Post-Release Support for Freed Eco-prisoner Eric McDavid

eric-mcdavidEric McDavid is an anarchist and environmental activist who was entrapped by an FBI informant and charged with a single count of “conspiracy to use fire or explosives to damage corporate and government property”. In May of 2008 Eric was sentenced to an outrageous 19 years and 7 months in prison.

On January 8th, 2015, after serving 9 years in prison his judgment and sentencing were vacated when it became known that the FBI had failed to disclose potentially exculpatory evidence to the defense. Eric plead guilty to a lesser charge that carried a 5-year maximum sentence and was released almost immediately.

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June 11: International Day of Solidarity with Eric McDavid, Marie Mason and all Eco-prisoners

neveralone2014smallJoin 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.

Letter-drive supporting Parole for Sekou Kambui

kambuiSekou Cinque T. M. Kambui (S/N William J. Turk) has requested a letter-writing campaign asserting his innocence in preparation for his upcoming parole hearing, which could be held as early as February of 2014. Sekou maintains that he has committed no crime, and yet has been under the heel of the State since 1975, when he was accused of murdering a wealthy white oil-man and a KKK member in Alabama. He was pulled over in January of 1975 and accused of and arrested for the December ’74 murder after a 9mm pistol was found in his car. Multiple witnesses in his first trial later reported that they had been coerced into testifying against Sekou, after which every defense witness was driven out of the state by police intimidation. No proven murder weapon has been found, and neither Sekou nor the pistol found in his car has never been linked to the crime scene.

As a member of the Black Panther Party and organizer with a variety of organizations, including SNCC and the Republic of New Afrika, Sekou was caught up in the COINTELPRO dragnet in the State’s effort suppress dissent and make activism criminal. He must be freed!

write-inThere is also an online petition for Sekou’s release, found here!

Send Letters To:
Offices of Chestnut, Sanders, Sanders, Pettaway & Campbell, L.L.C.
Attn. Attorney Faya Ora Rose Toure
1 Union Street
Post Office Box 1290
Selma, Alabama 36702-1290

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Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles
301 South Ripley Street
Post Office Box 302405
Montgomery, Alabama 36130-2405

Chairman William W. Wynne Jr.
Associate Members Robert P. Longshore and Cliff Walker

Chairman, Members of the Board,

I am writing to request the timely parole of William J. Turk, #113058A, also known as Sekou Kambui. William/Sekou asserts his innocence of the crimes he has served almost forty years of his sentence for. Despite the fact that he has been up for parole five times in the last decade, and despite the fact that there is no solid evidence linking William/Sekou to the scene of the murders he has been charged with, he is still inexplicably in prison. Major witnesses for both his first trial and appeal reported being coerced to testify against William/Sekou, and the misconduct of the Alabama court system, the Birmingham Police Department, and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department at the time of Sekou’s arrest and trial is obvious. [More detailed information on Sekou’s case can be found Denver ABC and ABCF sites, and in the petition for his release, if you wish to include it]

[Include any positive/pertinent personal interactions with Sekou, correspondence, etc. that you may have had]

William Turk/Sekou Kambui is innocent, and has suffered decades in prison due to a unfair arrest, investigation, and trial. William/Sekou is being punished for his activism during the Civil Rights Movement of the 50s and 60s, not any real crime. I ask you, the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles, to recognize his innocence and grant him parole at his upcoming hearing.

Sincerely,

[Name and signature]

Call-in for Mumia’s Phone and Visit Privileges

UPDATE from July 15: Despite the receptionist for Secretary Wetzel at (717) 728-2573 is insisting that Mumia is being justly punished, Keith Cook, Mumia’s eldest brother, reports —After a year and a half the DOC finally approved contact visits between Mumia and his oldest son, Jamal Hart. This is an important acknowledgment by the DOC of Mumia’s right to contact with his family. Thanks to all who called, emailed or faxed the DOC to stop this harassment of Mumia. This shows the power of our collective action. When Mumia was transferred to general population after 30 years on death row, the DOC denied contact visits between father and son on the absurd grounds that Jamal was a security risk! Nonetheless Mumia and Jamal had a four hour contact visit without incident a year ago–the first in 30 years. But afterwards the DOC insisted on enforcement of the no-contact restriction. The situation was stalled until you began the calls and emails. Now Jamal can have contact visits with Mumia—and bring his son and one-year-old granddaughter to visit. Mumia is a great-grandfather! Mumia’s phone calls were reinstated on Saturday, July 13 and his calls to Philadelphia attorney Michael Coard’s radio program, “Courtroom Radio” (WURD 900 AM) have been approved. As Mumia said when the state was defeated in its 30-plus year attempt to have him “legally lynched”—”the next step is freedom.”

PA Department of Corrections Harassment of Mumia: Mumia Denied Phone Calls for Two Weeks; Refused Contact Visits with his Son, Jamal Hart

MumiaJust days after Mumia’s appeal argument challenging the state’s “secret sentencing” of him to life imprisonment without parole the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections cut-off Mumia’s phone calls for two weeks.  Late Thursday evening, June 27, Mumia called his wife, Wadiya Jamal, and told her he was “written up” for a phone interview with Philadelphia attorney Michael Coard, on his WURD program, “Radio Courtroom” and didn’t know when he would be able to call next. The next day, Mumia’s phone calls were stopped for two weeks.

This is the first time since 1995 with the infamous Department of Corrrection (DOC) attempt to stop Mumia’s radio commentaries and punish him for the publication of his book, Live From Death Row, that Mumia received *any* prison disciplinary action. Punishing Mumia for his speech and writing was found unconstitutional by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, as a violation of his First Amendment right to freedom of speech. See, Abu-Jamal v. Price, 154 F3d 122 (3rd Circ. 1998).

In another act of harassment, the DOC refuses to process contact visitation between Mumia and his son, Jamal Hart. In August 2012, Hart had a 4-hour contact visit without incident with his father, the first contact visit between father and son in thirty years.  But the DOC is refusing to grant additional contact visits.

call-inWrite, call, email and fax the central offices of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections: John E. Wetzel, Secretary, PA Department of Corrections, (717) 728-2573 

write-inFax: (717) 728-0312;  Email:  ra-contactdoc@pa.gov  

Demand: “Stop the Harassment of Mumia Abu-Jamal.  Reinstate Mumia’s phone privileges. Grant contact visitation to Mumia’s son, Jamal Hart.

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Join the Call for Medical Attention for Tom Manning

UPDATE (from Tom): On Friday, June 21st I was told I will be getting the shoulder surgery and physical therapy that had been denied me – not for medical – but for economic reasons. Of all the joint surgeries and joint replacements I have had to have all but one was due to beatings by prison, police and FBI personal, followed by long periods of neglect and or less then adequate medical treatment. None of this has been re-addressed and corrected without the support from all of you. The attorneys, the medical people, organizations, and individuals who have, each in your own way shown the will to act when needed. Activists! One And All. I thank you. And pledge to lend my hand where and when it is needed. In short- my hand is your hand.

Tom Manning Days of Action:
Wednesday, June 19th  & Friday,  June 21st!

tom-manningIn November, 2010 Tom Manning, political prisoner, was sent to the Federal Medical Center- Butner for knee replacement surgery. He received the surgery 20 months later yet he is still confined to a wheelchair because he has not received the necessary physical therapy.  He suffers from a severe shoulder condition which makes physical therapy impossible given his inability to use a walker or cane. He has been suffering with two complete tears in his shoulder tendons and atrophy of his shoulder muscles to such a degree that he is unable to lift a cup. He has had these symptoms for at least a year. Physicians recommended that Tom have a shoulder surgery to rectify this problem, but a Bureau of Prisons committee at FMC Butner refused to allow Tom to have this surgery stating that the surgery was “medically unnecessary.”

In fact this surgery is medically necessary not only to make Tom’s shoulder functional again, but also because he needs use of his shoulder to be able to actively engage in physical therapy to walk after his knee replacement surgery. The lack of this surgery will not only leave Tom unable to use his shoulder but also will leave him confined to a wheelchair.

Tom must have shoulder surgery and physical therapy if he’s to have any chance at walking again. It is crucially important that we pressure Butner Federal Medical Center to provide appropriate medical treatment for Tom Manning. Please join our phone-call, letter/fax campaign on Wednesady June 19th and Friday June 21st!

THINGS YOU CAN DO:

call-in1) On Wednesday, June 19th, call the office of Craig Apker, warden of FMC-Butner, phone # 919-575-3900 to demand that Tom Manning be given a shoulder replacement and the necessary physical therapy to use his shoulder and walk again. See talking points below.

write-in2) On Friday, June 21st, fax two follow-up letters to fax # 919-575-4801 expressing your outrage regarding above.

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