leonard Peltier, a citizen of the Anishinabe and Lakota Nations, is a father, a grandfather, an artist, a writer, and an Indigenous rights activist. He has spent more than twenty-seven years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Amnesty International considers him a “political prisoner” who should be “immediately and unconditionally released.”
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A soldiers story – Kuwasi Balagoon
Discipline or Punish – Michel Foucault