from Freedom Archives:
Sekou Kambui, freed after 40 years in prison at the end of June, sends his thanks, love, and appreciation to all his supporters. Unfortunately, he is currently in the hospital. A tumor was found that was partially obstructing his intestines and digestive process. He is undergoing further tests. Sekou will have surgery to remove the tumor next week. He says that he’s being treated well in the hospital, and looks forward to full recovery and a return to A-1 health.
A reminder – we raised close to $1000 for Sekou when he got out recently. You can still contribute. Make your checks out to William Turk and send them to The Freedom Archives at 522 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110.
If you want to send any cards of support, please send them to:
William Turk / Sekou Kambui Southeast Alabama Medical Center
1108 Ross Clark Circle, Room 297
Dothan, AL 36303
This statement below is written by Jalil, if you want to write him or
read more of his writings please visit freejalil.com, or see more information on supporting parole reform in NY state.
Write to Jalil:
Anthony Jalil Bottom #77-A-4283
Attica Correctional Facility
P.O. Box 149
Attica, NY 14011-0149
Dear Friends and Supporters:
As many of you may have heard on June 17, 2014, I was again denied
release on parole for the 8th time. Obviously, efforts to change the
parole system is not gaining significant or measurable traction. This is
especially daunting when considering of the two dozen prisoners
appearing before the parole board on June 17, 2014, none were granted
parole. While there has been strides made to raise public consciousness
and interest in the need for prison and parole reform, it has not
translated into unified and uniform actions resulting in a substantial
change. It appears the myriad voices on the subject and the diverse “pet
projects” has weakened the potential for a statewide determination.
There is a need for a unified strategy that challenges the specific
problem of NYS recalcitrant parole policy. As an analogy of the diverse
“pet projects” activity, it is like treating someone complaining of a
migraine headache with heroin. The headache is anesthetized, however,
the treatment creates an addiction for perpetual “reformism.” The
diverse “pet projects” are treating the symptoms of the problem, and not
the problem itself. The misdiagnosed problem is the [person] is
suffering form a brain tumor that requires precise surgical excise of
the tumor to cure the reoccurring migraine headaches.
Therefore, it is important to review the problem of parole, of which in
my opinion is based on two dynamics: 1) The disparate and vague language
in Executive Law S259i(2)(c)(a); and 2) The composition of the parole,
top heavy with former law enforcement personnel.
Join us in an International Day of Solidarity with Marie Mason, Eric McDavid, and all Eco-prisoners on every June 11th. Marie Mason and Eric McDavid share the unfortunate distinction of having the longest standing sentences of environmental prisoners in the United States. This is a time to remember radical history and the strength who are in prison – who are continuing their struggles on the inside. This is a time to continue and strengthen the very work for which Eric and Marie are now serving so much time – to struggle against capitalism, ecological devastation, and the ever more diffuse forms of control in this prison society.
This year, there are almost 40 events planned across 7 countries. See june11.org for a more information and a complete list.
Wherever you are, we are pleased to announce that the 2014 Never Alone Art Exhibit is now live and all artworks are for sale with the proceeds going to benefit Eric, Marie and other prisoners! See neveraloneart.org.
603 bushwick ave – upstairs
::A SAFER SPACE EVENT::
All proceeds with go to support political prisoners eric mcdavid and marie mason. june 11th is the international day of solidarity with marie mason, eric mcdavid, and all long-term anarchist political prisoners. for more info and resources: www.june11.org
Right down the street another event:
Doors at 8pm
28 Lawton St #1, Bushwick
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Tomorrow morning (on Wednesday, May 28th) his lawyer will present an argument on his behalf in NJ Appellate Court. This is in response to the NJ State parole board’s continued denial of Sundiata’s release after serving 40 years in prison and completing his sentence. The hearing is open to the public for anyone who would like to support and attend.
For those who can’t make it, contributions towards Sundiata’s legal fees are also needed. Funds can be sent by logging into to Paypal.com and sending funds to The Sundiata Acoli Freedom Campaign at the email address: SAFC766@gmail.com.
Folks can also write to Sundiata at:
Sundiata Acoli #39794-066 (Squire)
P.O. Box 1000
Cumberland, MD 21501
Here are the details regarding the hearing:
We must plan to be in the courtroom by 10 AM – the argument is scheduled for 10 AM. The court is the appellate division courtroom at the Hughes Justice Complex, 25 Market St, Trenton, NJ. The courtroom is on the 5th
You will need to check in through the security gate metal detector and then sign in at the check in desk where you will need a photo ID. You should should say that you are going to the Appellate Division courtroom and they will give you a pass.
Please allow at least twenty minutes (if possible, a bit longer) to walk from the parking lot, go through security and check in before the argument time.
If traveling by train from NYC, the NJ Transit Midtown Direct train from New York Penn Station to Trenton Train Station is the best route. Taxis are available from there.
Show Your Solidarity and Help Make this Inspiring Book Come Alive!
Tom Manning is a freedom fighter, political prisoner and prolific artist. His paintings are stories that jump off the page, revealing the outlook of people who struggle for liberation around the world. His paintings are about life and his landscapes recall times of importance.
The years of work to produce this beautiful book and important document are nearing their end and *we need your help* to fund the last phase of production!
ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY:
- 86 full color reproductions of Tom’s Painting
– Preface by Robby Meeropol
– Article, “In My Time” by Tom
– Poem by Assata, “Affirmation”
– Autobiography of Tom Manning
– Afterword by Ray Levasseur
– Notes from photographer Penny Schoner
All proceeds, after production costs, will be donated to the Rosenberg Fund for Children:
Twitter: @wwwrfcorg Facebook:rosenbergfundforchildren
Tom Manning: Freedom Fighter, Political Prisoner
From the Preface by Robby Meerpol:
“Tom’s been incarcerated for 34 years. But even before he received his current life sentence he was trapped by the limited choices left to an impoverished child surviving in Boston’s infamous Maverick Street Projects. The military during the Vietnam era seemed like a way out, but that too became a hellish form of confinement.
Tom broke free, he revolted. He became a revolutionary. He committed the unforgivable sin of confronting today’s great imperial empire, the United States, on its home turf. For that, I expect the prison industrial complex will do its best to keep him confined for as long as it can.”
For additional questions please contact Penny Schoner: firstname.lastname@example.org
Call the Manhattan District Attorney, Cy Vance, who has the power to drop the charges against Cecily McMillan at any time. Let him know that it is time to act – (212) 335-9000. Please also take a moment to sign the petition. Cecily’s next hearing will be held this Wednesday at 9:30 am at 100 Centre Street, Part 41. Her support team is also collecting donations to cover their expenses.
**Whatever your feelings towards the DA and justice system, it is imperative that this campaign of calls and tweets be respectful and courteous, for the success of the campaign and more importantly for the success of Cecily’s trial.**