Help Zolo Rebuild His Life

zolo_azaniaFrom Zolo’s release fundraiser:

Political prisoner and former death row inmate, Zolo Agona Azania, needs your help. Zolo will finally be released in a few short months, in February 2017, after spending 35 years in prison, 27 years on death row. Zolo is a prolific writer and an accomplished artist. His writings and art reflect his deep commitment to the Black freedom struggle and a just world for all people.

Zolo will exit prison practically penniless and will face enormous financial challenges. He will need to pay for housing, food, clothing, transportation, furniture, a cell phone, utilities, and the many other expenses we all encounter.

Zolo will seek employment but at the present time he has little savings. He has been paid $.35 an hour during most of the time he has worked inside Indiana’s prisons.

Let’s ease Zolo’s path and make sure he does not confront his  financial challenges—and all the challenges he will face–alone. Please donate generously.

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Support Parole for Herman Bell: Letters Needed

herman-bellHerman Bell has been to the New York state parole board six times and has been denied each time. His next parole board appearance will be in early February 2016. Each time, the board – always made of up former law enforcement personnel and former prosecutors — reviews his very impressive record, the Bachelor’s and Master’s college degrees he has attained since being locked up, his job offers, his numerous letters of support from family, friends, and community members from many walks of life. They have before them evidence of all the ways Herman has helped so many people throughout the course of his confinement and is still leading a positive and progressive life despite being locked up now over four decades. And then they deny him parole based on their opinion that to release him would “deprecate” the serious nature of his charge of conviction. Is this rationale not, in effect, an illegal re-sentencing to life-without-the-possibility-of parole? When one goes to trial, there is a prosecutor, one’s defense attorney, a judge, and a jury. When one goes to the parole board, there is only the prosecution.

Here’s how you can help:

write-inHerman has taken responsibility for his part in the Black Liberation Movement’s resistance to racist authority. He has paid a great price – 42 years of imprisonment, thus far. He is going to the New York state parole board for the seventh time in February 2016 and deserves to be paroled, to come home to his family and community.

1 – Please write your letter to the parole board on professional letterhead. Your letter should be addressed to: “To Whom It May Concern” or “Dear Parole Commissioner”. The subject line should be “Herman Bell, 79C-0262.”

2 – Please indicate how you know Herman, or if you don’t know him personally, how you know of him.

3 – Please sign your letter and mail to Herman’s attorney:
Robert J. Boyle, 277 Broadway, Suite 1501, New York, NY 10007.
Herman very much appreciates your efforts and your support.

Message from Herman Bell Fall 2015

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Fight the Good Fight – NYC (August 16th & 21st, 2015)

The 4th Annual NYC ‘Fight the Good Fight’ – a day of rejuvenation in honor of Dr. Mutulu Shakur

Sunday, August 16th
11:30am – 5:30pm

40 Exchange Place, 3rd Floor, Manhattan
J/Z to Broad Street, 2/3 or 4/5 to Wall Street

Book an appointment for acupuncture or massage for yourself or as a gift for someone who deserves it.  Through his revolutionary work with Lincoln Detox, Black Advisory Association of North America and the Harlem Institute of Acupuncture, Dr. Shakur utilized acupuncture to not only heal but also empower.  In honor of this legacy, Dr. Shakur’s former student Dr. Shadidi Kinsey and licensed acupuncturist Margie Navarro will provide acupuncture for sliding scale donations of $20- $60.  Licensed massage therapist Sherley Accime will provide Kan’Yah Afro-Caribbean Bodywork also for $20 – $60 sliding scale. Donations are tax-deductible & support Dr. Shakur’s legal defense, commissary essentials, and projects promoting justice for the Black community.  Since space is limited, so follow the link below to register for schedule an acupuncture or massage appointment:

-> Schedule an Appointment

Birthday Party for Dr. Mutulu Shakur
at PEACE Health Center

Friday, August 21st
5-10 pm
582 Halsey Street, Brooklyn
A/C to Utica or J/Z to Gates; B26 or B46 buses

Please join us for an evening of live jazz by the Donald Smith trio, plus a 70′s set by DJ Jah Medicine, and dancing in celebration of the birth and struggle of Dr. Mutulu Shakur.  Food (vegetarian options) and beverages (alcoholic and non) available by donation. Brief presentations will be made by Family & Friends of Mutulu Shakur and the PEACE Health Center.

Tomorrow: March for Oscar Lopez Rivera!

oscarlopezriveraTomorrow, Saturday, May 30th, over 5 thousand people will gather in New York City for “One Voice for Oscar López,” a national march and rally to demand the release of Puerto Rican activist and icon Oscar López, a 72-year-old decorated Vietnam veteran who begins his 34th year in prison on May 29th despite having never been charged with any violent crime. He has served 12 of those years in complete, total isolation.

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Baltimore Police Arrest Man Who Filmed the Freddie Gray Arrest -> Call Now

CopwatchKevin Moore filmed the police brutally arresting Freddie Gray. That footage
went viral and began all of the protests that have been flooding the
streets of Baltimore and sweeping the nation ever since. Now, after claiming the police had been harassing and intimidating him after he went public with the footage, Kevin Moore and two members of Cop Watch, have been arrested.

Moore said on Saturday that he is the man who filmed the arrest, but he was concerned that his name and image had been released. No sooner than they were, the harassment began.

“What is so important that you have to plaster my picture over the
Internet? I’ve already spoken,” Moore explained.

Shortly after Moore filmed his arrest, Gray, 25, was suffered a spinal cord
injury in police custody on April 12th, and died a week later.

Moore explained that he had already spoken at length with two detectives in
the Police Department’s Office of Internal Oversight and given them his
video of the incident. But the police posted his photo and told the public
that he was “wanted for questioning” and asked people to identify him.

But they already knew who he was. What were they trying to prove, or was
this all about harassing him?

Tonight, the Baltimore Police answered that question for us. They arrested
Kevin Moore who was with two members of Cop Watch.

Moore explained that Gray was a friend of his and he has to speak up.
What can you to do help Moore, Chad Jackson and Tony White who were
arrested with him?

call-in*Call the Baltimore Police Department at (410) 545-8122 and demand that
they release these innocent men now! Then help SPREAD THE WORD!*

Call & Fax in for Robert Seth Hayes: April 27-30

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From POW Medical Justice:

r_s_hayes2005-150x150Robert Seth Hayes is one of the longest held political prisoners in the US. He is 66 years old and suffers from multiple chronic and concerning medical problems. As many of you know, we recently waged a medical campaign for him a few months ago regarding rapid and concerning weight loss as well as poorly controlled diabetes. Neither of these concerns have been addressed to date. NYS DOCCS states on its website that denial of adequate medical care is a violation of a person’s eighth amendment constitutional rights, so please help demand that Seth be provided with proper care.

***Please join our phone and fax campaign!***
Talking points and sample letter below.

THINGS YOU CAN DO:

1) On Monday, 4/27 and Tuesday, 4/28 please call:

***Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci, NYS Department of Corrections at (518) 457-8134

***Dr. Carl J. Koenigsmann, Chief Medical Officer…

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