June 29, 2012

Political Prisoner Radio - The Angola 3

Examining the horrific and tortuous case of the Angola 3 with special guest and former Angola 3 political prisoner, Bro. Robert King.

Bro. Robert writes: "My name is Robert H. King, a.k.a. Robert King Wilkerson. I am the only freed member of the Angola 3. Along with my comrades Albert Woodfox and Herman Wallace we were targeted for our activism as members of the Black Panther Party.

After 31 years in Angola prison in Louisiana, 29 spent years in solitary confinement, I was released in February 2001. Since that time I have been described as an author, a candy maker, a former political prisoner and an activist. However, I just see myself as a person trying to make a difference. My life’s focus is to campaign against abuses in the criminal justice system and for the freedom of Herman and Albert, who are now serving their 40th year in solitary confinement. I may be free from Angola, but Angola will never be free of me…". 40 years ago, deep in rural Louisiana, three young black men were silenced for trying to expose continued segregation, systematic corruption, and horrific abuse in the biggest prison in the US, an 18,000 acre former slave plantation called Angola.

These men are known as the Angola 3, Robert Hillary King (born Robert King Wilkerson), Albert Woodfox and Herman Wallace. While inside prison, contact with members of the Black Panthers led to the creation of a prison chapter of the Black Panther Party in 1971. The men then organized prisoners to build a movement within the walls to desegregate the prison, to end systematic rape and violence, for better living conditions, and worked as jailhouse lawyers helping prisoners file legal papers. They organized multiple strikes and sit-ins and called for investigations into a host of inhumane practices commonplace in what was then the “bloodiest prison in the South.” Eager to put an end to outside scrutiny, prison officials began punishing inmates they saw as troublemakers. At the height of this unprecedented institutional chaos, Herman Wallace, Albert Woodfox, and Robert King were charged with murders they did not commit and thrown into 6x9 foot solitary cells.

Herman and Albert remain in solitary, continuing to fight for their freedom, over 40 years later. Both men, whose sentences for their original crimes have long since passed, suffer from a range of different medical issues. Amnesty International is calling on the Louisiana authorities to end the cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of Woodfox and Wallace, and to remove them immediately from solitary confinement.

Please go to http://www.kingsfreelines.com/ and http://angola3news.blogspot.com/ to take action and receive ongoing updates on supporting the release of these political prisoners.

June 27, 2012

Bronson, Florida family victims of terrorist attack and police frame up

According to UHuru News, “On June 12, a white mob led by Chris Milton came to the home of 18-year-old Eric Oliver and his family and demanded that they send out 16-year-old Mikey Vasquez so they could attack him.”

This attack that occurred on a black family in Bronson, Florida is being criticized as another case where Florida stand your ground laws are not applied to Black people defending themselves and are symptoms of institutional racism in the Florida’s criminal justice system. 18 yr-old Eric Oliver was charged by Bronson Police with aggravated battery in defending his home, family and their guest.

 According to the West Palm Beach Lawyer Blog, a person can commit the crime of aggravated battery in one of three ways in Florida. If a person, while committing the crime of battery:

1. Intentionally or knowingly causes great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement of another person; or

2. Uses a deadly weapon; or

3. If a person who was the victim of a battery was pregnant at the time of the offense and the offender knew or should have known that the victim was pregnant, then the offender may be guilty of the crime of aggravated battery.

The crime of aggravated battery is a second-degree felony which is punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Black Talk Radio spoke with the victim Eric Oliver and his mother and co/ victim Denise Donald briefly about their terrifying experience.

Sign the petition on behalf of Eric Oliver. In other news, Universal Music Group subsidiary implicated in bi-costal drug sting and Has the Presidential race already been decided by Latinos?

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