Tom Manning’s unexpected passing that occurred at the United States Penitentiary in Hazelton, West Virginia back on July 30th of this year continues to bring those closest to Tom as well as all his supporters to want to share regarding the incredible person he is. Today people are gathering in Boston , Massachusetts for a memorial for Tom Manning – may he rest in power.
Here is a statement by indigenous political prisoner, Leonard Peltier on the passing of Tom Manning. Clearly these two revolutionaries being locked up for years together at the same prison lead to a connection that will last forever.
Greeting relatives, friends, loved ones, and supporters of Tom Manning. I want to say a few words regarding the passing of Tom Manning. I could say condolences and all that to you, but I want you to know that Tom Manning was a good friend of mine. I don’t know first hand of all the particulars of his past life that he came to be in this prison. Some of these he came to share with me, but I can tell you from experience, this man was a kind and thoughtful person who cared greatly for the freedoms of all mankind and felt like we all should take responsibility for protecting those freedoms.
The Tom Manning I knew, as I mentioned before, was a man of character renown and an artist that I could relate to on just about every level. His artwork reached out and spoke to your heart and brought you the faces of those who resisted oppression and reminded you of the humanity that has been persecuted and locked away in prisons because of their dissension against the corporate controlled governments of the world who only look at mankind and nature as a resource for gaining wealth. I will forever remember Tom Manning, the man I knew and loved as a brother and with deep regret I mourn his passing. My heart is with all of you who have these feelings. I really don’t know what else to say other than anyone who knew Tom Manning, the man, will need some level of condolences.
In the Spirit of Crazy Horse and Tom Manning!
Mitakuye Oyasin (All My Relations)
Here is his current address for all letters of support:
USP Coleman I
P.O. Box 1033
Coleman, FL 3352