On September 5, political prisoner Herman Bell was beaten by guards at Great Meadow Correctional Facility. The following letter, by attorney Robert Boyle to Commissioner Anthony Annucci (New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision), sheds additional light on the circumstances behind this vicious attack, and explains what needs to be done.
Supporters of Herman are encouraged to take this time to send him a card or letter, to let him know that we care about him and wish him a speedy recovery, and also to let the prisoncrats know we are watching. Herman can be written to at:...........READ MORE
Black Panther Party political prisoner Herman Bell was viciously assaulted by guards at Great Meadow Correctional Facility (Comstock) on September 5, 2017.
While being “escorted” by a guard back to his housing unit, a guard struck Herman, age 69, in the face causing his glasses to drop to the floor. He pushed Herman against the wall, Herman stumbled and fell to the ground. The guard then continued viciously hitting and kicking Herman. Very soon about 5 other guards arrived and joined in the violent attack, hitting and kicking Herman all over his body. He was also maced in the eye ...........READ MORE
Robert Seth Hayes was born in Harlem, New York in October 1947. His father, John Franklin Hayes, was the child of sharecroppers and came to New York Cityfrom South Carolina; his mother, Francine Washington Hayes, moved to New York from Pittsburgh. Both of Mr. Hayes’ parents worked for the U.S. Postal Service, trying to provide a better life for Seth and his four brothers and sisters. They also instilled in their children the desire to work for the betterment of their community. Seth writes, “My mother taught me to visualize family universally, not individually.” Seth’s father was a World War ...........READ MORE
On October 7, political prisoner Jalil Muntaqim was denied 4 books which arrived for him at Attica Correctional Facility. Muntaqim is a former member of the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army, and one of the longest held political prisoners in the world today; he has been incarcerated since 1971, when he was only 19 years old.
In the case of the Attica book-ban, Muntaqim was initially told he could have the books, but when a guard noticed that one of the titles in question was actually written by Muntaqim himself, he simply said “No way”. Muntaqim requested the ...........READ MORE
More than a memoir, Lumpen: The Autobiography of Ed Mead takes the reader on a tour of America’s underbelly. From Iowa to Compton to Venice Beach to Fairbanks, Alaska, Mead introduces you to poor America just trying to get by—and barely making it. When a thirteen-year-old Mead ends up in the Utah State Industrial School, a prison for boys, it is the first step in a story of oppression and revolt that will ultimately lead to the foundation of the George Jackson Brigade, a Seattle-based urban guerrilla group, and to Mead’s re-incarceration as a fully engaged revolutionary, well-placed and prepared ...........READ MORE
Comrades in Halifax, Nova Scotia, have organized the first joint book launch for Lumpen: The Autobiography of Ed Mead and Escaping the Prism … Fade to Black by Jalil Muntaqim. Ed Mead will be joining via Skype, and they will be showing the documentary short about Black Liberation Army political prisoner Jalil Muntaqim to mark the release of Ed and Jalil’s books by Kersplebedeb.
Joel is an antifascist prisoner in Sweden. In July 2014, he was sentenced to five and a half years in prison for attempted murder, violent disorder, and carrying an illegal weapon. The sentence followed a collective defense against a Nazi attack on an antifascist demonstration in Stockholm. The interview was conducted in the fall of 2014. Explanatory notes have been added.
You were sentenced in connection with an antifascist demonstration in Kärrtorp, a suburb of Stockholm, in December 2013. Can you tell us about that day?
During the weeks before the demonstration, there had been trouble in Kärrtorp and the ...........READ MORE
The Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar comes out every year, containing short texts and beautiful artwork by political prisoners and prisoners of war, and their supporters. The 2015 calendar is now out, and this year Kersplebedeb (via leftwingbooks.net) is handling all orders (of less then 10 calendars – for 10 or more people can contact the calendar collective directly).
Certain Days is a joint fundraising and educational project between outside organizers in Montreal and Toronto and three political prisoners being held in maximum-security prisons in New York State: David Gilbert, Robert Seth Hayes and Herman Bell. ...........READ MORE
This summer i got some of these beautiful cloth bags, honoring Chelsea Manning and demanding her freedom. i still have a bunch left if anyone wants one — they cost $10 and some of the proceeds are going to the Chelsea Manning Defense Fund. (The bags were made by Art Metropole in Toronto on the occasion of a Tribute Night they organized in 2013.)