Friday March 17, 6pm / Vendredi 17 mars, 18h00
1455 de Maisonneuve Ouest, #H-110 auditorium
As part of the Week Against Police Brutality (https://cobp.resist.ca/), a discussion on incarceration and political repression with Albert Woodfox et Robert H. King will take place Friday March 17th at 6:00 pm at the Alumni Auditorium, room H-110 of the Henry F. Hall Building (1455 de Maisonneuve West) at Concordia University.
Albert Woodfox is a Black Panther activist and ex-political prisoner who was released in February 2016 at the age of 69 after having been incarcerated and tortured for 45 years at Angola Penitentiary (in Louisiana), 43 years of which having been spent in solitary confinement. No American prisoner has ever been held in solitary confinement for so long. This cruel and unusual punishment was inflicted upon him for a crime he did not commit, because of his political beliefs and the colour of his skin.
Along with Herman Wallace and Robert King, Albert Woodfox was part of a group known as the Angola 3 (http://angola3.org/), three African-American men sent to prison in 1971 in one of the most violent detention facilities in the United States. Members of the Black Panther Party, they fought to defend prisoners’ rights while inside.
Robert King was held in Angola for 32 years, of which 29 years were spent in solitary. From the time of his release in 2001, he was active working to free his two friends. Herman Wallace was released in 2013, but died shortly thereafter. Since Woodfox was freed in February 2016, he has been travelling Europe and the United States with King, to advocate for the abolition of solitary confinement and the liberation of political prisoners in the USA.
***Admission is FREE***