Ex-Black Panther Herman Bell to be freed after 45 years

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Former Black Panther Herman Bell to Be Released After 45 Years in Prison

26 March 2018

After the New York State Parole Board determined Herman Bell‘s release to be low risk and reasonable, New York police, aligned with tabloid news, went on a racist crusade depicting Bell as a threat.

United States Black Panther history, videos

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25 October 2016

We continue our conversation with the 94-year-old legendary TV producer Norman Lear, the focus of the new “American Masters” documentary, “Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You.” We spoke to him in studio last week about how his work landed him on Richard Nixon’s enemies list, the Black Panthers and what gives him hope.

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26 October 2016

Fifty years after the founding of the Black Panther Party, we focus on an overlooked part of its history: political prisoners. Many former members are still held in prison based on tortured confessions, while others were convicted based on questionable evidence or the testimony of government informants.

We host a historic roundtable with four former Black Panthers who served decades in prison, beginning with two former members of the Angola Three who formed one of the first Black Panther chapters in a prison. Robert King spent 32 years in Angola—29 of them in solitary confinement. He was released in 2001 after his conviction was overturned. Albert Woodfox, until February of this year, was the longest-standing solitary confinement prisoner in the United States. He was held in isolation in a six-by-nine-foot cell almost continuously for 43 years at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, known as Angola prison. He was released on his 69th birthday. We spoke with him two days later, and I asked him how it felt to be free.

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26 October 2016

Some members of the Black Panther Party have been behind bars for more than four decades and are now suffering from poor health. In some cases, court documents show they were punished essentially for being in the black liberation struggle. Many continue to face parole board denials based on their relationship with the party. We discuss their cases with Sekou Odinga, a former Black Panther who was a political prisoner for 33 years and was released in November 2014.

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Political Prisoner Eddie Conway on Joining the Black Panthers & How He Was Set Up By COINTELPRO

26 October 2016

As part of our historic roundtable with former political prisoners who were in the Black Panther Party, we speak with Eddie Conway, who was released from prison in 2014 after serving 44 years for a murder he denies committing. He was convicted in the killing of Baltimore police officer Donald Sager but has maintained his innocence, saying that he was set up as part of the FBI’s COINTELPRO.

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Exclusive: Freed Panther Sekou Odinga on Joining the Panthers, COINTELPRO & Assata Shakur‘s Escape

26 October 2016

We spend the hour focusing on the Black Panther Party’s legacy of political prisoners in the United States. Perhaps the most famous is Mumia Abu-Jamal, who has regularly been interviewed on Democracy Now! as an award-winning journalist. But there are many others. In fact, two former Black Panthers have already died in prison this year: Abdul Majid in New York and Mondo we Langa in Nebraska. Joining us for our historic roundtable discussion is Sekou Odinga, who helped build the Black Panther Party in New York City and was later involved in the Black Liberation Army. He was convicted in 1984 of charges related to his alleged involvement in the escape of Assata Shakur from prison and a Brink’s armored car robbery. After serving 33 years in state and federal prison, he was released in November 2014.

Black Panther freed from United States solitary confinement at last

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Rattling the Bars: The Exoneration of a Black Panther (1/2)

13 July 2016

Eddie Conway talks to the daughter of former Black Panther Russell Maroon Shoatz about the release of her father.

Black Panther Albert Woodfox free at last

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Part 1: Albert Woodfox of Angola 3, Freed After 43 Years in Solitary Confinement

22 February 2016

After more than 43 years in solitary confinement, Albert Woodfox is a free man and joins us today for his first broadcast interview. The former Black Panther spent more time in solitary confinement than anyone in the United States, much of it in a six-by-nine cell for 23 hours each day. Albert Woodfox was released Friday after he entered a plea of no contest to charges of manslaughter and aggravated burglary of a prison guard more than four decades ago. Prior to Friday’s settlement, his conviction had been overturned three times.

Albert Woodfox was serving a five-year sentence for armed robbery at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola when he and fellow prisoner Herman Wallace were accused in 1972 of stabbing prison guard Brent Miller. The two men always maintained their innocence, saying they were targeted because they had organized a chapter of the Black Panther Party to address horrific conditions at the Angola prison, a former cotton plantation.

Woodfox, Wallace and and a third man, Robert King, became collectively known as the Angola 3. For decades, Amnesty International and other groups campaigned to free the three men. Woodfox was the last remaining member of the group to be locked up. Today we speak to Woodfox and King, who was freed in 2001 when his conviction for killing a fellow inmate was overturned. Herman Wallace was freed in 2013, just days before he died from cancer.

These two videos are the sequels.

By James Tweedie in Britain:

United States: Last Angola Three inmate speaks of mental torture

Monday 22nd February 2016

ALBERT WOODFOX, the last of the “Angola Three” prisoners to be released, has spoke of his 43 years in solitary confinement in Louisiana.

Mr Woodfox was finally freed on Friday, his 69th birthday, after pleading no contest to manslaughter charges in the 1972 killling of prison guard Brent Miller, to which he has always maintained his innocence.

On Saturday, he told reporters of the mental torture he suffered during more than four decades in a tiny, solitary cell.

“The cell starts closing in. The ceiling starts coming down.

“You go through this psychological self-analysis and then you’re talking to yourself and telling yourself that you’re strong enough … just trying to push these walls back and the ceiling back with the force of mind.”

Along with Robert King and Herman Wallace, Mr Woodfox was sent to Louisiana State Penitentiary, also known as Angola prison, in 1971 for armed robbery.

He escaped from the courthouse during his sentencing and joined the Black Panther Party during his brief time on the run.

After his recapture, he recruited the others into the Black Panthers and they began to agitate for better conditions.

The three men said this was the true reason they had been placed in permanent solitary confinement following their conviction for Mr Miller’s murder.

The trial hinged on the testimony of a serial rapist on death row who received a pardon in return.

Mr Woodfox’s conviction was twice overturned on appeals that were in turn challenged by the state.

Mr King was released in 2001 after his conviction was overturned. Mr Wallace was released in 2013 on compassionate grounds as he had terminal liver cancer.

Solitary confinement and the brutality of the US prison system. “Angola 3” prisoner Albert Woodfox released after 45 years: here.

BREAKING! Albert Woodfox iz Freed TODAY on hiz 69th Birthday!!

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United States Black History Month and Black Panthers, video

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The History of State Repression Against Radical Social Movements

13 February 2016

In this episode of imixwhatilike! TRNN Journalist Jared Ball speaks with former U.S. political prisoner Eddie Conway about his book The Greatest Threat: The Black Panthers and COINTELPRO.

Black Panther Albert Woodfox on trial again in the USA?

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Longest-Serving U.S. Prisoner in Solitary Ordered Free Again, But State Obstruction Bars His Release

24 November 2014

A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court ruling ordering Louisiana to release Albert Woodfox, a former Black Panther who has spent more than 40 years in solitary confinement, longer than any prisoner in the United States. Woodfox and the late Herman Wallace, another prisoner of the “Angola 3,” were convicted of murdering a guard at Angola Prison.

The Angola 3 and their supporters say they were framed for their political activism. A federal judge ruled last year that Woodfox should be set free on the basis of racial discrimination in his retrial. It was the third time Woodfox’s conviction has been overturned, but prosecutors have negated the victories with a series of appeals.

Thursday’s ruling by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the order for Woodfox’s release in a unanimous decision. But prosecutors could still delay its enforcement with more appeals to keep Woodfox behind bars. We are joined by two guests: Robert King, a member of the Angola 3 who spent 29 years in solitary confinement for a murder he did not commit; and Carine Williams, a lawyer for Albert Woodfox with the firm Squire Patton Boggs.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Black Panther faces third trial

Wednesday 11th October 2015

UNITED STATES: Angola Three inmate Albert Woodfox could face a third trial after an appeals court overturned a decision to free him.

Mr Woodfox has spent 43 years in solitary confinement — a form of torture.

He was convicted in 1973 of the murder of a prison guard on dodgy testimony. He believes he was framed because of his membership of the Black Panther Party. That conviction and another from 1993 were overturned last year.

United States authorities demand Cuba extradites political refugee Assata Shakur

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Assata Shakur in Her Own Words: Rare Recording of Activist Named to FBI Most Wanted Terrorist List

3 May 2013

The FBI has added the former Black Panther Assata Shakur to its Most Wanted Terrorist List 40 years after the killing for which she was convicted. Born Joanne Chesimard, Shakur was found guilty of shooting dead a New Jersey state trooper during a gunfight in 1973. Shakur has long proclaimed her innocence and accused federal authorities of political persecution.

She escaped from prison in 1979 and received political asylum in Cuba. On Thursday, she became the first woman added to the FBI’s terrorist list and the reward for her capture was doubled to $2 million. We begin our coverage by airing Shakur’s reading of an open letter she wrote to Pope John Paul II during his trip to Cuba in 1998 after the FBI asked him to urge her extradition. “As a result of being targeted by [the FBI program] COINTELPRO, I was faced with the threat of prison, underground, exile or death,” Shakur said at the time. “I am not the first, nor the last, person to be victimized by the New Jersey system of ‘justice.’ The New Jersey State Police are infamous for their racism and brutality.”

Transcript of this video is here.

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Angela Davis and Assata Shakur’s Lawyer Denounce FBI’s Adding of Exiled Activist to Terrorist List

3 May 2013

One day after the exiled former Black Panther Assata Shakur became the first woman named to the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist List, we’re joined by another legendary African-American activist, Angela Davis, as well as Shakur’s longtime attorney, Lennox Hinds.

Davis, a professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, is the subject of the recent film, “Free Angela & All Political Prisoners.” She argues that the FBI’s latest move, much like its initial targeting of Shakur and other Black Panthers four decades ago, is politically motivated. “It seems to me that this act incorporates or reflects the very logic of terrorism,” Davis says. “I can’t help but think that it’s designed to frighten people who are involved in struggles today. Forty years ago seems like it was a long time ago. In the beginning of the 21st century, we’re still fighting around the very same issues — police violence, health care, education, people in prison.”

A professor of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University, Hinds has represented Shakur since 1973. “This is a political act pushed by the state of New Jersey, by some members of Congress from Miami, and with the intent of putting pressure on the Cuban government and to inflame public opinion,” Hinds says. “There is no way to appeal someone being put on the terrorist list.”

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Call for refugee’s extraditon threatens flights to Havana

Saturday 24th October 2015

AUTHORITIES in New Jersey are opposing airline flights to Cuba until a high-profile US refugee has been extradited.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey chairman John Degnan urged United Airlines on Thursday to postpone the launch of services from Newark airport to Cuba.

Mr Degnan’s intervention came the day after New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a Republican presidential hopeful, wrote to him asking for support.

The two want former Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army member Assata Shakur extradited from Cuba to the US.

Ms Shakur, who describes herself as “20th-century escaped slave,” was jailed in 1977 for the murder of New Jersey state trooper Werner Foerster in a 1973 shoot-out.

This was despite defence testimony that she had been shot twice with her arms raised and had her right arm paralysed.

Ms Shakur escaped from prison in 1979 and fled to Cuba in 1984, where she was granted political asylum.

Black Panther political prisoner Albert Woodfox free after 43 years solitary confinement

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After 40 Years in Solitary, Angola 3 Prisoner Albert Woodfox Ordered Freed for 3rd Time in Louisiana

28 February 2013

A federal judge has once again ordered the state of Louisiana to release Albert Woodfox, a former Black Panther who has spent more than 40 years in solitary confinement. Woodfox and Herman Wallace, another prisoner of the “Angola 3,” were convicted of murdering a guard at Angola Prison. The Angola 3 and their supporters say they were framed for their political activism.

On Tuesday, the same federal judge that ordered Woodfox’s release in 2008 again ruled Woodfox should be set free on the basis of racial discrimination in his retrial. It was the third time Woodfox’s conviction has been overturned, but prosecutors successfully reversed the two previous victories. The state is expected to appeal once again to keep Woodfox behind bars. We’re joined by two guests: Robert King, the third member of the Angola 3, who was freed in 2001 after three decades behind bars; and Mwalimu Johnson, a longtime member of the Angola 3 support team.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Jailed activist to be freed after 43 years

Wednesday 10th June 2015

Judge bars third murder trial after earlier convictions quashed

by James Tweedie

HUMAN rights groups welcomed a court order yesterday to free Angola Three inmate Albert Woodfox after 43 years of solitary confinement in the United States.

Baton Rouge district judge James Brady ordered the release of Mr Woodfox and took the extraordinary step of barring Louisiana prosecutors from trying him for a third time.

Mr Woodfox was originally jailed for armed robbery in 1971, but he escaped from the courthouse during his sentencing hearing and joined the Black Panther Party.

He was recaptured and sent to the Angola prison, named after a nearby former slave plantation, where he met Robert King and Herman Wallace.

The Angola Three, as they became known, founded a prison branch of the Black Panthers and campaigned for improvements to prison conditions, organising prison strikes and other protests.

In 1972 Mr Woodfox and Mr Wallace were convicted of the murder of prison guard Brent Miller, a crime which they always denied, and placed in indefinite solitary confinement.

Mr Woodfox has been tried and convicted twice for the guard’s death, but both convictions were overturned.

Judge Brady said the “exceptional circumstances” of the case had led him to bar the state from seeking a third trial.

In his ruling, he cited doubts that the state could provide a “fair third trial,” Mr Woodfox’s age and poor health, the unavailability of witnesses, “the prejudice done onto Mr Woodfox by spending over 40 years in solitary confinement,” and “the very fact that Mr Woodfox has already been tried twice.”

Mr Wallace died in October 2013, just days after being released from the prison.

Mr King, who was also solitarily confined in 1972, was convicted of murdering another prisoner in 1973, only to be released in 2001.

The International Coalition to Free the Angola Three’s Tory Pegram, who had worked with Mr Woodfox’s lawyers on his release, said they were all “thrilled that justice has come for our innocent friend.”

ANGOLA THREE inmate Albert Woodfox remains jailed in the US despite an order for his release as he faces a third trial for the same murder: here.

A federal appeals court ruled Friday that Albert Woodfox, the last “Angola Three” prisoner still behind bars in Louisiana, must remain incarcerated for the time being. The decision came despite a district court judge’s ruling Tuesday that Woodfox be freed after more than four decades in solitary confinement: here.

The suicide of Kalief Browder, who at 16 was accused of stealing a backpack and thrown into New York’s Rikers Island prison, where he was tortured and starved in solitary confinement without ever having been convicted of a crime, has exposed before the world the barbarity of America’s “justice” system. Kalief’s three-year imprisonment was documented last year in a Pulitzer Prize-nominated exposé in the New Yorker magazine, which chronicled his struggle to adjust to life outside of prison after having been psychologically shattered by three years of incarceration at Rikers Island: here.

HOW ‘ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK’ MISREPRESENTS WOMEN’S FEDERAL PRISON “While Crazy Eyes, Jimmy and Lorna are the only characters who display any mental health issues on the show, in reality 62 percent of all women in federal prison suffer mental health problems. Jails are now our country’s largest mental health providers.” [HuffPost]

The US government is drastically underreporting police killings: here.

Glenn Ford died on June 29 at the age 65 at his home in New Orleans, Louisiana. He succumbed to lung cancer just 15 months after being released from the notorious Louisiana State Penitentiary, known as Angola, where he spent 29 years 3 months and 5 days on death row: here.

Israeli censorship of Black Panther art

Interview with Reuven Abergel, founder of the Israeli Black Panthers from Alia Lahlou on Vimeo.

From ARTINFO.com:

Museum of Israeli Art Cancels Black Panther Exhibition

By Kate Deimling

Published: September 27, 2010

RAMAT-GAN, Israel— The Museum of Israeli Art has announced the cancellation of an interdisciplinary show about the country's Black Panther movement that was in development for over a year, Haaretz reports. Inspired by the American group whose name they borrowed, Israel's Black Panther party was a 1970s protest organization of North African immigrants who charged the Ashkenazi elite with discrimination and agitated for social justice.

The contemporary artists recruited to participate in the exhibition that was slated to open last week include Sigalit Banai, Josef Dadon, Meir Gal, Itzik Badash, Dor Guez, Dafna Shalom, Meir Tati, Anisa Ashkar, and Roni Somek.

Shlomit Lir, a Ph.D. candidate at Bar-Ilan University, organized the exhibition and held meetings at the museum with Reuven Abergil, a former leader of the Black Panthers, and Nissim Musak, who produced a film about the movement. Lir told Haaretz that she "wanted something that would pave the way for a public discussion of the activities of the Black Panthers through contemporary art, all within the confines of the familiar and official space provided by the museum." She hopes to find a home for the exhibition — which was to have included educational programs, lectures, film screenings, and poetry symposia — elsewhere.

This is a video about Emory Douglas, the US Black Panthers, and art.

USA: Few people know about women’s leadership in the Party’s education and free breakfast programs for children. Even fewer are aware that Elaine Brown chaired the party for three years in Huey Newton’s absence and used her authority to place other women in leadership positions and to combat the sexist behavior of male party members: here.

USA: Former Black Panther leader Elaine Brown awarded $3.75 million after councilwoman assaulted her: here.