Join us on Tuesday, January 6th from 7-9 pm at the Coffee Garden(2904 Franklin Blvd, Sacto). We’ll be sending birthday cards to 6 political prisoners and a ‘We Support You’ card to 2 others to remind them that we are out here thinking of them. We’ll have plenty of cards that we can fill with individual notes from everyone. If there are other prisoners you’d like to write, we’ll have envelopes and paper for that, too.
Hope to see you there!
-Sacramento Prisoner Support
Oscar Lopez Rivera(Jan. 6th) -Oscar Lopez Rivera is a Puerto Rican Independista and political prisoner serving 70 years for seditious conspiracy. He is the only remaining Independista remaining behind bars, the other eleven were granted clemency by President Clinton. prolibertadweb.org
Jeremey Hammond(Jan. 8th) – Jeremy Hammond is an anarchist computer hacker from Chicago. In November 2013, he was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for leaking the personal information of 860,000 customers of private intelligence firm Strategic Forecasting (Stratfor) through the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks. This information revealed that Stratfor spies on activists, among others, at the behest of corporations and the U.S. government. freejeremy.net
Herman Bell(Jan.14th) – A member of the Black Panther Party and later the Black Liberation Army, Herman and his 2 codefendants were convicted in 1973 of killing 2 police officers. They are known as the New York 3. freehermanbell.org
Sundiata Acoli (Jan.14) – A New York Black Panther, Sundiata Acoli endured two years of prison awaiting trial for the Panther 21 Conspiracy Case. He and his comrades were eventually acquitted on all the bogus charges. The case was historic and was a classic example of the police and government attempting to neutralize organizations by incarcerating their leadership. As a result of this political attack and because of the immense pressure and surveillance from the FBI and local police, Sundiata, like many other Panther leaders went “underground”. On May 2, 1973, Sundiata Acoli, Assata Shakur and Zayd Shakur were ambushed and attacked by state troopers on the New Jersey Turnpike. Assata was wounded and Zayd was killed. During the gun battle a state trooper was shot and killed in self defense. Sundiata was tried in an environment of mass hysteria and convicted, although there was no credible evidence that he killed the trooper or had been involved in the shooting. He was sentenced to thirty years. sundiataacoli.org
Joseph Bowen(Jan. 15th) – “Joe-Joe” Bowen is a Black Liberation Army (BLA) Prisoner of War, serving two life sentences for the assassination of a prison warden and deputy warden, as well as an attempted prison break which resulted in a five-day standoff. thejerichomovement.com
Marius Mason(Jan. 26th) -Marius was sentenced to 22 years in federal prison in February of 2009 for two different arsons that were claimed by the ELF (Earth Liberation Front). Please take some time and check out supportmariemason.org
–We Support You–
Brent Betterly – Brent Betterly is one of the Nato 3 – 3 anarchists who were arrested in May of 2012 during the Nato protests in Chicago. They were clearly entrapped by an informant but at their trial they were convicted of an incendiary device charge that carries a maximum of 30 years. Brent was sentenced to 6 years in prison, but with credits for time served and other sentencing factors, he should be out some time next year. freethenato3.wordpress.com
Bomani Shakur – Ohio prosecutors allege that Keith Lamar was the leader of a group of prisoners dubbed “the death squad” and was responsible for ordering the deaths of five inmates during Ohio’s longest and bloodiest prison uprising, at Lucasville in 1993. Since the uprising he has taken the African name Bomani Shakur. Bomani Shakur has proclaimed his innocence. He reports that police beat him, left him naked in freezing conditions for long periods in cells without plumbing in order to make him confess to acts he didn’t commit and to get him to become a witness for the state. He encouraged other prisoners not to make false confessions or turn state’s evidence. He is now on death row as a part of the Lucasville Uprising. keithlamar.org