Political Prisoner Tom Manning is scheduled to see the US Parole Board in November. In a recent letter he asks that people write letters supporting his release on parole. He writes “so if folks can just write their own letters expressing each ones ideas rather than all of them sounding like they read a form letter – so that they put their own voice down on paper.”
Please write a letter to support Tom!
Your letter should reference:
Thomas Manning #10373-016
and be sent to:
U.S. Parole Commission
90 K Street, NE, Third Floor
Washington, D.C. 20530
Please make a copy and send it to:
Tom Manning 10373-016
PO Box 1600
Butner, NC 27509
Here is more about Tom Manning:
Tom Manning is an ant-imperialist revolutionary who was active with the United Freedom Front ,a clandestine anti-imperialist organization that carried out targeted bombings of corporate buildings, courthouses and military facilities and also carried out bank robberies to fund revolutionary projects. He was unjustly sentenced to 80 years in prison for killing a New Jersey state trooper in self-defense.
As a youth, Tom shined shoes and raised pigeons, before finding work as a stockboy. He joined the US Military in 1963, and the following year was stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba before being transferred off to spend the following year in the Vietnam War.
Some time shortly after 1965, he was sentenced by a Massachusetts state court to five years in prison for armed robbery and assault, serving the last ten months in Massachusetts Correctional Institution – Cedar Junction. It was during these years that he became heavily politicized, through his interactions with other prisoners.
Tom Joins the United Freedom Front
After his release in 1971, he married Carol and together they had three children, Jeremy, Tamara, and Jonathan. The two of them became active in prison reform work. They eventually joined the United Freedom Front. Between 1975 and 1984 the UFF carried out at least 20 bombings and nine bank robberies in the northeastern United States, targeting corporate buildings, courthouses, and military facilities.
Tom and Carole are Arrested
On December 21, 1981 New Jersey police officer Philip Lamonaco was killed during a traffic stop. The UFF were prime suspects in the incident, setting off the largest manhunt in NJ police history.
After a decade of evading capture, all eight UFF members were arrested with Tom and Carole the last ones found in May of 1985 in Norfolk, VA.
Tom pled self-defense at his trial, while defense counsel showed that Lamonaco had emptied his .357 Magnum revolver at Manning and his associates. He was sentenced on February 19, 1987 to 58 years in federal prison.
Life in Prison
Tom, like many political prisoners, has been designated a “high max” prisoner, which lead him to be on continual lockdown for the first 12 years in prison. Tom has also been subject to physical abuse and denied medical attention while in prison.
In 2006, his artwork was taken down from a show entitled “Can’t Jail the Spirit” at the University of Southern Maine from pressure by the Right.
A book that shows 80 of his powerful paintings can be ordered here: http://freedomarchives.com/Tom%20Manning.html