As many of you already know, Hugo Pinell (Yogi Bear) and Ruchell Cinque Magee have been locked up in California gulags for 49 and 50 years, respectively. An outrage since neither has a murder conviction or LWOP (life without the possiblity of parole). To learn more, go to www.hugopinell.org.
They are political prisoners even though their political actions were confined to prisons where they helped (along with George Jackson, Howard Tole, William Christmas, James McClain, W.L. Nolen, et al.) make it safe for Black prisoners to walk the yard. (Read Melancholy History of Soledad Prison, by Minh Yee). While Ruchell is in general population (having used his jailhouse lawyering skills to get himself out of the Pelican Bay SHU), Yogi remains locked down 24/7 in that torture chamber after 23 years (43 altogether in various lockups/solitary). His next board hearing after several denials (He was eligible in 1985) will be October 22, 2013 when he will face a possible 15-year hit. We must take action now to stop that from happening.
Yogi will be 68 years old March 10.
Ruchell will be 74, March 17.
Please send them some birthday love — and, if you can, a post office money order (which can be sent to their addresses as follows).
Hugo L.A. Pinell
A88401 D3 221
Crescent City, Ca. 95531-7500
Ruchell Cinque Magee
Corcoran, Ca. 93212