Parole Board Drags Its Feet on COMPAS
January 21, 2016
New York State and the entire country are engaged in a serious public conversation on the meaning of justice and how it is applied in our communities, courts and prisons. Issues of particular importance to the legal community enter into that discussion, including sentencing reform, mandatory minimums, wrongful convictions and the ways in which racism shapes the application of justice. As lawyers with many decades of experience representing people caught up in the criminal justice system, we welcome that conversation. Whether in the media, including the New York Law Journal, in courtrooms, or in legislatures, there is a growing recognition that our justice system has too often been unfair and its punishments vengeful and draconian.
From this conversation has emerged a national consensus that we have relied too much on incarceration to solve social problems and enhance public safety. The incarceration of huge numbers of people has not lowered our crime rate. It has, however, separated families, contributed to the impoverishment of entire communities, and returned literally millions of people to the community burdened with statutory and social obstacles to successful lives. Read the rest of this entry »
Oscar Lopez Rivera is one of the Puerto Rican independence fighter who has served longest in US prisons. A massive campaign has been being waged for him throughout the US, Puerto Rico and around the world.
Now Oscar Lopez Rivera has issued a statement about Puerto Rican political prisoner Ana Belen Montes, who is serving one of the harshest sentences of total isolation in US federal prison at Carswell (compare to Leonard Peltier or the Angola 3 for an example of similarly barbaric punishment). (See article “Ana Belen Montes: Buried Alive” if you haven’t already read about her from this list).
“Various friends and companeros have asked how I would feel about having Ana Belen Montes’ name alongside mine in the campaign for my freedom. It woud be a great honor for me. I think that every Puerto Rican who loves justice and freedom should be proud of Ana Belen. What she did was more than heroic. She what every person who believes in peace, justice and liberty and in the right of every nation to govern itself in the best way possible and without intervention or threats from anyone would have done. She did what she did because she knew that the government of the United States was intent on destroying the Cuban government and imposing on the Cuban people a system designed by Washington, one more attempt at regime change. The objectives of the US government were criminal and if she hadn’t acted as she did she would have been supporting those actions. We should all be proud of her, support her and demand her release from prison.”
Friday January 8th, 2016, @ 7 pm-10 pm
1199/Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Join us Friday January 8th, 2016, as we celebrate Oscar Lopez Rivera’s 73rd birthday!
For the past 34 years, Oscar has spent his birthday (January 6th) in prison without his family or friends! Why is he in jail? For being a revolutionary who fought for the independence of Puerto Rico from U.S. colonialism.
Join us we celebrate life, work, and legacy of this extraordinary man!
Poetry by: Rafael Landron, Jesus Papoleto Melendez, and Mariposa
Special Invited Guests:
Lynne Stewart, former Political Prisoner
Daniel McGowan, former Political Prisoner
Nelson Denis, author of “War against all Puerto Ricans”
Estela Vasquez, 1199/SEIU
Dr. Johanna Fernandez, Campaign to Bring Mumia Home
Laura Whitehorn, former Political Prisoner
Francisco “Cisco” Torres, of the San Francisco 8
Artisans: Botanicafe and Jesus Mangual/Taino Cemí
Food, Music, Poetry, Birthday cards for Oscar and Fun! Donation: $5-$10 (No one will be turned away due to lack of funds)
Sponsors: The ProLibertad Freedom Campaign; Las 34 Mujeres NYC por Oscar; Call to Action on Puerto Rico; Frente Socialista NYC; PIP-NYC; NYC Jericho; Malcolm X Commemorative Committee; SODC; NYC Free Peltier; NYC Anarchist Black Cross; Daniel McGowan, Former Political Prisoner; The Campaign to Bring Mumia home; Freedom Socialist Party; Radical Women; International Action Center; Resistance in Brooklyn; Free Mumia Coalition NYC; New Abolitionist Movement; Lynne Stewart Organization; NY Fee Leonard Peltier. List still in formation.
To Chairwoman, Board of Parole, New York State, Tina M. Stanford
We are asking that Herman Bell be granted release on parole at his February
Herman Bell has been in state custody since 1973 and has been denied
Every time Herman has been denied, it has been for the same reason-that
1.17.2016: NYC: 20th Annual Dinner Tribute to Political Prisoners & Their Families!
800Years of Legacy, Commitment & Sacrifice: Honoring our captive Black Freedom Fighters
Sun. January 17, 2016 • 3 – 7pmMLK 1199 Labor Center, 310 W. 43rd St, New York, NY
Buy tickets now! $40 advance/$45 door–All Proceeds go to the Commissary Accounts of PP/POWs Represented at Dinner
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE! MALCOLMITES ANNOUNCE 20TH ANNIV OF ANNUAL FREEDOM FIGHTERS TRIBUTE!
On Sunday, January 17th, the Malcolm X Commemoration Committee will host its 20th anniversary of their endearing annual tribute to Black Political Prisoners and their Families! This moving event will place at the Martin Luther King Jr., 1199 Labor Center, located at 310 West 43rd Street in Manhattan. The event is from3-7pm with dinner served promptly at 4pm.The theme of this milestone event is*”800 Years: Legacy, Commitment, Sacrifice, Honoring Our Captive Black Freedom Fighters!”
*This incredible event will be highlighted by special guest speakers *SekouOdinga* and *Lynne Stewart*, both recently released freedom fighters! Odinga, a veteran of the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Army,endured 33 years in the NY prison system. Stewart, a brave and much beloved people’s lawyer nearly died in prison from breast cancer, but was released on the consequence of a mass medically compassionate release campaign.
For more information about the Malcolm X Commemoration Committee, pleasecall 718-512-5008 or email email@example.com
Last week, there was a spiritual Rally for Leonard Peltier in front of the White House, part of a series of vigils and actions in DC. The International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee included the following call for support among those who could not attend in person:
November 26, 2015 – Day of Mourning
Brothers and Sisters,
It makes my heart happy to know so many of you are keeping this Day of Mourning event going.
I hear there is going to be a National Geographic movie this month called “Saints and Strangers” about the REAL Thanksgiving. I want you to know that I believe… I KNOW this has only come about from your continued protest and determination to expose what really happened. But, damn, huh has it ever taken so long! 🙁 Let’s hope this film DOES tell the truth. I, for one, thank you very much, as this is what it was and is all about—getting the real history told about the genocide that was committed against us as a race of people and against our Nations. If we don’t do this, then it can and will happen again until we have all been exterminated.
I’m so proud of you young People out there too, all over the country, standing up for our Nations and taking over because some of us can no longer get out there to stand by your sides—or to stand there with you and shake your hands.
February 6, 2016, will make it 40 straight years in here. Under the laws I was indicted with, a life term was seven years. I have served over six life sentences! As you know, I was sentenced to only two. To Native Peoples this is also not surprising. In fact, this is something that happens on a regular basis throughout Indian Country. And, as always, this is not acceptable to us. So we protest, and we protest some more.
Over the last four decades, I have been supported by people of all backgrounds, races, and religions. As we approach the one-year mark on President Obama’s remaining time in office, it is crucial for my survival that everyone who has ever supported my release to please contact my official Committee that works on my behalf, and coordinate and organize with them.
In 2008, when asked about my case, then Senator Obama supposedly said, “Show me the support.” If all of you dedicate some of your time in 2016 to support my bid for clemency, I believe this President has the courage to do the right thing and let me go home.
Remember, too, that we have brothers and sisters who are themselves wrongfully incarcerated, and I ask that we all coordinate to put an end to these injustices.
I wish I could lie to you and tell you I’m doing O.K., but that would not be fair to you. Today, I have another call out to the prison clinic. I guess some of the results must have come back from my last blood work. I know I’m not feeling very well. It seems as if there are so many things wrong with me… I don’t know what to do or say to you, or even where to start. Hell, I cannot even sit for any length of time. When I get up my plexis area hurts so bad, I cannot walk but very slowly and while hanging on to someone for support. But after a few steps I’m O.K. So I move right along with the crowd. 🙂 But those first few steps are awfully painful. I asked for a cushion, but was told they don’t have any here—and to make one myself from a blanket. Well, news flash. I did this and every time I did they took it away. Yep, for some reason this is illegal. Then I have to deal with the other medical problems. So, yeah, this is my Sundance. But you know what? You’re all worth it and I would not hesitate to suffer for any of you again and again.
Well, I better end this before you get bored with me. 🙂 So, again, thank you—all of you—for being decent loving human beings.
In the Spirit of Crazy Horse…
Send Love Through the Walls!!!!!
. This event is always a lot of fun, the food outstanding, the camaraderie lively, and the handmade cards flat out amazing. This year will be no different. So plan to bring your friends, your creativity, and a healthy appetite. We’ll have updates on the pp/pow campaigns as well as paints, markers, crayons, and envelopes.
Copies of the 2016 Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners calendars will be on sale for $12. And Mumia’s new City Lights monograph, To Protect and Serve Who? Organizing a Movement to Abolish Police Violence, will available for $5.
Franklin Avenue Stop: Walk west on Eastern Parkway (away from Franklin Avenue, toward Classon Avenue). We’re about half a block down on the north side of the street. When you go into the building, take the elevator to your left.
For more information, contact:
Here is a request from Jalil Muntaqim as we begin his parole campaign for his hearing in June 2016.
Jalil would like people to contact Tavis Smiley and request that he interview Ward Churchill about Jalil’s book Escaping the Prism. firstname.lastname@example.org and www.facebook.com/TavisTalks
He would also like people to contact Amy Goodman and request that she interview Jalil at Attica: 212-432-9090 www.democracynow/contact and www.facebook.com/AmyGoodman.DemocracyNow/
Jalil will be going to the Parole Board once again in June of 2016, and he would like to form our own media campaign to counteract the PBA propaganda around his case.
Of course, he is officially known as Anthony Bottom #77A4283, so that should be included when contacting Tavis Smiley and Amy Goodman.
NEW POEM BY POW JALIL MUNTAQIM
Nestled in the upstate New York rural
Marching two by two, 40 strong,
From NYC Free Leonard Peltier:
This is the definitive film about Leonard Peltier’s life and legal case. It is not new but the facts are still the same. Unfortunately, due to distribution problems, up until now it has been very difficult to see this film. Just a few days ago, Suzie Baer, who produced and directed the film, put it up on Youtube.
Copies of the film and posters are also available by contacting Suzie at: warriorthelifeofleonardpeltier at gmail.com
NOTE: This film covers Leonard’s case well but what also makes it special is that we get to hear so much from Leonard himself, and also his family.
This film is really important now because Leonard needs really needs support. His only hope is executive clemency and President Obama’s time is office is rapidly coming to a close. This film is a wonderful tool to educate people about Leonard.
Please, watch it, buy it, show it.
NYC Free Peltier
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